Yet another cult film has received the Lego treatment in this latest Dimensions Level Pack. With the summer holidays fast approaching, now is the best time to sit back and enjoy some brick busting with The Goonies gang.
The Goonies Level Pack includes the Sloth figurine, Skeleton Organ and One-Eyed Willy's Pirate Ship. Thankfully, they opted for a cuter version of the ugly character Sloth with a funky-looking bald cap on his head and a tuft of hair on top. The superman shirt and suspenders really add to his silly charm, too. The skeleton organ and pirate ship are both quite intricate pieces, making them a couple of the most interesting figurines available. The skeleton organ goes down to a good level of detail in the skeleton, pipes and keys while the pirate ship has multiple layers of wind sails, miniature cannons and a plank. Overall, this is a nice-looking set of miniatures but their amount of in-game features isn't anything surprising except for the fact that the organ unlocks certain switches that are unique to it.
The following abilities become available for you to use throughout the Lego Dimensions universe when you purchase this Level Pack:
- Sloth: Break cracked walls, use super strength handles, grapple, dig, dive, hit targets
- One-Eyed Willy's Pirate Ship transformations: One-Eyed Willy's Pirate Ship (sail on water, destroy silver blocks), Fanged Fortune (spray water, cut vines), The Inferno Cannon (destroy silver blocks)
- Skeleton Organ transformations: Skeleton Organ (interact with organ docks, smash glass), Skeleton Jukebox (jump high, use electricity), Skele-Turkey (destroy gold blocks, use flight docks and flight cargo hooks, use tow bars)
When you first enter The Goonies level, you're treated to a Lego interpretation of the opening of the movie. It's quite funny seeing it in Lego form and it sets the tone for a fun adventure. The level begins in the middle of The Goonies movie as you find yourself playing as the chubby fellow Chunk who has been locked up in the basement of the dubious Fratelli family's restaurant. Chunk quickly befriends the hated Fratelli brother known as Sloth who is also locked up in the basement and they make a quick escape.
The rest of the level consists of long cave and pirate ship sequences which fits with the theme. There are numerous traps to dodge and solve as you traverse the caves and plenty of features to break and reform into useful objects once you reach the pirate ship. Unfortunately, when you finish the level, there is no boss to be found. Other Level Packs had one or more bosses in them that helped to bring the enjoyment to a fulfilling conclusion. Missing this here and the fact that the level came to an end quicker than I was expecting makes it feel a little rushed. However, the ending video is entertaining and wraps up the finale of the experience well.
The Goon Dock neighbourhood of Astoria that's depicted in the adventure world is quite small in comparison to other worlds. The streets of Astoria look like an average town with a few landmarks dotted around such as Goon Dock museum and the homes of the main characters. It doesn't really do much to set itself apart. When you travel underground, you'll find the pirate caves which expand the amount of fun to be had a bit more. There are a few hidden areas with puzzles to solve and the underwater section has some additional challenges to complete. That being said, caves and modern day neighbourhoods have been done before so ultimately, the environments leave a lot to be desired. On a positive note, the voice acting sounds redone for the game which is great. The fact that you can switch between four of the main characters in The Goonies movie (all with their own voices) is pretty nifty, too.
The Goonies is the final Level Pack of the current Lego Dimensions series. Therefore, if you're an avid collector like I am then you'll have to purchase this pack to complete your collection. However, the rushed level and mostly uninspired and small adventure world means that if you're picking and choosing which Level Packs to get then I would recommend leaving The Goonies for last.
- + Included figurines are full of charm and an impressive amount of intricate detail
- + Opening and ending movies are well done
- + Four characters are within one figurine
- - The level is rather short and the adventure world is too small
- - No bosses in the level at all
- - Adventure world has uninspired visuals