Legoland (video game)

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Legoland
LEGOLAND
Cover art
Developer(s) Lego Media
Krisalis Software Ltd.
Publisher(s) Lego Media
Platform(s) PC
Release date(s) April 18, 1999
Genre(s) Construction and management simulation
Mode(s) Single-player

Legoland is a Legoland-themed simulation strategy computer game that simulates theme park management. It shares many aspects with the RollerCoaster Tycoon series (a similar series of games with an identical premise) but with a more simplistic and child-friendly gameplay style.

Gameplay[edit]

Introduction[edit]

The opening scene begins with a message on the player's answering machine telling him that he has been chosen to be the "Trainee Park Manager". The scene transfers to the Legoland Park, where Jonathan Ablebody, a member of staff at the Park, is sitting in the control room, announcing that Professor Voltage has built a new invention, simultaneously introducing the main characters. After the player arrives at the Park, he is shown through to a hall, crowded with staff and visitors. A stage curtain is pulled back, and Professor Voltage introduces his new time machine. This gets stuck halfway through the trap door in the stage, and after the Professor gives it a good kick, it comes through. Jonathan remarks that the machine will never work, so the Professor challenges him. After replacing a freshly blown bulb with a new one, he fires the time machine up, smoke billows from the building, the machine disappears, and we are shown that Bob Longtree, the gardener, and JP, the mechanic, are covered in soot. The time machine reappears and stops spinning abruptly. The whole park collapses under the enormous strain by the time machine. The Professor trips over in surprise and is hit on the head by his Duplicator Ray. After this, he comes to a conclusion that the park can be fixed using his raygun and his time machine. Jonathan then hopes that it will work out and welcomes us once again into Legoland.

Menu[edit]

After selecting the player profile, the player can select either Story Mode, Free Play Mode, Movie Mode, Options, Profiles, Saved Games or Quit.

Story Mode[edit]

In Story Mode the player must complete five tutorial levels to learn how to play, then must complete ten Miniland levels to rebuild the Park. When the game is completed, the player is rewarded with a certificate that they can print out.

Free Play Mode[edit]

In Free Play Mode, the player can simply create their own Legoland park without any objectives or limitations such as money or time limits, but can only use sets he or she has unlocked up to that point and is limited to how many rides, decorations and restaurants that they can use when selecting which to use. Therefore completing the game gives the player access to all unlockables in Free Play Mode, however when selecting what items can be used in a free play game there is a limiter on how much can be used.

Characters[edit]

  • Professor Voltage
  • J.P. the Mechanic
  • Bob Longtree the Gardener
  • Rosie Brickolini the Chef
  • Jonathan Ablebody the Duty Manager
  • Mr. Bimble the park inspector
  • You

As you play, there are 5 different themes for the park.

  • Legoland theme
  • Wild West theme
  • Castle theme
  • Adventurers Jungle theme
  • Adventurers Egypt theme

Levels[edit]

A screenshot of in game action
Level Name
1 San Francisco
2 France and Belgium
3 Washington D.C.
4 New York
5 India
6 Holland
7 London
8 Australia
9 Italy
10 Egypt

Re-release[edit]

The game was re-released by PC Fun Club. This version is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, 7 and 8, however, this version does not support Windows 95 nor Windows 98.[1]

Reception[edit]

Legoland received favorable reviews, earning a score of 80.5% at rating site Game Rankings.[2]

Other Lego games mentioned[edit]

  • Lego Friends - JP's favourite song is "I like to dance" by Tuff Stuff
  • Lego Racers - Professor Voltage is Veronica Voltage's grandfather
  • Lego Island, Lego Island 2 and Island Xtreme Stunts - Rosie is Mama Brickolini's cousin.
  • Lego Rock Raiders - A small cutscene is edited from the PC game to involve Professor Voltage saving them and recovering energy crystals.
  • Lego Chess- the western cutscene takes place at the same time of the first cutscene from the western story in LEGO chess

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.focusmm.co.uk/shop/LEGOLAND-pr-1346.html
  2. ^ "LegoLand". Game Rankings. Retrieved 2011-08-09.