Apart from when you tread on a tiny bit buried in the carpet pile, everyone loves Lego don’t they? I had it as a kid, my kids have had it/ still got it. All the sets end up mixed together in a big plastic box, where your imagination rather than the instructions take over.
These days of course, it’s changed a bit with strange custom pieces of Lego, rather than just bricks. Lego also aggressively pursues licensing with it’s toy sets, many of which have been turned into cracking games by Travellers Tale. I can’t wait for the Marvel Heroes one coming out later this year. But they have also created their own IP’s, with lines such as Bionicle, Ninjago and more recently Hero Factory.
Hero Factory Brain Attack starts off decently enough with a CGI intro, before presenting you with the start menu. Hit start game and oh, what’s this? A pop up advert for Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles. Click to install from the app store! Well, I might actually want to play that, but no, I’m here to play Brain Attack. Ok – so we go. Select your character from a choice of one and press start game. Here we go. Oh. An advert for Lego Ninjago: The Final Battle pops up. I get the feeling this game would rather sell me a different one. Onwards. We have a map screen. I click the only zone I can select. Now I am offered a gameplay bonus! This is good, I haven’t started a game yet. I can have one of the bonuses now, or wait 7 minutes for some armour. Sod this. I want to play the game.
You are presented with a pseudo 3D overhead view. Virtual stick on the left of the screen, fire button on the right. The gun you have is slow, and the shots don’t travel very far before they disappear. You have to shoot tiny green bugs. And I mean tiny. Whoops, I’m dead. Never mind – carry on. Now the sound and music has stopped. I carry on. Apart from my finger sliding off the virtual stick, I clear the wave and the game tells me it’s time to upgrade my weapons. That’ll be 69p please! The same applies for armour. And indeed, the next level. I can buy all three for £1.49!
As an object lesson in cynical marketing, Lego Hero Factory Brain Attack is excellent. As a game it is not worth any of your time nor money. Steer well clear.
MLG Rating: 1/10 Format: Android/IOS Release Date: 28/03/2013
Disclosure: Midlifegamer were provided a copy of Lego Hero Factory Brain Attack for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of a week on IOS. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.