7 Things You Should Know Before Playing LEGO Dimensions

Want to know whether your gear is cross-platform or just how much you'll be shelling out to play? Here's what you need to know!

This isn't the first time LEGO has made its way into video games, but it is definitely one of the first times this many worlds have been mishmashed willy-nilly into a single game. 

The Story

As the story goes, at the center of the LEGO Multiverse lies an ancient planet where Lord Vortech, an evil mastermind bent on ruling the whole of the Multiverse. It is said that he who controls the Foundational Elements that this central planet is built on, controls all of the Multiverse - and Lord Vortech is not above pulling characters from a number of LEGO worlds to help him find them. 

Worlds mix, unexpected characters meet, and boundaries are broken as Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle bravely dive into the vortex to save their friends, travel through space and time, and save the world before the vortexes destroy all of LEGO humanity.

Here are the answers to some of the biggest questions players and would-be players are asking now that LEGO Dimensions is out in North America, and due to come out within a day in Europe. 

What do I need to buy?

If you've seriously looked into buying LEGO Dimensions, the first thing you're going to be hit with is the sticker shock. The base game and the starter pack is $100 ($109 CAD), no matter which console you spring for. 

While there are a number of extra packs available (and more to be released soon), this $100 pack will get you playing through hours of gameplay (three levels) without any outside help.

All of the open world levels (adventure worlds) are included, however you need at least one character from that world in order to enter. If you don't have them, you can still play through that world's story level.

What does the game come with?

  • The base game
  • The toy pad 
  • Batman minifigure from DC Comics
  • Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings
  • Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie
  • A mini Batmobile that can be rebuilt into three different models
  • LEGOs! Using these you can build the big LEGO Dimensions portal

Can I get it any cheaper?

One of the big questions is whether or not it's possible to get the game without any of the minifigures, especially if you're not interested in more clutter around your room.

The short answer is that that would probably be a bad idea.

The long answer is yes, technically you can. What you need from the minifigs are the disks inside them, not necessarily the actual LEGOs. The disks with the RFID chip inside are what actually allow you to use them to play the game, not the LEGO figures. There are already some collectors who are buying up the fun packs and selling the disks because all they want are the figures. Needless to say, that'd be a pain. 

If you're unwilling to go this route, it might be your best bet to wait until the game drops in price or find it used. 

If I can get the pads used, do I need the specific one for my platform?

It would be an odd series of circumstances that would lead you to need just a new gamepad, but bad things happen to everyone. If you are playing using the Xbox 360 or the Xbox One, these pads only work with their respective consoles because of Microsoft's peripheral certifications.

However the Wii U, PS3, and PS4 pads are interchangeable and you can use one with any of the three consoles.

What worlds are in Dimensions?

  • DC Comics
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The LEGO Movie
  • Back to the Future
  • Doctor Who
  • Ghostbusters
  • Jurassic World
  • Legends of Chima
  • Midway Arcade
  • Ninjago
  • Portal 2
  • Scooby-Doo
  • The Simpsons
  • The Wizard of Oz

What are the other packs available?

There are three different types of packs:

  • Level packs
  • Team packs
  • Fun packs

Level packs include a whole new mission-based game level, a minifigure, a vehicle, and a gadget to build and use in-game and will set you back $30. 

For the minifig collectors, the team packs for $25 each will net you a pair of minifgures, and a vehicle or gadget for each.  

Fun packs boast the most variety and these contain one minifig and one vehicle/gadget for $15. 

(To get the full infographic with release dates on upcoming waves, go here)

The Game Pad is wired. 

EDIT: I felt this point was important enough to add in before you actually make the jump. The game pad is not wireless and you are going to want to keep it relatively close to you in order to swap around the minifigs on the pad. For those of you with toddlers or small children, you may want to hold off on buying this game if you want to keep choking hazards and cords out of their tiny, grabby hands.

Have any other questions about getting geared up and getting started?

Just leave me a comment and I'll see what I can do!

Featured Columnist

Avid PC gamer and long-time console lover. I enjoy sneaking, stealing everything not nailed down, and shooting zombies in the face. I'm also a cat.

Published Sep. 30th 2015
  • Kittymerkin
    Toy pad is dead after 2 months of gentle use. You would think with this price point it would be a higher quality and durable.
  • Will_8845
    Is there any change to the toy pad, as far as if I buy the PS3 starter can the toy pad work on the Xbox one?
  • karie_1802
    my cat chewed the wire to the PAD can i replace this or do i have to buy a whole new console
  • Steven_9662

    Lego Dimensions for Xbox 360, is there any special trick to getting two players characters working? Place a Lego character on the toy pad but nothing happens.

    When it gets to the part where the Vortex dimensional thingy explodes and there is only wildstyle left I try to load second player on and it recognises the controller and says place a character on the toy pad, do that, but it won't load it 😡
  • I'm Batman
    Are load times for the game always so long? We waited almost 3 hours for the game to load then another couple of hours for the starter pack to load. So far we've been loading longer than we've been playing! And yes, we are using a strong broad band Internet connection to download.
  • Princess Brown
    Why and how do you connect the lego dimensions starter pack to the internet
  • Raul ortiz
    The game only needs WiFi for updates you can play the game without WiFi connection!
  • joanne _8375
    Hi ive just bought Lego dimensions on ps4 for my son and I was just wanting to know if my son can play the game without internet connection thank you
  • martha jb
    Do you need to have internet to play lego dinensions?
  • Naomi_6169
    Hi I believe that the Lego dimensions has WiFi please can I ask what this is for
  • CO_3948
    Do you know if it has to stay connected to the Internet to play? Or is just for updates? We use Verizon for our internet and pay per gig of data. So I'm not interested if it's going to use a lot of data each month.
  • phil_9209
    #1 . mine and MANY MANY other peoples lego toy pads (the portal thingy) were DEAD ON ARRIVAL! .. Walmart won't take the game back ... WB Games requires a picture of your Game Disc, Pad and RECIEPT no older than 90days (get a gift receipt for presents!!!) to send you a new one.... the problem is so prevalent it's an option all by itself when you call support at 1-855-WBGAMES and a notice all by itself on the support page.... the problem is widespread through all systems equally... Playstation, Xbox, WiiU ....

    .. if you're going to buy Dimensions, be prepared to warrenty the toy pad immediately ... ALSO game will not function without active internet connection .. and I had 3 updates, totalling 3 hours in downloads. .. on the brand new game
  • Charlie Owens
    $100US? Starters for Skylanders and Infinity are like $60-$70. I think I may wait for a price drop.
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    Yep, it's a big bullet to bite. Although I suppose if you factor in the cost of the LEGOs and how much those usually go for, it's not that bad...
  • kate.farrow
    Community Manager
    Hm...LEGO has always been pretty good at separating people from their cash.
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    Mhm.., Aren't they the (guesstimated) richest private-owned company in the world?
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    One of them yes. But some banks and some stock broker companies are richer.
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    True, but they're not privately owned are they? LEGO is one of the few companies that doesn't have to post any earnings reports because they don't have stockholders they're beholden to - or at least that's what I recall.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    Wait... Lego doesn't have shareholders? To me a private company just means that they are not owned, or fully funded by the government.
    But then I could be wrong.
    Eh... too late to go into any of this stuff right now. But I will look into it when I have time. But also, I thought if you were a registered company you have to share your earnings. Maybe not with the public directly, but the government of your HQ needs to know right? And then any countries you trade in.

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