No, not loot munchkins!
I’m talking my own little munchkin, my peanut, my kid and kaboomel, Alex.
Thanks to Dechion, I got into the Lego Universe closed Beta, and played it a little this last weekend. We’re all under the non-disclosure agreement, so I can’t actually post screenshots or anything, but it was actually very fun. They’re doing some awesome work over there with it, and it’s feeling very polished so far.
The thing of it is, they are only opening the servers for brief windows on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday morning. I played briefly Thursday on the downlow on the key Dechion gave me, and then Cassie got her own key Friday.
The trouble started Friday, when she began downloading the program. Prying 7 year old eyes saw the word LEGO, and the inquisition began.
Oh, you can imagine where it went from there.
Anyway, Cassie was careful to explain that mommy was downloading a game that was being worked on, but wasn’t really available to play yet. We were testing it, and helping the company that was making it get ready for when they could sell it someday.
Of course, once it was installed, she couldn’t actually play it Friday.
Saturday rolls around, Alex is chilling out watching movies in the other room, I get my Lego Universe on.
Alex sneaks in behind me, and “Oh WOW is that the LEGO game!?! Can I play? “I’m very very very good!”
So of course I let him play on my character, but frankly I’ve been finding it difficult enough to get used to myself. The controls and camera angles are a bit loose right now, you can tell they haven’t finished tuning them. I can deal, but I’ve got mad skillz.
So Alex is playing in one area without enemies, a safe area where he can smash buildings instead of things that hit back.
Shortly afterwards, servers close. Alex gets it, we told him several times, not a real game, they shut it down.
Sunday morning… “Daddy can I play again please?”
I let him play, but the area in the beginning, the first real world, where he really wanted to play, the super-fast spawning enemies swamp and crush him repeatedly. Fun value = gone. They just spawn too fast for him to handle while he’s learning, all over the place. Then the server goes down, and crisis averted, right?
He goes over to his best friends’ on a playdate on Monday, and they spend the entire time playing two player LEGO Batman on the Wii.
So, now nothing is for it but he obsesses about playing LEGO Star Wars.
Yeah, see, we don’t have LEGO Batman. But we DO have LEGO Star Wars original trilogy AND new trilogy versions.
He spends the next two days wandering around holding the game case, moaning.
Yeah, I’m weak. I cracked. Cassie was all, “Maybe you can play for a little bit later after dinner”, and next thing you know, he’s negotiating playtime rules.
“I promise I’ll be good, and eat dinner, and if you let me play now I won’t play tonight at all, and you can tell me to stop whenever you want and I’ll stop, oh please can I play?!?”
Turns out, he KICKS ASS!
I watched him last night, he’s blowing that damn place up, man. LEGO Star Wars (new trilogy) is getting destroyed, at least on the campaign mode.
He figured out how to use the belt grapples to go up ledges all by himself, too. I showed him character swapping and using robots to open doors near where their portraits are shown, but he’s kicking ass.
He LOVES Yoda, but he shares the love among different characters. He doesn’t stay fixated on just one.
Wait until he gets bored, and finds out we also have the original trilogy version to try!
He’s so cute!
Oh, and for those of you that read all the way to the end, I’ve got one unused Beta key for the Lego Universe Closed Beta to give away. Two days after Dechion gave me the one I activated, I got a Beta key myself.
First person to reply in the comments asking for the Lego Universe Beta key wins it! Bonus props for having kids that would like to try it too.
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