Lego Builder's Journey is the latest addition to Apple Arcade and a fantastic puzzler using LEGO bricks. The game is basically a bunch of mind bending puzzles that you have to solve by putting LEGO bricks in the right space. In the early stages you just have to put LEGO pieces in correct spots. In later stages you have to move LEGO people to certain locations.
I am getting ahead of myself. As I said above, you start by putting LEGO pieces in certain spots. There is a tutorial through the first few levels that teaches you how to play. You touch a brick to moves it, hold to set it down, and tap to rotate it. The controls are fairly simple, although I had some trouble getting the bricks to do what I wanted at times.
Here's is gameplay video through the tutorial and the first six levels until the opening title.
As the game progress you are introduced to two figures that appear to be hikers. Your goal is to get them to certain points in each puzzle by manipulating the bricks the correct way. There appears to be some sort of story, but it is not very obvious of what the narrative is. I'm not really sure it is even important, but there is a conclusion at the end.
The levels get progressively harder to figure out. The final level had me stumped for close to an hour total. I had to keep stepping away and taking a break. Eventually I figured it out and solved it. If you would like to view the gameplay/walkthrough video I made click here. I will not embed it into this video for the sake of spoilers and those who don't want to see it.
Overall this game is fantastic! It isn't perfect, but I could not put it down. The puzzles are all solvable without a walkthrough (even the last one if you put your mind to it). I highly recommend downloading this from Apple Arcade. This is the type of game that makes Apple Arcade worth the money.
AArcade Reviews Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Big news today from Apple! You can now get a yearly subscription to Apple Arcade for $49.99 U.S. That means you can get 2 months for free with the yearly subscription!
Is it worth it? That depends on you. How much do you use Apple Arcade? Do you plan on having it for an entire year? If the answer to that question is yes, than it is well worth it. If you aren't sure, or don't want to lay out essentially $50, than no it is not for you. Tie that in with an iTunes card deal you can usually find this time a year, you might be able to get another month or two free (after the discount on the card).
You would think that someone running a reviews site for Apple Arcade would jump right on that offer. However, I am not. I still want to see where Apple Arcade is going before committing to a year of membership. I am a little worried about the pace of games being released since hitting the 100 games mark. One game every other week amounts to about two games a month. Yes, there are old games to play and games I keep on my devices, but I have to see more from Apple Arcade to pay for a year up front.
Are you going to jump on the year? Leave a comment below.
Apple Arcade is still only a few months old, but it has provided some amazing games for $4.99 a month. It has also provided some lousy games. AArcade Reviews has tried almost all of them and, even though it has only been a few months it is the end of the year, these are the AArcade top 5 Apple Arcade games of 2019.
Before we get to the list some notes. 1. The games on the list are only chosen from the MUST PLAY classification on the Quick List. 2. The order of the list is based on the review score and enjoyment of the game combined. Some games have the same score, and a decision was made. 3. Originality and fun factor played a big part in the list in addition to nostalgia.
I'm sure there are games that you might think belong on the list. That is fine. Leave your top 5 or 3 or whatever below. This list is the opinion of one person, and people like different types of games.
With that said, here's the list. Links are provided to the original site review. From there you can find links to the Arcade listing.
NUMBER 5: Frogger in Toy Town
This was one of the first games in Apple Arcade and it is a fantastic reimagining of Frogger. It plays on the nostalgia factor, but is also a ton of fun. You can play for five minutes or hours. This is one I keep going back to time and again.
NUMBER 4: Down in Bermuda
While not a game I keep going back to to play (because I have played as far as I can and eagerly awaiting an update), it is a fantastic puzzler that I could not stop playing. The puzzles are definitely solvable, for the most part, and the game looks great.
NUMBER 3: Way of the Turtle
Another game I am eagerly awaiting an update. When I was playing this game I could not put it down. I spent hours playing this one through to the current end. It takes me back to my childhood and playing platforms like the Mario series. The game looks fantastic and is very enjoyable.
NUMBER 2: Assemble With Care
Another game that hits the nostalgia factor on all cylinders. It is a different nostalgia than Frogger. This is nostalgia of repairing items I grew up with, like a typewriter or a rotary phone. Not only is this game nostalgic but really original. Again, one game I could not put down.
NUMBER 1: Pilgrims
If you haven't played pilgrims what are you waiting for????? It is just pure fun. The game is original, has a great look to it, has replayability (I played it over several times to see the different outcomes), and it is full of humor. I wish it was longer or that the developer make a Pilgrims 2!
Honorable Mention, in no particular order: Grindstone, Hexaflip, Thing That Go Bump
Well, there you have it. The AArcade Reviews Top 5 Apple Arcade Games of 2019. It was not an easy list to make, and there are a bunch of other great games out there. Let's hope 2020 brings even better games!
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