LEGO Batman

Reviewed by Kyle Bell, Posted on 2008-11-19


Developer: Traveller's Tales Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Release Date: September 23, 2008 Also On: PC, PS2, PS3, Wii & Xbox 360

A few years ago in a galaxy far, far away a video game was released from Eidos with a simple concept. Take the Star Wars universe and turn it into LEGOs. The result was LEGO Star Wars, an action game with cute graphics, simple gameplay and appeal to gamers of all ages. Never to be one for letting something go when potential profits are on the line, the relatively newly formed Warner Bros. Interactive took control of their license and LEGO Batman was born.

Not much has changed since LEGO Star Wars was first introduced. Unlike LEGO Star Wars, the story is not based on the movies. It's not based on the comic series or cartoons, either. Arkham Asylum has a breakout (what's new?) and as Batman, it's your job to hunt down the criminals. A lot of familiar villains return for old time's sake. The Riddler, Penguin, Mr. Freeze and Joker all make appearances, as well as many others.

The LEGO series of games have always been friendly multi-player games. LEGO Batman is no different in this respect. Players are encouraged to have their friends join in as some of the puzzles will require coordination and taking out the enemies takes teamwork, even if there is no real penalty for dying. The main reason you will want a friend to play with you is so that you won't have to deal with the brain dead computer AI that they give you. The computer controlled Robin literally committed suicide several times in one level trying to get across a gap. It can be quite annoying.

If you are truly unfamiliar with the LEGO franchise of games, they are basically a beat 'em up type platformer game. As Batman (or Robin) you will travel across various familiar locales in Gotham City. The thugs are quite easy to defeat and most of your attacks are done with only one button. There is also a boomerang that you can use and is needed to progress past certain points in the game. A number of destructible objects are laying around the levels and you use them to collect little LEGO pieces, as well as hearts for health. Overall, if you played LEGO Star Wars, you know what to expect and not much has changed other than there are no lightsabers anymore.

Fans of the Batman universe and of LEGOs undoubtedly will find LEGO Batman to be an amusing game to play. For those of you that could be described as either, I would recommend you either rent or buy LEGO Batman. It certainly beats a lot of past Batman games, but then again, this is not your traditional Batman game either. For those of you that have played LEGO Star Wars, found it entertaining but too easy and grew tired of it, LEGO Batman is not the game for you. Overall, great game for fans and also for kids.

Graphics: 7.5
Sound: 6
Gameplay: 7
Creativity: 6
Replay Value/Game Length: 6.5
Final: 6.6
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Reviewed by Kyle Bell