Lego Worlds is like a childhood dream come true. It’s a game I’ve been waiting for my entire life, and it’s finally here on Steam Early Access. I know, I know, Minecraft has been around for years already, and conceptually, it’s basically virtual Legos on steroids. But honestly, Minecraft has always been a big tease for me. It’s like a Lego game without Legos, and to me personally, that’s always been an issue. There’s something irreplicable about Legos. Maybe I’m blinded by nostalgia, or maybe it’s the franchise’s unparalleled charm. Whatever the reason may be, the release of Lego Worlds is a big deal for me, and I’m thrilled with where the development is headed.
Lego Worlds isn’t here to replace Minecraft. Even if that’s the developers aim, it’s not going to happen. Minecraft’s user base is gargantuan, and the game’s brilliance lies in its simplicity and usability. Anyone can pick up Minecraft and make something interesting in minutes. The experts, of course, are able to craft entire worlds for gamers to enjoy. Lego Worlds, on the other hand, is mainly geared towards Lego fans. If you don’t like TT Games’ other releases, Lego Worlds isn’t going to change your mind. It uses similar gameplay mechanics, but instead of the linear levels, it tosses players into a vast open sandbox with unlimited potential.
"Maybe I’m blinded by nostalgia, or maybe it’s the franchise’s unparalleled charm. Whatever the reason may be, the release of Lego Worlds is a big deal for me, and I’m thrilled with where the development is headed."
The Early Access release of Lego Worlds offers a good chunk of content, but be aware that the game is in its very early stages of development. The current version serves as a great teaser trailer for what’s yet to come, so those expecting a half-finished product might be disappointed. Once you’re tossed into the world, you’re free to do as you please. Collect Lego figurines, ride horses and drive various vehicles, collect resources and build whatever you want. TT Games has done a wonderful job of making players feel like they’re part of a massive Lego universe. Everything is made out of Lego pieces: the sky, water, trees, plants, absolutely everything. It’s quite a shift from the semi-realistic background of TT Games’ typical Lego releases (The Lego Movie Videogame excluded).
Building in Lego Worlds takes a little practice, and it’s not as intuitive as Minecraft’s building mechanics. Part of the challenge is becoming familiar with all the different parts and shapes, since you’re not just working with rectangular objects. Minecraft, as the name implies, places a large emphasis on mining materials, whereas Lego Worlds almost exclusively focuses on building and collecting. Transportation plays a big role in Lego Worlds, allows gamers to traverse areas using horses, airplanes, cars and pretty much anything you can imagine. When you’re not collecting parts and unlocking new characters and vehicles, Lego Worlds borrows heavily from its more action oriented predecessors. Punching your way through skeletal foes and watching them disintegrate into hundreds of tiny Lego pieces still hasn’t lost its charm.
"Lego Worlds is in its very early stages, and unless you are a die hard franchise fan, you may want to hold off until more features are added. As it stands, the game in its current stage is a small taste of what is yet to come."
Lego Worlds is a beautiful game. If you have the skills and patience, you can build remarkable worlds similar to the Lego Movie. Despite being entirely constructed of Lego bricks, the game’s visuals are surprisingly rich and diverse. You literally feel like you’ve been sucked into a world of Legos, and for the kid in me, it couldn’t be a more remarkable experience. Performance wise, the game does have a lot of issues. Our rig boasts a 780, an i7 4770 and 32GB or RAM, yet I could only get a solid 60fps by running the game on medium settings. Even then, the frame rate fluctuates when too many things fly across the screen, but luckily, it’s far from being unplayable.
Lego Worlds is in its very early stages, and unless you are a die hard franchise fan, you may want to hold off until more features are added. As it stands, the game in its current stage is a small taste of what is yet to come. It’s a delicious slice, but it’s only a slice nevertheless. Lego Worlds has a ton of potential, and the game’s success will purely depend on how much the developer is willing to diversify their established formula. The Minecraft comparisons are unavoidable, but TT Games has the advantage of working with an undeniably charming franchise that has promise of being more than a mere Minecraft replica. So far things are looking pretty good, and if nothing else, Lego Worlds is perfect for those who don’t want to spend a fortune on the real-life toys.
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