After first appearing on Steam back in 2015 LEGO® Worlds has finally emerged from its early access beta period on PC and also made the leap to consoles. But the release of LEGO Worlds marks a little bit of a new experience for LEGO Games, many have compared it to Minecraft. However after playing the newly released version for the last few days, we must admit it’s taken us by surprise. But what exactly does LEGO Worlds bring to the LEGO Games line-up? Read on fellow adventurers to find out.
EXPLORE. DISCOVER. CREATE. LEGO Worlds is a galaxy of procedurally-generated Worlds made entirely of LEGO bricks which you can freely manipulate and dynamically populate with LEGO models. Explore each World and unlock new discoveries: from cowboys and giraffes to vampires and polar bears, to steamrollers, race cars, and colossal digging machines! Use the multi-tool to shape environments and alter any World to your liking: raise the terrain to create vast mountain ranges, or enter the Brick-by-Brick editor to build anything you can imagine. Save your creations to build with them again. LEGO Worlds enables you to populate your Worlds with many weird and wonderful characters, creatures, models, and driveable vehicles, and then play out your own unique adventures. Probably not worth upsetting the Skeletons though… Explore and Discover the Surprises within LEGO Worlds
- Uncover hidden treasures in environments that range from the fun to the fantastical.
- Make your worlds come to life with customisable characters, both friendly and fearsome.
- Race, soar, zoom, and ride on a variety of vehicles and creatures from diggers and helicopters to horses and dragons Create and Customise your own LEGO World.
- Build any world you can imagine using the brick-by-brick editor tool and prefabricated LEGO structures.
- Modify terrain quickly and easily with the multi-tool.
- Customize your characters in a wide variety of outfits and options.
- Play with a select number of real-life LEGO sets, taken from the Classic and current LEGO themes!
- Export your creations and save them to use again.
The phrase “it’s the LEGO version of Minecraft” has been banded around a lot since LEGO Worlds was first revealed in 2015. Mojang’s gaming phenomenon has certainly made its mark and on first glances LEGO Worlds would certainly appear to fall into the same category as Minecraft. Yet having played the game over the past few days, we can safely say the final product is incredibly different. We first played LEGO Worlds back in 2015 but unfortunately, as is the case with most PC games, unless you have a powerful system, you may struggle to get the best performance from it. From what we first played back then, LEGO Worlds has come on in leaps and bounds. Previously you’d be literally dropped into a random generated world and left to your own devices. However now the game has a basic story and an all-new Quest system.
Once you’re created your LEGO Minifigure character, you’ll then find yourself happily pottering through space in the awesome orange spacecraft known as PUG-Z. But a midflight mishap knocks out your travel systems, limiting your space exploration to a small section of the LEGO galaxy. You then land on your first world, which is themed around the LEGO Pirates sets and characters. It’s also where you’ll get your first crafting item – the Discovery Tool. This handheld device is one of many you’ll obtain over the first few worlds and each have their own special functions but the Discovery Tool is the most useful as it allows you to populate your inventory with all manner of LEGO goodies from characters, creatures and items. It even allows you to nab structures which you can then use on other worlds. Some things can’t be discovered until their connected quest is complete. For example you may spot a Minifigure character you haven’t yet found but you can’t discover them until you complete their simple objectives. These range from swapping items, taking pictures for them or even building and modifying things. Which is where the other collection of Crafting Tools come in handy:
- Discovery Tool – allows copy and create various characters, features and crafts.
- Inventory Bag – contains all your special items and general items.
- Paint Tool – allows you to recolour areas with a variety of colours and effects.
- Build Tool – allows you to use any of the digital bricks you’ve found to what ever you can imagine.
- Copy Tool – built something ace or seen something cool? Then use the Copy Tool to create a copy which can then be built instantly anywhere else.
- Landscape Tool – allows you to change the world around you, create mountains, flatten areas or remove parts of the landscape easily.
- Free Build – access all the above from a handy on-screen bar.
The Gold Bricks you collect and earn, allow you to upgrade your ship to expand your travel radius as well as unlocking a range of special items, which include a camera, a lantern, a grapple gun, a block gun and most awesome of all a jet pack. The camera is certainly the most useful item, as it is used quite often to help various characters. Other items you discover can be instantly dropped into any world you happen to find yourself on, also helping you to complete quests for characters around you or if you fancy stepping into one of the many LEGO vehicles. LEGO Worlds features plenty of familiar LEGO sets, many of which can be discovered across the galaxy’s many worlds.
