Lego Batman: The Game – an Absurdist Videogame Jaunt

Lego Batman – Full Review

Traveller’s Tales has been the constant developer behind these LEGO driven titles. Throwing out such titles as Lego Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones. And while this may seem like some kind of massive marketing push, and it sort of is, these formulaic games have a fun, casual sense to them that make it rather entertaining to run around punching other little LEGO people and watching all of the distorted, odd characters do what they do best.
If you enjoy the Batman franchise as most people do, you’ll find yourself at home with all of your favorite characters. Considering this is a franchise given game, this should be no surprised, but they don’t waffle around or drop the ball in any evident places.

The premise of the Gameplay has changed little from the other LEGO insert franchise here style games in that you just run around in a semi-platformer with pre-rendered backgrounds, bopping baddies and doing your thing. Well, the game is actually split between being the villain and being the heroes to give some diversity. All of the characters have fresh new moves that give them advantages and disadvantages while out and about. A few good examples would be how The Penguin can glide over gaps using his umbrella and Killer Croc has an immense punching force.

The graphics of the game are fairly standard for pre-rendered background platformers, and in places they can shine quite a bit. In all, nothing massively noteworthy though, and the pre-rendered backgrounds in conjunction with the platform style play make the game rather painful when the jumps and motions get technical, for some of the characters. There are no marked differences from the LEGO Star Wars graphics to the LEGO Batman graphics, other than a few nice reflections that look like they have had some care taken in their preparation.

Overall, the game is still fun to play, save those few frustrating moments when you can’t complete some of the jumps. LEGO Batman, while not any sort of hot release title, does have an endearing shtick to it that all of the other games have, where the characters have no real dialog and just use body language ( LEGO body language ) to convey everything. This can make the audio bland at times, but the gameplay is random and wacky, and if you’re a fan of the Batman series, or like the LEGO series’ gameplay then I highly recommend this if you want to have a nice diversion from your usual gaming ritual.