LEGO Dimensions has expanded its already pretty vast world with the release of some new expansion packs – some bringing whole new game worlds, and others just giving you some fun new characters to play with. We had a chance to play with all the new expansion packs.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
This film tie-in Story Pack is the biggest of the new LEGO Dimensions expansion packs. It takes players through the film plot across six brand new levels, including a Niffler chase through a bank and a trip to the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Players can physically build the MACUSA set (ideal if you’re grumbling about the good old days when LEGO meant actually building things) and Newt Scamander and Niffler figures are included in the set. Players can also play as Jacob Kowalski, whose slightly bizarre special power is throwing pies at people.
The game is a good mix of puzzles and adventures, some of which we adults are probably guilty of over-thinking. A child could probably waltz through this far quicker than we could.
Sonic the Hedgehog
This Level Pack allows you to travel back to your childhood and access classic (but LEGO-fied) Sonic The Hedgehog levels, including Green Hill and Emerald Coast while collecting as many Chaos Emeralds as you can. The pack contains a Sonic figure as well his Sonic Speedster and The Tornado – both of which can be rebuilt into other vehicles.
As with all packs, golden tag characters such as Sonic unlock new four-player battle arenas, so you can now enjoy multi-player capture the flag or challenge games (or just a good punch-up) in a neon, Tron-esque Sonic world.
The Gremlins Team Pack comes with Gizmo and Stripe, as well as the RC Racer car and the Flash ‘n’ Finish, both of which can be remodelled into other vehicles and objects. Both Gizmo and Stripe will unlock the Gremlins battle arenas, which includes classic film locations like the cinema and the high school.
If you ever needed proof that LEGO Dimensions isn’t just for kids, the Gremlins pack is it. What 10-years-olds that you know are obsessed with Gremlins in the same way that fully-grown children of the 80s are? Plus, long-time LEGO Dimensions players will find that Stripe’s vine cutting abilities come in handy across a number of levels.
ET: The Extra Terrestrial
Another 80s classic gets the LEGO Dimensions treatment ,with this Fun Pack including ET and, erm, his phone. ET’s a useful character to have in the LEGO Dimensions world, with Illumination, Fix-It and Stealth abilities, among others. He also unlocks a four-player battle arena based on the film – including the BMX trail and ET’s spaceship. Plus, you’ll never get bored of watching ET waddle his way around the various improbable LEGO Dimensions worlds.
Following on from the launch of the Adventure Time Level Pack comes this Fun Pack, containing Marceline the Vampire Queen and her Lunatic Amp. She has Sonar Smash powers and unlocks an Adventure Time battle arena.
LEGO Dimensions is now available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the Wii U system. For all the latest genre news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.