The Lego Movie Videogame is a rich experience

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The Lego Movie Videogame
(Warner Bros.; PS3, PS4, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One; rated everyone 10+)

Gamers always complain about video games that rehash the plot of the film they’re based on. But this one gets away with it, largely because both the film and the open-world game are so rich and enjoyable. Playing the game before seeing the film will spoil things for you, though, so take in a matinee before you settle in with the game for an evening or four.

You start the game playing as Morgan Freeman’s prophet, Vitruvius, who is being attacked by bad guy Lord Business. One reason this game works so well is the sheer number and variety of characters you can embody. Accompanying Vitruvius are Cleopatra and Shakespeare, and you can become everyone from Abraham Lincoln to the Statue of Liberty to Batman.

But this game is also fun because it breaks things up by incorporating some clever minigames into the action. During some Lego construction sequences, for example, you have to select the Lego piece that fits the assembly instructions. Early on there’s also a rhythm game set to the movie’s theme song, “Everything Is Awesome”. And it is.

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