Quest-based MMO is cute but hard to figure out how to play.
Common Sense Media
31 December 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that this is an MMORPG -- Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game -- that requires purchase of boxed software as well as a monthly subscription to play. The game is both CARU (Children's Advertising Review Unit) and COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) compliant, and although kids will be playing online with other kids, chat is limited to a "white list" of allowed words.
Conclusion: LEGO Universe is what people in the real-estate industry would call a fixer-upper. There are a lot of issues that mask the elements that sets Universe apart from other MMOs, including bugs, strange gameplay choices and a general lack of content. If all you want to do is build, LEGO Universe might provide the perfect outlet for your creative juices at a fraction of the cost of actual LEGO, but you will have to contend with the multitude of issues that plague the wider...
Excerpt: Space Invaders Infinity Gene initially begins in the glorious retro black and white style as you move your ship on a 2D plane along the bottom of the screen. However fear not readers as it starts to evolve pretty quickly. Initially these evolutions just give you the ability to move your ship in all directions or regain your power-ups after you die.
Excerpt: LEGO Universe is the story of a team of minifigures who went to seek the last essence of pure imagination. Upon discovering the essence of imagination, 3 members of the team used the power of imagination to manifest harmless enjoyable things into existence. Meanwhile, the fourth member of the team inadvertently corrupts the essence of imagination into a dark force known as the Maelstrom which can turn others minifigures into creatures known as Stromlings.
Conclusion: The Short Version: For older kids, especially ones versed in MMOs, this will provide some good, colourful times in the long term, but the question of whether younger children will be able to 'get' it remains. If you're a parent, you might need to be spending your time helping the little 'un play it more than you might wish.
Pros: Loads to do, Colourful and vibrant world, Building stuff, while not to Minecraft levels, is great fun
Cons: Loads to do, Colourful and vibrant world, Building stuff, while not to Minecraft levels, is great fun, Is it really for kids?, Still too much grinding, Rubbish inventory
Excerpt: aims to create a massively multiplayer online world for playing with those famous bricks. The game, developed by US studio NetDevil, has been out for a week now and is just starting to build a life of its own, as players explore the far reaches of the universe with their minifigure (minifig) characters. The MMO stays very true to the joys of Lego, with the multiple gaming worlds being wrapped in a vibrant and playful visual and audio presentation.