The first Lego themed game my son received for the wii was the Batman video game which he received as a gift for Christmas 2010. We have since bought quite a few more Lego games but this is where it all began!
The case shows pictures of various Lego batman figures so you get an idea of the way in which characters are portrayed in the game. My son likes the cartoon element of the characters and I do think it helps make this game more child friendly. The game is loaded like any other wii game and up to four save files can be created should different players in the family wish to complete the game or re play the game.
To play the game both a wii remote and a nunchuck are required for each person who wants to play the game. To begin play you need to go to the bat cave where jumping in to a vehicle takes you to a selection of levels to complete. As you complete a chapter playing as Batman you will then unlock the corresponding chapter in Arkham Asylum where you have the opportunity to play through it from the villain's point of view which I think is a good thing which extends the longevity of the game and helps keep it interesting.
As you play through the levels you come across various villains some of which are more difficult to beat than others but I do feel as a general rule of thumb that this is one of the simpler Lego games to play after playing some of the other ones. As you go through the levels new characters become available for you to purchase from the bat cave computer but you need to have collected enough studs to purchase them and it makes sense that less known characters cost less studs with the more well known being quite a lot of studs. There are lots of codes available on the internet that you can input to the computer game which will give you characters, vehicles or invincibility and such like should you wish to cheat a little but we didn't do this often as it detracted from the fun of actually getting the characters yourself.
There are thirty levels in this game fifteen of which are hero levels and you play as Batman and Robin and the other fifteen are villain levels and so you play as people like the penguin and the joker. I think this does give good opportunities for play and especially in story mode. In story mode you are only able to work through levels in a pre selected order using characters which are pre selected also. This is of course fine as you know that the character or vehicle will be equipped to complete the level and that you may just have to find special suits or something to help you on your way. I have to say my son is much more aware of which things offer certain abilities and he can get quite frustrated with me as I stand around as Robin not really doing anything but then again I am pretty rubbish at computer games but do enjoy trying! You also have the option of playing levels in free play mode once they have been completed in story mode and by doing this you can use any characters you have available to you. My son likes to play free play mode where he tries to collect extra Lego studs to purchase other characters and explore levels at his own pace but I personally get bored by this as I feel there is no real purpose or aim to it!
I do like the fact that each level is pretty different in this game and that they are set in different surroundings be it on rooftops or on a river in a boar as I think this keeps you interested as you play. I do also like how some levels are played purely in a vehicle where you may need to drive around looking for targets or even fly a plane around as again I think variety is good for a game.
During the start and end of levels a short clip of story will be played out in a cartoon style by the Lego characters and my son really enjoys watching them and learning a little about the villain who he is going to be up against in the next level. I personally think that the graphics on the game are decent as they seem sharp and colourful but I would imagine a more serious gamer would perhaps argue about this with me! For my son and I though the graphics are enjoyable and do enhance game play.
The game box does suggest that you should be seven or older to play this game but my son was five and a half when he received this and my friend's daughter was younger than that. I see no reason if you manage it properly playing for short periods and such like why a child younger than seven cannot play and enjoy this game as it isn't scary and game play and controls are relatively simple.
This is a good game which my son will revisit despite the fact that he has completed all of the levels. Should you be interested in purchasing Lego Batman for the wii I can advise that it costs £13.35 currently at amazon but prices do fluctuate as my Uncle purchased it for £9.99 for Christmas 2010.
Thank you for reading my review!
This is the third game in the Lego series, following on from Star Wars and Indiana Jones. My kids received it for Christmas two years ago and it remains one of their big favourites. The game lets you control a range of characters from the Batman comic strip series as you progress through different levels, completing specific tasks and battling enemies in a series of adventures.
