The Best LEGO Games for the iPad

Young kids, teens, and adults can all find fun in these titles

If you do a search for LEGO games on the App Store, you may get a little overwhelmed—it's the same feeling you get when walking down the LEGO aisle at the toy store. As soon as you see one thing you think you might like, a new one catches your eye.

This list will help you decide by covering the best LEGO game downloads available for iOS devices.

It's important to note that games on the App Store sometimes become unavailable to download. Usually, this is because the game is older, and updates to iOS require that those older games also be updated to remain compatible with the new version of iOS. Unfortunately, game publishers often decide not to return to old titles to update them, and so they quietly disappear from the App Store.

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

"LEGO Star Wars" wasn't the first LEGO video game, or even the first to be based on a movie, but it was the first to use the movie-to-video-game conversion. You essentially experience the movie, but in an alternate LEGO universe. Star Wars squashed the notion that a game based on a movie is usually a train wreck, and it set the standard for iconic movies adapted to great LEGO games.  

Lego Batman: DC Super Heroes screenshot

Don't worry, you don't need to decide whether Christian Bale or Michael Keaton is the best Batman. "LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes" is a unique adventure not based on any of the movies. Bad guys have escaped from Arkham Asylum, and Batman and Robin are tasked with doing the cleanup. You'll play the first half of the game switching between Batman and Robin. Similar to the character switching in other LEGO titles, you get to equip the heroes in different suits that have unique abilities, and in a fun twist​, you also get to play as the villains during the second half of the game.  

Lego Juniors app screenshot

While the entire LEGO series is targeted at kids, many of the movie-to-game treatments are well suited for older kids who can understand more advanced features of games. "LEGO Juniors" is geared for those 4-6-year-olds who may have a little more difficulty understanding how to solve puzzles in "LEGO Star Wars." This simple game allows little tykes to create LEGO vehicles and drive them.  

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LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin

LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin app screenshot

If you are looking for something a bit different than the movie-to-video-game template and you want a bit more action in your game, "LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin" is the game for you. The game hooks you into a great action that continuously throws new tricks and moves at you to keep you on your toes as you help the Ninjas battle Ronin and reclaim their memories and powers.  

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LEGO City game screenshot

"LEGO City" is great for younger kids ready to progress from "LEGO Juniors" but perhaps not quite ready to dive into a Star Wars or Batman LEGO games. But it is also a neat game for adults who like their games in bite-sized portions. "LEGO City" is a smorgasbord of LEGO gameplay, a game of mini-games, and it does a good job of providing great play without gouging you for in-app purchases all the time.