With the success of the 2011 release of Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, it’s hardly surprising that game developers are looking for new and creative ways to combine video games with physical toys that are played in conjunction with one another. Meet The Life of George, an iPhone-based game that combines the time-honored childhood tradition of playing with Lego with the strategy and fun of a video game.
The premise of The Life of George is fairly straight-forward. The titular character George, a character who is made out of Lego himself, is a software developer and a world traveler who wants to create a scrapbook of his travels. As the player, you are tasked with replicating what he wants to see in the pictures by building them out of Lego. What you are tasked with building can range from scenery to inanimate objects, to structures and people. The object of the game is to build the object you see as quickly and accurately as possible, using the right combination of pieces to make it as close to the picture on your iPhone as possible. Once completed, set it down on the special pad (which functions as a green screen of sorts), take a picture and be graded on how well you did.
While the game appears to be aimed at a younger audience, it boasts a level of intricacy and difficulty that is also meant to appeal to an older audience. In addition to the gameplay mode, there is an option for building your own objects and saving the pictures in-game. The Life of George is a game for Lego fans, as well as people looking for a different, more interactive gaming experience.
According to the official Lego site, the physical Lego set retails for $34.99 and is available at all Lego Stores, both in-store and online, as well as through selected online retailers. The Life of George app is available for free through the Apple App Store and is compatible with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs, iPod Touch 4th Generation and iPad 2.