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LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is a 2020 video game made by Gameloft for Apple IOS and Android. This is one of the few licensed games made by the company in cooperation with LEGO. It was released worldwide in soft releases in a few countries before it was eventually available in all Apple and Google stores.

Piptown, a town inhabited by LEGO characters, finds itself under siege by dark forces under Willa the Witch. To fight her forces off and restore the town back, Majisto recruits heroes who are willing to help him take on Willa and rebuild Piptown. Initially, this consists of the Hiker, the Chicken Suit Guy, and Crook Chuck. Along the way, players can spend in-game currency to build and level up their minifigs, improve their attacks, and build sets to provide additional benefits to their team. Players can also join guilds and play in arenas against other players worldwide.

On January 2023, Gameloft announced that plans for the game to be discontinued will start by February 28, 2023. It will be relaunched for Netflix subscribers only.

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Tropes of the game:

  • Accordion to Most Sailors: The LEGO Pirates-themed Palmtree Panic music tracks "SAND 01" and "SAND 02" feature an accordion.
  • Allegedly Free Game: LEGO Legacy is free-to-play, but offers lots of microtransactions. If you're determined to not spend a single penny, then expect to do a lot of slow grinding and waiting in order to unlock/level up characters and sets.
  • Allegory Adventure: Between the Mouse World setting and numerous hints in the game's story, it's implied that the history and adventures of the Piptown minifigures are an allegory for a person rekindling their love for LEGO after having previously lost interest. In particular, note the use of "Dark Age" as the name of the time when the Monoliths (depicted in a cutscene as cardboard storage boxes) arrived and deconstructed the entire world; "Dark Age" is a Fan Speak term among Adult Fans of LEGO referring to a time where they temporarily lost interest in LEGO while growing up. The game's title Heroes Unboxed and the player's goal of rebuilding Piptown and various LEGO sets seem to refer the LEGO fan taking their dismantled sets out of storage and rebuilding them, as well as discovering newer sets in stores that pique their interest.
  • A.I. Roulette: All enemies in battle pick their targets randomly. The player can also push a button to allow the computer to pick moves for them.
  • Anachronism Stew: Justified in that Lego as a brand has had sets across many different eras, topics, and themes and this game is a celebration of Lego's Legacy.
  • Anti Poop-Socking: The player has a campaign energy gauge, a mashup energy gauge, and (occasionally) an event energy gauge they must spend to attempt missions or loot from missions they have previously beaten. These can be quickly refreshed with gems but the cost scales per refresh in one day to discourage the player from constantly refilling them.
  • Art-Style Clash: The very simplistic look of the vintage minfigs and their much simpler accessories can clash heavily with the newer minifigs. This can even come in to play when you see older minifgures wielding parts that hadn't been invented at the time they were being made.
  • Battle Intro: Every character has a unique animation when entering combat.
  • Better than a Bare Bulb: The Mind Games brickpace event, in which the Genre Savvy Digi Jay is trapped in the Medium Awareness-possessing Jester Gogo's video game, parodies a ton of video game tropes as the two characters constantly break the fourth wall and lampshade every trope.
  • Bland-Name Product: In Dwayne and Quincy's brickpace event Early Adopters, a Zombie figure tells the two Blacktron astronauts about working in a Brick Buy, which is an obvious LEGO counterpart for the electronics store Best Buy.
  • Boss-Only Level: Piptown United mission 2.8 consists only of a Sequential Boss fight against Commander Cold and Gorwell. Notable for these two characters being the only opponents, without any additional mooks like in other levels.
  • "Bringer of War" Music: One of the tracks for the Classic Space area is a literal remix of "Mars, Bringer of War" with techno sounds and Theremin tones to give it an otherworldly sound.
  • Bubblegloop Swamp: The swamp-themed levels, featuring trees with hanging moss, a crocodile, and murky green swamp water. It appears to be actually set within a basement or workshed, with spilling canisters of green paint over an uneven wooden floorboard or table.
