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Lego Mindstorms (1998) is a creative robotic toolkit made of Lego augmented with motors, sensors and other electronics. The Lego Mindstorms Robot Inventor kit enables you to build a five different robotic models with interactive and challenge elements. It’s stood the test of time for being a unique way to get into robotics, programming and design without the usual barrier of complexity.

Play involves working through the instructions to build complex robots that not only move but respond to your presence and different prompts in the environment like colour and barriers. Once you’ve built a robot you then use the free app to “program” how it behaves.

Both the building and programming is very approachable. You are walked through each stage with instructional videos and debugging assistance. The programming is with simple dragging and dropping in a Scratch-like environment. After completing the builds you can take on different activities, like teaching robots behaviour or extended builds.

The kit provides all you need to create the following basic robots, before making your own creations:
  • Charlie: Humanoid robot with a focus on character and emotion through display and sounds.
  • Blast: Humanoid robot with a focus on action. This smart robot detects intruders and blasts them with darts.
  • Tricky: Sports robot with an emphasis on different skill games like basketball, football, bowling and drawing.
  • MVP: Is a customisable rover robot with attachments for dune, race, turret and brick eater modes.
  • Gelo: Quadroped creature that uses colour and distance sensor to navigate the environment.

You can use PlayStation and Xbox controllers to control and interact with the robots. Alternatively you can build a controller on your Smartphone so you can interact via the touch screen.

The result is a game-like challenge that offers a friendly and approachable way into robotics and programming.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Lego Mindstorms 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 21 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Creative game with Sequencing and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game. You can create robots and experiences that offer a multiplayer challenge or game. Gelo has a multiplayer game with an arena.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete. You can build a robot within 45 minutes. Of course there is almost endless splay here.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Provided a child has good dexterity and build proficiency a younger child can enjoy this.

CostsCosts

Lego Mindstorms usually costs £314.99.
 

Lego Lego Mindstorms Robot Inventor Kit

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Lego Mindstorms

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
There’s just a single kit to buy. You can extend this with any other Technic or System Lego bricks. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/1998, updated in 2020

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Creative (Sequencing and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented

Components: Blocks and Gadget


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