Weekly Penguin

Weekly Penguin 343

More Oswald Cobblepot, this time in virtual Lego form. Yep, it's Lego Batman: The Videogame, featuring the most famous villains from the Rogues Gallery in their plastic brick form. The plot is what you'd expect, with all the infamous villains escaping the Arkham Asylum and it's up to the Dynamic Duo to save Gotham once again. The playful tone is pretty close to the 1966 Batman movie and there's even a penguin submarine!

For us Penguin fans Lego Batman is something really special; this is the first time the waddling villain is playable in a video game! Well, every character is – including Alfred Pennyworth – and they all have their special abilities offering different ways to proceed and/or unlock secrets. Penguin's trick is quite obvious – he uses the umbrella as a parachute. It's a bit ironic that Penguin is the character that glides about, but whatever, it's fun to play as this classic villain for once.

If you are unfamiliar with the Lego video game franchise and are about to scoff them off as licensed junk and/or mindless kids games, think again. Most of the "Lego (insert franchise here)" -games are a brilliant blend of kid-friendly action, simple platforming and brick-filled puzzles, all wrapped up in an enjoyable co-op package. And while most of the Lego games are great, Lego Batman is perhaps the best of the bunch; the wacky characters and their trademarked gadgets are perfect for all the secret path unlocking and fun puzzle patforming. It's a game that can be recommended wholeheartedly to pretty much any kind of gamer.

Added: 2014-03-11