  • Built with LEGO: The backgrounds of the arenas you fight in are mostly made of Lego and the hub where you select missions has plenty of Lego buildings and such. Plus the minifigures and sets of course.
  • Cheesy Moon: Implied by the space-themed level, which features large slices of cheese as the setting.
  • Color-Coded Item Tiers: The items you collect follow a loose scheme of white/grey for "mundane" tier, blue for "uncommon" tier, green for "rare" tier, and magenta for "epic" tier.
  • Counter-Attack: The buff "Payback" allows a hero taking damage from an attack to automatically hit back.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Guest Star Party Members and A.I.-controlled opponents can use abilities at levels that are normally impossible. For example, the player's Majisto needs to be at Gear 6 (which, in turn, requires him to be Hero Level 47) to unlock his ultimate ability Morphjisto... and yet, in Piptown United chapter 3.5, an enemy Majisto can use Morphjisto at Hero Level 26 and Gear 3.
  • Crisis Crossover: Currently between six original LEGO lines (City, Pirates, Castle, Space, Minifigures, and Ninjago) and one licensed IP (Ghostbusters).
  • Critical Existence Failure: Though they will act injured or tired at low health, your hero's stats will remain the same until their health hits zero. The only notable aversion to this is the status effect "Fear" which reduces the attack power of a hero based on how much health they have remaining.
  • Crystal Landscape: One of the ice-themed levels takes place in a mysterious environment populated by bright blue crystals and floating debris. It appears to be actually set within a baby's bedroom, while the characters are battling atop a tablet device.
  • Damage-Increasing Debuff: The Defense Down debuff lowers the defense stat and makes the character afflicted take more damage from attacks.
  • Dem Bones: Skeleton minifigs serve as generic mooks in the campaign/other events, with their headgear and accessories based on which faction and role they belong to (e.g. a City Healer). An undecorated skeleton, named Yorick, was added in the June 2020 update.
  • Everyone Is Related: According to LEGO Legacy, an Imperial Soldier (from the original 1989 LEGO Pirates), a Bluecoat Sergeant (from the 2015 LEGO Pirates reboot), an Imperial Guard (from LEGO Education), a Pirate Captain (from LEGO Creator), and a DJ Captain (from LEGO VIDIYO) are all part of the LaQuay family. It's quite the extensive family by LEGO standards.
  • Evil Knockoff: Dupes are copies of minifigures created by Rorrim, serving as mooks throughout the game. Hiker is very apologetic to the Hiker dupes that he has to fight.
  • Expressive Health Bar: When low on health, minifigures will hunch over or act injured.
  • Fetch Quest: Parodied in Digi Jay's brickpace event Mind Games. In Mission "1.H1: "Fetch Quest", Digi Jay is forced to complete a sidequest for Majisto, who is requesting 100 seashells (implied to be dropped by the Pirates enemies you fight during the mission). Upon completing the sidequest, Majisto reveals that he wanted the seashells... just to look at them, no other reason. And now that he's looked at them, he has no other use for them, making them worthless in the end.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • Early in Glyph Hunt, an argument between Pirate Princess Argenta and Paramedic Poppy results in the Explorers and Builders splitting into two groups, justifying why only Explorers are playable in Glyph Hunt and why only Builders are playable in Piptown United. However, this would imply that Builders would have been playable in Glyph Hunt prior to this argument, which is not the case. Furthermore, Majisto (classified as a Builder) continues to accompany the Explorers in Glyph Hunt's story but is only playable in Piptown United.
    • In each campaign, it's possible for an Explorer or Builder to canonically be a member of the party (and therefore talk and interact in cutscenes) without having been unlocked yet by the player. For example, despite Paramedic Poppy being one of the main characters of Piptown United, it is entirely possible to play the campaign without having unlocked her yet, causing her not to appear in battles despite appearing in the story.
    • Since all the villains you fight in the campaign are also heroes you can unlock, you can have a villain you're facing off against in your own party while battling them. The game initially brings up the concept of "dupes" to account for this happening with your other heroes but it doesn't seem to be the case that the major villains are dupes.
