Excerpt: Unlike most pay-per-month MMOs, Lego Universe isn’t heavy on storyline or ripe with dialogue and cut-scenes. Rather, it’s an extended experience for the Lego enthusiast -- the fan who spent his or her childhood rifling through tubs of these plastic construction toys.
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: LEGO Universe has been officially out for a few days now, but for many, the launch was mostly symbolic. Players who pre-ordered the game had access as early as the 8th of October, more than a fortnight before launch. I started playing about halfway between the early starter date and the official launch, and as I said in my impressions piece about a week ago, I managed to finish about half of the structured content in just a couple of days.
Conclusion: While the online community is basically dominated by really complex and powerful role playing games, Lego Universe comes as a breath of fresh air, pulling everyone into a relaxed and humorist environment that can resurface the inner child of any hard core gamer. This quality is particularity appreciated by children as well and I'm happy to say that even the younger generation can be a part of the ever growing online community.
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.