What do you get when you cross Legos with Minecraft? You get Lego Worlds. In this multi-platform game for children of all ages, players build and explore worlds of virtual Legos. The game features two modes: Adventure Mode and Sandbox Mode. Adventure mode is exactly what it sounds like, it is a linear game within the virtual world; players explore the worlds completing challenges and earning rewards. But, this mode is more than that, it also serves as a hands-on tutorial, because the narrator guides the player through all the tools, features, and controls of the game. And, the challenges presented have children practice. Sandbox Mode is an open-ended mode in which all tools, characters, blocks and so forth are unlocked and available for use. Children can create endless worlds in variety of biomes.
Straight out of the box, the game has excellent long-term play value not only for its entertaining game play, but also for the open-ended play provided by the Sandbox Mode. However, the game has even more longevity, because additional content can be downloaded (e.g., character backs, worlds, etc.)
In addition to encouraging creative and imaginative play, the app is beneficial for hand-eye coordination, planning, and spatial awareness. Kids and video games seem to be inseparable these days, but Lego Worlds offers a thinking, creative, non-violent alternative.
Sharon Heuscher ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.