Sure, we’ve played Batman games before, maybe it’s an old theme, but it is still a great one. Lego Batman: The Video game is similar to the Lego Star Wars and Indiana Jones games and if you are not adverse to the gothic world of Batman then you are going to definitely enjoy this one.
The game follows close to the heels of the previous two Lego games developed by the Travellers Tales team. There are some improvements which can make this game even better than the earlier versions. But unlike the Indiana Jones and Star Wars Lego games which were very faithful to the movies, here the developers were given a freer hand at the game play design. The developers created different story lines for this one so while it is a game with Batman in it, the rest of it is totally unique.
The mechanics of the game is the same though, the gamer gets to go around the different levels and worlds destroying the Lego foes and they get to build their own Lego structures which they can use to get into different areas in the many levels. Again, the characters will have their own personalities, skills and gifts which can get them through the levels without difficulties.
Now here’s the twist. If you are used to playing Batman games as either Batman or Robin, this one gives the player the chance to play the game from the point of view of the enemy characters (how cool is that!). And it is done so well that many of the levels each have their own bad guys so your character shifting prowess would be put to the test here.
The most obvious difference of this game from the others is the way the story is told. Here, the Lego Batman can change the way things are by distinguishing the various chapters through panels that are closely drawn as comic books. Now as the Lego characters generally do not talk, you do not have to interpret what each of those comic panels mean.
The Lego Batman is one product of Nintendo DS which give the gamer a lot of game play in the many levels that can and cannot be unlocked. The gamer can play the game for endless hours trying to unlock all the levels. A friend can help out by working in tandem with another DS system using their own copy to speed up the process of finding out just how to unlock those un-lockable levels. It may not take hours; the discovery can literally take days. So is that challenging enough?
In short, the Lego Batman is a game that is unexpectedly fun to play and provides all the challenges that I crave for. Sure, it is a different experience playing the bad guy but I really found it different and interesting in the end. All I can say is, this is a different game, it offers a different experience and to call it the same of the old would be an insult to the designing team that made this a success. I like it better than the other Lego game, and would give it 8.5 points out 10.
Donkey Kong seemed to have disappeared from the gaming world for quite some time, but today he makes his comeback. We missed him right? well sort of… But anyway, the game for DK has been improved since the last one (of course it must be upgraded) and is hoping to make a comeback into the hearts of the many DS fans out there.
You know the objective of games like this. You just hop, jump, and make your way through the levels until the final stage and then face a boss. Nothing new really, but what makes it a bit different is the fact that the main controls are the R1 and the L1 buttons. When you are on the ground, the buttons make him move from right to left. When you press them together, he hops into the air. While airborne, you can use the same thing to correspond to his left and right hand so that he can get a grip on things. The visuals of the game have also been enhanced to improve game play.
The setting of the game is not new, but what really makes things hard is the non-traditional set up of the buttons. Aside from that, the fact that the levels are getting harder and harder, you will find yourself struggling for every stage which make things harder for you while you are at the part of knowing the controls.
Be also aware that the game features barrels that are marked with the letters DK that when smashed releases Diddy kong, DK’s loyal sidekick. Diddy kong serves multiple purpose thus you may want to watch out for barrels such as these. With him you can make longer dash attacks, and you can also utilize an ice melting flamethrower and so on. Diddy can also act as a shield for DK, but he does he loses life in the process. And when that happens he returns to the checkpoint of the stage. However, if DK dies, you will have to return to the start of the level if you didn’t pass by a checkpoint, which is pretty common to most adventure games.
There are also other small details that you may want to consider before you get a copy.
For one, since the problem is really the controls, you may not want to give this game to a child that has a short attention span, as learning and getting used to the controls takes some time. Otherwise, who knows what will happen to your DS. And even if you are a gamer of a certain age, the involvement of the jump button being pressed by the thumb has been really placed in our minds that it gets frustrating to get used to a new method.
DK’s print on the screen is way too big and the DS screen is barely large enough to accommodate DK and the environment that the player needs to see. The producers could have at least equalized the size of DK to fit the screen of the DS, as looking at the environment is a lot more important than looking at the main character.
But overall the game is a must try for DK fans. The simple game is quite colorful and maybe even addictive most especially if you want to capture all secrets of a stage and all the banana coins.