12 March 2012

Review: LEGO Games Star Wars: Battle of Hoth

What could be more perfect for a boy who is into LEGO and Star Wars and loves to play games?

Why a LEGO Star Wars Game of course!

LEGO Games Star Wars: Battle of Hoth

We received the Battle of Hoth game to review and I could barely contain myself when it arrived, but wisely hid it in the cupboard for a couple of nights as we were intending to wait and play it as a weekend-stay-up-late treat with Dad for Noah (aged 5 and a half).

The thing is...I did get the instructions out to have a look and left them lying around, and of course a pair of eagle eyes discovered said instructions and started to flip through the pages...saying 'oh cool Mum it's a book on LEGO Star Wars'. 'Aha Noah' said I 'not just a book, it's a game, doesn't it look cool, maybe we could get it and play it one day'. We played him along for a bit until we thought we'd better fess up and brought it out of the cupboard to a pair of extremely wide-eyes who thought all his Christmases had come at once!

The initial build of the game board and pieces was completed by Dad (himself a self-confessed LEGO Star Wars freak) which took about 30-45 minutes but would take a kid a bit longer. You could easily stretch out the build and play of the game over several fun sessions together.

Playing LEGO Star Wars: Battle of Hoth

We saved the game till after bath-time and then with a boy smelling all fresh and lovely in jammies, it was time to break out the fun.

The game has a real chess-like element to it but is still simple enough for Noah to understand when playing with a grown up who knows the rules. Unlike chess - each game only takes 10-15 minutes, although I can see that 2 adults playing each other could really get into the strategy of it and would be able to draw it out a bit longer.

Battling it out with Star Wars: Battle of Hoth

The concept is simple enough. Take the goodies (Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance) and the baddies (Darth Vader and the Imperial Force) who will fight to take control of their enemy's base on the planet Hoth.

In each turn, you get two moves, which can be either a MOVE or an ATTACK. Different playing pieces have different attack ranges, some can move 1 space in any direction, others can move 2 spaces diagonally, and others the whole length of the board in a straight line vertically or horizontally all dependent on which piece you have in your hand. You also can't move or attack with the same piece twice in your turn which means you have to mix it up a bit.

A piece gets captured in Star Wars: Battle of Hoth

If you choose to ATTACK, you roll the LEGO dice to determine whether your ATTACK misses or hits, and if you get a hit you get to remove a playing piece from the board - either a man inside a unit or if the men have all been killed, the unit itself then gets destroyed.

Luke Skywalker and Darth Varder as leaders of the opposing forces also have special powers so if they are on the attack and roll the Force symbol on the dice they can 'USE THE FORCE' and take out a whole unit in one ATTACK.

Here comes the AT-AT in Star Wars: Battle of Hoth

The game also has several variations where you can add extra players like Han Solo, Chewbacca and others into the mix. You can also build a different version of the board to make it more challenging as well.

Star Wars: Battle of Hoth characters

Noah loved the game so much we played it again several times over the course of the weekend, and I can see as his chess skills develop (he's just started learning at school) his strategic ability will grow with the game over time. Even just using it as a LEGO set without actually playing the game, I saw how much he enjoyed simulating his own battles with all the LEGO pieces that come with the game.

All in all, a great concept which is sure to capture the imaginations of both kids and adults alike.

Product Name:  Star Wars™: The Battle of Hoth™
Body Copy: It is a dark time for the Rebellion. Darth Vader has discovered Luke Skywalker’s secret base on the remote ice planet of Hoth™, and Imperial ground forces are ready to attack! The Battle for Hoth™ has begun in an exciting game of strategy and luck for 2 or 4 players.
·      1 buildable LEGO Dice
·      32 LEGO microfigures
·      272 LEGO pieces
·      Rules booklet
·      Building instructions
RRP: $    69.99 

*Disclaimer: I was given the LEGO Star Wars: Battle of Hoth game in exchange for my review. I am not being compensated in any other way and all opinions and content expressed within are completely my own*


Claudia said...

What a cool looking game!

Catching the Magic said...

Fabulous action pics of a cool game! I've always liked Lego - from when I was a child - and the new 'Lego games' that are coming out are such a neat idea.


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