Here at The Lego Car Blog we like, well… Lego and cars. The Elves add violence to this list (and Smarties of course), so when a few discovered gaming site gamesfreak.net and their free-to-play Lego games most of our workforce rushed over to find a game that could tick off all the things on their list.
Our favourite game – and one that manages a great combination of the three of the Elves’ desired attributes above was LEGO Racers Crosstown Craze.
Launched as an official LEGO online game back in 2008, Crosstown Craze is a simple 2D driving simulator in which you can race an assortment of LEGO Racers vehicles down an obstacle-strewn raceway. Smashing your competitors out of the way whilst collecting the power-boosts, health packs and other goodies strategically placed in the road helps your cause, and if you cross the finish line first you progress to meet another – tougher – opponent.
Crosstown Craze is quite similar to the CD-ROM game that came with this set way back in 1998, so don’t expect Grand Theft Auto V rivalling graphics. However, in an era of quick and easy mobile gaming, games like this one from times past have seen a second-coming, easily matching many of the games for sale via Android or Apple’s App Store.
The gamesfreak.net guys have over 30 other free Lego games to choose from, including strategy, character (such as Harry Potter), and building games. All their games are user-rated, and whilst some do take a little while to load, the site is generally quick and easy to use, and it requires no user account – you can simply click and play.
Kill some time and play for free – Click on the image below…
[Thank you to gamesfreak.net for donating to our charity fund]
Ask any vehicle builder how they start a build and you’ll get the same answer: the wheels. Wheels dictate everything about a project, being the only fixed-size component. Luckily for builders LEGO have produced wheels in a huge variety of sizes and styles over the years, so many in fact that they’ve actually become the world’s largest tyre manufacturer. But what if LEGO’s offerings simply aren’t big enough? Ultimate Design has the answer!
Milan (aka Ultimate Design) has produced a FREE 52 page book detailing how you can create bespoke brick-built wheels of almost any size. He’s demonstrated one such design in action, using it on the Tricycle recently featured here at TLCB. To see more details of his book and the brick-built wheel designs within it visit his MOCpage, the discussion on Eurobricks or click below to download your FREE copy!
HispaBrick – the superb online resource and magazine for Spanish LEGO fans – have released the latest edition of their free magazine.
Good news for car fans! – Issue 17 not only reviews the Amazing Vehicles book previewed here earlier in the year, there is also a multi-page article showcasing the work of TLCB ‘Master MOCer‘, Dennis Glaasker aka BricksonWheels. Dennis’ incredible trucks are amongst the best LEGO creations being built today, so if you fancy learning a little more about how they’re made, or you’d just like to look at the stunning photography, make sure you check out his feature via the links in this post.
The new issue of Railbricks magazine is out now, and you can download it for free! The summer ’12 issue contains all the usual news from the Lego Trains community, including shows and huge layout designs, as well as several sets of instructions for some superb Train-themed models, including this rather lovely Power Functions mining train by Alban Nanty…
Custom narrow-gauge steam train, with instructions available inside Issue 12.
Get your FREE copy of RAILBRICKS Issue 11, complete with sexual innuendo front page story!
We’re not particularly geared towards trains here at The Lego Car Blog, but occasionally we do like to share what other LEGO websites are up to if they’re transport related.
RAILBRICKS offer a free low-res download of their magazine, available on railbricks.com, which features model instructions, event reviews, building techniques and interviews (this issue with the Glenn Holland!*). Worth a couple of clicks.