Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. Apr 29, 2013
    Not without its faults, The Chase Begins is a worthy addition to the Nintendo 3DS roster.
  2. Apr 21, 2013
    People are going to buy it, and they're going to enjoy it.
  3. Apr 30, 2013
    All in all, this still remains a far better effort for the LEGO titles than what we’ve seen on 3DS, or any handheld before. Clearly building the game from the ground up with a unique scenario is the way to go.
  4. Apr 23, 2013
    There are some technical issues, but the game manages to be fun and entertaining, and offers loads of content to keep us playing for a long while.
  5. Apr 22, 2013
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Apr 18, 2013
    It's basically a smaller version of the Wii U game, and that's about it. You're going to love it if it's your first time around LEGO City, but you might end up with a whole lot of deja-vu if you already played the previous adventure of Chase McCain.
  7. 71
    At the end of the day the game is not a bad one, it is just one that has notable weaknesses and although the story is a prequel, the technical differences makes it less then the bigger console version whose release it follows.
  8. Jun 10, 2013
    There's plenty to do in LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins, but a lot of it feels like padding for a somewhat disappointing story that will really only appeal to kids.
  9. May 13, 2013
    The Chase Begins is a technically impressive game that shares the Wii U game's pros and cons. The humor, the simple but entertaining gameplay and the overall charm are definite strong points while long load times and weak open world elements drags the experience down somewhat.
  10. 70
    Although far from the version released for the Wii U, this is undoubtedly the best Lego game released for a portable console.
  11. May 1, 2013
    The Chase Begins might have too many imperfections to be the standout masterwork its console big brother was, and given the choice, you should play that one rather than this one. But it’s still worth picking up and playing, especially if you love Lego, have younger children who need something to keep them busy in the car, or generally lean towards cute rather than blood-soaked.
  12. The repetition turns tedious when the goon fights take place almost every step of the way. These fights are not challenging in the least – even to kids – with McCain merely tossing the bad guys around for a while before cuffing them. I won some of the fights without even looking at the screen.
  13. Apr 23, 2013
    Lego City arrives Nintendo 3DS with a prequel based on the same open world showed in Wii U. The title has a new story and missions not seen before. Although, it isn't so inspired, resulting a title specially recommended for fans and youngest gamers.
  14. Apr 22, 2013
    Those yearning for another Lego adventure would do well to invest in Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins.
  15. Apr 22, 2013
    An interesting game by itself, but loses some points when compared with its Wii U version. This version fits in Nintendo 3DS and can offer you some fun hours of LEGO platforming, fighting and collecting extras.
  16. Apr 21, 2013
    While the story lacks the humor and extensive narrative of the Wii U sequel, Chase and the rest of the cast are still an endearing bunch.
  17. Apr 21, 2013
    While its position as a sandbox game for all ages should certainly benefit it as much as the LEGO brand, The Chase Begins is comparatively limited when viewed alongside its Wii U counterpart. Having said that, it holds the scope, the humor, and the basic premise well intact, so if you can look past its technical inadequacies, it’s at least a worthwhile romp through LEGO City that can be enjoyed on the go.
  18. Apr 19, 2013
    Just like the Wii U game, The Chase Begins has big ambitions - but it suffers for being crammed into a smaller footprint. Compared to its partner, it's undeniably compromised. Taken on its own merits, however, there's still enough charm and fun to be found in this smaller toybox to make it a worthy second best choice.
  19. Apr 18, 2013
    The Chase Begins doesn’t introduce any substantial change to the LEGO City Undercover universe we've seen on Wii U. Still it's a good title, with an enjoyable campaign and lots of loading screens you’re not going to love.
  20. May 9, 2013
    A good technical effort and a decent game but it's not as entertaining as its Wii U predecessor. [June 2013, p.73]
  21. Apr 23, 2013
    Contrary to other Lego-games, the emphasis isn’t put on collecting Lego-nobs and building and wrecking Lego-constructions, but more on fighting, driving and completing missions. Too bad that the game looks just a little bit too good. Now, frame drops and long load-times disrupt this ultimate kids-dream.
  22. May 30, 2013
    While technically impressive that so much can be done on the 3DS, Chase Begins covers familiar territory far too soon, the missing touches from the Wii U glaringly obvious.
  23. May 1, 2013
    LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins is an overly ambitious game that isn't as good as the home console edition.
  24. Apr 18, 2013
    LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins for the 3DS has its pros, but they all fade away compared to the recently released Wii U game. The Chase Begins offers a stripped down version of LEGO City resulting in a lesser game experience.
  25. It's technically impressive(ish), but not as fun or funny as the Wii U game. Younger gamers who haven't played GTA will still enjoy it, though.
  26. Apr 24, 2013
    Just be prepared for a lot of fog, a lot of loading, no voice acting and a jarring framerate.
  27. May 5, 2013
    Despite its flaws, LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins is a charming release, packed with diverse missions, mostly impressive visuals and a great cast of characters.
  28. Apr 30, 2013
    While I appreciate the effort to put the open world of Lego City on the handheld, the technical and above all the gameplay reductions make me doubt that there is space for open worlds on mobile systems.
  29. Apr 25, 2013
    Suitable for younger gamers but a bleak copy of the Wii U version.
  30. Apr 21, 2013
    The Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins experience is like asking for a complex Lego set for your birthday and finding a box of Duplo under the wrapping paper instead. It’s technically similar, but the differences are critically important.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Apr 23, 2013
    This game is very well done. It ambitiously attempts to recreate the large open-world experience which was seen in the Wii U game and does so quite well. I do have a few complaints about the game however. The loading screens; they are few and far apart but when you do get them, they take entirely too long. The combat; all the combat is in this game is "press X to win" which I am not a fan of although I realize one of this game's primary demographics is children, so I can't get too upset about that. The vehicle controls; the vehicles in this game are rather wild, difficult to handle, and turn too abruptly which takes a while to adapt to. And finally, the disappointing lack of voice acting; The voice acting in the cut scenes of the game is very well done, but throughout the other 98% of the game when the characters are communicating there is only on-screen text and no voice which leaves the character interaction feeling somewhat empty. Other than those minor problems, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins is a solid, extremely entertaining game if you are looking for some light-hearted humorous game time. Full Review »
  2. Apr 21, 2013
    Game play is fantastic. Sandbox world is on par with LEGO Batman 2: DC super heroes. Missions and driving vehicles is kid friendly and fun. My only complaint is the circle pad response feels a little slow when moving character around. Overall a solid release from TT Games. Full Review »
  3. Apr 21, 2013
    Wow this game is so awesome. It is portable lego on the go. I really recommend you to buy this game. GOTY 2013 for me. I've already played it for like 12 hours and wow and I'm not even close to bored Full Review »