Lego Lava Dragon Game

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The boy’s one true love is not a girl, not a favourite cuddly toy, nor me or his father. It’s Lego. Given that his entire Christmas list consisted of Lego kits from the various ranges, we were keen to avoid adding to the multiple crates that already sit in our living room. Lego’s new range of games allowed us to do just that, whilst still buying the boy something that we knew he would love. We chose the Lego Lava Dragon game.

The games range are mainly marked as 7+ (although a few are 6+ and 8+) but we decided that as the boy will happily build a Lego kit designed for any age, and as we would be the ones playing with him, the issue of a year and a half wouldn’t be a problem. The game comes with two sets of instructions, one for constructing the playing board and another containing the rules of the game. The boy set to work with the board which didn’t pose a problem for him and pretty quickly we were ready to play.

The aim of the game is to be the first to reach the top of the lava tower and fly off on the dragon. The game is accompanied by an empty Lego die which you build up with coloured markers as you play. You start by attaching two pieces of Lego which, when rolled, allow you to block your opponents’ moves. Each time you roll the die, you place a marker corresponding to the colour of your knight on the die. Instead of using numbers, the die uses colours, meaning each player has a chance of moving their knight with each roll of the die. When the die is rolled, if it lands showing a blocking piece, the player who rolled can move one of the lava pieces on the playing board to block another player from moving. They are then, if there is still space remaining on that side of the die, add a marker of their own colour. Following that, the player is able to move a number of spaces corresponding to the number of their colored markers on the die. Once the player who has rolled has finished their move, the other players who have their colour showing on the die are also able to move. And of course, the player who reaches the top of the mountain first and flies away on the dragon, wins.

It takes a few games to really get your head around the rules, but the instructions at least spell them out as simply as possible. It’s definitely something I’d get an adult to play with a child for the first few times, just to make sure they understand the rules properly. Once you’ve got the hang of things, there are other ways of making the game a little more complicated, such as a piece to add to the die to allow players to jump past levels on the mountain or a rod to knock other players back to the bottom level of the board. I tried using the rod with the boy but he wasn’t overly impressed when it was used against him and we gave up on that idea.

We all loved the game. It’s a refreshing way of playing a board game whilst incorporating a toy that’s a firm favourite with many kids. The Lego Lava Dragon game retails at £9.99, with other games costing between £7.99 and £24.99 depending on the size and complexity of the game. With the amount of use our game’s seen in the past week and a half, I’d consider that a bargain!