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Apple Arcade is the perfect place for Lego Builder’s Journey – and nostalgia

I am a broken man: by the age of 36, I had poor vision in one eye, a growing beer belly, a sore back, and all the enthusiasm of my youth dwindled by worrying about rising mortgage rates and electricity bills. Looking in the mirror at my tired face, I sometimes think: “Is there any joy left in life?”

Well, yes there is. Aside from cool beers, spicy curries, and a couple of good puns, 2022 has yet to find a grain of joy. And one of them is in the form of the Lego Builder’s Journey game on Apple Arcade.

While the game is available on PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch, I find Builder’s Journey’s design and tactile feel to work well with touch controls.

Lego Builder travel photo on iPad and iPhone 13 Pro

(Image credit: Future)

It’s a fairly simple puzzle game where you aim to move various Lego bricks and pieces to turn one character (consisting of Lego pieces, not a figurine) into another in small arenas/platforms also built from recognizable Lego pieces.

All in all, it’s a fun and intelligent game to play while commuting, although the sometimes fiddly controls can make it a little tricky, especially when you’re on a train because it’s less than stable.

Lego Builder travel screenshot

(Image credit: Future)

There is also a creator mode that allows you to build your own platform with semi-randomly generated bricks and parts. And it’s all; it’s ingeniously simple.

But the real joy of Lego Builder’s Journey lies in its presentation. The minimalist user interface and light, atmospheric soundtrack practically screams Scandinavian design sensibility, pairing perfectly with Apple Arcade’s clean presentation and iOS.

Although available on other platforms, Builder’s Journey looks like a game made for iPhone or iPad. And when played on an iPhone 13 Pro with a stunning Super Retina XDR OLED display, Builder’s Journey really looks amazing.

Lego Builder travel screenshot

(Image credit: Future)

This simplicity allows the virtual Lego to take center stage, aided by beautiful rendering and lighting. It was the Lego game that I had in my head as a child but never materialized; I don’t really like Star Wars or Harry Potter Lego games.

But the process of moving across the Lego pixel-perfect conveys that zen-like feeling of assembling something out of many pieces, slowly entering a flow-like state as you begin to construct what your mind’s eye has depicted. Add some great sound effects that capture the high-pitched sifting of small bricks and Lego pieces to the snikkit of locking bricks in place, and Builder’s Journey becomes less of a game and more of a nostalgic hit for people aged 28 to 20. 42.

Lego Builder travel photo on iPad and iPhone 13 Pro

(Image credit: Future)

I would like the developer of Light Brick to take advantage of this and create a fully building-focused game that uses various Lego themes; my personal favorites were the old Space and Castle themes.

But for now, Lego Builder’s Journey is another must-try Apple Arcade game, especially if you want a panacea for your energy-hungry commute by tapping into digital escapism with a touch of nostalgia.

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