Now that LEGO Minifigures Online is in open beta, I can finally talk about my experience so far about the game while I was testing it in the closed beta. When you first start, you choose between three teams of three minifigures. After that, you go through a short tutorial of how to play the character and the game features. If you’ve played any sort of RPGs before, you’re probably already familiar with how the game will play.
Within the options menu, you find a tab that is for “Shop” which is essentially the game’s main cash grab. There are a variety to purchase a number of things such as more minifigures to use in-game, potions, diamonds, as well as the membership. Although technically you don’t have to spend real money to play the game because you can spend the diamond currency that you can pick up in-game, it will be somewhat faster and more “fun” because you’ll be unlocking a number of features that the free version doesn’t have. One of these features is the Pocket Adventures which are essentially dungeons that give more loot. One other feature that I felt shouldn’t be subscription-only is the chat function. Currently there is no way to communicate with other players unless you are a member which is, how can I put it lightly, stupid. The purpose of MMOs is to play with other people and communicating with them is essential to plan out strategies and whatnot. But if everyone is playing for free and there’s no communicating between players, it kinda takes away from what a MMO is.
On to the next tab in the options menu, you get to look at your collection of minifigures. Here you can level up your individual minifigures by spending stars when you reach a certain level.
The next tab over is a place where you can upgrade your abilities by filling out the layout with bricks you have collected. By filling out the board, you can upgrade either your power, defense, or creativity by using the respective colored bricks.
For the gameplay itself, it’s pretty linear and you just go through the map fighting mobs and collecting loot without dying. There are certain points in the game where you will be fighting harder mobs which are designated with a different aura than regular mobs. Defeat them and they will drop more loot than normal ones. Try to play with a group of people if you can because mobs will get harder as your progress and you will need all the help you can get. I’m currently at level 11 and mobs are still a small challenge even though I’ve upgraded everything I can. What’s interesting is that the majority of the game is shooting or hitting things and not much building.
Overall, my first impression of LEGO Minifigures Online is somewhat mediocre. When I first heard about the game last year, I was excited for it.The game is nicely designed and runs well on my semi-old laptop. The target audience is young kids to maybe early teens and the game achieves that feat. The main issue I currently have in the game is that I cannot chat with fellow players and for us to pay for a feature that every MMO should already have is ludacris. Also, the difficulty level as you progress in the game may be a little too much for the younger kids. I’ll try to play again once the game is officially released but I will not be paying for any of the features and I’m sure that parents will be somewhat hard-pressed to shell out money for a fairly expensive membership. I’ll grind my way to the required number of diamonds needed for the cheapest membership option and see if the gameplay is a little better.
You can now download LEGO Minfigures Online here and try it out for yourself.