Remy Reviews: Lego Bricktales
Remy is 5. He is also my son. He also happens to be one of the most interesting gamers I know. He is generally into Mario, Pokemon, and anything Lego. Hence why he is the perfect tester of Lego Bricktales, the newest puzzle-adventure game.
One disadvantage for Remy is his inability to read and write quite yet, so I take the liberty of interpreting his thoughts and feelings. It's also worth noting that he plays most of his game on a laptop via Steam, and this game is no different.
Remy's exuberate jumping up and down upon hearing the existence of this game was calmed only by me installing it and him gleefully watching the progress bar. As he waited patiently, I explained that this was a different sort of LEGO game than he was used to and would be different than the Marvel or Harry Potter game he so fondly enjoys. Nevertheless, Remy was ready to dive in. As the loading screen appeared, he described the graphics as "so cool" and exclaimed "I'm so excited". Not be outdone, I was also pleased that the game was working, hence avoiding any disappointing meltdowns.
As the game menu come up, Remy dived right in. Shortly after walking around the small landing area, he was soon confronted with the building aspect of the game. This reminded me a great deal of my time using a software called 'Sketch-Up' to render buildings, and it was equally as frustrating. Perhaps this game was simply not designed for those in their fifth year, but then again, I also found the camera angles and brick movement clunky and frustrating.
Puzzles and More Puzzles
The phrase "I can't do it" and "Uggghhh" were uttered quite a bit during this process. We went to change the controls of the game, namely Remy likes to use the arrow keys instead of WASD, except the option to change them wasn't there. Instead, I ended up taking the controls for all the building elements, and Remy enjoyed moving the character and helping me solve the puzzle by pointing out my ignorance. This made for quite fun gameplay, as we were able to work together to move the story along.
As with many activities, his attention span lasted around an hour, but it was a very fun hour.
Summing It Up
I asked Remy to sum up his experience with Lego Bricktales and he exclaimed "Pretty cool" while also rating it a 10 out of 10. When asked about the controls of the building he mentioned them being "so annoying" while then immediately saying that he "loved them".
Overall, this game is clearly not meant for a 5 year old. That said, the puzzles are within their grasp, and this is a wonderful engineering adventure for a father and son.