HYBRIDEX

A Research Project on Hybrid Experiences

LEGO computer games

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Lego computer games 1Lego computer games are a series of digital games featuring characters and worlds modeled after corresponding Lego toys. The games utilize this modular logic of the world in its structure and humor. Since 2005, all major Lego games have been developed by TT Games.

Lego has been releasing software based on the Lego bricks since 1997, starting with Lego Island. Since 2005, the development of Lego games has been licensed exclusively to TT Games. These newer games, starting with Lego Star Wars: The Video Game (2005), are a series of adventure games, mainly aimed at younger players, featuring digital counterparts of the familiar Lego toy figures, locations, vehicles, and worlds. Notably, games employ the constructional form of the toys to great effect in their writing, design, and lighthearted humor. A car crashing in to a wall for example will break down to Lego pieces and can be constructed again.

Majority of the games are based on existing third party licenses such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Indiana Jones. Excluding Lego City Undercover, which was developed by TT Fusion, all the games have been developed by Travellel’s Tales, one of TT Games’ three internal divisions.  LCU is the first game to be published by Nintendo, rather than an independent publisher such as WB Games or LucasArts, and the first game in the series to feature defined characters (Chase McCain) developed primarily for a Lego computer game (though, for example, Ninjago games are based on Lego’s internal toy IP).

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Author: teehex

Heikki Tyni is a researcher for the Hybridex project at University of Tampere Gamelab. Into comics and old movies.

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