Bits N’ Bricks Podcast: Celebrating 25 Years of LEGO® Games

Over the last few decades, LEGO Bricks have been competing with electronic platforms for the attention of the youth of the world. It was inevitable that they would start to get involved in games of their own – either developed inhouse or through external studios. This year, the company are celebrating 25 years since their first foray into such games. Today, we see the announcement of a Bits n Bricks, a ten part podcast charting their history.

With episodes dedicated to specific instances in LEGO Gaming History, the program was produced by documentary maker Ethan Vincent, who had already documented the making of LEGOs first Massive Multiplayer Online Game, LEGO Universe from 2008 – 2011, and games journalist, Brian Crecente, co-founder of Polygon.

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LEGO DOTS Arrive In Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

But its not part of the LEGO x Nintendo Collaboration!

One of the things that coincided with lockdowns earlier in the year, was the release of Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It was instrumental for maintaining the emotional wellbeing of many a young adult at the time. The team at LEGO DOTS have just released some installable DOTS designs that you can install in your in-game Home. There is even some Halloween content, if it takes your fancy (Sorry if I am a couple of hours too late for this…

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LEGO Games x Unity – Celebrating 25 years of LEGO Games

In a year where too many collaborations is barely enough, LEGO are launching another- this time with games development platform Unity: Over the last few years, Unity has become one of the premiere game development platforms, providing the backbone of many of the games omn the market today. This year, LEGO Games celebrates 25 years, and has collaborated with the makers of Unity to see a Unity LEGO Microgame – essentially a beginners game development environment – become available.

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LEGO Super Mario Blind Bags Revealed [71361 Reveal and Review]

The Rambling Brick has had the good fortune to be invited to become familiar with LEGO Super Mario sets, ahead of release. This week, LEGO unveiled the complete range of sets in the LEGO Super Mario range.

One of these, previously undisclosed, is a series of blind Character Bags 71361. This comes with a brick built enemy for LEGO Super Mario. The Good news is that they each come with an ‘action brick’ – a tile with a pre-applied barcode – which Super Mario can scan and gain coins.

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Nostalgic Anniversaries Converge with LEGO Tower 1.4

Last week saw the arrival of the latest incremental update for LEGO Tower – version 1.4 – the casual game produced by Nimblebit in association with LEGO Games. For regular readers of this blog, it will come as no surprise that I was extremely excited by the content released. As well as some bug fixes, interface tweaks, new roof toppers and new floors to build, this update provided some new parts for players to collect and dress the residents of their towers. Full of nostalgia, these new elements include torsos from the 6000 Ideas Book, as well as Pirate figures (with the theme celebrating 30 years this year), adding to a collection of pirate hats added in V1.3 a couple of weeks ago.

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LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed – Now Open for Pre-registration.

At the Fan Media days in Billund this year, I had the chance to see a presentation from the LEGO Games/ Gamesloft team about LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed, an upcoming mobile game due for release in a month or two. Gathering figures and sets from the past 41 years, it looks set to reinvigorate interest in sets from past. You can read our announcement of the game here.

Today, Gamesloft have opened the platform for pre registration today: you can sign up to pre-register, and have access to great gifts when the game is officially released in the next month or two (I’m awaiting announcement of the release date too). you can sign up for pre-registration here. Read more for further details, and a new gameplay video.

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Building LEGO Tower for Real at the LEGO House: On NOW

LEGO Tower floors take shape at the LEGO House on Friday June 21st. Image: Don Meadows.
Floors lined up for furnishing at the LEGO Tower Build Event at the LEGO House this weekend.
Image: Don Meadows

Have you heard about LEGO Tower? The mobile game, due for release in July, from LEGO Games, and Nimblebit, the developers of Tiny Tower? This weekend, visitors to the LEGO House have the opportunity to build their own floors for a LEGO Tower, and contribute to a world record attempt for the World’s Largest Diorama made from LEGO® Bricks.

The event runs during Saturday and Sunday, having started on Friday, 21st June. The final measurement will occur on Sunday Afternoon (CEST).

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LEGO LEGACY: Heroes Unboxed Announced

Today, Gamesloft Studios, in conjunction with LEGO Games, have unveiled their latest offering, coming later in the year, the nostalgia filled LEGACY Heroes Unboxed. The Rambling Brick had a chance to get a sneak preview with the developers from GameLoft Studios.

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Classic Mobile Game ‘Tiny Tower’ in Development to become a LEGO® Tower

Here at the Rambling Brick, we love a bit of digital diversion in the form of casual gaming as much as the next person. Possibly more, especially if there aren’t any LEGO® Bricks to play with. A good few years ago, I found myself playing Tiny Tower, and Tiny Death Star. I may have moved on from this type of game after a while – perhaps I was distracted by the LEGO Elves games, or perhaps I just got a new phone- but it is about to receive a fresh lease of life, thanks to a new collaboration between the LEGO Group and NimbleBit LLC, the original Game’s designers.

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An AFOL’s Guide to Overwatch #4 Reinhardt and D.Va [75973]

So far we have looked at the three smallest Overwatch sets- Tracer vs Widowmaker; Hanzo vs Genji and Dorado Showdown. Today’s set does not appear to be loaded with the intrinsic antagonism that the three previously reviewed playsets were. From what I can gather from Harry, the Gamer in our house, these two characters do not have an intrinsic rivalry, but rather exist independently of each other in Overwatch Lore. There is a linking thread however: Both characters are Mech Pilots.

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