Like Skylanders, Nintendo's amiibo and Disney Infinity, LEGO Dimensions is a toy-video game combo that allows players to import physical toys into gameplay using a specially designed platform. The Starter Pack comes with the platform and characters representing three of LEGO’s showbiz-branded toy lines (Batman from DC Comics, Lord of the Rings’ Gandalf and Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie).
A selection of characters and mini-toys from other brands, including LEGO Ninjago, Jurassic World and Back to the Future, were released as Wave 1 expansion packs alongside the Starter Pack at the end of September. Wave 2 has now been added and brings Doctor Who to the range of available properties as well as additional LEGO Ninjago, The Simpsons and The LEGO Movie characters.
LEGO Dimensions expansion packs comes in three flavors: Level Packs, Team Packs and Fun Packs. Level Packs include toys and and unlock a themed adventure that is separate from LEGO Dimensions’ main Story Level. All expansion packs give players access to an additional Adventure World based on an individual pack’s brand.
The new Hire-a-Hero feature allows players to temporarily use a Wave 1 expansion pack character by paying for it with virtual LEGO studs collected in the game. These holographic characters don’t open up Adventure Worlds. They can, however, be used to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles that require special powers only some characters have. Wave 2 characters will be added in the future.
LEGO Dimensions is available for Microsoft’s Xbox One and Xbox 360, Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Wii U. You can read our in-depth review here.