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  • Summary: LEGO Battles pulls three LEGO themes together to create a unique extension of the LEGO build-and-play experience that stays true to the customization and humor that are the foundation of LEGO videogames. LEGO Battles offers a new kind of “build and battle” LEGO gameplay. Through six distinctLEGO Battles pulls three LEGO themes together to create a unique extension of the LEGO build-and-play experience that stays true to the customization and humor that are the foundation of LEGO videogames. LEGO Battles offers a new kind of “build and battle” LEGO gameplay. Through six distinct story lines, players build their own LEGO bases and battle teams as they engage in over 70 different levels, mixing and matching units to create the ultimate customized LEGO squad. These unique LEGO battles teams see pirate swordsmen fighting side-by-side with wizards and aliens; dragons battling ninjas; and pirate ships launching broadsides against spacecraft and knights! Players can also challenge friends on the battlefield in multiplayer mode through wireless DS multi-card play. [Warner Bros] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. My only real big problem with LEGO Battles is that the pathfinding of your army is generally poor, especially if you need them to traverse a big chunk of the map. You can easily highlight a large group with the stylus by dragging a box over everyone, but they tend to get bottlenecked easily in tight passages, and you'll often find units that are still highlighted but have stopped moving for no reason other than because they've run into something.
  2. And as with other LEGO titles, those deficiencies don’t keep LEGO Battles from being an engaging, satisfying RTS experience, especially for younger players or those looking for lighter fare. If that’s your angle, then this game is a solid buy.
  3. The DS is starved of RTS action, but Lego Battles never ramps up enough to inspire. [Oct 2009, p.74]
  4. Lego Battles does a good job as introduction to the real time strategy-genre, but lacks in tempo and control. Gamers who already are familiar to the genre may find it to simple and should go for another game. And seriously, do we really need more games in Lego?
  5. An RTS without strategical depth. Sharp look, nice unit design, ad an impressive amount of extras, but a complete failure on the gameplay side.
  6. The controls frustrate, the missions bore and the multiplayer has the potential of being quite unfair. While the basic idea is sound, the failure to implement its features in a compelling way makes LEGO Battles one you can easily skip.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. ianf
    Aug 23, 2009
    10
    It is great! I was looking for starfy but I couldn't find it so I took this.
  2. PeterM
    Jun 12, 2009
    10
    I cant believe a "real" RTS finally made it to the DS. After going to 2 sold out stores I finally got my copy! Wow, you will not be I cant believe a "real" RTS finally made it to the DS. After going to 2 sold out stores I finally got my copy! Wow, you will not be disappointed here, the map sizes are bigger than any I have seen on the DS and the variety of units it awesome I mean space ships attacking sail boats, what's not to love. The units are hard to see as pure lego, but the DS can only pull off so much and if the trade off was only seeing a close-up with detail vs seeing and controlling a battlefield, I think the choice was obvious here. Game play is not limited (like so many) to you taking your one unit against a max of 6 enemies... This game takes it up a notch with 30 on 30 fully controlled units into heated action packed battles. In that mess it gets a bit hard to see whats going on, but it looks awesome. Still getting a hold on the magic bit, but that looks like a lot of fun to. Cant wait to take this head on with multiplayer. Expand
  3. TimF
    Dec 17, 2009
    9
    OMG, I can't believe the critics reviews! 60? WTF!? I have had a blast playing Lego Battles on the DS and I seriously have gotten OMG, I can't believe the critics reviews! 60? WTF!? I have had a blast playing Lego Battles on the DS and I seriously have gotten flashbacks of StarCraft. The story line is incredibly long (which is good) and a 20 minute mission just flies by. As I said before it is like a scaled down version of Starcraft (RTS) so if you were expecting the "shoot em up" antics of Lego Star Wars et al. you may be disappointed. Expand
  4. Oct 24, 2011
    8
    This game is by no means a perfect game, but it's not nearly as bad as what most of the critics say. The first thing worth noting is thatThis game is by no means a perfect game, but it's not nearly as bad as what most of the critics say. The first thing worth noting is that this game is nothing like the Lego games that have come out earlier (Lego Star Wars, Lego Indiana Jones, etc.). Where those games were more on arcade style action, this one is real time strategy, a game genre that is usually only available on computers. This, however, came out on the Nintendo DS. Surprisingly, for a genre that's more popular on computers, they actually did a pretty decent job. Of course, this game would be so much better on a Windows, but this strategy game is still pretty good on the DS. This game may be different then Warcraft, but it still has a few tricks up its sleeve. It has a lot of funny cutscenes, great gameplay moments, and fun campaigns. However, the gameplay, while it's fun, does have its faults. As I said earlier, the campaigns are enjoyable, but the instant action battles leave a lot to be desired. They can be very short, and often times boring. The campaigns more then make up for this however. The graphics could be better, but I still like them anyway. The pixelized graphics are alright, but they do lack detail. I think that this game is totally underrated. Expand
  5. Jan 22, 2015
    7
    And yet another game about both lego and randomness at its random...-est i guess.
    But like my review on lego island 2: the f*ckster's
    And yet another game about both lego and randomness at its random...-est i guess.
    But like my review on lego island 2: the f*ckster's revenge, this game is pretty good. Well, for the DS at least.

