Monday, 23 July 2012

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Update 23rd July 2012:

It's almost been a month now, and we are still playing the game! LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is surprisingly big! Although we aren't playing it everyday, we still haven't gone through half of the game! I'm counting on it to entertain Abby throughout the whole Summer holiday, she's been asking for it every single day since we started playing!

Original review posted on 25th June 2012:

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One of the mostly played toys in this house is LEGO. We have assorted Duplos and 2 tubs packed with the normal bricks. But we have never played LEGO video games before. I always thought that it's just a normal game with LEGO characters in it, but it's not at all! You really get to do things that is LEGO related in the game. Abby and I have just been trialing LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes on our PC (my preferred platform), and have cleared 3 stages already (played for several hours!)

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When one player wanders away from the other, the screen will split

The game allow 2 players to play together, one as Batman and the other Robin. You can also play the game on your own with Robin tagging along, and use him when you need his skills.

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Shooting Joker's speedboat using Batplane and Robin's Helicopter

Not only do you have to solve puzzles to advance in the game, you will also be smashing anything made with LEGO into pieces, and collect the LEGO coins that bursts out from them. Sometimes you can use the pieces to build something useful to help you with your quests. You will also be fighting villains and practising your target and hit skills.

Although the game is suitable from 4 years old or above, I do think that some of the puzzles are quite difficult for them to play on their own. It is probably best to have an older child to solve the puzzles together with them. However, I was very impressed with Abby, as not only did she remember which key does what, she also knew how to defend herself from the villains (or beat  me  Batman up when she was overly excited), and knew that the building blocks for the characters' special suits were hidden in objects that lets out an orange aura.

We did get stuck in some places, for example, between building gaps. When we moved one step, we'd burst into coins (ie die). There is only auto save, or save at special locations. So when you get stuck, be ready to play it again from the last saved scene. I would suggest to split Batman and Robin up in this case, by moving Batman forward as much as possible until you need Robin. So if one get stuck, the other might still have a chance to get both out (by reaching a cut scene).

The game provides hours of fun, and even I love this suitable for children game! I have been playing games since I was a teenager and have been an addict of many. If it wasn't because of Abby (slowing me down *cough*) and I still need to attend to the others, I would be sitting here for the whole day trying to beat the game!

The graphics were surprisingly good. Some puzzles were challenging even for me, which was great as too easy will be boring. The dialog (I heard it's the first time these LEGO minifigures speak!) were quite funny as well, and watching Batman beating Joker up with a LEGO hammer really made me laugh out loud!

You can buy the game now from any game stores for £17.99 or above (depending on the platform). You can also buy the LEGO Super Heroes: DC Universe toy collection that has just been released as well.

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Disclosure: I was sent a game to review; all opinions are honest and my own