Playing similar to TT's other games based on LEGO toys, Dimensions combines various LEGO themes (including Ninjago and Legends of Chima) with pop-culture franchises owned by Time Warner (including the DC Universe, various films, and Cartoon Network cartoons) and guest characters (such as Chell from the Portal series and Sonic the Hedgehog). Similar to the Skylanders and Disney Infinity series, the game utilizes a special "toy pad" peripheral that allows players to swap between characters and other content (including new ones sold as booster packs) using near-field communication found in the bases of special toys (which are basically buildable LEGO minifigures and models).
The main antagonist of the story is the mysterious Lord Vortech, whose goal is to become ruler of the LEGO Multiverse by controlling the twelve Foundation Elements and merging all LEGO Universes together. It's up to three of the greatest heroes of numerous LEGO universes (Batman from the DC Universe, Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings, and Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie) to recruit help from other universes and stop Vortech's plans.
In October, 2017 it was reported TT Games would stop working on Lego Dimensions and would not be extending their work into Year 3.
Vehicles can be altered in real life to change their appearance and abilities in game also. For instance the DeLorean from Back To The Future can change from Time Machine to Electric Time Machine to its final form Ultra Time Machine.
LEGO Dimensions has a base game which comes with Batman, Wydestyle, Gandalf and The Batmobile. It is possible to complete the main game with the base game but some access to certain parts of the game are only accessible by purchasing more packs (for example Bart Simpson or Golem can crawl in small tunnels).
There are four types of packs purchasable for LEGO Dimensions. These are Story Packs, Level Packs, Team Packs and Fun Packs.
- Story Packs contain one character, one gadget or vehicle, a toy pad themed around that pack and multiple levels based around a central story.
- Level Packs contain one character, one gadget, one vehicle and a playable game level.
- Team Packs feature two characters and a vehicle or gadget.
- Fun Packs contain one character and vehicle or gadget.
In addition to the three types of packs there is also Story Packs, these are not released regularly and add to the main story, also they allow you to "rebuild" the base to whatever the theme of the pack is.
Developers have stated that LEGO Dimensions has a three year plan meaning that players will not need to purchase another base to play newer content.
- Waves 1 to 5 made up year 1 and had blue bases.
- Wave 6 to 10 will make up year 2, has a new game mode called Battle Arena and will feature orange bases.
Each franchise has it's own Adventure World in LEGO Dimensions and each year more brands are added to expand the content of the game.
- Back to the Future
- DC Comics
- Doctor Who
- Jurassic World
- LEGO Legends of Chima
- Midway Arcade
- LEGO Ninjago
- Scooby Doo
- The Lord of the Rings
- The LEGO Movie
- The Simpsons
- The Wizard of Oz
- Adventure Time
- E.T The Extra Terrestrial
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Harry Potter
- Ghostbusters (2016)
- Knight Rider
- LEGO City Undercover
- Mission: Impossible
- PowerPuff Girls
- Sonic The Hedgehog
- Teen Titans Go!
- The A-Team
- The Goonies
- The LEGO Batman Movie
Cameo/Easter Egg Appearances
Released September 27th, 2015 to coincide with Starter Pack.
Back To The Future
Pack No. 71201 features Marty McFly, Hoverboard & Delorean.
Pack No. 71202 features Homer Simpsons, Taunt-O-Vision & Homer's Car.
Pack No. 712303 features Chell, Companion Cube & Sentry Turret.
Pack No. 71205 features characters Owen & ACU Trooper, Gyrosphere & Velociraptor.
Pack No. 71206 features characters Scooby- Doo & Shaggy, Scooby Snack & The Mystery Machine.
Pack No. 71209 features Wonder Woman & her Invisible Jet.
Pack No. 71210 features Cyborg & Cyber-Guard.
Pack No. 71212 features Emmet & his Excavator.
Pack No. 71213 features Bad Cop & Police Car.
Pack No. 71214 features Benny & his Spaceship.
Pack No. 71215 features Jay & Storm Fighter.
Pack No. 71216 features Nya & Samurai Mech.
Pack No. 71217 features Zane & NinjaCopter.
Pack No. 71218 features Gollum & Shelob the Great.
Pack No. 71219 features Legolas & Arrow Launcher.
Pack No. 71220 features Gimli & Axe Chariot.
Wicked Witch of the West
Pack No. 71221 features Wicked Witch of the West & Winged Monkey.