    I mean the Nintendo DS was very successful but in my opinion all 3D games on it looked/played like complete **** I mean, take a look at a comparison between Lego Star wars: the clone wars, it looked gorgeous on the Wii and the Ps3 but on the DS? COMPLETE SHI-BLARGHALGHRALGHUGLAHR- i can't stress enough.

    Regerding the game, it's like a god game with really pixellated graphics which actually looks better than you think. Trust me this game is even more obscure than Patapon, a game which not even the smallest groups of people recognize, well. Maybe except me... i don't even know anymore.

    But for real though, the soundtrack is kind of bitcrushed which is one of my most favourite song types, the graphics are mostly like the snes's graphics, it's mostly blend of many pixel games to say the least.

    Gameplaywise. You place buildings, you get cash, you get units, push objectives, you win.
    It's a Mc-Basic, really.

    Here is the most fun part of the entire review, trust me. Writing certain reviews on the wrong day can end in the this-is-not-interesting-at-all cathergory.

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    I am suprised... really.... there is nothing wrong with this game except the minor things, but those keep bugging each other with the good minor thing about this game.
    Which then means that this game was made with the right mind in charge.... i don't know what joke to choose so i'll just simply say.... "a random crackhead"

    This game gets the score: "meh, but still good"
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  6. reedf
    Jun 12, 2009
    6
    We preordered two copies of this one (my son and I) from the USA and have paid the price not just in getting it directly upon release in We preordered two copies of this one (my son and I) from the USA and have paid the price not just in getting it directly upon release in Japan, but in foregoing critical assessment and reading rhe Metacritic reviews (there are still only two as of this post) and trusting our guts and experiences as big fans of the Traveler's Tales LEGO DS games. LEGO Battles is at once a simple and fun game, and a terribly dull one with too many rules to learn for too little payoff later in the game. I fear this is a project not of love for the incredible gaming company that has produced LEGO Star Wars et al, but just a finished project -- one they may have enjoyed building at the start but were clearly unable to turn into something truly enjoyable for any particular audience. My son suffered as much of the tutorial level as possible but even so was not impressed with the graphics or the gaming style. The LEGO brand does not save this game from being just another RTS. What this has done is awoken certain nostalgic feelings for Blizzard games like Starcraft, which I would much rather be playing. As for my son, I think his copy may just go to the first buyer at a local shop. Or is it too soon to be passing judgment? (We have not unlocked any of the other missions yet.) Expand
  7. MaxxPower
    Jun 29, 2009
    3
    Do not buy if you are left handed. Game is not playable if you are left handed.