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Warner Bros. has been getting more adventurous with the LEGO games of late. Developer Traveller's Tales has stamped the brick-based titles on the gaming world's collective memory with interpretations of blockbuster franchises such as Star Wars, Batman, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. With release first of LEGO City Undercover and now The LEGO Movie game, the series is moving into more self-built territory. Well, nearly...
Roughly following the plot of the movie (so you might want to hold off hitting start if you don't want spoilers) the game stars Emmet on a quest to save the world from Lord Business (played by no less than Will Ferrell). Along for the ride are other heroes from the film such as bodyguard/love interest Wyldstyle, blind wizard Vitruvius (voiced by Morgan Freeman) and less central characters including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Green Ninja, Gandalf, Shakespeare, Cleopatra and more.
The established hallmarks of the LEGO series are all here. Players roam through different environments, platforming, puzzling and doing a spot of brawling. There are certain things that can only be done by certain characters (only Batman can swing on grappling points, for example) and oodles of collectibles scattered around, so plenty of reasons to make the most of those abilities.
There are a couple of new tweaks, too, such as a shape-matching minigame whenever Emmet assembles a large LEGO model that's important to the plot.
Of course, the game features co-op and the LEGO series' trademark wry sense of humour. If you liked the movie or any of the previous games, The LEGO Movie Videogame is a pretty safe bet.