Excerpt: Lego Universe is the new Massive Multiplayer Online Game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. I should say up front that I've played and finished all of the Lego games that Warner Bros. has released around its various movie franchises, so I was excited to play this game. Unfortunately, my excitement waned some as I played. There is a lot of good in this game, but there are a lot of restrictions too.
Quest-based MMO is cute but hard to figure out how to play.
Common Sense Media
28 November 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.
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.
Excerpt: Kid-friendly online games are rarely as glossy as their grown-up counterparts, but Lego Universe is anything but a poor replica of an adult game. Instead, it’s a distinctive combination of action, puzzle solving and role-playing elements, with a strong emphasis on co-operative rather than competitive gaming.