My son loves playing games – card ones, board ones and, of course, video ones. After hounding The Hubs and I for more than a year, we him got a Nintendo 3DS XL for his birthday this past summer. Between that hand-held system and our more traditional XBOX360, my boy is becoming quite the gamer. However, since he’s only six, The Hubs and I are pretty picky when it comes to games we buy and let him play, making sure that they are age-appropriate. Over the next few weeks I’ll feature reviews of family friendly games that we like and would also make good gifts for the younger video gamer on your holiday list.
First up is LEGO® Legends of CHIMA™: Laval’s Journey from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and based on the popular animated series. We got a chance to review the Nintendo 3DS version.
In case you’re not familiar with CHIMA, it is a land where eight animal tribes Lion, Eagle, Raven, Wolf, Gorilla, Rhino, Bear and Crocodile live together, but not always in harmony. The members of these tribes fiercely battle over a powerful natural energy resource called CHI, which gives its possessor the ultimate power to either create or destroy.
In this game you must help Laval, a brave warrior and the headstrong prince of the Lion Tribe, fight for justice. Laval is racing to unlock the secret of the legendary triple CHI-armour before his arch-nemesis, Cragger of the Crocodile Tribe, can manipulate its awesome power to threaten the balance of Chima.
In this game, as Laval, you’ll leap, swing, dig and fly to explore the various areas and landmarks of Chima including Lion Temple, Eagle Spire, Gorilla Forrest, Rhino Quary and Croc Swamp. Along the way you’ll unlock more than 60 characters, collect a variety of tools, access hidden collectables and reach secret parts of the game to get access to hidden collectibles.
The graphics, especially in 3D on the Nintendo 3DS XL are pretty cool. The characters are well-designed and look just like their TV counterparts. The game play itself isn’t too difficult to understand and the controls for the game are pretty easy for younger gamers to figure out quickly. To navigate through CHIMA there is a main map which is surrounded by other maps, belonging to the other main tribes of the island. Within the maps there are several levels of portals which you’ll need to complete in order to finish the story. The levels themselves consist of solving puzzles and fighting enemies and as mentioned earlier, there are secrets and rewards to be found on each level.
Now it’s your turn to share. If you were on the island of Chima, what tribe would you be a part of?
For Full Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but I did receive a free copy of LEGO Legends of CHIMA: Laval’s Journey for Nintendo 3DS from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in order to review the game. As always, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom blog are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing any products as your opinion may differ.
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