Overview (4 out of 5)
Video games based on Lego toys are popular for their kid-friendly, cutesy characteristics. They not only appeal to kids, but also charm
seasoned gamers with their humorous storylines and engaging gameplay. Lego Battles tries to please Nintendo DS gamers by adding a nice RTS concept. Gamers will find all the elements of a real time strategy game including resource gathering, base-building, combat and unit production. While there are some visual and AI issues in this Lego Battles Nintendo DS game, the charm of cute Lego characters compensate all and assure endless entertainment and replay value.
Gameplay (4 out of 5)
The game mechanics in Lego Battles is typical RTS of the late 90s. It will remind you of old Warcraft styled games, but the unique aspect is the Lego factions involved. You will find teams of different genres ranging from medieval knights, ninjas and pirates to aliens and astronauts. With all the resource-gathering, unit creation and base building aspects, the Lego Battles NDS game takes through six different campaign missions involving unique objectives and strategies.
Different objectives in the Lego Battles Nintendo DS game such as rescuing allies, searching alien specimens and treasures, destroying enemy bases etc. add more excitement to the overall gameplay. Additionally, you can explore the map to get bonus Lego items including red bricks, minikits and studs, which will be useful in unlocking bonus contents like cheats, fan art and extra maps.
While playing Lego Battles on my NDS, I loved the overall interface. I could easily see all key stats and information on the top screen and could easily control, manage units and build buildings using the stylus. However, the units can get confused if they come across some barriers, trees and mountains. While this can be annoying, it can be easily controlled if you have some patient.
Combat in Leo Battles NDS is fun, particularly when different eras of Lego toys battle with each other. You can also battle with your friends through the wireless matches. This can be more engaging than single player missions because of diverse victory conditions, maps and strategies.
Graphics and Sound (4 out of 5)
The Lego Battles NDS title has vibrant colorful graphics combined with cute LEGO characters. The characters resemble LEGO toys to the core and give a humorous feel when they fight with one another. Just like any RTS games, the game is played from a top-down perspective. The terrain is very colorful and is very reminiscent of old school real time strategy games.
The sound department in Lego Battles Nintendo DS game fares pretty well with its melodious background score and typical Lego sound effects. Overall, graphics and sounds in Lego Battles perfectly fit 90s RTS genre.
Overall (4 out of 5)
Real time strategy game fans will find Lego Battles extremely humorous and entertaining. The game is aimed for kids, but will equally appeal teenagers and adults who had their Lego toy play experience during their childhood days.
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