LEGO Bricktales is a new puzzle-adventure game developed by ClockStone and published by Thunderful Games, in collaboration with the LEGO Group. It is currently available to buy on Windows PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch, and for the purposes of this review I was playing on the PlayStation 4 version, with a review key that was very kindly supplied to us by the lovely folks over at Plan of Attack.
Grandpa, who just happens to be a genius inventor and owner of a lavish amusement park, needs your help. The local town Mayor has threatened to close the park down as it currently lies in a bit of a run-down state. So it is up to you, with the assistance of Grandpa's trusty old floating robot friend Rusty, to save the park and help repair and rebuild all the rides. The only thing is, to power the device you need to collect 'happiness crystals', and these can only be found by jumping in Grandpa's newly built portal and travelling to different worlds.
When you first start the game, you arrive at Grandpa's amusement park and make your way down to his laboratory. Luckily, this acts as a little tutorial and introduction to the game. You soon discover that Grandpa is trapped and needs your help to rescue him. Luckily, with the help of a handful of little mini tutorial type scenarios, you will find out how to play the game, use the bricks to build, and also how to use the camera in order to power up the laboratory and help get to Grandpa. I found that the controls were very easy to get used to on the PlayStation controller, both for building and also for using the camera. There are options to invert axis and control sensitivity for the zoom speed on the camera, as well as audio settings, vibration settings, and language settings.
There are five worlds to explore here, with a jungle, a desert, and a city, as well as Medieval and Caribbean settings all for you to visit. Each world, or biome, unlocks and opens up as you progress through the game. When you first arrive in each biome, you will be met by a local of that world and there will be puzzles to solve and objectives to complete using a combination of LEGO or one or more of your abilities. Some things you will just not be able to do on your first run through, but you can travel back later to do them once you have progressed more through the game and enhanced your skills. There is a little trader located in each world, and you can upgrade bricks or buy clothing for your character, and each store has items relating to that actual world. The currency for each world can be collected by locating chests, so the more that you find and the more currency you collect, the more you can buy or upgrade.
The graphics are pleasing, and I did not run into any issues at all during my playthrough. The game is one that can consume many hours of your time, so be warned. I found myself one time spending hours trying to build a certain construction, but failing over and over. In the end, perseverance ruled, and I managed to get past that section. Also, with the game being predominantly a LEGO game, it is suitable for all ages and skill levels. There is just so much fun to be had with LEGO Bricktales, as you make your way through each of the biomes in your quest to help Grandpa and get his Amusement Park all repaired and up and running.
Having played various LEGO games before, none have really come as close to the actual feel overall of Bricktales. The control that you have over the building, whether you are in game or sandbox mode, and the amount of options at your disposal for creating structures, vehicles, and everything else combined, all make this such a pleasing and enjoyable little game. It is definitely a game I would highly recommend for fans of LEGO or even just for fans of puzzle games. There is a lot of replayability and enough to keep you interested with the story. And once you get to grips and unlock all the abilities for your little guy, you can start to return through all the different worlds, to unlock all of those items and collectables you missed.
g1a5w3g1an's Rating: 4 LEGO bricks out of 5.
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Many thanks to Plan of Attack for the Review Key.