Why Lego games?
Tonight I went to see The Lego Movie. It was something I had wanted to do for a while but hadn’t had time since I have been concentrating on creating and launching this site for the past few weeks. With this in mind I went to see the movie and the one thing that stuck in my head was how similar it was to the Lego games.
Now this is of course not a bad thing, the Lego games are great and fun for everyone to experience. But why are they so successful? For decades there have been Lego such as the Millennium Falcon, or the Hogwarts Castle, all of which have been fun to build. But it was only in the past several years that the Lego games have really taken off. My question arises again that why would a game that releases multiple games per year be successful when games such as Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty are criticized for being the same thing over and over again?
Simplicity is key.
The answer is simple, and it isn’t that it is innovating or that it has a complex amount of gameplay and story, but actually that it is so simple. That the games are so simple and fun that anyone can pick them up for drop in-drop out multiplayer games, and everyone loves building things with Lego so they appeal to quite literally anyone.
Who didn’t play with Lego when they were a child, or when they were an adult? Lego are for everyone and so are the games. It is this reason why they are important. A game having the ability to appeal to everyone is something no other annual franchise has achieved, many have tried but none have succeeded to the same amount that the Lego games have.
Why they are Accessible.
Playing the original Lego Star Wars games was one of my fondest memories of video games, I would play with my father and we would have a ton of fun, just running through the story and building stuff, laughing at the humor, and how things were blown apart. The entire experience was amazing, and they have still stood the test of time.
The Lego games bring more accessible games to the mainstream of the community. If you are alive today and reading this post than chances are you know of Lego and have played at least one of the games released so far. The Lego Movie Game actually felt like a culmination of everything good about the games of the past all mashed into one game where you can build random stuff. It was one of the most fun experiences I have had in recent memory.
Stepping on Virtual Lego.
The only game to surpass the Lego games in prominence of creating things is Minecraft. In it you can build anything you want and many consider it to be Lego for adults. It isn’t graphics intensive and can be run on a browser, but it is only a single game so thus does not qualify as a series of games that are about creating things. If Minecraft ever gets a sequel, and I think that is unlikely to happen for a long while, then it will most likely replace the Lego games as the best series for building whatever your heart desires.
The Lego games allow for bonding, for memory making, for creating friendships. The games have stood the test of time and have remained successful not because of their story, humor or graphics, but because it is simple a crap ton of fun to build things with Lego, whether it be virtually or physically. And at least virtually you don’t have to worry about stepping on them.