If it exists, there’s a lego version of it, that’s the scale at which Lego is expanding! A video game will not upset its kindergarten audience but now there are more products for maa and paa, and even the nerdiest of PC gamers. The real world doesn’t come with capped frame rates and degrading graphical quality unless you find yourself growing white hair. So once you pack your dusty lego bricks, Lego Builder’s Journey offers a new way to look at something you’re already familiar with - Lego bricks.
There’s no right way to play with lego bricks and it’s as easy as remembering your name. However, this is a video game and like all video games, there’s a start and endpoint. Even if it’s as simple as putting appropriate bricks in their place or solving a series of geometric puzzles. The game gradually smacks your brain cells to get creative and forge a path for our nameless hero. The game never tells you to do anything, there are levels where you simply stack bricks and watch them activate some mechanical-magic-brick-made structure and once you’re satisfied or bored with it, you can proceed to the next level by stacking the important bricks that move the ‘builder’ (the aforementioned nameless hero).
Builder’s Journey is also meant to be a showcase for the latest Nvidia cards. It uses all of Nvidia’s Ray-Tracing tech to showcase all types of lighting effects. Ray-Traced Global Illumination makes your PC work overtime but the results are beautiful. Even more so than real life. The bright palette and superb demonstrations of light and shadows make every brick piece feel realistic. It’s photorealistic and with Ray-Traced Global Illumination, Shadow and other stuff, the whole thing sings! Or cry because there’s going to be some grunting from your GPU doing all the legwork. Our RTX 2080 Ti managed an alarming 15fps on 4K Ultra settings. It was a lakh rupee card and watching a Lego game turn it into a functionless brick is quite astonishing. However, don’t pull out the pitchfork just yet. The game is meant to push Nvidia’s GPUs to their absolute limit and see how the Ray Tracing tech can breathe life into a ‘brick’. Just like you need a ‘tile’ brick to complete a lego masterpiece and give it that polished look. The 20-Series and 30-Series GPUs use DLSS 2.0 to polish the experience. With the DLSS 2.0 turned on, the game pushes 30fps on 4K Ultra settings on the RTX 2080 Ti. That’s a whopping 100% improvement in the frame rate without losing the visual fidelity. Our RTX 3070 Ti GPU yields similar results with a wee-bit higher frame rate.
There are also more options to tweak the Ray Tracing settings to get playable results. DLSS 2.0 can be moved from Performance to Quality depending on your system. The degradation in graphical quality is barely noticeable even on Performance mode. Similarly, you can find these settings in the latest games like Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition and enjoy the latest Ray Tracing smarts in their full Ray Traced glory.
Lego Builder’s Journey will be remembered for its Ray Tracing bits but it’s also a game that is beautiful to look at and very relaxing to play. If you’re taking a break from work and want to simply sip on tea and indulge in something peaceful, Lego Builder’s Journey will bring that peace and quiet. It’s very reminiscent of Monument Valley. With the satisfying sound when you snap a lego piece into place to the atmospheric music playing in the background, everything about this game feels polished and gratifying. There’s also a mobile version of the game on Apple Arcade and it’s equally pretty. As for the nerds at Stuff HQ, this is a proper place to test Nvidia’s GPUs in the future.