I have to admit that I’m not the smartest person, and as such, I really don’t like puzzles. If there’s a puzzle in a game, I’ll probably just find a way to solve it. They’re not my thing, and as a result I’m more geared towards simple games.
So you might be surprised to hear that Lego Bricktalesentirely made up of physics puzzles, was one of my favorite games at PAX East 2022. I can’t get it, but I’ll explain it to the best of my ability.
Piece by piece
Lego Bricktales On the surface it’s a very simple game. In the demo I played at PAX, I was a little Lego guy wandering around small, intricately crafted environments. According to a PR person who helped me during the demo, the game will feature a number of different themed biomes when it comes out. Players will build through forests, deserts and pirate-infested Caribbean islands.
But for the duration of the game, I only see the inside of a certain lab (where I learn the basics) and that jungle.
In other Lego games, players often adventure through a number of worlds curated based on a common IP. Huge The fact that the Lego Star Wars game just came out, but Lego Bricktales not so. It also doesn’t seem to be telling its own original story like Lego City Undercover. Instead, the game is all about its puzzles and as such, all about building things with Lego.
Throughout Lego Bricktales, you will be presented with simple problems. For example, there is one lever you need to reach, which is distance. The game will then prompt a prompt and you’ll enter a clean construction space where you build a bridge out of Lego parts. Of course, this is a very specific puzzle, but it is an easy example. After building your bridge, you’ll run a simulation in which the robot rolls over your construction. If they make it through to the other side safely, your creation will be sent straight into the game’s world for you to actually use.
The process of actually building things that I went through wasn’t the best, but I blame the controller for that. Lego Bricktales there are actually some pretty intuitive controls for moving little Lego pieces around in 3D, but throwing an Xbox controller (or really any controller other than a keyboard and mouse) into the mix makes the whole experience messier than it should be.
However, I am very pleased to create my own creations with a select few pieces. The game even gives the player too many pieces for a structure, which points to a great revelation: There are no right answers to any puzzle. My goal was to get the robot from point A to point B, that’s it, and in the end I created things that the PR instructors I had never seen before.
Build to your heart’s content
I’ll go back a second to the fact that the game often gives me more pieces than I need to build something. Sure, that means there are solutions to every puzzle and that’s great. But more importantly, it means players can build to their heart’s content.
Not everything I’ve been given has been useful for construction. Some are facades, intended to give Lego’s often rough-looking bricks a smooth finish. Active gameplay provides players with the means to decorate the answers to their quizzes. You don’t have to – I didn’t – but you can, and that speaks to the heart of Lego. As far as I can tell, the solutions to the puzzles are not something you will be able to go back and review. Once they’re in the game’s world, that’s it, they’re a permanent fixture that you’ll likely see another time.
But in my experience as a PR person guiding me, players won’t be limited to just building physics puzzles. Lego Bricktales will also include a free build mode and that’s something I think anyone can get excited about. At one point or another, we’ve all seen it what people can do with a bucket full of Lego bricks; they will recreate the Taj Mahal or some other historical place. While I’m not sure if that kind of building is possible, having an accessible digital space to build with Lego is something I can’t help but see novelty in.
Lego Bricktales is set to release sometime this year, although its full platform list is yet to be announced. The game will at least come PC via Steamwhere it can be listed in the wish list.