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LEGO releasing sets that communicate with virtual world

LEGO releasing sets that communicate with virtual world

The style of gameplay featured in the companion app will vary depending on the kit that it is connected up to.

Iconic brick-building toy LEGO is launching a series of sets that can be captured by a mobile device to be played with digitally.

The Fusion sets allow for users to import structures onto a phone or tablet by taking a picture of a construction built on a special plate included in the kit. The companion game app then creates a virtual 3D version of the creation to be manipulated and played with on the device.

What form the game in the app takes depends on the Fusion set you are using. The city-themed set has a mission-based game flitting between houses, fire stations and shops, the castle-themed set is described like a tower defence game, a racing car themed set is described predictably and the pink-boxed LEGO Friends themed set will be primarily design focused.

Although gameplay will vary from set to set, all of the sets will require a back and forth between mobile device and physical bricks. The app will also be able to connect with other Fusion users to share scores and progress.

The LEGO Fusion kits are due to be released later this summer.

The LEGO group is likely following a trend set by Activision’s highly successful Skylanders franchise which has made a very strong business case for integrating physical collectibles into a video game environment. Disney has also followed suit with Disney Infinity and Nintendo is readying the launch of a range of similar figures for later this year.

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Guinevere 20th June 2014, 13:55 Quote
If the games are good, this could be so cool.

The difference between this and skylanders is that with fusion you actually have to do something with the physicals. EG You design a building facade and it gets extruded into a 3D building in the real game. It's not just about buying a pretty yet static toy and plonking it down on a pad.

Plus, it apparently works with more bricks than the ones included in the sets. So it'll probably be easy to download a printable of the base, get the app for ?free? and play with existing lego.

Lego should seriously create a world building 'Minecraft-A-Like' game with this real world integration. My 7yo kids would love it.

Is it just me or has Lego seriously upped their game in the last few years? What with Cuusoo/Ideas, their designer videos, the giant increase in variety... They must be making a brick load of money!

Off-topic: I picked up the Ghostbusters + Ecto 1 set last week. Awesome! Yeah I know... at my age...

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=1895&pictureid=39143

Edit: There's a pic above this line but it would appear that some images didn't survive the server move.
LordPyrinc 21st June 2014, 02:45 Quote
This sounds really cool. I will definitely be checking it out.

LEGOs are fun at any age. Among other assorted sets, I have dozens of Star Wars LEGO sets on display. I also have the Pirates of the Caribbean ships the Black Pearl and the Queen Anne's Revenge just because they look awesome. Additionally, I still have the bricks and all my instruction booklets from the 80s when I first started playing with them as a kid.

The sets are definitely looking better with respect to detail, even more so in the last few years. I have 3 X-Wings, early-mid-late designs and you can really see the progression that has occurred in the design tweaks and changes to the actual pieces used in the sets.
Guinevere 21st June 2014, 03:09 Quote
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I have 3 X-Wings

I have a UCS B-Wing sitting next to me. It's a great looking build but sure is a fragile sodding son of a sod. If such a thing was even slightly okay a few dabs of KraGle would strengthen it right up...
LordPyrinc 21st June 2014, 03:24 Quote
Imagine having to move 40 or more sets into a storage unit and then back out after moving. Had to use tons of bubble wrap and many boxes to make sure they didn't knock around too much. I surely didn't want to take them apart. Though I have the instructions, for the larger sets that can be hours worth of work. Didn't lose any parts, but had to fix a couple of them here and there afterwards.
Nexxo 21st June 2014, 10:48 Quote
Virtual LEGO could be a great platform for teaching kids to program: build physical logic gate structures with Lego to solve virtual puzzles for instance. Cool stuff.
Guinevere 21st June 2014, 15:18 Quote
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Virtual LEGO could be a great platform for teaching kids to program: build physical logic gate structures with Lego to solve virtual puzzles for instance. Cool stuff.

LittleBits is a bit like that, although not quite the same as a Minecraft / Lego hybrid with Redstone Comparators etc.
Guinevere 21st June 2014, 15:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by LordPyrinc
LEGOs are fun at any age

That is such an Americanism by the way. "LEGO" follows the same rules as "sheep" and "fish" It should have read.
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LEGO is fun at any age

Wel... kind of... officially it should have said.
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LEGO® brand building bricks are fun at any age

But that's even worse than LEGOs!
LordPyrinc 21st June 2014, 15:56 Quote
I stand corrected (honestly I should know better). Fortunately I didn't call them LEGOes. :D

EDIT: I guess the text above my avatar could use some fixin' too, but it's been that way so long I'd hate to change it.
theshadow2001 21st June 2014, 16:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
That is such an Americanism by the way. "LEGO" follows the same rules as "sheep" and "fish" It should have read.



Wel... kind of... officially it should have said.



But that's even worse than LEGOs!

LEGO is just a company name. They make bricks. Those can be called LEGO bricks. Although following that logic they could also be called LEGO's bricks.

Corky42 21st June 2014, 16:41 Quote
No. The company name is The Lego Group, the product is Lego :p
Umbra 21st June 2014, 17:30 Quote
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GeIEtvcWWTo/TdgvtR1OgCI/AAAAAAAAAA4/hmVukOkpp30/s1600/81F37twAPKL._AA1500_.jpg

LEGO MINDroid is more fun, you can control Mindstorm NXT robots in the real world with a phone/tablet and do some real damage :)
Also to their credit LEGO released the firmware for the NXT Intelligent Brick as open source, along with schematics for all hardware components.
Nexxo 21st June 2014, 18:31 Quote
^^^ "Johnny Five not just robot. Johnny Five is ALIVE!" :D
Blademrk 23rd June 2014, 11:37 Quote
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Off-topic: I picked up the Ghostbusters + Ecto 1 set last week. Awesome! Yeah I know... at my age...

Yeah, I bought one for my birthday at the beginning of the month (mumble mumble 36 mumble)
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