The game is divided into three stages - The Riddler's Revenge, Power Crazed Penguin and The Joker's Return, which each tell a story based on a popular Batman villain. There are five levels within each of these, which provide chapters in the story. You start off in the first level of The Riddler's Revenge and after completion you return to the Bat Cave, the home world (the safe zone where characters go in between levels) of the game. From here you can play any one of the three stories you like, unlocking each new level as you complete the last. Along the way, Batman and Robin get to wear different power suits and use special vehicles to help them explore each level, eliminating obstacles and enemies by way of blasting, punching and even use of the classic 'Batarang' weapon. Many of the puzzles include building vehicles and obstacles out of Lego bricks, so this is a fun way for older gamers to relive their Lego-playing days without feeling too childish!
It's easy to get started - simply insert the disc and follow the screen prompts. From the title screen, you can either start a new game or load a previous game. You can have up to three games saved at a time.
When you begin the game, you play in 'story mode' which means you can only play from the perspective of those involved in the story (which is usually Batman and Robin). When you have finished 'story mode' you can progress to 'free play', which allows you to play through each level with any character you have unlocked. Many of these characters have unique abilities such as Mr Freeze's super-strength, the Riddler's mind-control powers and Catwoman's ability to jump higher than others.
Each level contains a series of collectibles. There are ten Mini-Kits to find on each level, one red power brick and one hostage, as well as the 'super hero' bar which becomes increasingly full as the player collects Lego studs (the currency of the game). A number of brief movie clips play at different points of the level which help to set the scene for the player. On the final level you can expect a dramatic face off with a villain. With the characters unlocked in free play mode, you can access collectibles that you were unable to obtain the first time round.
After each story is completed in the Bat Cave, the player gains access to Arkham Asylum which is home to the villains of Gotham City. Here, you can play through each of the three stories again from the villain's perspective. For example, a level in the Joker's Revenge sees Batman and Robin face off against villain Harley Quinn in a fairground. In the Arkham Asylum version of the level, you play as the Joker and Harley as they prepare the fairground for Batman's arrival. This is an exciting new feature to Lego Batman and does not appear in any of the previous games in the series. The villains' levels have minor details added to them that make them different to Batman and Robin's levels, such as the enemies being members of the Gotham police and the 'super hero' bar reading 'super villain' instead when it is completed. This brings the total number of levels to thirty - fifteen for Batman and Robin, and fifteen for the villains. Each level takes around twenty to thirty minutes to complete in story mode. Free play can take a lot longer, so there is potential for many hours of stimulating play.
What's good about it?
The graphics, despite not being the Wii's strong point, are fairly sharp and the game is very much in the comic book spirit. The slightly cartoony feel to the graphics adds to the Lego theme, and is not a drawback of the game in any way. There is plenty of variety in the scenes portrayed - you can face off against Poison Ivy in a giant greenhouse, chase Catwoman along Gotham skyline and hunt through the murky depths of the sewers in search for Killer Croc. It is very child-friendly (the game is suitable for age 7+) and it uses humour to good effect. For instance, when a character dies it bursts into bits of Lego, spilling Lego studs across the floor. There is nothing too dark or gruesome about it. It's also rather cute how the characters never speak in words but express themselves by way of gestures and noises. It's great how the game manages to celebrate but send up the whole Batman story at the same time. In one scene Batman is pictured looking at a website page which reads 'AwesomeCapes.com.' The music (apparently from the Tim Burton Batman film) is quite atmospheric but not too overpowering. It is more background music than the sort of music where you might choose to play a level just to listen to it. The variety of puzzles is very much the focus throughout each level.
A fun feature of the game (which is also present in other games in the series) is that you are able to design your own characters with a Lego Builder in Arkham Asylum. You can then proceed to play as these characters in the free play mode of each level, which adds a nice personal touch to the game. However, it is the hero/villain split that makes it particularly enjoyable to my kids, who always found The Joker much cooler than Batman. Being on the side of the 'good guys' can become a bit boring. The fact that the characters have such a wide range of abilities and different strengths and weaknesses is another plus. For example, even though Batman and Robin can use power suits and have a full range of combat techniques, they cannot jump to the same height as Poison Ivy, swim in toxic waste like the Joker, or lift heavy objects like Bane. It is nice how each character has their own personal weapon as seen in the comics and films, such as Catwoman's whip and Mr Freeze's freeze gun. This means that the characters stay close to their traditional identities and each presents a unique playing experience.
