TT Games in the latter The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame, decides to enrich the classic LEGO videogame formula with small innovations that are pleasant, guaranteeing a fresh and genuine fun that has always been characteristic of video games made from nice bricks
As you can imagine, this video game is the videogame adaptation of the movie coming out to the cinema from which it takes its name. The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame is a "legoinception": this time the tie-in is taken from a LEGO film and not from a cult film such as Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings and the like.
As before, (slightly) better than before
It is basically an adventure game with obvious platform components, as per tradition. Let's consider that this game adheres to the long line of LEGO tie-ins, and that a new line does not fit into it, such is that of LEGO Worlds. However, there is a substantial innovation in terms of gameplay, and which we will talk about shortly. And above all, it remains a very fun game to play in cooperative.
The plot of the video game is identical to that of the film from which it is based. Imagine that every now and then we will see cut-scenes taken directly from the film, which will introduce us to the different chapters of the game, or to plot twists. I must say that the graphic quality of the cut-scenes does not disfigure the graphics sector of the game.
The story is about six high school boys who have a double Ninja life, and who are led by master Wu in which they defend their city, Ninjago precisely, from various threats. What starts the plot of the title is the attack of Lord Garmadon (which the first time for the haste I had read Ganon, but let's forget this detail). The ninjas foil the attack, but Garmadon is already planning his next attack. As an initial circumstance we learn that the supervillain is the father of the ninja protagonist, Lloyd, and from here on the story will unfold.
I don't want to give spoilers, but suffice it to say that very similar to that of the other LEGO films, the plot of Ninjago is characterized by a calibrated and linear structure, with nice and well-built characters that will make the story proceed with humor outside the lines. and pop culture quotes.
A sparkling and dynamic world
The scenes cut out from the film show us colorful and dynamic environments, which the bricks can only make more captivating and beautiful to look at. The game is no exception: The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame presents a very solid technical sector, with a level design that will push you forward curious to know what will be the next constructions that you will compose with your bricks to advance in the level.
Speaking of the levels, these present loading times a bit long and not exactly pleasant, moreover the game engine (which for the most part makes the game go smooth as oil) in the presence of too many elements to process has micro slowdowns and in a couple of times on my PC has even crashed.
The sound sector is as impeccable as ever, from the music to the FX, made really with care. Nothing exceptional, but it allows you to enjoy the gaming experience with joy.
What news are there?
The gameplay of The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame does not differ from other LEGO games: you advance from scenario to scenario through platform and action sections. The repetitiveness that characterized the previous chapters is much less pronounced here. In fact, this time it was decided to leave much more room for action.
A combo system which embellishes the game formula, otherwise perhaps too stale. Furthermore, all this action makes the multiplayer experience (strictly local) for two players in splitscreen more enjoyable. It will be more fun for two, and whether you are an adult or a child it will make no difference: you will have a great time.
Also a tree skill system, will allow us to choose the orientation we want to give to our characters by buying the upgrades thanks to the tokens that we will receive as we advance through the levels.
Nothing complex or innovative, but certainly capable of rejuvenating a brand that is too static in its mechanics.
You will have them for quite a while to be Ninja
The game is quite long-lived: there are an infinity of unlockables, which will make us return to visit at least once the 8 areas in which our levels are set. In fact, The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame it's not like some previous LEGO titles like an open-world one, but it has a much more linear structure.
Side missions aren't very exciting, and they don't give much reason to be played. In any case, we can all face a series of additional challenges and boss fights alone or in cooperative up to four players, greatly increasing our hours spent beating them up.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame, ninja a mattoncini
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame is not a revolutionary title, and nor does it claim to be. It's a classic tie-in that runs alongside a larger commercial product, in this case the Ninjago movie. With all its strengths and weaknesses it manages to entertain, and I recommend it to all those who want to disconnect for a moment and enjoy a simple but satisfying title, and those who want to play with children, cousins, little sisters and brothers, but also with adults. . After all, we all always go back to being a little child with Lego.