Kids Toys Review: LEGO Games Lava Dragon

LEGO® has introduced 10 new fun and fascinating games for the 2010 holiday season. If your children love games that challenge them to build creatively, then these kids toys merit a serious look. You can join in the fun as well, helping them to build an entire gaming ethos — including dice, game board and even a few unique characters. We’re sure the whole family will have a great time playing this game, which requires plenty of building and reconstruction. Here’s some information about one game we’re particularly fond of: Lava Dragon.

This is a race-type game where players try to be the first knight to climb a volcano and summon a dragon. It’s not that easy, though. The players must avoid the lavaas they climb, whilstalso trying to hamper their opponents’ progress. The clever and innovative Lego die ensures that no two games will ever be the same, so the children will return to this engaging game over and over. Lava Dragon is designed for 2 to 4 players, and a game takes just 15 to 25 minutes, so they’ll never get bored with drawn-out play. Lava Dragon is designed for children aged 6 to 8.

Part of the LEGO® Games product line, Lava Dragon comes with 1 buildable Lego® die, 1 rule booklet, 1 building instruction booklet and 4 LEGO® microfigures. The rules can change during the game, a surprising twist that keeps players interested and engaged. The LEGO® die introduces a random element that shapes game as play goes on. Essentially this is a strategy game based on throwing dice. Players face an additional challenge that requires them to build the game board from LEGO® components before play begins. Each player throws the die to determine whether his knight can move or a special action is required. Such actions include moving lava tiles or climbing ropes on the side of the volcano. Strategy comes in when players use these special actions to block the progress of other players. When the winning player reaches the top of the volcano, he or she stands their knight on the lava dragon and takes flight victoriously.

Before starting the first game, players must build the volcano from the LEGO® pieces supplied with it. Once the volcano is complete, play begins. The instructions and rules are quite F95zone simple. Basically, each player adds colored tiles to the side of the LEGO® die as play progresses. This element of randomness ensures that no two games will ever be the same. True to the LEGO® gaming philosophy, the game is designed to allow players to create new rules, which they then can upload to the LEGO® games web site for all players to share.

The latest game Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2 has a fabulous looking. The graphics and the animations are great. But what we are looking for is more than just good graphics. The game experience is too weak. The story telling of the game is not enough. It makes the game a task of repetition of combats. No matter how beautiful it is, if there is no engaging story behind to give it meanings, it will not be very entertaining for a long time.

Good graphics and special effects used to be enough to make a game popular, but not anymore. Serious gamers now look for good story telling games which allow them to experience an surreal adventure rather than pointless key pressings. I would say that the Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2 is quite weak in doing so. The story is not well constructed enough and a bit too boring, even to fans of Star Wars. I like the last episode better personally.

Now to the combat system. I believe every one who watched Star Wars has imagined possessing with the power of the Force. And this game gives you exactly the opportunity to experience that. You can use force push to kick a whole bunch of soldiers off the cliff or does whatever you find amusing. But then again the lack of engaging story lines makes it quickly dull. It is just not interesting anymore after you have done everything possible for one hundred times.

The enemy types are too few. With the simple combat and story, if the game had more different types of enemy to fight than it might buy back some points. But there are simply not enough. One thing worth noting is that some enemy can only killed with the lightsaber and some must be killed with the Force. The game designers tried to make the combat more interesting by mixing these enemies together. But instead of interesting, it makes it annoying.

The game is too short. I took 6 hours to finish the normal mode. Even though the game is so short, it still feels that the same things happened and repeated for too long. I think if it is not fun, it better end sooner. Why suffer boredom for the sake of finishing a game? Unless you are a game reviewer like me, I suggest you to uninstall the game as soon as you feel there is no point to continue.

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