Lego Brawls Redefines What Super Smash Bros. Clones Can Be

Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Series single-handedly created the platform fighter subgenre of fighting games. As such, many games attempt to replicate the formula almost completely, especially mechanics like .’s wavedash Super Smash Bros. melee† While the creators of many Smash clones feel they need to be exactly like Nintendo’s classic series to entice players, Lego fights showed me that doesn’t have to be the case at Summer Game Fest Play Days.

Like MultiVersus did last monthLego fights shows that games inspired by Super Smash Bros. can still have a unique gameplay identity. From being able to customize your characters and attacks to having unique modes not found in any other game in the genre, Lego fights looks like it’s going to be a fun Smash-esque time for all the family, even if it probably isn’t the top game at EVO shortly.

Build Blocks

a way that Lego fights very similar to Smash Bros. is that it is a crossover fighting game where players can battle it out with characters they create using classic Lego sets. Castle, Pirate, Western and Space, as well as more modern ones like Monkie Kid, Vidiyo, Ninjago and Jurassic World, are all represented in character customization. The developers claim that every character and weapon piece in Lego fights is based on a real Lego, even if some of them are no longer for sale.

Any kid who loves Lego will likely enjoy hours of unlocking and customizing their Lego character’s pieces. Some of these changes also affect gameplay as players can customize their weapons. In addition to choosing a base weapon, players can battle it out with a jetpack that allows them to fly or a saxophone that can calm other players. Those special abilities are obtained through item boxes that appear in matches, Mario Kart Style

Speaking of Mario Kart, some stages even have vehicles to drive in, and these are often a fun way to shake up a fight.

A player customizes a punk pirate in Lego Brawls.

Lego fights’ also has modes that players can’t find in other Smash clones. In a more traditional free-for-all mode, players can fight to be last on a small stage. But Lego Brawls primary focus is actually on larger maps that support modes such as one where two teams of four try to keep capture points and another where eight players compete to defeat as many other players as possible within a time limit. These modes show how much potential there is within the platform fighter genre, beyond trying to competitively call opponents.

A New Era of Smash Clones

Last month, MultiVersus impressed me because of the primary 2v2 setup and abilities that made it feel very different to play from Smash. With deep customization and those varied modes, Lego fights does the same. It doesn’t seem like a very deep fighting game, but that also means that it will be easy for players of any skill level to pick it up and play.

Players fight on the space stage in Lego Brawls.

Like MultiVersus, Lego Brawls shows that platform fighters can change the formula and still be a lot of fun. The games that find their own unique ideas become even more memorable because they don’t live in Super Smash Bros Ultimates shadow. Most Smash clones seem so busy customizing meleewaves that they forget to add their own ideas. Lego fights also manages to feel more approachable, which cannot be said of many hardcore Smash Bros. clones.

Because Lego fights is much more casual, it will probably be remembered much more fondly by children, even more than brawl or Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl to be. Shall Lego fights have as large a high-level competitive scene as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or melee† Almost certainly not. But for families and other players looking for a casual yet highly distinctive alternative to Smash, Lego fights should be a blast for multiplayer.

Lego fights is available now on Apple Arcade, but an enhanced version launches September 2 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch with full cross-play.

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