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Review

After its premiere on Apple Arcade, Lego Builder's Journey has also been released for PC (Epic Games Store & Steam) and Switch in a homeopathic expanded form. In the minimalistic, but especially on PC incredibly good looking puzzle game, Lego bricks have to be placed in small diorama scenarios. Without text and speech, a small story is also...

LEGO® Builder's Journey

  • Greg Burn
  • Jul 02, 2021

After its premiere on Apple Arcade, Lego Builder's Journey has also been released for PC (Epic Games Store & Steam) and Switch in a homeopathic expanded form. In the minimalistic, but especially on PC incredibly good looking puzzle game, Lego bricks have to be placed in small diorama scenarios. Without text and speech, a small story is also told, which unfortunately ends when you have just warmed up to the game.

Lego Builder's Journey is actually about building something useful or even creative with Lego bricks and bridging obstacles in puzzle form. In more than 60 3D dioramas, you have to pave a way for the main character with Lego pieces to reach his destination on the other side of the level. At first, you follow a parent figure, later something else moves into focus. The Lego developers of "Light Brick" even manage to tell a small, fine, and emotionally charged story completely without text, language, and raised forefinger. And clearly, the game, on which the Lego lettering can be read virtually everywhere, can also be understood as an advertising game for the Danish building block manufacturer, but the focus is actually on the creative puzzle and building experience (which Lego could promote better in the real sets, by the way) and the small story.

The game starts with building a sandcastle on a beach - in true style, everything in the world is made of Lego bricks, even the waves, mud puddles, or rivers. You have to pick up (usually a few) selected Lego bricks from the environment and place them again. However, you can not take apart the whole diorama. After the sandcastle, you have to follow the parent figure through the Lego wilderness on several levels.

The big shortcoming of the game around the lovingly designed puzzle dioramas is the playing time. After one and a half to two hours, you have played through the cute story and after that, there is practically nothing left to do.

The controls on the PC take a bit of getting used to picking, rotate and place the stones (hold the mouse button down longer). You don't need more than the mouse to solve the puzzles. 

Conclusion

The puzzles are decent, but tend to be a bit too easy - and just when things get going, the game stops. Unlike many other Lego games, this one is really about (creative) building with the bricks, while still telling a little story completely without words or text. Everything is packed in very nice and lovingly designed dioramas, which look even better with raytracing on the PC. This little game is one of the absolute showpieces in the RTX field. Away from some control quirks, it would have been nice if there was at least a small creative mode or special challenges. Something like that would have upgraded Lego Builder's Journey.

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