  • Green Hill Zone: One of the castle-themed levels is a peaceful hillside covered with green grass. It actually appears to be set near a green sofa.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Some campaign missions include an extra character alongside your team, sometimes with the stipulation that they survive the mission.
  • Guide Dang It!: Some of the characters that are not normally available (eg the licensed characters) will have notices issued by the development team on the requirements needed to get them in your roster.
  • Holiday Mode: The loading screen will occasionally change for certain events and while the Ghostbusters event is active Piptown is covered in ectoplasm and ghosts are buzzing around while the Ghostbusters stand around the central plaza.
  • Hub City: Piptown essentially serves as the player's main menu, from which they can access campaigns, challenges, events, arenas, etc.
  • Idle Animation: When not attacking each character has an animation that shows off a little of their personality. The animation changes when their health is low to reflect their injured state.
  • iPhony: The Early Adopters event centers around Dwayne and Quincy trying to buy the latest eBlacktron products, which seem to be a parody of iPhones. Much like iPhones, newer eBlacktron models are distinguished by numbers, although they are written as Roman numerals (eBlacktron IV, eBlacktron IX, eBlacktron X, etc.) instead of Arabic numerals.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Many heroes will actually taunt the enemy to give themselves the Taunt buff.
  • Legion of Doom: Rorrim makes one consisting of Willa the Witch, Basil the Bat-Lord, Admiral Nonsuch, Gorwell, the Highwayman, the Yuppie, Lord Garmadon, and Locust.
  • Lethal Lava Land: The fire-themed level looks like it takes place in a volcano. It appears to actually be set in a fireplace.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: After they meet Rorrim in Glyph Hunt, the Explorers and Builders part ways in order to cover more ground, as suggested by Majisto once Pirate Princess Argenta and Paramedic Poppy start arguing about their next course of action. The Explorers continue the Glyph Hunt in order to retrieve the Glyphs of the Elements and keep them out of Rorrim's hands, while the Builders begin the Piptown United campaign to evacuate civilians to the safety of Piptown.
  • Level Ate: The space-themed level is actually set in a kitchen and features cheese, olives, bread, and mustard as visual elements.
  • Level-Locked Loot: Characters have to be leveled up to equip more gear. Also applies to ability potions.
  • Loot Boxes: Like most gacha games, players earn codex tiles (for unlocking and upgrading characters) randomly through goodie bags, similar to ones selling LEGO Minifigures in real life. Some are offered free daily, while others require gems (or worse, real money).
  • The Lost Woods: Two of the castle-themed levels take place in a forest, with one appearing darker and mistier than the other.
  • Metropolis Level: The city-themed levels naturally take place in a city, with one taking place on the streets and the other on the roofs.
  • Mouse World: The entire game is told from the perspective of the LEGO minifigures, who are just as small in the game as they are in real life. As such, the huge expansive world they live in is actually just an average human's house if one looks closely at background details. The levels take place in the refrigerator, the fireplace, the bedroom, the basement, etc.
  • Myth Arc: The main campaign starts with Majisto and his recruited allies going after Willa, which eventually branches off into the Explorers gathering the Glyphs of the Elements to fight Rorrim in "Glyph Hunt" and the Builders gathering people together to rebuild Piptown in "Piptown United." A number of missions in both campaigns focus on a potential alien incursion by the Zotaxians.
  • Only Six Faces: Zig-Zagged as many of the characters come from older sets where Lego was using the same face design for every single character while those from sets in the late 80s to early 90s and beyond will have unique faces.
  • Palmtree Panic: The pirate-themed level takes place on a beach with palm trees, overlapping a bit with Gangplank Galleon due to the presence of pirate aesthetics such as a treasure map and a Jolly Roger flag. It actually seems to be set in an outdoor garden, with a watering hose, shovel, and potted plants.
