Remember the thrill of building houses, cars, people and more with your Legos? What if you could combine the fun of Lego bricks with your tablet? It’s a great way to fuse together the real and virtual world. For tech addicted kids, this might be the best way to get them into some of the same toys you had when you were a child.
On June 19th, 2014, Lego announced their new Lego Fusion system. The idea came into being in the Lego Future Lab where the team learned that children see digital and physical play as the same thing. This led to creating a more immersive Lego experience by blending physical toys with a digital game. While this isn’t exactly a new concept, it is Lego’s first foray into tablet apps with a physical counterpart.
Build And Play
Even though I’m probably outside of the Lego team’s target age group, I can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic and be tempted to pick up one of the Fusion sets. Even though the apps are free, you have to buy a special Lego Fusion set in order to pair the bricks with the app. The sets will be priced at approximately $35 for 200 bricks and the building capture plate that’s used with the child’s tablet.
Honestly, in comparison to many of the Lego sets out there, the price isn’t bad. When you consider you’re giving your child more than a just the standard Lego model kit, the price sounds even better. Think of it as a fun virtual building mobile video game.
Four Fun Ways To Play
Lego is providing four different games for the planned launch later this summer. The app will be both available for both iOS and Android. Each game offers its own unique features. Town Master is all about building a town and keeping the residents happy. For race fans, Create And Race lets kids build fast cars and compete against their friends for the fastest times.
For kids who like tower defense games, Battle Towers will be an instant hit. Not only do you get to build towers, but you can repair them using the physical bricks throughout the game. Finally, Resort Designer lets kids design their own resort, including the interior, while playing fun mini-games.
Designed For Kids
Don’t except overly complicated games with a massive feature set like many sim-style games. Lego has designed the Lego Fusion line specifically for a younger audience. While some critics have already compared Fusion to games such as Skylanders, Lego was quick to confirm this isn’t a collectible style game. Parents alone will probably sigh in relief knowing their kids won’t need to collect numerous figures.
Overall, it’s a perfect virtual playground for kids. Parents can feel safe letting their kids play with both the bricks and the app games since they’re designed for kids. Who knows, maybe your kids will even want to play with the Legos outside of the app. Not likely, but here’s hoping some kids will at least learn how much fun it is to play with something besides their mobile devices once in a while.