Look out for the lava!
We haven’t been writing up new games very much lately, largely because we just haven’t been playing that many new-to-us games of late. But now we have cracked open another of the pile of Lego games that we have lying about the place. This time, we have Lava Dragon, a game that involves knights, a dragon and, yes, some lava.
Our copy of the game got picked up from a charity shop recently, and the parts were mostly assembled, so we didn’t have the fun of building the whole assembly, but we did spend a little while checking that everything was set up right. It mostly was.
This is one of the smaller Lego games, with a small “board” being a pyramid-shaped mountain, and you move your knight figure up the steps on it trying to get to the top first. Die rolls may make lava move around, potentially blocking your way, and there is an optional rule (which we didn’t use) where the knights can get knocked off the mountain when eruptions occur. The distinctive Lego die in this case starts off with little on it, but gradually changes, so on most turns you get to add a little square onto the side you rolled, meaning you get more movement the next time that side is rolled. And you sometimes get to move on other players’ turns. This part is really quite cool, and means that the game speeds up as it goes along.
Like most of the Lego games, though, this is really not very much of a game. I quite enjoyed it though, and Miss B demanded a second game straight after we finished our first. The attraction of a Lego dragon is not to be underestimated. And the way the die is used in this game is, I think, the most interesting variant I have seen yet and one which makes proper use of its Legoness.
We still have a few more of the Lego games to go…
The verdict from Miss B (aged 8¾): “Brilliant! 100% I like the dragon, the dragon is cute. This is the best Lego game I’ve played so far. I recommend it a lot. :)”
The game: Lava Dragon (Lego), 2 to 4 players aged 7+.