Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lego Games

Did you know?   Lego has released a new selection of products – games.  Yes family games made of Legos.   Isn’t it totally cool?   I’m speechless.   I’ve seen the DVDs and the Nintendo DS/Wii games but it never occured to me that we could have family games from Lego.  A whole set of games will be available (see the website).   For this specific review, I have received the Race 3000.

About the game

2010_09_29_06_26_27 Race 3000 from LEGO® Games: A new way to play!

Introducing LEGO® Games, the world’s first collection of games that you build, play and change. With the unique buildable LEGO Dice and changeable rules, LEGO Games is a great way of having fun together with family and friends.
Do you have what it takes to cross the finish line first and win the trophy? Use shortcuts, overtake or turbo boost past your opponents to get in front and change lanes to avoid the oil slicks in your way. The LEGO Dice brings a new twist on a classic racing game for 2 to 4 players. Game play approximately 20-30 minutes. Included in the box:1 buildable LEGO Dice, 1 rule booklet , and 1 building instruction booklet.

My Thoughts

I find it took a long time for Lego to come up with board games.    Since a few years, I have the feeling that they are expanding their ideas and it is all for the better.   Video games, movies, books and now board games based on the Lego blocks can be found everywhere.2010_09_28_19_21_38

Before you start the game, you need to build it.   And this can be done easily with the instructions when you play for the first time.     The racing track is interesting with turns, a pit stop, shortcuts and all.   The most interesting part to build was the little cars.   I find they 2010_09_28_19_21_46are totally adorable.  

The game itself last about 20-30 minutes depending of the rules you are following.  There are a general set of rules which explains the basic of the game and on the other page you can discover how to make your own rules with the different options like the pit stop or the shortcuts.  The designers of the game have thought of all the details of a racing track including the flag, the trophy and the commentating tower.   

The only thing that dumfounded me for a little period of time was the dice.  But if you take the time to read the rule booklet slowly, you will understand it.   It is simple really when you get it.   The dice is a build-to-go kind of dice.   Every game will have a different dice as you add the pieces as you play.   Interesting and very innovative.   So when you roll the dice, whichever car has a color on this side can advance.   Pretty neat don’t you think?

You will find extra pieces in the box for in case you lost some.   But even so, I would recommend to play this with your kids (especially if you have little ones like we do) so that you can make sure the pieces doesn’t disappear mysteriously.  

My husband and I played with it and enjoyed this new way of playing board games.   We are so pleased with it that we can’t hardly wait to give it to the boys at Christmas.    We thought this was so out of the ordinary that it would be a wonderful surprise for them.  

Our suggestions for the creators of this Race 3000, would be to make an another pack available to create a bigger race track – like an add-on package.    Then the game would last longer.  

I am so excited about these products that I am seriously considering getting the Creationary game for Christmas.    It also gives me ideas for my nephew.  

RACE 3000
Price 26.99 Cad.
Ages 7 – 12
Number of pieces:  166

This review was possible because I received a Race 3000 from Lego in exchange of my opinion.

Race 3000 and all other Lego games can be found at any places where you can buy Lego products. 

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