Pack No. 71222 features Laval & Mighty Lion Rider
Pack No. 71223 features Cragger & Swamp Skimmer.
Pack No. 71232 features Eris & Eagle Inceptor.
Released November 3rd, 2015.
Pack No. 71204 features The Doctor, K9 and the TARDIS.
Pack No. 71207 features characters Kai & Cole, Blade Bike & Boulder Bomber.
Pack No. 71211 features Bart & the Gravity Sprinter vehicle.
Krusty The Clown
Pack No. 71227 features Krusty The Clown & the Clown Bike vehicle.
Pack No. 71231 features Unikitty & the Cloud Cuckoo Car.
Released January 19th, 2016.
Pack No. 71228 features Peter Venkman, Ghost Tap & Ecto-1 vehicle.
The Joker & Harley Quinn
Pack No. 71229 features characters The Joker, Harley Quinn and the vehicles Joker's Chopper & Quinn Mobile.
Pack No. 71230 features Doc Brown & Travelling Time Train.
Pack No. 71234 features Sensei Wu & Flying White Dragon.
Pack No. 71238 features a Cyberman & a Dalek.
Released March 15, 2016.
Pack No. 71235 features Gamer Kid, Arcade Machine & G-6155 Spy Hunter.
In this pack players are able to play over 20 midway "classic" Arcade Games.
Pack No. 71233 features Stay Puft & Terror Dog from the Ghostbusters franchise.
Pack No. 71236 features Superman & Hover Pod from DC Comics.
Pack No. 71237 features Aquaman & Aqua Watercraft from DC Comics.
Released May 10, 2016. This wave was the last of year one and the only wave to consist of only Fun Packs.
Pack No. 71239 features Lloyd & Lloyd's Golden Dragon from the LEGO Ninjago franchise.
Pack No. 71240 features Bane & Drill driver from the DC Comic's Batman franchise.
Pack No. 71241 features Slimer and Slime Shooter from the Ghostbusters franchise.
Released September 27th, 2016. This wave started off Year 2.
Pack No. 71242 features the character Abby Yates (in-game all Ghostbusters are available to select), Ecto-1 & Zhu's Chinese Restaurant for the Toy Pad.
Pack No. 71245 features Finn The Human, Ancient War Elephant & Jakemobile from the television show Adventure Time.
Pack No. 71238 features Ethan Hunt, IMF Scrambler & IMF Sports Car from the film with the same name.
Pack No. 71246 features Jake The Dog & Lumpy Space Princess, BMO & Lumpy Car.
Pack No. 71247 features Harry Potter & Lord Voldemort, Hogwarts Express & Enchanted Car.
Pack No. 71251 features B.A. Barracks & B.A.'s Van from The A Team.
Released November 18th, 2016.
Pack No. 71253 features Newt Scamander, Niffler & Magical Congress of the United States of America for the Toy Pad.
Sonic The Hedgehog
Pack No. 71244 features Sonic, The Tornado Plane & Sonic Speedster car.
Pack No. 71258 features E.T. & Phone Home from the film with the same name.
Pack No. 71257 features Tina Goldstein & Swooping Evil from the film Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them.
Released on February 10th, 2017.
The LEGO Batman Movie
Pack No. 71264 features Robin, Batgirl, the vehicle Batwing & Bat-Computer kit for the Toy Pad.
Pack No. 71285 features Marceline & the Lunatic Amp from the television show Adventure Time.
Pack No. 71286 features Michael Knight and K.I.T.T. from the television show of the same name.
Pack No. 71344 features an alternative Batman and his Bionic Steed.
Released on May 9th, 2017
Pack No. 71267 features Sloth (the rest of the Goonies are playable in-game), One-Eyed Willy's Pirate Ship & Skeleton Organ.
Pack No. 71266 features Chase McCain and Police Helicopter from LEGO City: Undercover.
Pack No. 71348 features Hermione Granger & Buckbeak from the Harry Potter franchise.
Released on September 12th, 2017.
Teen Titans Go!
Pack No. 71255 features Beast Boy, Raven, T-Car & Spellbook of Azarath
The Powerpuff Girls
Pack No. 71346 features Blossom, Bubbles, The PPG Smartphone & Octi.
Pack No. 71287 features Starfire & Titan Robot from the television show Teen Titans Go!
Pack No. 71343 features Buttercup & Mega Blast Bot from the television show Powerpuff Girls.
Pack No. 71349 features Betelgeuse & Saturn's Sandworm from the film with the same name.