LEGO Worlds Review

Richard Walker

LEGO Worlds celebrates everything that's great about the eternally appealing Danish toy brand, dropping you right into the thick of a range of randomly generated sandboxes where virtually anything is possible. If you're turned off by the idea of building your own creations from scratch, brick-by-brick, you needn't worry though, as LEGO Worlds is also an epic adventure to become a Master Builder, filled with quests to complete and a slew of gold bricks to uncover. It's a wonderful ode to LEGO fans of all shapes, sizes and ages, encouraging play and experimentation. It's brill.

Voyaging between worlds is simply a case of jumping into the cockpit of your bright orange Pug-Z explorer spacecraft, earning enough gold bricks to earn the ability to freely explore a whole galaxy of infinite, unique worlds. Be warned, however, once you get into the flow of randomly generating increasingly larger environments to explore, you might find yourself hopelessly addicted to LEGO Worlds, even if the majority of quests are of the 'fetch this and bring it here' variety.


No two LEGO worlds are the same unless you share its unique code.

The crux of LEGO Worlds is compiling a burgeoning library of items, which range from simple plants, rocks, trees and other everyday objects, to creatures like elephants, dragons, dinosaurs, dogs, cats, sheep, chickens and pigs, vehicles like planes, helicopters, tractors, cars, motorbikes, submarines, boats, and readymade buildings like clock towers, barns, bandit caves, medieval castle keeps and loads more. There are thousands of items to find.

From the moment you unlock the Discovery Tool at the beginning of the game, you'll be looking for things to add to your suite of minifigure characters, creatures, objects and brick builds, increasing the range of possibilities at your fingertips. The more you gather, the more options you'll have to draw upon, and you can spawn any of it at any time by simply delving into your inventory.

Should you want to get deep into the nitty gritty of building your own creations one brick at a time, though, you'll need to chase down and tackle Troublemakers; little green scamps holding new types of LEGO brick hostage. Snatch these up and you'll add a new brick that you can then use for your builds, from the fabled flat 1x1 stud to larger and more intricate bricks. Taking some time to unlock additional bricks will greatly boost the complexity and scope of your creations, if you're so inclined. You could lose hours building a giant castle or whatever.

Some objectives task you with constructing shelters for characters, so there are instances during which learning how to get to grips with clicking together those iconic LEGO bricks is essential. When it comes to building in LEGO Worlds, it can be a little bit fiddly, rotating bricks, choosing the right pieces for the job and making sure your creation fits the required criteria to successfully complete the quest. You can tackle these quests with a friend in two player multiplayer, locally online and you can even share your creations if you like.

The camera can easily be zoomed in and out while constructing your master builds, allowing a birds-eye view and ability to survey your work-in-progress from any angle you like. Despite the camera movement being nice and fluid, building in confined spaces can be tricky, although you can use the Landscape Tool to flatten the surrounding area at the touch of a button, or elevate and drop the terrain. In fact, you can terraform any of LEGO Worlds' planet surfaces as you see fit using the Landscape Tool, creating peaks and troughs, plateaus and tunnels; whatever you like.


Snow is just one of several different biomes you can visit.

When you're not indulging in the array of activities that LEGO Worlds presents you with, the achievement list offers some fun additional tasks to pursue, be it playing a trumpet to an elephant, riding a pig, shooting a seagull with your paintball gun or acquiring a band of squirrels to follow you around. Apart from the perfunctory achievements awarded for accumulating bricks and legendary bricks, this is a pretty inventive, quirky list.

It's easy to get hooked on exploring and unlocking gold bricks in LEGO Worlds, but it's the ability to build whatever you like – providing you have the time and patience to persevere – that will keep you coming back for more. At a budget price, it's almost impossible not to recommend LEGO Worlds. It does practically everything right, with only a few minor issues involving the mechanics of building itself that clearly show its origins as an early access PC game and occasional instances when the frame rate chugs, as distant scenery is drawn in to view.

Despite this, you can't help but enjoy yourself while playing LEGO Worlds. It's full of the usual humour and sense of fun that TT Games' series is renowned for, and packed to the gills with stuff to do, as you explore from the clouds above to the seafloor below, and everything else in between.

LEGO Worlds

Stupidly enjoyable and endlessly charming, LEGO Worlds is the gift that keeps on giving with different biomes – jungles, spooky forests, deserts, swamps, candy lands with gingerbread men and more - an adventure filled with quests and infinite scope to make whatever you want. LEGO Worlds is fantastic.

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80%
Audio
80%

A fantastic orchestral soundtrack and an exuberant Peter Seafinowicz on voiceover duties, as well as classic gibberish dialogue like the LEGO games of old and all manner of quirky noises. What's not to like?

Visuals
70%

Everything (EVERYTHING) is made out of LEGO bricks, lending LEGO Worlds a wonderfully tactile look. The only issues are in the occasionally chugging frame rate and sometimes sloppy draw distance. Otherwise, this will slap a big smile on your face.

Playability
80%

Sure the building controls can be a mite fiddly, but other than that, LEGO Worlds effectively plays like any other LEGO game. Precision isn't the game's strong suit, but a little patience will ensure you can build the LEGO model of your dreams.

Delivery
80%

It's a LEGO game, so you can punch stuff, shoot things, zip around with a grapple gun, ride creatures, drive vehicles and more. Add to that the ability to build whatever you please and LEGO Worlds is a winner. It's massive and it's all delivered in a slick, accessible manner. Lovely.

Achievements
70%

Funny, offbeat achievements are in abundance, but they're drowning in a sea of brick collecting grindiness. You're going to have to really put in the hours if you want to accumulate 1 billion studs and collect 100 gold bricks. And that's just for starters.

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