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Laval's Journey: Big fun on a small screen
Jul 25, 2013
By John Powell - G4 Canada
How about angry lions, crocodiles, eagles, rhinos and sharks? 'Legends of Chima' has them all and more.
The animated TV series and LEGO toys of the same name feature Chima, a land inhabited by animals that not only walk, talk but don armour and wield some wicked medieval weapons.
It is 'Game of Thrones' for tweens.
Laval of the title is the prince of the Lion Tribe. Laval used to be good buds with Cragger, the king of the Crocodile Tribe, until the power of Chi came between them. The mystical energy not only gives the animals incredible powers but also can be used to fuel their many vehicles. Once a peaceful land, Chima is now a battleground with the lions, eagles, and gorillas warring against the ravens, wolves, and crocodiles for control of the Chi and the power that comes with it.
'Lego Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey' is a platformer - sandbox hybrid allowing children to explore Chima when there are breaks in the missions assigned by your father the king or the countless characters they will interact with during their travels.
Like most LEGO games, there are puzzles to solve, foes to battle and lots, lots of bricks, studs to collect. While you begin as Laval, there are approximately 60 playable characters from the television series you can unlock.
Although 'Legends of Chima' is on the small screen of the 3DS, it has all of the big time fun of a console title with dynamic cut-scenes and a wide variety of realms to travel through including Eagle Spire and Crocodile Swamp.
As with the animated series, 'Lego Legends of Chima' is geared towards tweens and those slightly younger. Older children will undoubtedly find some of the content inane and the challenges severely lacking. While it is not as charming as some of the recent LEGO releases like 'City Undercover' or 'DC Super Heroes', 'Chima' will surely appeal to fans of the series who will jump at the chance to play their favourite characters and explore the world of Chima without fear of a "red wedding".
Lego Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey
Rating: 7 / 10
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