The fact that the game can be played alone or with another person is an advantage. Certainly from a parental perspective, it is good to see siblings working together to solve puzzles and problems. The game encourages cooperation rather than competition, which hopefully means fewer squabbles. However, for those with bigger families it is unfortunate that a maximum of two people can play this game together. As a parent I also like the fact that this game is not all about mindless blasting and exterminating. It is as much about using logic and strategy to progress through the levels.
My children have since added Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 to their collection and I was interested to see how Batman compared to the newer game, in their opinion. They felt that the Lego Batman story was more structured than the Harry Potter one. Harry Potter feels more like a continuous story/adventure whereas with Batman it seems like you are working through it in sections, completing each level. Lego Batman allows the player to have more control over when they want to complete each level, and in which order.
My kids inform me that they haven't found any bugs in Lego Batman, although in Lego Star Wars they found a few.
What's not so good?
On the downside, my children felt that some of the extra features in the Lego Star Wars game were missing in this game. For example, in Lego Star Wars there were additional beta levels for the player to explore that were not included in the main story as well as bonus levels in which you were timed to search for ten Lego Mini-Kits hidden throughout each level. These extra levels extended the play value of the game and with these levels absent, the Batman game feels a little empty after completion.
Yes. This certainly kept my kids occupied over the Christmas holidays and they have played the game through a number of times. It's their favourite of the Lego games that they own (they haven't yet sampled Pirates of the Caribbean). They are in their teens so I have no direct experience of seeing how younger children would fare with the game. However, my children seem to think that the controls are sufficiently easy to grasp for it to indeed be suitable for age 7 plus. You use the Wii remote for the action buttons and the Nunchuk to move the characters around, so it is similar to a Play Station remote (buttons on the right, directions on the left) which many youngsters are familiar with.
For my own part, I'm a bit clumsy when it comes to gaming and whilst I've just about got to grips with the Wii remote, I find it baffling to have to negotiate the Nunchuk simultaneously, but I rarely meet a child these days who doesn't know their way around a Wii remote and a Nunchuk. Somebody with absolutely no experience of gaming may struggle to work out the controls as they would with any game, but to anybody who has played an action-adventure game before, the controls will be very easy to grasp. A good reading ability is not required to enjoy this game, as the game is very visual and any verbal prompts are kept simple. Even if you choose not to read them, it won't detract from the playing experience.
This game is currently available from Amazon new for £11.99 or used for £7.29 - significantly cheaper than its price when I bought it two years ago. It is something that all ages can enjoy and it is a great way of updating the traditional Batman stories and the Lego experience for different generations to appreciate.
==Lego Batman Video Game for the Wii==
I have a little man who is rather obsessed with a anything to do with Lego and unfortunately he has got rather obsessed with playing games on the Wii console too. This wasn't something that I was particularly happy about at first but now we limit his game play and to be fair he doesn't play it that often unless it is a rainy day and we are totally stuck for more things to do.
==Price and Availability==
The Lego Batman game was in the Game shop for £14.99 pence as it was a pre-owned game which is a fairly good price compared to most of the games that they had for sale there and especially since it is a Lego related game. I think the recommended retail price of the game brand new is around the £40 region so I was very pleased to get it for this (and so was the little man). The Lego games usuall get snapped up if they are pre-owned but it is always worth looking out for them on the auction websites such as eBay or trying to find a bargain on Amazon.
The Lego games seem to be extremely popular among all sorts of different age groups but the recommended age range for this particular game is for those aged 7 years and over. Of course Jack is a little younger than this at nearly 4 but to be fair he is quite the expert and can do it all better than me. He does prefer his Lego Star Wars game but because we have that for the X-Box he can only play that with his daddy so ends up playing this Batman game far more often.
