LEGO Builder’s Journey Review | Screen Rant

LEGO Builder’s Journey is a fun little puzzle game with bucketloads of charm, that taps into the creative element of LEGO building extremely well.

It’s strange to think about it, but LEGO has been seeing video game adaptations for over 25 years. The iconic toy company had a suite of creation-focused and adventure games in the 1990s, as well as other spin-offs like LEGO Racersbut then really kicked off with video games with the growth of licensed properties such as LEGO Star Wars. That’s not to say that games based on the core LEGO experience have stopped appearing, such as LEGO Builder’s Journey from developer Light Brick Studio.

LEGO Builder’s Journey was initially released for Apple Arcade in 2019, before seeing numerous ports including PS4 and PS5 versions that have just released. The game is a geometric puzzler, with the player hopping from puzzle to puzzle, using LEGO blocks to solve a route to an end point. Along the way, the player will move through a warming, abstract narrative.


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The key element that LEGO Builder’s Journey manages to create is a true sense of calm. This is a wonderful game to pick up for a pocket of relaxation, with short, cute puzzles to solve and the fantastic ability to lower the player’s heart rate. It’s a similar atmosphere to other relaxing puzzle games, and together with its isometric camera angle the game gives off the same vibe as Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

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LEGO Builder’s Journey is a different kind of LEGO experience to the most popular LEGO games on the market, but nonetheless it manages to correctly create a sense of what LEGO is. This is a game that makes sense for people who know LEGO as a nurturing toy of creativity, rather than the wacky hijinks of the more recent cross-brand leviathans that LEGO has been putting out.

As opposed to the slapstick comedy and loudness of other LEGO creations, LEGO Builder’s Journey is much more emotion-based in its approach. The parent and dynamic child at the core of this game almost feels like a parallel to the underlying human story of The Lego Movie, with a genuine heart that moves within the game’s wider, wordless adventure. It’s truly a delight to work through.

It certainly helps that the gameplay is as solid as it is, with the player needing to move around a limited number of LEGO blocks to be able to solve a variety of puzzles and get their character to an end gate. It tests the player’s creativity and lateral thinking, particularly as things start to get more complex as the game goes on, even if the limits of its structure do become apparent at times. Meanwhile, there’s also a Creative Mode, where the player has the ability to create their own models.

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LEGO Builder’s Journey is also delightful to look at, with vibrant colors and levels that are cleverly created out of LEGO blocks. The player moves through various kinds of environments across the game, but LEGO Builder’s Journey always manages to keep a cohesive feel. Character animations are also extremely good for a game that even lacks faces, with the player able to understand the emotional underpinning through the movement of simple blocks alone.

That said, LEGO Builder’s Journey is not perfect. There are some limitations to its design, with a simplistic control scheme that sometimes feels a little bit too basic for its own good, and sometimes the rotating isometric camera is not quite as helpful as it could be. It’s a minimalist game, and most of the time that works in its favor – but not always, a la Kombinera.

LEGO Builder’s Journey is an absolute delight overall. With wonderful design choices and a truly calming atmosphere, it’s a moment of relaxation that puzzle fans will enjoy. Its simplicity may be a doubled-edge sword at times, but this is exactly the right kind of game for players who want to turn on and switch off.

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LEGO Builder’s Journey is out now for Apple Arcade, PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Screen Rant was provided with a PS5 download code for the purposes of this review.

Our Rating:

4 out of 5 (Excellent)

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