For brick-building fans with a fascination for all things supernatural, new LEGO Hidden Side is something to be very excited about.
Using a combination of traditional LEGO brick play and augmented reality, LEGO Hidden Side is a virtual reality ghost chase of sorts, relying on the players to capture and contain rogue ghosts within the LEGO town, and restore peace to the hood.
First, players build the town...
There are a number of different builds in the series, each taking the form of some part of the town of Newbury - be it the school bus, a graveyard, diner, truck, boat, lab or the largest build which is the school house with 1474 pieces.
All of these brilliant sets are packed with details and accessories to facilitate heaps of awesome LEGO play, and some even have the ability to be transformed from their regular state to their "possessed state" (think green claws and other eerie embellishments), so builders can choose which world they want to dive into when playing with the sets.
Builders can enjoy all of these sets on their own; the digital component is an extra, but not vital to the builds.
Download the free LEGO Hidden Side app to bring the town to life
The free app (iOS and Android) enables builders to get inside the builds and see the set in augmented reality.
Once downloaded, the first step is to scan the build into the app, then watch it come to life.
The aim of the game is to find and contain the ghosts hidden within the builds, but to do that builders have to locate points of possession within the set and track down the hidden ghouls within.
The fabulous thing about LEGO Hidden Side is that builders have to physically interact with the set while using the app to hunt down and capture the ghosts, so there is equal parts physical and digital play going on.
Coming soon in August 2019
The exact release date in Australia is yet to be confirmed, but we do know that Hidden Side should be available from the later part of August this year.
It's also not clear whether this will be a LEGO exclusive or available at all stores - we'll keep you posted.
For more details, head over to LEGO Australia.