LEGO Stores are getting arcade cabinets – and they could feature your games

The LEGO Group is installing arcade cabinets in LEGO Stores around the world, and it wants you to design video games for them.

It’s all part of the second LEGO Ideas contest launched in partnership with Unity (originally teased last week), which again hands the reins of LEGO video game development over to fans through the LEGO Microgame platform.

While the prize bundle for the first contest – which took place earlier this year – included some very thematic LEGO sets, such as 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System and 51515 Robot Inventor, there’s an even better reward at hand here: the opportunity to have your game installed in the LEGO House and LEGO Stores around the world.

LEGO NINJAGO Unity Microgame

To be in with a chance of winning, you’ll need to design a one-button LEGO microgame using Unity and the LEGO Group’s creation tools, which have been tweaked and refined since the last contest in January. According to the LEGO Group, it’s now ‘easier and more fun’ to make a game.

Your video game must also fit into one of three categories: NINJAGO, using LEGO Microgame’s new library of ninja-themed resources; any other theme, though nothing licensed; or it can be a game that only uses LEGO behaviour bricks, with no additional scripting.

You’ve got until November 4 at 11am UK time to get your entry in. One runner-up in each category will also take home 71360 Adventures with Mario, 21152 The Pirate Ship Adventure, 21155 The Creeper Mine and a $100 voucher for the Unity Asset Store.

For more information – including all the fine print – check out the contest page over at LEGO Ideas. The global locations of the arcade cabinets will apparently be revealed shortly.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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