The game of Lego Batman seems very varied and gives you the more fun type of Batman and you get the 1970's TV series type feel to a lot of it although the "Whack" and the "Splat" words don't often come up across the screen you still feel it is not as dark as some of the films of Batman have been. I guess though that because it is a Lego game and that it is aimed for the most part at children it is probably better that they leave the dark side of Batman for another game.
The general graphics of the game are really quite good and better than I had expected for a game that is Lego related and of course a good few years old now. Both Jack and myself found it easy to manoeuvre thought the game levels and of course back to the Bat Cave in order to choose the levels to complete. The fact that you can play on your own as either Batman or Robin (or continually switch between the two characters as a solo player) or even have two people playing as a character each makes for a great game all told.
The Lego Batman seemed rather similar to the Lego Star Wars games and even the Lego Indiana Jones games that we have previously been playing the controls are simple and like I say Jack who is not even 4 yet has picked it up so easily and can often be heard prompting me which button to press or even where I need to go on a level to complete a certain task.
The idea of the game is fairly simple and all you need do is work your way through each level seeing off the bad guys to get to the main baddies such as The Joker, The Penguin and others which I hadn't really heard of before. The fact that you are able to jump in and out of certain vehicles and change into different super powered suits for both Batman and robin makes the game play even more enjoyable and gives the game as a whole a bit more scope for playability.
I thought that the tasks that you need to complete in order to finish each stage of the game would be a lot harder to understand than it actually is and jack seemed to grasp the fact that when certain things lit up or shone brighter then there was something there that would need to be blasted or pulled or bashed down so that the game could move on. Of course there is plenty of these tasks to do because there is six different stories and each of these have five smaller chapter type sections within. You are not always Batman though as some of the levels you take the role of the baddies which is a great bit of fun too.
There does just seem to be an ever lasting amount of game play that you can have with this game (especially if you are only 4 years old). Once each level has been completed you can then go back over the level and do is as a "free play" mode which means you get to explore the level a whole lot more and get even more play time from the game.
I have to say that even though I am not especially happy with jack liking computer games when he is still so young I think that because he enjoys it so much and knows when enough is enough then I don't mind him playing it too much. The fact that this one game costs only £15 and has so far filled a lot of wet and windy days with a good deal fun means it has been worth every penny. Of course Jack much prefers the Star Wars Lego game and I don't think this is just because he is a massive Star Wars fan but because the game has a better feel to it and a little bit more in depth game play (of course we only have this game on the x-box so I am not sure how much the game differs between consoles).
All in all it has to be a good score of 4 out of 5 stars for this Lego Batman game. It has a good feel to it which is playful and not as dark as I thought it would be at first. The levels are not too difficult to complete and it is fun for all of the family. The graphics are okay and the whole concept of the game and each level seems to have been well thought out and designed.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
So, here is my Review on Lego batman: the video game. As you can see from the title it self the game is going to be about batman as well as robin. The costumes batman and robin can wear are so unique and go well with the cartoon and movie episodes in real life like the bomb suit for batman and the metal suit for robin. The missions them selves are very good and make you want to urge forward in to the game into wanting to know what will happen next. Id have to say the movie before each episode is very good indeed as well as very funny, especially robin. Not only can you play as Batman and robin but you can play as the bad guys! How cool is that, Its not every game that you can make that happen, so that is first class for this game! Its also 2 player so is great to invite your friends over and play with them! Overall if your wondering what game to get next for your Wii it will definitely have to be Lego Batman, as you can never turn down such a brilliant game!
Having been a great fan of the Indiana Jones version of this game and the star wars version I was very excited to buy this when it came out. It has a similar format to the previous mentioned games, whereby you and a selection of other characters go through various levels, each set in different locations. This can either be played as a solo character or a multi player game where two of you work as a team to get through the levels. The levels are made up of a mixture of activites, collected coins and other bits and peices as you go, which are all valuable later on. There is a well balanced mixture of fighting off the badies, solving puzzles and operating various vehicles. All the different characters that you unlock as you proceed through the game have various skills associated with them. Once you have finished the game and unlocked all the characters, the idea is to go back through the game and chose the right characters with the abilities to do what you need to complete the game. Good fun!
