Legos have connected to multiple generations, and the current connection is through a video game spin-off from the classic building blocks. You can now be immersed in a virtual Lego world tied to well known characters, and now there’s a brand new edition for iOS. Lego Batman follows up the Lego Harry Potter series on iOS, and delivers a similar adventure style, but to a much higher degree that aligns more with the console version. You get to play as a tag team of Batman and Robin in a bid to take down Joker, Riddler, Two-Face, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Bane, and more Batman villains all with Lego versions of themselves. The twist in Lego Batman: DC Super Heroes is that the world is extended beyond Gotham City to the whole DC universe with 80 playable characters, similar to Injustice.
The main storyline begins with the Batman world, but as you advance you can play as Superman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and more. It’s a completely original story to play through that also includes great cut scenes, speaking Lego figures, and tons of silky smooth action. The game looks absolutely gorgeous in motion with such great 3D designs of the Lego worlds, and characters. All of the action is well suited for iOS with a touch based control scheme allowing you to tap or drag to move, tap to attack, swipe gestures for special moves, and one touch interaction with the environment. The game is accessible to anyone who picks up an iOS device, and there are also the familiar d-pad controls for more classic operation.
The total adventure is the ultimate standout with each chapter consisting of multiple puzzles, battles, and bosses to go through. There are so many intricacies to the environment as you need to destroy some objects to get the Lego bricks to assemble a gadget to help you proceed. There’s so much to dive into, and the story keeps you going through 14 multi-segmented chapters with a wide assortment of villains to capture. The game isn’t perfect with some tedious stretches generated by restrictive, almost blocky movements, but that’s the exception, not the norm. There is a considerable amount of variety that switches up the gameplay elements considerably as you progress, which includes pick-up suits with special abilities. The overall takeaway is that you have one deluxe adventure at your fingertips that will entice you to play it in its entirety.
Lego Batman: DC Super Heroes ($4.99, Universal) delivers what makes the Lego video game series great to iOS with great polish and style making it a should buy. It is worth noting that you can play the entire game as Batman and Robin, but the unlockable DC characters require the in-game currency which is about on par with Injustice. It seems excessive on a $5 game to have an in-app purchase set-up similar to a free to play game.