I am not exactly a connoisseur of the Lego video game franchise. I’ve dabbled in mostly Star Wars and enjoyed some of it, but never quite was the one that needed to collect every achievement or beat any of the games for that matter. They mostly collect dust in my gaming cabinet of all the different systems I have.
I went to the ol’ Redbox at the grocery store, and rented Roman J. Israel, Esq and as I went to check out, it offered a free game rental.
“Sweet,” I said.
I touched the kiosk touchscreen and viewed the options. There were 4.
“What the hell,” I said.
One was PES 2017. I already play Fifa, and as we all know, once you go Fifa you don’t go to PES. This is like a cardinal sin of gaming.
The other was Assassins Creed: Origins. I am fairly interested in this title, however, I didn’t envision me having enough time to really get into the story, especially since I already was renting a movie.
Then there was a game, that appeared to almost be a ripoff of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The last was Lego Ninjago Movie. I remember my son wanting to play this for our Nintendo Switch, so I said, “maybe he can test it out.”
I came home and told my 6 year old the treasure I got. He was excited as can be until we popped in the game and had to go through Master Wu’s dojo game tutorial. It was essential for the game, maybe, but a bit long. I was hoping to just leave after the game began and let him on his campaign, but something happened.
Garmadon attacked the beach and all of a sudden it was an aerial attack with the green dragon to defend the city. Wow. This looked actually pretty fun. The graphics were pretty good and it felt almost like an arcade game from the 90s. I’m using actual pictures from our gameplay.
I stayed at my sons side. He began his quest and I learned how to play and navigate the more difficult challenges. We beat the first couple levels taking turns, then dumb me finally noticed the icon in the top right of the screen.
This game was 2 players!
With a split screen, we played as Vader intended for Luke … at his side, father and son, ruling Ninjago Island together. We battled countless obstacles. Found lots of gold bricks. Fell down into countless waters. But somehow, someway, always found a way to the end of the stage. The graphics are rather good and the obstacles are not too repetitive. Some of the bosses take a little time to beat, but that should be expected. The developer really did a tremendous job making it suited for kids (and parents) with very little gaming skill. They want it to be fun, and a little challenging.
I woke up today, and my Ninjago warrior woke us up. Not the 6 year old.
My 3 year old.
“Ninjago!” he said, in his 3 year old voice.
“What?” I said, rolling over in bed.
Minutes later, my 3 year old runs back into my bedroom with something in his tiny hands. It’s the Redbox cd case with the game inside (I did eventually watch Roman J. Esquire).
“Ninjago!” he said again.
Wow. What a creative Lego game developer bunch. My 3 year old watched with Ninjago envy. He wanted to be like his big brother. We popped in the game again, and all of a sudden, looking at the clock, he has played another 8 hours straight.
Maybe my parenting sucks.
Maybe I like having to get him past the more difficult puzzles. Gamer Dads look invincible when they can beat anything in Ninjago.
But now, my son is halfway through. We have 3 hours to return the game, or I face the the stiff $3 late additional day fee.
Damn you Redbox … Damn you and your marketing tricks!