Hot(ish) on the heels of the Lego Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones games for the Wii comes the next excellent instalment of brick-based genius.
Having played both of the aforementioned titles on the Wii, it was with a little trepidation I tried out Lego Batman: The Videogame. I was worried that it would be all a bit same-y; just another variation on a theme.
I needn't have worried.
Lego Batman on the Wii is a great game. It has all the puzzle-based aspects of its predecessors, but with a batman theme to it. The characters (or in this case Batman or Robin 'suits') have lots of different powers which you have to use to solve the situations you find yourself in.
There are a number of Bat-vehicles to master too and all the familiar Batman baddies. And it still has the same concept of collecting and/or assembling lego bricks to achieve your goals. Bizarrely, I still find it funny seeing Batman thowing all the bricks together building something - maybe it's just me.
This game will keep you occupied for hours.
Great fun, good value for money and a few jokes for the Batman fan boy.
I'm a huge fan of Batman and a fan of Lego Star Wars so I was really looking forward to playing this game. I was not disappointed thought it's not the same game play experience as Star Wars.
For some reason I didn't find the game quite as much fun as Lego Star Wars though there is no doubt that the game play is more varied and the level design is at least as good. Perhaps light sabers and force powers are simply more fun than Batarangs and kung fu.
Like Lego Star Wars the game is excellent for both single and two player play. Like Lego Star Wars it's great for both adults and children and has cross generational appeal. However Lego Batman makes even less use of the unique control style of the Wii.
The game is absolutely huge with a story mode and a free play mode for every level and each level playable as both Batman and Robin and a selection of super villains. In order to unlock all the content you first have to unlock all the playable characters and all the Batsuits and vehicles by playing through all the story mode levels both as Batman and the Villains.
This means that the game has two very different styles of game play. At first you play the game in the usual style of simply trying to complete the level. Everything is new, you have to find your way about and you are constantly learning new ways to use the different suits and the different villain abilities. Then you have the explorer style of play where you go through the familiar levels looking for the hidden extras.
I've been playing the game off and on for 4 months and I still haven't unlocked all the content so while the game isn't cheap it is excellent value for money.
Batman In Bits
I've always been intrigued by the Lego games but had never actually played one, but I lucky enough to be given Lego Batman for Christmas for the Wii.
The game is in effect a 3D platform game. You can play as the cape crusader and his trusty sidekick Robin, or you can play as the many villains. The villains are more interesting as they all have specific abilities, for example, some are strong, some can walk on toxic areas etc. For free play you will need to use characters with specific strengths for some areas for completion.
Story mode is where the main part of the game plays out, either as hero or villain. The levels are not too challenging, but there are some tricky moments. Along the levels you collect studs that can be used to unlock characters for use in free play mode. There are always two player characters on screen at once, if you're playing alone then you can switch between them with the Wii controlling the other character. The AI for the Wii character can be very frustrating. It is best to play with two players if you can.
Once the levels have been completed in story mode with the supplied characters it is possible to play them again in free play mode. In this mode it is possible to switch between a number of characters. The reason for free play mode is to fully complete the levels. To do this you need to collect enough studs, find the red brick and get all ten parts to the mini kits. Once you start trying to fully complete levels it can become very addictive, but also a little frustrating when trying to find some of the well hidden items.
The level design is very good, some levels can be a bit short though. There is a lot of eye candy. Almost everything can be bashed or blown up to reveal studs or Lego bricks to build something with. Some levels are entirely set in vehicles, these are the hardest to complete in either story of free play modes.
The graphics are more than adequate, it runs smoothly most of the time although there are occasionally slow downs, they're so infrequent that really doesn't matter. It looks like a lot of time and effort has been put into the design. Gotham City itself is very dark and gritty, just like in the films.