  • Pirates vs. Ninjas: The theme of Master Wu's event, A Date With Destiny, focuses on the rivalry between pirates and ninjas. The player's party consists of pirates sabotaging the ninjas' Destiny's Bounty to win the annual Showboat Ship Race.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: The Space-themed setting plays an electronic remix of "Mars, The Bringer Of War".
  • Power Creep: Many of the new sets and heroes added have led to accusations of power creep. The accusations aren't unfounded, however, as one only needs to see the same Classic Space team dominating the top brackets of the arena to know other teams are struggling to keep up.
  • Power Glows: The portrait of a fully-starred hero has a golden glow behind it.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Majisto starts his fight against Willa by recruiting a guy in a chicken suit, a happy-go-lucky hiker, and a crook who's supposed to be in jail. And they're not the only LEGO minifigs players can find and build.
  • Rooftop Confrontation: One of the city-themed levels takes place on the rooftop of a building, where the battle plays out. It's not clear where it's actually set, although a bookshelf and some filing cabinets can be seen in the background.
  • RPG Elements: Your heroes have levels and stats, the player earns experience and items from battle, and there's a class system for what role a hero plays in battle.
  • Sacrificial Planet: The planet Krysto is blown up by the Boom Moon, raising the stakes for Piptown as its next target is...whatever planet Piptown is on.
  • Shifting Sand Land: The desert-themed level takes place in a desert with large cacti and a small oasis in the background. It actually seems to be set in a pet iguana's tank.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: The various ice-themed levels, although the "Slippy Slidey" aspect is averted in gameplay. One is a snow-covered landscape with evergreen trees; this is actually set atop a bed. The other is a dark icy cavern with large ice cubes; this is actually set in a freezer.
  • Streamer-Friendly Mode: Streamer Mode disables licensed music tracks to help people streaming or recording the game on copyright-sensitive platforms.
  • Take That!: The final Hard Mission in Glyph Hunt's fifth world is a thinly veiled one towards the Fyre Festival, with the team having to shut down a fire-themed festival the Yuppie is planning.
  • Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors: Downplayed. Certain sets and moves do target a specific attribute (E.G. Businessman Trent's special "Hidden Fees" deals bonus damage to Tanks), but it usually doesn't give a significant enough bonus to be a hard counter.
  • A Taste of Power: Event maps centered around a new minifigure added to the game usually pair you up with a strong version of the minifigure in question, to get you used to their playstyle.
  • Temporary Online Content: Since the event system was reworked, certain events have completely exited rotation. Downplayed in that you can still get the character tiles that came from said events but only by buying them from the store. The more easily available ones you would have gotten from the event are no longer available so newer players have to work much harder to unlock those heroes.
  • Turn-Based Combat: The majority of gameplay consists of turn-based RPG battles. Characters move in order based upon speed and pep, selecting a move when it's their turn.
  • Under the Sea: Discussed and then subverted in the Mind Games brickpace event. Digi Jay, being Genre Savvy when it comes to video games, expects that the next level of this game will be an overly-difficult underwater level... but, as Jester Gogo explains, LEGO Legacy doesn't actually have any underwater levels yet, so they have to make do with an "OVER-water level" instead.
  • Underground Level: The underground-themed level is a mine full of crystals, fossils, and mining equipment. It appears to actually be set in the basement, with pipes and uneven wooden floorboards.
  • Victory Pose: At the end of a battle the victorious team can be seen celebrating in their own way.
  • Video Game Perversity Prevention: Player names are selected by RNG from a list of adjectives and titles. The player can re-roll their name at any time but cannot choose what it is directly. Guild chat is also restricted to a few specific phrases to prevent people from saying obscenities.
  • Villain Episode: The Early Adopters event stars the two Blacktron astronauts Dwayne and Quincy as they try to get a new eBlacktron X for work.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: The time bomb status effect a few characters and sets can apply to enemies.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: In Piptown United's third chapter, the Builders return to LEGO City only to find it overrun with zombies. Street Sweeper is freaked out that he wanted to tell his wife that he can't get home yet until he helps the team take care of the zombies.