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Out of all the offerings in the second year of Lego Dimensions, the one my kids were most excited about was the Harry Potter Team Pack. Both of the girls are slowly working their way through J.K. Rowling’s series of books and have watched most of the movies. It would be accurate to describe my oldest as a Harry Potter fan. The youngest is getting there. They couldn’t wait to explore iconic locations like Hogwarts and Diagon Alley in Lego form. In that respect, this Team Pack did not disappoint.
In the summer of 1984, I was 13 years old. It was a great summer for movies, but one day in particular stood out. I pulled together all my friends and worked out a carpool to the local cineplex for a double feature of Ghostbusters and Gremlins. Over thirty years later, thanks to Lego Dimensions, I can relive those glory days with little plastic figurines and in video game pixels. Today we’re reviewing the Gremlins Team Pack for Lego Dimensions.
For the second year of Lego Dimensions, the development team rolled out a new type of product. A Story Pack contains six new levels adapting the full plot of a recent movie. You also get some combination of characters, vehicles and a new background to replace the portal from the Starter Pack. Each Story Pack also unlocks a new “keystone” which can be used to solve puzzles throughout the game. It’s a big expansion and it comes with a proportionally large price tag. At retail prices, a Story Pack will run you $50 which is almost twice as much as what used to be the game’s most expensive expansion. As it turns out, the movie that was chosen as the theme for the first Story Pack was a bit controversial.
Regular readers know that I am not much of a gamer. My video game coverage is limited to Lego games largely because their skill requirements closely align with my limited hand-eye coordination. But that was not true of the video games of my youth. When I was a kid, arcade games were unforgiving and most of the home console games weren’t much better. Even then, I gravitated towards games like Atari’s Adventure which didn’t require split-second timing. But those games were few and far between.
In the early 90’s, I had a Sega Genesis in my dorm room. Side-scrollers were the popular game style of the day. Sonic the Hedgehog innovated by making its spiky blue protagonist was really, really fast. Playing Sonic was frequently a dizzying, exhilarating blur. Even though I frequently ended up losing all of the rings I had collected, I couldn’t help getting caught up in the fun as Sonic rocketed from platform to platform spinning and bouncing like a hyper-kinetic pinball.
I didn’t stick with the Sonic series for very long. I think I may have owned the first couple of games. After that, my pathetic gameplay steered me to games that were more my speed. In other words, slower games. Thanks to Lego Dimensions Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack, I can revisit the old high speed side-scrolling gameplay married with the much less challenging Lego video game format.
Did you watch TV in the 80’s? If so, you’re old like me. And odds are, you probably tuned in to the action shows that serve as the basis for the Fun Packs covered in today’s article. For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at Lego Dimensions expansions aimed at the Cartoon Network crowd. But today’s offerings were made with these kids’ dads in mind because every kid I knew growing up watched The A-Team and Knight Rider. Get ready to kick it old school.
Last week, we reviewed the Adventure Time Level Pack for Lego Dimensions. I’m assuming that was most readers’ introduction to the quirky Cartoon Network show. I have only seen a dozen or so episodes myself due to my children’s fickle TV-watching habits. But that was enough for me to observe that the show had a lot of imagination and a colorful cast of characters many of whom were included in Lego Dimensions’ second year expansion. Today, we’re looking at two of the show’s more popular characters who are featured in the Adventure Time Team Pack.
C’mon grab your friends,
We’re going to very distant lands.
If you know the words to this song, then you or someone else in your house probably watches the Cartoon Network series, Adventure Time. This weird and imaginative cartoon is about Finn the Human, a boy with a sword and a funny hat, and his best friend, a talking dog with shape-shifting powers named (what else?) Jake the Dog. It’s one of those shows that can be enjoyed equally by kids and adults which makes it a perfect fit for Lego Dimensions.
Today’s Lego Dimensions write-up is a little different. The figures we are looking at today are promotional items which are not sold in stores. If you must have them, you can buy them online for a price. Either that or you will need to find a way to meet the terms of the promotion for the character you want. I was lucky enough to pick up both of these figures in time for them to be used as stocking stuffers. But if you aren’t able to locate Green Arrow or Supergirl, don’t worry. They are hardly essential.
Late last summer, I picked up the Lego Dimensions Starter Pack on a whim. It was on sale and I was going to spend a week at home with the girls just before the new school year. Turns out it was a rainy week and we got a lot of use out of the new toy/game. When I made that purchase, I had not anticipated it turning into such an investment either financially or in terms of time. Today’s article is the fourteenth weekly write-up covering expansions for the game and it is also the last one dealing with the game’s first year offerings. As a result, the two Fun Packs I’m reviewing may seem a bit random.
Lego Dimensions is a deceptive product line. On the surface, a toys-to-life video game is aimed at kids. But if you look at the intellectual properties included in the game’s expansions, it’s pretty obvious the game is intended to appeal to their parents as well. Ideally, the game serves as a way for adults to introduce their kids to nostalgic properties they remember fondly. Or, in the case of Scooby Doo, to serve up a character familiar to both generations.
One of the major selling points of Lego Dimensions is the inclusion of several diverse and popular intellectual properties. My family was initially drawn to the game because of the ability to play characters from The Simpsons among others. When we first started playing the game, I let the kids pick a pack to buy and the one they wanted was Bart Simpson. So what I am saying is, we’re fans. How does the game’s Simpsons content stack up? I’m sorry to say it’s kind of a mixed bag.
Last week, we tried out the Ghostbusters Level Pack. Today, we’re going to have some fun with the other side of the ghostbusting equation with two spectral Fun Packs. Lego Dimensions lets players experience what it’s like to be a flying sack of ectoplasm or a largish marshmallow sailor laying waste to New York City with the addition of the Slimer and Stay-Puft Fun Packs.
There’s something strange in the Lego neighborhood. So of course we’re going to call the Ghostbusters. The question is, which group to call? The classic all-guy squad or the new and not-necessarily team of women? With Lego Dimensions, both teams are available. But since I am focusing on the sets from the game’s first year, we’re going to stick with the Lego Dimensions Level Pack which covers the 1984 original. Don’t worry, we’ll get to the Story Pack for the 2016 remake eventually.