The soundtrack used is from the old Tim Burton Batman film by Danny Elfman. I know it's not original but it certainly stands the test of time. It adds to the atmosphere of the game.
The game doesn't really use the power of the Wii's motion sensing abilities at all, it uses the nanchuck and works in a very conventional way. This really is not the sort of game that would use motion sensing. The only Wii specific control it uses is pointing which is used when firing the Bat-O-Rangs. Unfortunately there is also no online play at all.
Summing up, I have enjoyed Lego Batman and feel I have got my money's worth. The story mode tends to be over a bit too quickly, but I found playing in free play to fully complete the levels becomes addictive. This adds a lot of value to the game. There is also a large dose of humour injected into the game. I can't see it being a game that I will play again once fully complete. For the price I don't think you can go wrong, it can currently be picked up for £17.99 at many online shops.
This game is more playable and addictive than the other games I have experienced based on cartoons, toys and the like.
Each story has villain to beat at the end: Penguin, Riddler, Joker. Each story is split into levels where there is a less vicious Batman villain to beat before gaining access to the main villain of the story. However you can only save your progress on the game at the end of each level which is dissapointing.
Throughout the game you will need to go back with different characters to complete the levels entirely and achieve the 100% completion percentage to signify you have done everything possible in the game.
The characters and the controls were basic and easy to manouver and with it being aimed at children, my husband and I found that we didn't get stuck and bored on aspects of the game as we have on more 'advanced' games.
Playability is high, and the overall graphics effect is very well done. The characters are effective and move well in relation to the controllers.
I am not a fan of Batman or Lego but the game is enjoyable an humorus in places with the storylines being intentionally amusing in places.
Lego Batman was 12.99 from eBay but I have seen it in the shops for 20 - 30 pounds. I recommend buying it either way - it's highly entertaining and addictive.
Lego Batman is the third game in the series of Lego computer games, the first two being Star Wars and Indiana Jones. In this game, Batman gets the Lego treatment, and the general consensus is that the game is better. This is also my opinion, as I found this game more playable and addictive than the other, with many more intricacies and attention to detail than the previous games.
The format of the first two games followed the relevant films in series order, but for Batman it has been handled a little differently. You start in the Batcave with Batman and Robin (no surprises there then!). There are 3 initial levels, each with a villain to beat at the end: Penguin, Riddler, Joker. Each level is split into sections where there is a lesser Batman villain to beat who is acting as a henchman to the main villain of the level. The little intricacies are done very well in the setting of the levels and the attributes of each character.
The fun twist comes when you have completed the three levels. This opens a special area in the Batcave which leads to Arkham Asylum, where you get the chance to control the villains to complete the very same levels but combatting the police this time! It's very cleverly done, and throughout the game you will need to go back with different characters to complete the levels entirely and attain the 100% completion percentage to signify you have done everything possible in the game.
There are also special levels to play once you get to a certain point in the game, as you can access Wayne Manor amongst other things. The playability is intense and high, and it is more addictive than the other two Lego games. I found that the characters and the controls were better in particular, and trawling through the levels to complete each bit was less arduous than the other two games.
Playability is high, and the overall graphics effect is very well done. The characters are effective and more expansive than before, and it is nice to see an improvement on the previous two games. I sincerely hope that they continue in the mould and release further Lego games featuring well known films or TV series and that the quality keeps on getting better.
Lego Batman is still a relatively new release and as such brand new copies will still cost you between £20 and £30 depending on where you get it. Pre-owned copies or used ones are likely to be less, but not necessarily significantly so. Either way, I recommend playing the game - it's highly entertaining and addictive.
Take control of the Dynamic Duo, Batman and Robin, as you build, drive, swing, and fight your way through Gotham City capturing escaped villains and putting them back in Arkham Asylum where they belong. Battle against legendary villains including The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman and more to keep the streets of Gotham clean. Then, for the first time, jump into the story from the other side and play as Batman's foes. Enjoy the power you wield as you spread chaos throughout the city.