Lego Worlds is a sandbox game filled with procedurally generated worlds that players are free to explore and build in. With a host of tools at your disposal, you can build one brick at a time, or on an even larger scale with landscaping tools and pre-fab builds. Is Lego Worlds worth stacking on to your game collection? Read our review below..
First things first, “Is it like Minecraft?” a phrase I heard numerous times while playing Lego Worlds. “Kind of” is my answer to that question. At their cores both games are the same, procedurally generated worlds in which you can build anything you can put your mind to. That’s just about where the similarities end, as with Lego Worlds the game gives you a quest of becoming a Master Builder by collecting 100 gold bricks. The game begins with introducing you to how it plays and the various tools you have at your disposal with a quick tutorial on how each tool works. Once you’ve gone through the tutorial part of the game you are then left to your own devices to explore the game any way you choose with the overall goal of getting 100 gold bricks to work towards.
Gold bricks can be obtained in a few ways, either by finding them in hidden chests that are dotted all over each world, mainly by searching underground in the vast cave systems, or by completing quests for AI minifigures that also appear at random throughout the worlds. These quests can be simple things such as defending a scared minifigure that are being attacked by zombies or skeletons, or simply re-painting a building to the AI’s desired colour. Others can be a little more complex and require you to build them something, often being an item that you have previously discovered. not all quests will give you gold bricks, sometimes you’ll receive ‘studs’ (lego worlds currency) or blueprints to builds or even legendary brick location fragments.
There’s plenty more to do too while adventuring through the game as almost everything is discover-able. and you’ll find yourself spending plenty of time using the discovery tool scanning new items you stumble upon, especially when venturing into a newly discovered biome. Once you’ve had enough of a world you can go back to your space ship and set off to another world, either by randomly searching for one or setting your own coordinates, the latter being very useful if you have found a world that you think is fantastic or contains a rare to find item, animal, building etc. you can share that coordinate with others who can input it in to their own game and experience the exact same world. You can of course bring a friend along to play too, either online or local split screen.
World start out a small, but as you make progress towards collecting 100 gold bricks you’ll unlock the ability to travel to bigger, better worlds that will contain more items to discover, this will be a large part of Lego World’s end game as once you have collected 100 gold bricks you are only given access to creating your own world. Stipulating size, biome types, AI that spawn and terrain type. I would have personally liked to have seen all bricks becoming unlocked (or even a creative mode) so you can “go to town” on creating whatever you want, sadly as mentioned, you’ll still have to search chests and complete quests to hopefully receive bricks to add to your collection.
On to the visuals, and while they look stunning and highly detailed the game does struggle to keep up with spawning the world in, this is quite a lot more apparent when using a vehicle to get around the world at speed, you’ll often find yourself having to wait for the game to slowly render the world in around you before you can continue. The game also suffers from some frame rate drops and a bit of screen taering, it does become a little frustrating at times, and detracts from getting fully immersed into exploring. the audio is ok. generic soundtracks play randomly and dependant on which biome you are currently in, there’s not much else to add as other noises are just random animal, or lego blocks crashing into each other sounds, the game does feature a pretty decent voice over from Peter Serafinowicz (the voice of Darth Maul) although once you’ve pretty much done everything you’ll not hear much of him again if at all.