Family Review: LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course

Review: LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course


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Here is our review of the LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course.

Kids can team up with their favourite character in the real world with this LEGO® Super Mario™ Adventures with Mario Starter Course (71360). The set features a LEGO Mario™ figure that gives instant expressive responses via the LCD screens and speaker. Players earn virtual coins moving LEGO Mario from the Start Pipe to the Goal Pole via spinning and cloud platforms, the ? Block, and super battles with the Goomba and Bowser Jr. toy figures. Rearrange the bricks to create new levels to master.

What’s in the box?

The box contains 5 packs of LEGO and some simple initial instructions.

Building It

The in the box instructions give you enough detail to build the first set which is Mario himself. You need put in 2 AAA batteries and download the app. Once you have done that you need to sync Mario with your device and the app by pressing the Bluetooth button on his back.

The first thing that will then happen is that the app will update LEGO Mario – this took a few minutes to do so now would be a good time to sort the other bags of LEGO ready to build.

You can even see he is being updated by the image of a phone on his chest!

You can then step through the app to build each element. The app even shows a representation of the specific bag of LEGO to open and then walks you through step by step building it, even giving you the opportunity to have a 360 degree view to make sure you have built the thing correctly.

Now it’s time to play!

Final Thoughts

The starter kit comes with a lot of pieces to build and without the app you might have some problems (unless you like building LEGO without instructions). The app is actually brilliant, it tells you want pieces you need to build each section, with 360 degree views and then a little video at the end of each one showing what it can do.

The app also gives you tasks and challenges you can compete in, gives the ability to upload pictures of your creations and so much more. When you buy another set you can add it to the app very simply.

Building and playing with the LEGO Super Mario set was a lot of fun, certain pieces have a special bar code piece that the camera under Mario reads in order to activate sounds and visuals on him, including collecting coins and finishing a course. You can even make him go to sleep if you want.

Having a main LEGO piece that plays sounds and has visuals is a really great idea and a lot of fun to play with on it’s own.

And the great thing about any LEGO set is that you can build it however you want and play with it however you want. And that’s exactly what we did. We can’t wait to add more pieces into our growing world!

The set is aimed at ages 6 and over and contains 231 separate pieces and the LEGO code is 71360.

The LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course is available now priced £49.99 and is a so much fun – it’s the most immersed my almost 4 year old has been in anything so far (and it’s not even aimed at his age)!

You can learn more from the LEGO website.

Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.



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