Sunday, 15 April 2012

Bonus LEGO® Games build, play and change ~ GIVEAWAY

As a mum of 5 year (almost 6yr) old twin boys I have to work on finding time and playing with them. I like doing things they like (except playing in the dirt). I don't get a lot of time for play now they are at school. Homework is stressful enough , play has to be fun not forced.

Lego Games ticks all the boxes - and it was fun ! Except when I step on a Lego, lose a vital piece or have to retrieve tiny bits from the vacuum cleaner !!

Word on the street is Lego has just released some hot new LEGO® Games. Games that you build, play and change.  Complete with the unique buildable LEGO Dice and changeable rules - we all know how kids like to make their own rules, break and change them.

We tested out two new LEGO Games over the weekend . The verdict is in - Thumbs up - it is a great way of having fun together with family and friends and with different aged kids.

Game #1 Join the chase in LEGO City! Alarm (RRP $29.99)

Thieves are on the loose with lots of stolen money! Help the police officers to catch them and lock in jail before they get away! LEGO CITY Alarm is an exciting race game for 2–4 (teams) players. Game play is approximately 10–20 minutes.
It took us a lot longer to build the city with just my two boys (or one of them for most part) and I.The buildings are 'cute' and very clever - including a tiny croissant, jewel and pizza, a tiny helicopter and even the jail. The build instructions were easy for my almost 6yrs old (game recommended from 6yrs) to follow . The 6 micro figures are also cute though not jointed (eeekkkk ~ @ 240 LEGO pieces I didnt count)

The game itself is quick to play and free play was the most popular. Creating your adventure game is more fun.

The box is sturdy with top lid and bottom .The game packs away complete for storage without having to mess it up.

I liked that there were no mini guns, just a classic cops and robbers chase.

My boys did get a little distracted because just as we began building our City - Lego Ninjago started on Cartoon network ( Nanny has payTV we do not !) .

Game #2 Star Wars Battle of Hoth 8+ (RRP $49.99)

Defend Hoth™ as you battle against your friends and the Empire!
Battle on the ice planet and defend the secret base as you compete against your friends in a buildable LEGO® Star Wars™ game!
It is a dark time for the Rebellion. Darth Vader has discovered Luke Skywalker’s secret base on the remote ice planet of Hoth™, and Imperial ground forces are ready to attack!
The Battle for Hoth™ is a game of strategy with different figures on a target unit plus Darth Varder, Luke Skywalker, Hans Solo and Chewbacca & others and the Rebel and Imperial infantry units...miniature Snowspeeder, Tauntaun, AT-ST and AT- AT  - very clever little figures. The 32 Lego microfigures won over all the boys ( total of 305 Lego pieces not to step on or vacuum)

Game play lasts about 20 mins or so till either force moves into the opponents base or destroys their units.The moves are a little chess like with different pieces having different move ability. The battlefield layout can be changed and also the rules -no game has to played the same twice. Instructions offer suggestions or you create your own. The rules are a little complicated but it is designed to suit 8+ or older.

We roped in my nephew 9yrs (almost 10) and his friend 8yr (almost 9) - they said it was very cool . They ripped through the building the battlefield (game board) quickly. Again the battlefield comes apart in two pieces for storage in a sturdy box without destroying the game for the next battle.

The only disappointment was there were no red laser guns - as shown on box illustration ;).

 The other new Lego games are Kokoriko (RRP $14.99) Join the fun down on the farm! and Mini-Taurus (RRP $22.99) Enter the mini-labyrinth version of Minotaurus.

You can view the animated game guide demos online too, I couldn't get it on my iPad and my mum's internet was too slow today.

Giveaway is for 2 winners including 

1 x Lego City Alarm &
1 x Star Wars Battle of Hoth 
1 x Kokoriko

1 x Mini-Taurus

for each winner.

What character or personalities or game idea would you like to see in a Lego game ?

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  2. Two winners will be chosen for their creative comment in answering the question above.
  3. Open to Australian residents only. 
  4. Entries Close 30th April 2012
  5. RRP approx: $ 235.98 (2 winners each 127.46)
  6. Judge's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  7. Winner has to make contact within 4 days of the winner being announced, otherwise the prize will be re-drawn.
  8. Prizes are not transferable, changeable or redeemable for cash.Prizes sent out will not be replaced in the event that they are stolen, lost or damaged in transit. 
  9. One Extra entry by creative comment for sharing on FB . 

I received the 2 LEGO® Games products for review purposes -  thanks to Lego Australia and One Green Bean
No financial payment was offered nor accepted for this post. All opinions expressed are purely my own.

April 15th was the 50th anniversary of Lego in Australia -a national initiative was launched.

LEGO Australia premiered a 90-second trailer - illustrating how the LEGO brick, since first arriving in the suitcase of John Peddie in 1962, has sparked the imagination of kids and adults across Australia for half a century.

Congratulations to Jenny and Bridget - hope you enjoy the Lego Games on their way to you.