Kids of all ages love LEGOs… even those who refuse to admit they’ve grown up.
So it’s no surprise Large Animal Games, creator of the critically-acclaimed Saints & Sinners Bowling, has joined forces with the world-famous toy manufacturer to bring audiences LEGO: Bricktopia.
The best arcade-style block-basher we’ve laid eyes (or sweating palms) upon in a long time, the title isn’t just a clever fusion of branding and brilliant play mechanics. It’s also an instant classic in its own right.
Forget everything you think you know about the genre.
At passing glance, the setup’s the same as always. Controlling a paddle located at the bottom of the screen, you must clear playfields of bricks by batting a ball into them. Fail to return serve, and you’ll lose a life, with only a limited supply available.
Look closer though, and major revisions to the age-old formula are instantly apparent:
Taken together, the sum total provides for a surprisingly strategic and fun outing. To wit, it’s never a case of simply sitting back and letting the ball bounce away.
Do you go for that multi-ball power-up at the risk of missing a return serve? Race towards the falling LEGO that’ll double your paddle’s size, or let it pass, knowing the firework-shooting bonus tumbling down the other side of the screen could come in handier? Fire away with a super bump or play it straight, recognizing it could take three times as long to clear the stage of debris?
These are the questions you’re constantly asking.
Flush with lively touches and brightly-painted hues (note the way light trails your ball), stages quickly dissolve into a beautiful blur of sound and color as well. Between catchy background jingles, moving parts, plummeting bonuses and shattering objects, there’s never a dull moment
Best of all, with 150 stages to explore, multiple bonus levels, two difficulty settings (casual and expert) and Brick Blitz, a faster-paced play variant unlocked only after completing the title, the excitement never stops.
Easily the most entertaining and visually captivating game of its type – even the main menu sports ricocheting balls and dancing characters – LEGO: Bricktopia is as simple to play as it is to love.
Large Animal Games deserves serious commendation for its efforts. Not that we expect it’ll be a problem, given the soon to be thousands of downloads by satisfied customers such as yourself.