Did you ever wonder what it would be like if the Scooby-Doo gang and Batman teamed up to save the world? Wonder no more! Lego Dimensions, developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, is now available on a console near you!
This game answers the age-old question, “Have I really lived if I haven’t seen Gandalf riding one of the raptors from Jurassic World?” No. No you have not.
For the first time in any Lego video game, 14 iconic entertainment brands and franchises we all know and love dearly converge into one big, fun adventure. That’s right—all of your favorite DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie, Lego Ninjago, Back to the Future, The Wizard of Oz, Scooby-Do!, Lego Legends of Chima, Doctor Who, Jurassic World, Ghostbusters, The Simpsons, Portal, and Midway Arcade (OMG WHAT?! THAT’S SO MANY GREAT THINGS) merge together into one big, super, fantasy adventure.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL: This game joins the toys-to-life category that brought us Skylanders and Disney Infinity, and merges physical Lego brick building with interactive console gameplay. Say what?! Let’s break down how this baby works:
Start from the beginning. What’s the deal?
At the beginning of the game, a mysteriously and powerful vortex suddenly appears and sweeps away characters from various Lego worlds. In order to help out all of their friends, Wyldstyle (of The Lego Movie fame), Gandalf (of The Lord of the Rings fame), and Batman (of…well… Batman fame) valiantly jump into said vortex. Of course, they quickly find themselves on a journey through cool Lego worlds, teaming up with surprising allies (Scooby-Doo! Raptors! The Doctor!) in order to defeat the evil Lord Vortech—because what’s a video game without an evil boss?!
What?! How Can I Help Them?
Use the Lego Toy Pad! The Lego Toy Pad lets players transport special Lego minifigures and models into the game, as well as control some of the in-game action by moving the physical toys around on it. It’s the interactive part of Dimensions gamplay—you use it basically like an additional controller and it allows you to interact with the toys and the game throughout your journey.
To have your characters jump into the game, you first must build up the Gateway—because #legos. Once you’re all set, you connect it to the Toy Pad and then can have up to—wait for it—SEVEN characters, vehicles, or gadgets in the game at one time. Whatever objects you build up, jump right into the game.
But Ali, Why Would I Need So Many People?
First of all, teamwork. Second of all, different characters can unlock different things in each of the worlds—for example, Scooby can find extra things buried in his own world. This is especially cool if you’re one of those gamers who likes to unlock ALL of the secrets in the game. You can build up different vehicles and gadgets to accomplish what you need and then each of those vehicles and gadgets can be built up two additional times, letting you have tons of creative fun and interactive gameplay.
Some levels also challenge you to solve puzzles by interacting with the figures on the Toy Pad. It features three different areas of RGB light technology that produces different colors to provide hints and puzzles for players to solve, so it serves as more than just a means of transport.
Great, I’m Ready! What Do I Need to Start?
The Lego Dimensions Starter Pack includes the game itself, bricks to build the Lego Gateway, three minifigures (Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle), the Lego Batmobile, and the Toy Pad.
Cool, but you said I could use up to seven. How do I get more?
Well, aren’t you the overachiever.
In addition to the 14 levels found in the game’s main story, players can also access a unique freeplay Adventure World for each of the 14 worlds found in the game. That world can be unlocked with any Lego Dimensions minifigure belonging to that brand and lets you explore even further.
As far as the additional figures and such go, players can buy separate expansion packs from all of the brands included in the game. Level Packs, Team Packs, and Fun Packs provide new buildable characters, vehicles, and gadgets with special in-game abilities. You can use the expansion packs anywhere, interchangeably throughout the game.
Great, thanks Ali!
Nope. One more thing: There is also a Lego Dimensions companion app which gives players a tool to track their own personal expansion pack collections, create wish lists, and provide additional information about the game and products. It also includes information on the storyline, instructions for different gameplay features, and a list of in-game abilities. PLUS, the app lets players track the availability of future expansion packs alongside their own collection.