Packed with quests, characters and locations

Buoyed by the success of its movie counterpart, The Lego Movie Videogame went on to garner many accolades following the release of both the movie and game in 2014.

Five years on, the sequels of both are here, with Emmet, Lucy and their blocky friends back to renew their charm on fans.

Based on an open-world setting of the 2017 game Lego Worlds and tapping locations from both movies, The Lego Movie 2 Videogame is packed with quests and activities to complete.

This time round, an invasion by the Duplo brick aliens leads to the capture of most of the Lego characters and it is up to Emmet, Lucy and the remaining few to save them.

As with any Lego video games, the core activity involves breaking and collecting studs and bricks to build items needed for tackling various puzzles.

Along the way, players will discover hidden chests containing relics that can be redeemed at in-game stores for objects, characters, vehicles and blueprints. The more of these items players unlock, the more options they will have in the game.

  • FOR

    • Fun, free roaming gameplay

    • Decent collection of characters, vehicles and buildings


    • Unlocking relics can become tedious

    • Absence of some characters

    • General lack of animated sequences


    RATING: 7/10

    PRICE: From $54.90 (PC; PS4, version tested; Xbox One; Switch)

    GENRE: Action adventure

Some areas in the game are only accessible with tools earned from exploring other planets. Playing through the story campaign lets players unlock these tools progressively.

You start off by playing as Emmet. You can customise the look of your character by interchanging its body parts with parts you have unlocked. However, some missions require you to switch back to the default outfits for certain characters, which can be done easily.

All characters have access to the same abilities and tools. But the superhero characters lack the skills and powers that they are normally associated with, except in a brief but entertaining animation sequence in the game.

Hence, Superman does not fly, Flash does not sprint and Batman rocks with a guitar. There are more than a hundred characters and a wide selection of vehicles from various Lego franchises that gamers can unlock, which is just delightful. Among them are Lego DC characters. However, Marvel characters and those from other movie franchises are missing, possibly due to licensing issues.

Alas, there are some design shortcomings in the game. Awkward camera angles can cause players to lose their bearings, though if they do perish, it will set them back by only a few seconds.

Bad collision detection made me lose a few precious relics when they rolled away, though the opportunities to get them again will always reappear.

And I wish there was a faster way to redeem collected relics. The relics can only be unwrapped individually, which is time-consuming.

Lastly, players are limited to one task at a time, thus requiring them to revisit locations.

There are 13 planets from the base game for players to explore, and another three locations from future downloadable content. So take your time to play.

The game can be played solo or cooperatively with a player next to you or online, making a good bonding activity with family and friends.

• Nizam Mohd is a freelance writer

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2019, with the headline 'Packed with quests, characters and locations '. Subscribe