LEGO’s augmented reality fused product range, Hidden Side is looking to kick 2020 off in ‘spook-tacular style’ with the launch of a raft of new items and a multiplayer game mode within its LEGO hunting and catching app game.
Six new sets will be introduced: Haunted Fairground, Lighthouse of Darkness, El Fuego’s Stunt Plane, Welcome to the Hidden Side, Jack’s Beach Buggy and Newbury Subway, while the new multiplayer feature – compatible with all new sets – lets kids take part in challenges with friends.
Users can simply build and scan the LEGO Hidden Side set using the app and choose from one of two new game modes. The aim of Play as a Hunter mode is to catch ghosts in competition against other players, either online or in the same room, while Play as a Ghost mode sees kids join two other online ‘ghost’ players, with the aim of haunting LEGO Hidden Side sets and hiding from a player-controlled ghost hunter.
As part of The LEGO Group’s commitment to developing safe and fun digital play experiences for children, a number of safeguards have been incorporated into the new multiplayer feature.
During online games, players can only communicate with each other via a fixed set of fun LEGO inspired emojis, stickers and phrases. The player communication is focused on inspiring and encouraging players to compete together and complimenting others on their performance.
No voice chat or other communication methods will be available.
All sets launching in 2020 will be compatible with the new multiplayer feature along with the 2019 sets, which will be available to play in multiplayer in early 2020.