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Based on the popular LEGO playsets, LEGO Friends for Nintendo 3DS allows players to shop for the latest outfits and accessories, select the perfect hairstyle, decorate their bedrooms or even pick out a pet!
In LEGO Friends, players visit Heartlake City, playing the role as Olivia’s cousin who, with Olivia, joins other LEGO Friends like Mia, Stephanie, Emma and Andrea on fun adventures. Throughout the game, players will complete a variety of activities, such as rescuing a wounded fawn, practicing their soccer skills, choreographing dance routines and training pets. Each of these activities builds the level of friendship with each LEGO Friend the player encounters. The ultimate goal of the game is to become a “True Friend” with each of the LEGO Friends, while exploring and uncovering all of the secrets, badges and rewards in the amazing city of Heartlake.
Using an interactive map, players can explore Olivia’s House, Heartlake High, Main Street, Clover Meadows and Heartlake Marina, all of which are based on the LEGO playtheme. Players can further explore and enjoy total freedom in each core area by visiting the Karate Dojo in Heartlake High, the Rehearsal Studio on Main Street, the Riding Camp in Clover Meadows or the Dolphin Cruiser in the Marina to collect items, play mini-games, complete tasks, solve puzzles, and build objects from piles of LEGO bricks found throughout the game. They will also collect and unlock new pets, each with a unique ability, that helps players solve puzzles and access new areas to explore. Heartlake City is filled with exciting activities, such as rescuing a dolphin and teaching them tricks and discovering hidden pirate treasures with a secret map.
Despite the fact that our daughter is not a ‘girly-girl,’ she agreed to spend some time playing LEGO Friends on her Nintendo 3DS because after all even though it’s pink, purple and all ‘flowery’ it couldn’t be all that bad because it’s LEGO and a video game, right?!
The game has an intriguing set-up because while it is obviously geared toward girls, the mini-games/activities are largely not stereotypically gender based. One need not have a prior experience to this particular line of LEGOs to get right into the game. It’s nice that there is a larger goal to the game, but it’s still playable when one has limited time to spend with it.
You can watch a quick trailer of the game below:
Naturally my daughter would think the soccer game and Karate Dojo are the most fun part of the gameplay, but the animal activities within the game are also neat.
And while she probably wouldn’t admit it, there is a certain satisfaction in trying to achieve the “True Friend” status with the different characters. Not to be outdone by the LEGO games more geared toward boys, the treasure hunt is a nice touch in LEGO Friends.
The graphics in the 3D are very impressive and similar in nature to the other LEGO video games on the market, so if you’re familiar with those you kind of know what to expect.
LEGO Friends is a great combination of the building bricks children love with something a little more targeted for girls in a market that’s usually geared toward boys. The game gives a good value for the money with its playability and it is a wonderful mix of feminine with some not so traditional girl activities. I’m already looking forward to seeing another game in this particular LEGO franchise.
Give the Gift of Friendship this Christmas season with the All New LEGO Friends Videogame Available for Nintendo 3DS, for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and is rated “E” for everyone, at Major Retailers Worldwide.
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