Lego Worlds burst rather abruptly onto the scene in Steam’s Early Access. The phrase “Minecraft Killer” has been thrown around quite a bit, but is Lego World‘s really a threat to Minecraft’s reign? Let’s take a look.
It’s impossible not to draw parallels between Lego Worlds and Minecraft; both are an open world sandbox game that you build in. While that in theory makes them sound like the same kind of game, they’re very different in reality. As this isn’t about Minecraft, we’ll just be focusing on Lego Worlds.
You quite literally fall into Lego Worlds after generating your terrain, skydiving to the surface. But have no fear, there’s no fall damage here. The controls will be familiar anybody who’s ever played a Lego game, as will some of the gameplay. Start whacking away at your surroundings, collecting studs (you’ll need them later). Each time you encounter a new object, you’ll collect it and be able to build it later.
The world is free to be explored; there are enemies, friends, animals and vehicles to interact with. If a Skeleton surprises you and manages to get your hearts down to null, like in all Lego games, you’ll instantly respawn. Jump on horses, goats, cow, eagles and more to explore the world. And if riding an animal isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of vehicles to find as well, like cars, boats and planes.
There are plenty of different biomes to discover and explore, from plains and forests, to lava and crystals, to the more fantastical giant mushrooms and a land made of candy. You’ll have no trouble traversing the terrain by foot, as your character can literally climb and conquer any obstacle, monkeying up it like it’s nothing at all. Seek out large treasure chests for special items you can equip and use in unique ways.
As fun as exploring is, it’s a bonus to the true meat of the game; the building. The build menu is a mere click away, with enough options to literally build your most extraordinary Lego dreams. From shaping the terrain to painting it any color, it’s easily shaped to your exact standards. But the heart of the game is in the bricks.
Bringing up the brick menu will present you with what seems to be every single Lego brick shape ever to be created. Allowing you to brick by brick, anything imaginable can be built. It’s a true sandbox for the Lego fan who has been limited only by the number of Legos they possessed.
And if you’re not the building type, there are pre-made creations you can easily pop down and watch get built brick by brick. All of the things you’ve discovered in the world are accessible to you here as well (you just have to pay those studs you were collecting earlier).
Those looking for a Minecraft experience here aren’t going to find one here. They’re such incredibly different experiences that you can’t possibly truly compare the two. There’s no mining in Lego Worlds; in fact, beyond collecting studs to buy things, there is no resource collection at all. Everything you need to build is provided to you from the very start.
This lack of direction leaves Lego Worlds feeling as if it’s missing something. Your time spent with the game will be enjoyable, but if you’re not one to spend hours carefully crafting something one brick at a time, you’ll likely find yourself losing interest. The game is in Early Access and the developers are open and taking ideas from players, which means the game can only grow to become even better.
If player feedback is truly considered and implemented, Lego Worlds could grow to become an absolutely wondrous creative sandbox. And perhaps it’ll be the next great thing to come out of Steam’s Early Access.