The joy of this successful series so far has not so much been in building blocks, punching enemies or collecting those damn studs but in playing out your favourite film moments, LEGO-style. So with no classic film to reference LEGO Batman doesn't quite manage to hit the heights of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones games.
LEGO Batman has nothing to do with the brilliant Dark Knight film but takes its inspiration from the comics and it's probably fair to say that while everyone will recognise the Joker and The Riddler, the likes of Croc and Clayface show up for the fans.
The Great Escape
In this original story that sees Gotham's major criminals breaking out of Arkham Asylum, you begin by playing as Batman and Robin, switching between the two and taking on an enemy in each level. It is a bit more action-packed than LEGO Indiana Jones with more enemies appearing (and re-appearing) on screen at once and it's a more challenging too. While LEGO Indy gave you big flashing hints to help you solve its 'puzzles', Batman lets you work things out for yourself. The result is something that feels more like a proper action game rather than a series of chapters to speed through as quickly as possible to get to your favourite film moment.
So why does it sometimes feel like such a chore? Well coming so soon after collecting all the artefacts, red bricks and completing both Story and Free Play modes in LEGO Indiana Jones it is a bit of a struggle to have to do it all over again, only in Batman and Robin costumes. It is the same basic idea each time and while these tongue-in-cheek LEGO games are proving far more enjoyable than sserious titles such as Iron Man and Hulk, you've got to wonder how much longer the fun will last.