It feels like it’s been forever since Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced the Midway Arcade Gamer Level Pack for LEGO Dimensions, but at six and a half months, I’m willing to call it “close enough.”
Aside from the Back to the Future sets and maybe Ghostbusters (the Stay Puft Fun Pack is out today, too), this is the level pack I’ve been waiting for, and it’s finally out today — complete with its own launch trailer! Check it out:
I got the game at launch to review for Nintendo Force magazine, where I gave it a fairly positive review. Basically, it’s like most LEGO video games you know, but taken to the next logical level. That is to say, if you love the previous LEGO games but felt they were getting a little routine, this spices things up nicely.
Unfortunately, it’s also a bit pricier than the competition in the Toys to Life market. My dream team is to have Marty McFly, Doc Brown, and now Gamer Kid running around together, but I don’t have any of them. I don’t think these sets go on sale quite as often as the competition, either, and what I’ve heard about the Back to the Future Level Pack (that it runs pretty short) has made it a little less of a priority than I would like.
But this one? I’ll let the press release tell the tale of the tape:
The Midway Arcade Level Pack comes with a buildable Gamer Kid minifigure and G-6155 Spy Hunter vehicle and Arcade Machine – all playable in the game, and unlocks more than 20 classic arcade games from Midway Arcade as an exclusive level. These classic games include Seven Twenty, Badlands, Blasteroids, Championship Sprint, Defender, Defender II, Gauntlet, Gauntlet II, KLAX, Joust, Joust 2, Marble Madness, Paperboy, Rampage, Road Blasters, Robron, Spyhunter, SuperSprint, Timber, Toobin, Cyberball, Vindicators and Xybots.
To get started, players attach Gamer Kid to his LEGO Toy Tag and place him on the LEGO Toy Pad to bring him to life in the game, where he can help them put rogue Midway Arcade characters back where they belong. Players can activate Gamer Kid’s Stealth, Laser, Speed, Invulnerability, and Super Strength abilities to solve puzzles and battle enemies. When things get dangerous, players can boost their gameplay with the G-6155 Spy Hunter which can be rebuilt into The Interdiver and Aerial Spyhunter, or the Arcade Machine which rebuilds into the 8-Bit Shooter and The Pixilator Pod for upgraded in-game abilities. Gamer Kid also unlocks the Midway Arcade Adventure World to provide players with additional open-world gameplay.
I’m an admitted nut for Midway games, and while I already own all three volumes of the Midway Arcade Treasure compilations (I still need Midway Arcade Origins, but since I can’t play it on either my Xbox One or the PlayStation 4… sigh, priorities), the thought of playing remade, reimagined, LEGO-fied versions of several old favorite classic arcade games definitely appeals to my sense of nostalgia and wanting to try something new simultaneously. Plus, having little bits of Midway Arcade memorabilia has a nice appeal to it, too.
Fingers crossed I can get my hands on these sometime soon! In the meantime, here are the screens WB Interactive sent over:
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