Lego Batman, which was released in 2008 for a variety of consoles including PS2, Ps3, Wii, Xbox 360, and Nintendo DS, was the first Traveller’s Tales Lego game to not only deviate from the pattern of Lucasfilm-themed Lego games, but also to feature an original storyline. The plot is split into three distinct sections (approached from both the hero and villain sides of the story, in a thematic twist unique to this game) that showcase dastardly plots by the Riddler, Penguin, and Joker. In the first segment, the Riddler, accompanied by Clayface, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, and Two-Face, attempts to steal Gotham’s Gold Reserves. In the next, the Penguin tries to take over Gotham with the help of Bane, Killer Croc, Man-Bat, and Catwoman. Finally, the Joker attempts to poison the people of Gotham, enlisting Harley Quinn, Scarecrow, Mad Hatter, and Killer Moth to help in his plot.
As with any Lego game, Lego Batman involves puzzle-solving, plenty of in-game collectibles, and a host of unlockable bonuses and characters. Many Batman favorites are lovingly re-created here in Lego, and the story conveys the clever and silly approach that has become a trademark of video games made by Lego. While it’s one of the earlier Lego games (meaning that people who’ve played only Lego’s more recent fare may be confused or disappointed by the smaller character lineup and range of abilities) it is nonetheless a charming title, and a nice addition to any Batman or Lego fan’s video game collection.
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