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Are your kids into LEGOS? Are they into video games?
Has their time gaming taken away from their LEGO building time?
It doesn’t have to be that way. LEGO Dimensions is the video game that lets your kids build as they play! And no it’s not just building with LEGOs on the screen, there is building off screen too. Ever since my kids were introduced to LEGO Dimensions at a blogger event in 2015, they have wanted this new gaming system. They were glued to it at the event and it made for the perfect Christmas gift that year. We purchased ours online with Amazon. We figured LEGOS and video games, how could we go wrong?
We didn’t go wrong. Yes, my boys squealed and screamed when they first opened the system. They couldn’t wait to play. But truth be told, after a bit of watching my boys play, my husband and I wanted in on the gaming action. The game includes characters that my boys are familiar with AND characters from the past and today, that my husband and I are familiar with. My boys’ favorites are the characters from LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Chima, and The LEGO Movie. My husband and I enjoy playing LEGO Dimensions with DC Comics characters, Back to the Future characters, and Lord of the Rings characters. Family Game Night is now sometimes Family Gaming Night.
With more new characters coming to LEGO Dimensions, I thought it would be a good idea to help us parents keep track of what you need to know about the game, how to play, the different kinds of packs, and more. After reading this you should hopefully be able to hold your own in a conversation with the kids or the toy store associate about LEGO Dimensions.
Lego Dimensions ~ What You Need to Know
About Lego Dimensions
“Let creativity be the guide to a building and gaming adventure – journey through unexpected worlds and team-up with unlikely allies on the quest to defeat the evil Lord Vortech. Play with different minifigures from different worlds together in one LEGO® videogame, and use each other’s vehicles and gadgets in a way never before possible. LEGO® Bad Cop™ driving the DeLorean Time Machine…why not?! The LEGO® Ninjago™ Masters of Spinjitsu fighting alongside Wonder Woman™…yes, please! Get ready to break the rules, because the only rule with LEGO® Dimensions™ is that there are no rules,” from LEGO.
LEGO Dimensions ~ How to Play
LEGO Dimensions starts when a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various LEGO® worlds, different characters from DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings and The LEGO Movie are swept away. To save their friends, Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle bravely jump into the vortex and quickly find themselves fighting to save all of LEGO humanity. As you move through the game there are different parts where the characters are swept away before moving onto the next phase of the game.
The LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack is all players need to begin. The opening scenes of the game will tell you how to build the base and begin your gaming experience.
The LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack includes
- LEGO Dimensions videogame
- LEGO Toy Pad
- Bricks to build the LEGO Gateway
- 3 LEGO minifigures (Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle)
- LEGO Batmobile vehicle
The first step to playing, after the kids settle down from excitement, is to build the minifigure heroes and start the game up. Once the game is started up you’ll enjoy some video before following the in-game build instructions to create the LEGO Gateway. The LEGO Gateway will attach to the portal, known as the LEGO Toy Pad.
As you move through the game, players search for keystones. Those powerful keystones activate new ingame capabilities that players control by moving the keystones on the gamepad. The LEGO Toy Pad lights-up, flashes and changes color to give players clues as to where to go, what to look for, or how to solve a puzzle. The characters, vehicles, and gadgets and where they are placed on the LEGO Toy Pad will determine what happens next in the game.
Whenever there is a new vehicle or gadget to build or rebuild, players will see the step by step instructions for building on the screen.
Purchasing additional packs will allow your children to ‘build’ on their LEGO Dimensions adventures with more minifigures, vehicles, and gadgets. New levels are available with expansion packs. Whatever accessories you purchase they will be compatible with the LEGO Dimensions video game. There will not be a new portal or game to buy each year or holiday seasons. It’s one platform, one video game… with multiple ways to play with adds on known as LEGO Dimensions expansion packs.
LEGO Dimensions ~ What’s the difference between the Lego Dimensions expansion packs?
When this LEGO video game was released in 2015, buyers could purchase new expansion packs known as story packs, level packs, team packs, and fun packs to add to their gaming experience. You still can! Throughout the year, new LEGO Dimension expansion packs are released. Again, all are compatible with each other. Here’s the differences between the expansion packs.
LEGO Dimensions Story Pack
The LEGO Dimensions Story Packs are the biggest way to add to your Family Gaming Night experience. The Story Packs provide 6 all-new game levels (set in movie scenes), and allow players to work together to build a themed LEGO Gateway to customize the LEGO Toy Pad!
LEGO Dimensions Level Pack
A LEGO Dimensions level pack provides players with a new theme-based game level, along with a matching minifigure, a vehicle and a gadget to build and use in-game for access to new areas and more abilities.
LEGO Dimensions Team Pack
A LEGO Dimensions team pack includes two characters. Each character also comes with a vehicle or gadget.
LEGO Dimensions Fun Pack
In a LEGO Dimension fun pack, players can expect to find a character and a gadget OR a vehicle.
LEGO Dimensions Vehicle & Gadgets
The LEGO Dimensions vehicle and gadgets included in expansion packs let players unlock more powerful builds in their gaming experience. But it’s not a build it once and done kind of toy. No, every vehicle and gadget can be taken apart and rebuilt two more times. For example, the Batmobile transforms into the Bat Blaster and then the Sonic Bat Ray. There’s also vehicles and gadgets like the Mystery Machine, the Tardis, a Hoverboard, and Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet. Use them to unlock new areas in this LEGO video game.
LEGO Dimensions TV and Movie Partners
Here’s what I think makes this LEGO video game the most exciting. It’s being able to play with characters from movies and shows my boys, husband, and I all enjoy and can relate to.
- DC Comics™
- The Lord of the Rings™
- The LEGO® Movie
- LEGO® Ninjago™
- Back to the Future™
- The Wizard of Oz™
- LEGO® Chima
- Doctor Who™
- Jurassic World™
- The Simpsons™
- Midway Arcade™
Lego Dimensions ~ What are Battle Arenas
The LEGO Dimensions Battle Arenas allow up to 4 players to play at one time. The gaming screen will divide into equal areas so that each player can play simultaneously. Each Battle Arena has four unique gameplay modes with their own set of traps, special powers and interactive environments.
Lego Dimensions ~ Features kids and parents love
It may be the LEGO building and video game play that pulls kids in to the game, but it’s the real world problem solving and puzzles that keep kids engaged throughout the game. The ability to cross over characters into unlikely settings like Gandalf walking the yellow brick road or Batman in the setting of Ghostbusters, inspires imagination in kids and reignites it in parents.
Kids appreciate that there doesn’t need to be fighting over who plays what. Up to SEVEN minifigures, vehicles, and/or gadgets can be part of the game at the same time. Players can also drop in and out of play… say if one sibling needs a bathroom break, but the other one doesn’t want to stop the game. It happens.
As a parent, I appreciate that we can ‘build’ on their play with different accessory packs, BUT we don’t need to purchase a new portal or game year after year. There are 14 Adventure Worlds that can be unlocked to add even more gameplay, and each world can be unlocked with any LEGO Dimensions minifigure belonging to that brand. Everything is compatible.
Now that you know about Lego Dimensions, when’s your next family gaming night?
You can purchase LEGO Dimensions on Amazon. For a limited time, we are also running a giveaway to win NEW LEGO Dimensions Character Packs. There will be 25 winners who will each win 3 expansion packs. Click over to enter.