You can also unlock additional vehicles thanks to a handful of codes included in various LEGO sets instruction booklets. So far only a few LEGO City and LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS sets have these codes but it’s expected future LEGO sets will also have codes. It’s even possible that future LEGO Minifigures series could reintroduce the code system used for LEGO Minifigures Online, to unlock new characters. The more you explore LEGO Worlds the more you unlock and if you fancy a change from your starter characters, you can pop on a complete new look or tweak your current one in the Customiser section of the action wheel.
Once night falls upon the lands of LEGO Worlds, a cheerful lady descends from the skies in a hot air balloon. She has a selection of items for sale, including additional hearts to increase your health bar. These are a must to make sure you have plenty of studs available to buy the goodies on offer. Just like other LEGO Games, studs can be found by smashing LEGO built items, completing quest or smashing small treasure chests. You’ll also need to go in search of special quest chests. These are a little tricky to find, they are marked on the map by a icon of a chest and their general location is noted by a golden shaft of light beaming from the ground. Then the fun of getting to them begins, many chests are located underground in the vast cave networks. But you need to go in search of the cave entrances. These could be located under the ocean or even by climbing along the side of the Worlds edge.
As much fun as the little quests are the main focus of LEGO Worlds, especially when it was in early access, was the freedom to build. The tools used to help you construct your digital masterpieces are amazingly easy to use and anything you can build with real LEGO bricks, can be recreated in LEGO Worlds. But you’ll need to build up your collection of elements before you can really unleash your creative flair. LEGO elements can be found in quest chests or by chasing down the mischievous Troublemakers. These green meanies randomly appear as your travelling around LEGO Worlds, cue a Benny Hill-esque ditty and run after them to obtain the element. The are also a number of Legendary Elements, these are located in special areas and if you’re having trouble finding them, there are Legendary Co-ordinates Pieces, place the four pieces together and they reveal a QR code which can be scanned to revealed the exact location of those Legendary Elements.
You’ll also discover biomes, which is a fancy term for landscape types. These include the classics like sand, stone, water and snow or more unique types like sponge cake and slime. These are be used to transform the land or replace things around you. The more worlds you land on the more of these biomes you’ll unlock. One of the more rarer discoveries are the fabled Dungeons. These are only found on larger worlds and contain a super special item, locked within a chest. You’ll need to take out gangs of bad ‘uns dodge traps and search out a key to open those chests.
The whole game is a love letter to the world of LEGO, with characters from a number of diverse LEGO themes including LEGO Minifigures, LEGO Castle, LEGO City and even LEGO Ideas. You’ll even come across a LEGO Mixel! It’s just has much fun tracking down these digital treasures as it is to real world LEGO sets. The lack of speech from characters is also a fun nod to past LEGO titles, their amusing mumblings add to the charm of the game. Although the characters don’t mutter a word, the game is expertly narrated by Peter Serafinowicz. His witty voiceover coupled with the chilled music almost give the game more of a LittleBigPlanet feel than Minecraft.
LEGO Worlds is a truly amazing experience, although a major departure from TT Games other titles, the passion and eye to detail that the development team have put into the game is outstanding. I must admit I wasn’t expecting to enjoy LEGO Worlds as must has I am. After trying in vain to ‘play’ Minecraft and the experience of LEGO Worlds from the Steam Early Access release, I didn’t really get the appeal beyond the freedom to build. But TT Games have used that Early Access period to tweak LEGO Worlds and have listened to players every step of the way, in order to shape the experience into what we are playing today. Sure there are a few hiccups as you play such as mismatched audio cues and if you’re underground and open a chest, you sometimes get ejected back to the surface. But apart from that the games holds up pretty well considering how much is going on around you.
With an RRP of just £24.99 and most places selling for around £20 you’ll get your money’s worth and hours of gameplay. LEGO Worlds is available now on Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There will also be a Nintendo Switch version released later this year. The game will also be supported with various DLC packs, the first of which brings the LEGO Agents to LEGO Worlds exclusively on PS4.
On a related note, as mentioned above the orange ship you first find yourself in is called the PUG-Z and it need to become an official LEGO set. I know there are already a number of fan builder expertly recreating the ship for themselves but I’d love to see a special LEGO Worlds set featuring the ship, a pair of astronauts and a Troublemaker Minifigures. Come on LEGO you know it makes sense.