The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc.
Developer: Tt games
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Available at all major retailers and Amazon.

The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game

On the heels of the animated adventure The Lego Ninjago Movie comes the Lego video game adaptation. The player battles against Lord Garmadon, his shark army, and a myriad of other villains on their quest to find the “ultimate, ultimate weapon.” Play as ninjas Lloyd, Nya, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Master Wu as they travel through the “uncrossable jungle, dark ravine, and unclimbable mountain” and master the art of Spinjitzu. Impressive feats earn players ninjanuity coins to upgrade abilities and deal more damage. Once the campaign is completed, free roam or replay levels to unlock characters and gold bricks,  or repair damage to the city.

The Story

The story parallels that seen in the movie. Lloyd, the green ninja, both despises his father (Lord Garmadon) for his warlord ways, and yearns to have some semblance of a father-son relationship with him.  When Lloyd attempts to end Garmadon’s incessant attacks once and for all, he inadvertently unleashes an even more dangerous enemy on the city. During the quest to find the weapon needed to repel this new enemy, an odd turn of events forges an uneasy alliance between the Ninjago ninja team and Garmadon. They must work together to overcome the hostile terrain and numerous foes they meet along the way to save Ninjago.

Gameplay

The game mechanics are easy and intuitive. Unlocking and turning on all the red bricks makes accessing hidden or locked areas even easier. The characters will lock on to jump spots, freeing the player from having to time a jump or pinpoint the perfect landing spot.  Many characters use the same skills and weapons, so the player isn’t confined to the Ninjago ninjas for free roam and level replay.  Free roam differs from previous Lego games, too. You don’t have to replay levels to access hidden or locked areas found in a particular level. Explore whole levels and more at will by choosing the area from the map.

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Levels feature:

  • flying in mechs and shooting targets
  • wall running and climbing
  • customary ground battles against minions and bosses
  • puzzle solving

Free roam features:

  • races
  • city rebuilds to complete
  • dojo masters to conquer
  • a wide variety of gold bricks to uncover

The story is light-hearted and well-paced. The characters are funny and easy to cheer for. Overall this game is a winner and a great addition to any video game collection.

If you are a fan of Lego video games, be sure to check out the reviews for Lego City Undercover, Lego Dimensions, and Lego Marvel Avengers.