If you’ve never heard of Lego bricks before, you’ve been missing out on one of the most popular toys in the world. Simple interlocking bricks of various sizes and shapes, constructed into whatever you can imagine, have been an important part of so many childhoods. Lego Worlds attempts to translate this creativity to video game form, and the result is a fun and relaxing sandbox to let yourself get lost in.
The basic premise of Lego Worlds is that you are a minifigure in a world built entirely of Lego bricks. You have a spaceship you use to travel between worlds, and using your handy Discovery Tool, you can discover and unlock various kinds of decorations, outfits, weapons, tools, and models to then place around the world as you see fit. Your progress is marked by Gold Bricks, and milestones allow you to unlock new worlds to visit. The worlds all have their own theme, be it cowboys, candy, or Christmas, and each one has new discoveries for you to make. You’ll also be given other tools to modify the terrain and build your own structures. The Landscape Tool lets you create hills and valleys, the Paint Tool is a paintball gun with a fancy name, and the Build Tool lets you create structures brick by brick. You will have to find and unlock new bricks to use, but you’re given the basics at the beginning, and discovery is part of the fun. You’ll eventually unlock other gadgets like the camera and grappling hook, so the worlds open up and become more interesting the more you play. All of the tools presented to you will be used in quests presented by NPC minifigs. You’ll encounter someone who is missing a number of chickens or needs a fourth wall on their house. These quests essentially serve as an introduction to your tools, and from there it’s up to your imagination. I’ve constructed castles and enormous trees to put in completely ridiculous locations, like on a mountaintop that’s entirely too small for it. Once you’ve built a majestic sculpture or replica of some real-world landmark, you could also turn it into a Jackson Pollock painting, as I’ve done countless times by aimlessly playing with the paint tool. Building and exploring is much like playing with actual Lego sets; the most fun I’ve had is wandering around until inspiration strikes and I get an idea to build a secret lair or a spaceship or a sharknado.
Every single Lego video game ever made has had some form of multiplayer, and Worlds is no different. There is, of course, online play, but you can also connect a second controller and play splitscreen with a friend. Split screen multiplayer has always been a bit of a mixed bag, no matter if it’s Borderlands or, in this case, Lego Worlds. Visibility is a bit more limited, but the third-person camera helps with this. I haven’t experienced framerate issues; you’ll really only see that on lower-end PCs, so if you’re playing on a console there should be nothing to worry about. Included in co-op play is all the same gameplay as before, just with a friend this time. You’ll both have access to all the unlocked tools and bricks, and discoveries will still count toward your unlocks. It’s fun to try and build something together, or even just ride around on dragons making swiss cheese of the landscape. The only drawback, I’d say, is that you can’t just use the individual joy-cons of the Switch; you have to have two full controllers. But that’s a minor issue, and platform-specific. If you play on PC, PS4, or Xbox, just grab a second controller and have fun.
Lego Worlds has strong core gameplay that is fun and engaging. If you’ve never been able to build giant Lego castles and spaceships and whatnot, or you just want to run around a colorful and blocky world, this is your game. There’s no real story to speak of, which isn’t even a detriment depending on who you ask. If you’re looking for a campaign to play through, you won’t find it here, but for players who enjoy sandboxes like Minecraft and Garry’s Mod, you’re absolutely guaranteed to have fun no matter what you decide to do with your world. The game thrives on its gameplay alone, because the endless possibilities of Lego are baked into it so well. Especially if you play multiplayer, you’ll create your own stories and the game will still be memorable.
Violence: There are guns and swords for your character to hit things and npcs with, but everything in the game is made of Lego. This is the game equivalent of playing with a massive Lego set.