Day three - that difficult third album. Youve learnt the basics of LEGO City, youve learnt a little bit more about the city we like to call home, but now this is where the real work begins the work of being a police officer. Back in my day, things werent as fancy as there are now. If old Bill Ding wanted to find a crook, I had to rely on my luck, and my police intuition. Which might explain why I never caught anyone. Either way things are different now. Times have a-changed, and now youve got all manner of tools and gadgets at your fingertips even though you dont technically have fingers. This is how you use them.
See that thing with all them sticks, buttons, and doo-hickeys on it? They tell me thats called a GamePad. It may have a daft name - after all, police work is anything but a game - but you'll soon find the GamePad essential to your work. Along with acting as a map, so we dont have to rely on your terrible orienteering skills, your GamePad also functions as an infra-red scanner. All youve got to do is get to a vantage point, hold it up, and press the button in the top left of the screen to have a look around the area, where all sorts of important stuff will be highlighted power bricks, bad guys, collectibles - and pigeons. You keep an eye on those pigeons, rookie. Im sure theyre up to something.
One of the biggest problems for any police officer is upwards mobility. I aint talking in terms of promotions, though there aint no glass ceiling here. For starters, itd be made of plastic. What Im talking about is reaching high places. Chases wont always stay down on the ground, so you need to be able to follow. And while you may not be as tall as one of them fancy LEGO Technic fellers, weve got something that more than makes up for your shortcomings the grappling hook. All you have to do is find something it can hook onto specifically, a handily placed blue hook target it, and let her go. Letting you pull yourself up to high up platforms, or pull other things down, the grappling hook helps level the playing field between you and the bad guys especially as you can fire it at them to tie them up!
Finding the trail
But it aint no good if you arrive at the scene of a crime to find the bad guys already legged it. Back in my day, if the crook had scarpered, we just had to let them go but nowadays you can stay hot on their heels. Head to one of these points, handily represented by these glowing blue hexagons and press the A button to turn your GamePad into a scanner, which highlights the bad guys footprints, and lets you follow their trail. Better yet, it works with seagulls, too, letting you track their every move. And you'll want to. Theyre almost as bad as those pigeons.
You know Kung Fu
Of course, you cant always rely on your gadgets. Technology fails everyone from time to time, and there will always be situations where you have to fall back on your fists. Or at least, the closest to fists you can turn your little LEGO hands into. Luckily for you, you know kung fu. Literally. Running around, you can hammer Y to punch enemies, or even better, press X to reverse their moves, and use their weight against them. It may not be much after all, theyre made from lightweight plastic but it can turn any contest to your advantage. If youre feeling particularly fancy, you can even press A to grab an enemy in a hold, before throwing them back into their friends.
The power to break a tree in half
A wise man once said the bigger they are, the harder they are to take to pieces - 'specially without one of them special brick removers, but obviously hed never met you. Along with knowing kung fu, youre a rookie that can punch well above your weight. See a car? You can smash it to pieces with the palm of your hand. How about a dustbin? Gone in a second. Youre a veritable wrecking machine, rookie, with the power to carve a tree in half with your bare hands. Criminals wont want to get on the wrong side of you if they do, youll be turning them to swarf before they can blink.
But heres where things get a little weirder. Everything weve seen so far kind of makes sense. Sure, its not everyday you find a cop who can punch a tree in two without breaking his hand, but at least thats slightly plausible. This, however, is just weird. While your car has all the usual mod cons doors that open, wheels that spin, and a horn and/or siren on the L Button, there are a few things they can do that you may not be expecting. Like jumping. Thats right you can make your car leap up into the air, for no apparent reason at all. I have no idea how it works, but all you have to do is flick your GamePad and pow youre airborne. Sadly, it wont stop you flipping your car, landing upside down on top of poor Mrs. Goggins from next door and promptly exploding in a shower of molten plastic but it sure is fun!
But now it's time to get back to normality. Or at least, a normality you can choose. Going undercover is an essential part of police work - trailing gangs, blending in with no-good bums, and generally making yourself fit in with an unsavoury crowd. But in LEGO City, your disguises give you special powers, too. The construction worker disguise lets you use dynamite - the robber lets you crack safes. With over 290 disguises for you to discover, there's practically a disguise for every day of the year. Even if you want to pay homage to a great detective of yesteryear!
And that, rookie, is your lot for today! If I were you, Id head back to your little LEGO house, put your LEGO feet up in front of your LEGO fire and have a good think about what Ive just said. Those there are the tools a policeman uses to get the job done. Scanners, grappling hooks, and leaping vehicles, oh my. Tomorrow, Ill be letting you know what you can do in something called down time. I have no idea what that means, but it doesnt sound like police work to me. Report back here tomorrow, rookie.