Earlier today, I did an one hour stream on my Twitch channel for the new LEGO Worlds video game. It is now available for Early Access on Steam for $14.99. My first impressions of the game is that the play style is very similar to any other LEGO games you may have played by TT Games.
When you first load up the game, you have a few options. You can choose from a number of Worlds you can start on. You can also randomize the worlds so there are a number of different environments you can start on. After the world loads, you get dropped in from the air at a random spot and you can either land while going full speed or you can open up your umbrella to slow you down and that’s when the exploration starts.
You have your basic jump, action, and ability/interact buttons which are standard for these LEGO games. Pretty much everything is breakable and some items can drop studs for you to use to purchase things. I’ll get to that a little later. You may also see items that flash white. You can collect those to add to your collection of items called props. There are also random characters that you’ll meet throughout your exploration and they’ll be added to the characters list. Beware, you may also find some enemies that you have to beat up to get them.
For Tools, you have paint mode, add, remove, flatten, smooth, lower terrain, raise terrain, and select & export. These tools allow you to change the terrain to your liking. under these options, there are more options that are available.
The Brick Building section allows you to place any LEGO element in a variety of colors and start building to your heart’s content. There are tons of combinations of bricks and colors that you can use to create your custom builds. I’ll go more in-depth on this section a little later as I didn’t have much time today.
Under the Models section, you have items, characters, creatures, vehicles, brick builds, sets, and props. This section is probably my favorite so far with the limited playing I’ve done. Items are things you find in large treasure chests that your minifigures can hold and use. Again, Characters are minifigures that you come across while you’re exploring.
Creatures are animals that you have ridden before which range from cows to camels, to a dragon. Yes, you heard that right, I said a dragon! Vehicles are types of transportation that you have found in the open world. brick builds are preset builds that the devs have given you to play around with. Once you choose which one you want, your character will start building it automatically. Sets are official sets that your character can build. You are given one when you start the game with the LEGO Creator Changing Seasons (31038). With my limited playing time, I’m not sure how to get more sets.
Finally, there are Props which are the flashing white items that you can collect. While you’re playing, you’ll also be collecting studs which are used to purchase characters, creatures, vehicles, props, and probably sets so you can use them anytime.
Character Customizer is pretty self-explainatory. You can customize your character with parts from various LEGO minifigure characters that you come across.
Overall, LEGO Worlds has lots of potential. LEGO fans who have played Minecraft may be somewhat familiar with this sandbox-type game. In my opinion, this game could possibly be more popular than LEGO Universe as players can create endless things with the tools given at their disposal. The only downside to the game is that it is currently a single-player game. If LEGO Worlds is going to be as successful as Minecraft is now, the developers have to add a multi-player option later on.
With the short time I’ve played it, I enjoyed it very much. It was really fun to ride the different vehicles and animals especially the dragon. The funniest ride I’ve found so far is the ostrich as your character flops its hands everywhere while the bird is running. Since the game is still in Early Access on Steam, there are still some bugs to be worked out. One of these bugs is with the items treasure chest. It glitches out and you have to restart the game. Would I recommend LEGO Worlds? Most definitely. You’ll have tons of fun playing a LEGO game to build LEGO. Check out my hour-long gameplay video of LEGO Worlds below. I’ll most likely be streaming it more when I have time in the future.