LEGO Builder’s Journey PC Version Review – Ray Traced Minimalism

LEGO Builder’s Journey released two years ago on the Apple app store, but its full potential has only now been revealed with a new PC version, taking advantage of ray tracing and DLSS in a gorgeously small package.

Builder’s Journey is a puzzle game where you use LEGO blocks to essentially build bridges and guide its colourful characters on a journey of a lifetime. The gameplay is incredibly simple, but its storytelling is marvellous. With no dialogue, developer Light Brick Studio manages to tell a heartfelt story of a father and son, all set within the universe of colourful building blocks.

There’s not too much to say about the game itself at this point, which is excellent, but the new PC version does have an ace up its sleeve which enhances an already great experience – Ray Tracing. Believe it or not, ray tracing makes a subtle, but noticeable change in the experience of picking up toy blocks and fitting them together. Here’s a look at the difference ray tracing makes in a LEGO game:

Lego Builder's Journey RTX OffLego Builder's Journey RTX On

The game’s PC version comes with fully stacked ray-traced implementation including ray-traced global illumination, reflections, ambient occlusion, and shadows. Here’s a quick look at the game with each of the features turned on one by one in succession. You can open the images in a new tab in full resolution to compare the visual differences.

Coming to performance, being a visual showcase I’d argue it’s fine to not play this one at 60 FPS. I played the game at 1080p on an NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2060 Super and had a pretty good experience. DLSS helped in reaching 60 FPS and above with all the fancy RT features turned on, and without it I would hover around 30 FPS or below at times. However, at a low resolution like 1080p, DLSS doesn’t look particularly great either, or at least that’s how the game works with this version of DLSS.

Lego Builder's Journey PC Graphics Settings

I expect the performance to improve further even without DLSS with future patches after the game releases, but if it doesn’t, then it isn’t too much to be sad about. Maybe we’ll see the game come to PS5/Xbox Series consoles now that it has ray tracing support? Who knows, but that would certainly be a welcome move.

Verdict

The PC version of LEGO Builder’s Journey is a great port that takes advantage of next-gen visual features to make a pretty game even prettier. Even if you don’t have the best hardware to take advantage of its newfound beauty, Builder’s Journey is a short little tale I highly recommend anyone to not skip out on.

LEGO Builder’s Journey is out now on Steam and Nintendo Switch, as well as Apple’s iOS and macOS devices as part of the Apple arcade subscription.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Story
Graphics and Visuals
Gameplay Mechanics
Sound and music
Performance (PC)

SUMMARY

The PC version of LEGO Builder's Journey is a great port that takes advantage of next-gen visual features to make a pretty game even prettier. Even if you don't have the best hardware to take advantage of its newfound beauty, Builder's Journey is a short little tale I highly recommend anyone to not skip out on.

Leave a Reply

Latest posts

Minecraft’s Upcoming Big Release is called The Wild Update and it would be out in 2022

Minecraft is said to be coming up with a big update release and it would be called The Wild Update. Also, the devs have...

New MacBook Pro Lineup Announced With More Powerful M1 Pro/Max Chipsets And Fresh Designs

Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup will be available in 14-inch and 16-inch variants. MacBook Pro 2021 Specifications Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup gets a refresh from...

Kena: Bridge Of Spirits PS4 and PS5 Physical Copies Are Now Available To Pre-Orders In India

Kena: Bridge of Spirits was released a few weeks back and received great reviews. One thing that Ember Labs, the devs, didn't announce was...

Loading Next Article