For years, LEGO games have carried around a reputation for being quality, kid-friendly titles that can be enjoyed by players of all ages. From classics like LEGO Star Wars to the recent LEGO Builder's Journey, there's hardly a modern LEGO game you can call downright bad. That is, until LEGO Brawls released on consoles, creating an embarrassing stain on an otherwise consistent catalogue.
Originally released in 2019 for Apple Arcade on mobile devices, LEGO Bawls is a fighting game in the loosest of terms. You only have one attack button, and you're able to pick up two temporary power-ups from item boxes around the stage. Matches are predominantly in a 4v4 King of the Hill format, where teams must control a certain area for a period of time. Despite being the main mode, this mode devolves into a mindless, button-mashing slog not even kids will enjoy. There's no feedback when hits connect, matches last for far too long, and characters can sometimes go flying from random hits. Additionally, because the AI is so poor, there's a good chance you can win by simply putting the controller down and standing still.
Other types of matches include an eight-player battle royale and a first-to-15 kills bout, but the nature of the game makes the modes far too hectic to enjoy. And due to the lack of discernible sound effects and no voices, you likely won't know where your character is until the end of the match anyway.
The main draw of LEGO Brawls is undoubtedly its character creator. There are over 77 billion weapon and outfit combinations to build, and while the number sounds insane, it's unlikely you'll be able to see all the options the game has available. Customization parts are either unlocked one at a time by winning matches or grinding for experience in a Battle Pass-style system. Because of this, it's unlikely you'll be able to truly build any minifigure you want.
LEGO Brawls feels like an insult to LEGO fans after the fantastic LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga released earlier this year. From the terrible core gameplay to the incredibly grindy unlock system, there are very few redeeming qualities to this package. If you're really desperate to build your own minifigure, most LEGO games already have a character creator of their own. Your time and money are best spent elsewhere.
It's difficult to tell a good lego game from a bad one as they are both the product of a creative block.
@riceNpea How to spot somebody who hasn’t played The Skywalker Saga.
@nessisonett I have not. Please enlighten me 😊
also are you speaking to me or at me? I can't tell.
Yeah when you've got Multiversus and even Nickelodeon AllStars it's hard to find this appealing for almost anyone.
I never even knew this was in development. It sounds like I'm not missing much though.
@riceNpea on a roll today 😂
Had a feeling this was going to be a dud. Especially since fighting games have been on a roll lately
"Creative Block" I see what you did there!
@riceNpea 😂😂 That took me a minute, I won't lie.
Also worth pointing out that this game was NOT made by TT Games, so not the same studio that made all the other major LEGO games such as the Skywalker Saga.
I dunno, everybody thinks every Lego game ever made is the best game ever made. But that's because we're all manchildren inside.
Skywalker Saga was overrated
@willi3su I feel like we waited so long for a release date that by the time it eventually arrived, I didn’t really care anymore.
Plus, no character creator either, which was a huge omission - and an unforgivable one given all the delays.
Is it worse than LEGO Movie 2 and LEGO Worlds? Surely not 👀
I didn't know this was a mobile port. Not surprising it's so bad then. The standards for mobile games just aren't there compared to what's expected for a console game.
So when Multiverses exist for free why would anyone buy this?
It looks like a shoddy Smash Bros clone for the Ouya.
@BritneyfR_ee Not sure on this game, but I enjoyed lego worlds. My daughter and I had many hours of fun finding hidden treasures and building new cities in Lego Worlds.
It's not supposed to be a big title or even a smash game, it's just fun multiplayer with alot of customization.
I know I enjoyed it alot and same goes for everyone who played with me.
What's the deal with all these brawler games releasing around the same time?
@riceNpea Skywalker Saga is a major improvement on the LEGO games "formula" according to all of my friends that have played it.
I'm still not touching it until there's a $25 sale (or cheaper) on the Deluxe/Complete Edition though, just how much I'm willing to pay for a LEGO game.
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