While I've yet to see an augmented reality game (or app, for that matter) that uses augmented reality in a way that feels like much more than a gimmick, it's cool seeing Lego embrace technology more. Anyway, the way it works is to buy one of the Lego fusion sets, of which three are currently available with one "coming soon." You build the bricks, which all seem to include the telltale augmented reality marker patterns, launch the app, point it at your legos, and you're in business.

The three Lego sets available now are pretty typical Lego and involve a race car, a medieval tower, and a town. I'm really curious what it'd take to fool the companion apps in to thinking you have the Fusion sets, as I bet it's just looking for the pattern of darker bricks to overlay the game stuff on top of. If you can get them in the right place, with your own Legos, it might just work.

Here's a video of it all in action:

It looks cool, and it must be awfully fun to be a kid now with all this kind of junk you can do with Legos. Why, back in my day we just built stuff out of Legos and played with the bricks themselves. Now, if you'll excuse me, there's some kids I need to shoo off my porch.

  • kevin8977

    That shit cray.

  • hellscaretaker

    and only available to US players

    • dancj

      That's because outside tech USA we have LEGO not Legos.

  • snowblzr

    Actually, the app requires the specific design of the baseplate to identify that you have the fusion set, without it the app won't scan the bricks, so you'd need to forge your own if you wanted to use just your own bricks.

    • snowblzr

      There is, however a free trial in the app, if I remember correctly.

      • snowblzr

        Just played it. I'm actually pretty sure you can go through the entire game, but you only get 3 building looks. It's actually a pretty cool game, too. Tempted to get the set now.

  • Adams Immersive

    Good gravy! That video really brought home for me where Lego's reputation for sexism comes from! (When I was a kid, my sister was into the castle and space and fire/rescue Legos.)

    Anyway, I'm all for AR--and a big Lego fan--but I didn't see any AR in that video. I saw what amounted to barcode scanning (probably with faked on-screen activity). And I saw some virtual Legos and Lego worlds on-screen (or simulated as renders anyway) much like Lego games have long done. But I did not see virtual Legos being visualized into the real world. If you scan the baseplate and then something 3D is overlaid on the 3D real world, that would be AR. Simply reading something through the camera (to earn something in-game, say) and NOT "augmenting" the real-world live view is not AR. Maybe the actual AR part just wasn't working in time for the promo video?

    I'm skeptical for now.

  • Marco Grubert

    I just bought Fusion Create & Race, and that product should accurate be named Bait & Switch. The app does not "scan" your lego car. Instead, you drag and drop the bricks inside the app. Then the AR part launches where it snaps pictures of your real car. However, all it does is to verify that your real car corresponds to the one you already built in the editor. If it matches, then you enter the racing game. So there is absolutely nothing gained from the scanning sequence- it's just a little something they tossed between the design & race phase. Very disappointed.