Lego’s Life of George is an interesting product and proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks. In a world where all kids ask for is an iPhone or Xbox, where is the hands on creativity? Well, Lego’s new Life of George is bringing it back – it combines both the old physical Lego set and interaction with your Android or iOS device. Pretty neat.
The general idea of the game is that you download the app from either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. You then build whatever is displayed on the screen on the mat provided to the best of your ability and as fast as you can – there is a timer that times you. You then scan your new work of art with the camera in your phone and the app will score you based on accuracy and time.
I found the game quite challenging but still really fun and brought back memories of spending hours in my room building things with my thousands of Lego pieces. I never quite got a good score though, but I will blame that on my horrible ability to build things under pressure.
I found scanning worked better on my Nexus than on the iPhone I used, mainly due to the fact that the iPhone is set to flash by default for some reason. Your masterpiece scans quickly and easily once you get it going.
Although single-player is quite fun, I find it excels when you play multi-player. All you do is pass the device around the room, scores are saved on the device and you have a pretty fun game to play with friends.
If you get bored of building the designs in the app you can actually add your own model to build or go online and try building what some other people have come up with from around the world.
The Life of George is an interesting concept, and quite a fun one and shows how Lego is trying to adapt to the digital world which is definitely a step in the right direction. Depending on where you buy it from you can grab the Life of George kit for anywhere between $35-$50 and the app for your iPhone or Android device from the App Store or Google Play for free.