In the latest addition to our Microgames series, we’re putting digital LEGO® elements in the hands of new users to get them quickly building, customizing, and sharing their first 3D game in less than an hour.
We believe the world is a better place with more creators in it. This mission requires making game development more accessible and lowering obstacles for new users. It’s also why we built the Unity Microgames series — to help them successfully start creating in Unity and, in the process, have fun modding within a community of users all making their first games.
If you ever loved building with LEGO® bricks, this Microgame is the perfect place to start a new creative journey and make your first game — it’s free and there’s no coding experience required. Built in partnership with LEGO Games, this global release follows an open beta period and marks the first time the LEGO Group’s System in Play and LEGO Minifigures have come to the Unity Editor.
Simple in-Editor tutorials allow new users to follow a guided path that moves quickly from opening your first project to publishing and sharing your first 3D game in less than an hour. You’ll understand how everything clicks together while going at your own pace, making your own creative decisions and personalizing your experience along the way. Here are just a few ways you can have fun:
See how to set up Unity, then make, play, and share your first game.
Combining famous LEGO elements with Unity’s extensibility and workflows made the LEGO Microgame a perfect vehicle to demonstrate how virtual bricks connect like the real ones. By simulating this physical-to-virtual world LEGO creation, we’re giving new users a relatable, authentic experience right out of the box, with an ever-expanding list of ways to integrate additional features into your games.
As shown below, there are many Creative Mods and Asset Store Add-Ons to choose from, with more to come.
On our Unity Learn | LEGO Microgame page, you can find nine cool ways to update and personalize your game while learning Unity basics. Creative Mod options include choosing your own minifigure, building your own custom enemy, creating a locked area to hide loot and more!
If you REALLY want to supercharge your game experience (especially AFOLs, Adult Fans of LEGO), we worked with LEGO Games and BrickLink – an online marketplace to buy and sell LEGO parts, minifigures, and sets – to enable you to import MOC (My Own Creation) components built in Studio.
A LEGO Microgame Creative Mod in progress
The Unity Asset Store is a massive catalog of 2D and 3D models, textures, templates and other tools to speed up your game development. To start, the LEGO Microgame offers nine free Add-Ons, including the four “unlockables” below, with fun themes and different extras that you can download from the Asset Store to dial up your game’s excitement.
Sneak peek of a LEGO Microgame Add-On (available in the Unity Asset Store)
How to launch the LEGO Microgame in the Unity Hub
Whether you prefer to tinker and experiment or like a more structured learning experience, we have exciting opportunities around the corner for you. For example, you can engage directly with the Unity and LEGO design experts behind the Microgame in our Unity x LEGO Live Learning Series, Game Jams, and Showcases. Choose what fits your style best – and we hope to see you online soon!