I genuinely have no clue how we missed this the first time it hit the internet (in late 2011), but Lego's Life of George [Free] just blew my mind. This is everything I wanted and more as a Lego-loving child. Check out the video:

In a nutshell, utilizing the Life of George ($26.99 on Amazon) Lego set, the app challenges you to build different Lego objects, then take a photo of them using the camera of your iOS device. The game scores you based on how long it took you to build the object, and a recent (Well, "recent" as in Christmas!) update added 30 new challenges and 45 new models to build.

Has anyone out there tried this? Looking at the charts, Life of George seems to have had some pretty dismal download numbers, peaking at #57 in the family subcategory. That's too bad, since this is the exact kind of stuff I like seeing the iOS camera doing.

Thanks Marcos!

  • araczynski

    crickets chirping... everything lego has always screamed 'price gouging' to me.  the smart thing to do here would have been to give the app away for free to build up interest in the overpriced plastic cubes, but no... "lets stick it to em like square does".

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Read the article. The app is free.

      • araczynski

        so they listened to me, good :)  saw the 26.99, skipped over the minor detail of amazon.com :)

  • http://twitter.com/mlaframboise Mark Laframboise

    This seems like it would be pretty awesome if they added the multiplayer functionality of Draw Something.

  • http://twitter.com/mlaframboise Mark Laframboise

    @araczynski The app itself is free, you just need to buy the specific brick set that goes with it, which is where the price is a bit steep.

  • http://coderkid.co.cc/ Matt Curtis

    Wow, this looks VERY neat.

  • Adams Immersive

    I’m a huge Lego fan with many fiendish Mindstorms plans. Can’t believe I never heard of this either!

    Legos are expensive in a sense, but then I also think you get what you pay for: they last for decades, they fit really precisely, and they work together as an “ecosystem” that includes an amazing range of things (Mindstorms!). Judging by some Lego clones I have tried, none of the above are easy to achieve!

    I’m always ready to add to my monstrous pile* of Legos.

    * Err... carefully sorted drawers and trays. Yeah. The one part of my life I keep organized...

  • http://twitter.com/joshwyatt Joshua Wyatt

    #57 in Family probably isn't too bad considering you must buy a companion product to use the app. If they made an app that utilised your existing lego that would be even cooler.

  • http://twitter.com/crunchewy Crunchewy

    You undervalue the quality of Lego bricks, and *really* undervalue the years of enjoyment they bring to kids in particular.

    EDIT: was supposed to be a reply to araczynski

  • Lee West

    The app is free, but you need the "mat" for the iPhone to read the stuff you make. Still the mat and bricks are cheap, so it should not be a huge problem. And it is a fun new way to build LEGO just as Eli says.

    Nice little gimmick if you have a well lit room to play in. I did a review on the site I run some months ago, and it scored a fine 7/10. :-) (in Danish)

    http://www.gamereactor.dk/anmeldelser/86456/Life+of+George/

  • FortressLad

    After being stuck with a camera-less ipod touch, once I got my order in for the new ipad, I put in an order for this.  It's a fun little activity. The camera reading can be a little finicky at times if you don't have good lighting (you need even light with as little glare or shadows as possible).

  • http://twitter.com/precurser George B. Smith III

    I have this and love it. I got it for Christmas.

    I was surprised you guys hadn't covered it either, I thought maybe I just missed it when you did.

    I highly recommend it!

    • Mark Edwards

      Love it also.  My four year old loves it also.  Had some great fun over the past few months with it.

  • http://twitter.com/BrettArchibald Brett Archibald

    Please, don't ever say "Legos". :-(
    One Lego brick, two Lego bricks — that's how it is pluralised.
    .../herendethelesson

  • http://twitter.com/juannacho john denton

    Yep! Played this at work (It's a very grown-up office) and I loved it. There's been a lot of bitching and wailing about it, but on the whole it's a great little experience.

    There's even user created levels which add a bit to it although the mechanism for creating them is a bit hit & miss. That bit could use a simple editor to keep things in check, but on the whole it was awesome and married two brilliant things together very well indeed.

    Sometimes I just don't understand Joe Public at all with their negative response to innovative ideas like this and the way they gobble down unimaginative sequel after sequel of tired old games....

  • http://twitter.com/az1de Jeremy Wedel

    I played this with my boys (ages 7 and 9).  We really enjoyed solving the challenges and competing to get the most stars.  It was also great fun to make up our own models, although it often took a few tries to get them digitized exactly correctly.  As a parent, I liked that it is a computer game that involves more than just mashing buttons.  

    We played using a our own collection of Lego bricks, and a mockup of the board I created myself.  At that time, the official set was not available in our area.  Not having the exact same collection of Lego on our set can create some interesting additional challenges.  :-)  I created the board by carefully comparing the size and spacing of the dots to the Lego blocks pictured on it.  I believe the blocks of colour on the sides of the board are used to calibrate the colour balance in the pictures.  

  • Hilary Wilson

    Looks great - I want it!

    Looking at the very mixed reviews in the UK store it seems that everyone loves it but is (justifiably) fed up at being charged for the Christmas IAP update having already paid for the bricks and mat. All the negative comments relate to the IAP, not the cost of the bricks and mat. I think it's very short sighted of Lego to charge for updates.