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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Lego Super Mario 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
It sounds like the sort of thing you can do without the expensive Lego Super Mario packs, but actually the technology adds considerable fun and imaginative engagement. The Lego Mario figure "reads" which bricks he is on and reacts via his animated eyes, mouth and speaker, while keeping track of your score, the time left and how many lives you have. Power-up bricks enable you to include special abilities in your design. Builder Mario, Cat Mario, Fire Mario and Propeller Mario to name a few.
What starts out as a novel way to engage with two popular brands, soon turns into a detailed way to start designing video games. You not only need to create a narrative and plan for your levels, but must ensure the player has enough time to finish them, and whether they need additional time blocks or power-ups.
Once you have built your levels you can challenge the family to play through them and record your best times on the Lego Super Mario app on iOS and Android.
There is also a huge Lego Nintendo Entertainment System (71374) set that creates a life size NES system that you can (kind of) play by turning a handle to scroll the platform level round and round while you jump Mario on a stick. You can place the interactive Mario figure on top of the TV set and he reacts to your progress.
- In-Game Loot Boxes: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. These include in-game purchases of random items (known as 'loot boxes') that offer a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.
You need the LEGO Super Mario Adventures (71360) to get started, there are character packs sold in blind bags with a random chance of getting a particular character: Paragoomba, Fuzzy, Spiny, Buzzy Beetle, Bullet Bill, Bob-omb, Eep Cheep, Blooper, Urchin or Peepa. Then there are a range of expansion sets:
- LEGO Super Mario Guarded Fortress Expansion Set (71362)
- LEGO Super Mario Desert Pokey Expansion Set (71363)
- LEGO Super Mario Whomp’s Lava Trouble Expansion Set (71364)
- LEGO Super Mario Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set (71365)
- LEGO Super Mario Boomer Bill Barrage Expansion Set (71366)
- LEGO Super Mario Mario’s House & Yoshi Expansion Set (71367)
- LEGO Super Mario Toad’s Treasure Hunt Expansion Set (71368)
- LEGO Super Mario Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set (71369)
- LEGO Super Mario Thwomp Drop Expansion Set (71376)
- LEGO Super Mario King Boo and the Haunted Yard Expansion Set (71377)
There are also special power-up packs:
- LEGO Super Mario Fire Mario Power-Up Pack (71370)
- LEGO Super Mario Propeller Mario Power-Up Pack (71371)
- LEGO Super Mario Cat Mario Power-Up Pack (71372)
- LEGO Super Mario Builder Mario Power-Up Pack (71373)
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Release Date: 01/08/2020
Out Now: Android and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Blocks
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