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Best XYZ: Lego Star Wars at Amazon
"In depth and expansive."
Best XYZ: Lego City Undercover at Amazon
"The perfect sandbox game to introduce young gamers to."
Best XYZ: Lego Marvel Superheroes at Amazon
"Lego Marvel Superheroes is one of the most ambitious Lego titles to date."
Best XYZ: Lego Harry Potter at Amazon
"Just as effective and funny as ever."
Best XYZ: Lego Rock Band at Amazon
"It plays like the classic Rock Band you probably enjoyed about a decade ago."
Best XYZ: Lego Dimensions at Amazon
"The real draw is getting to play as so many memorable characters from all corners of pop culture."
There were plenty of Lego games before the Lego Star Wars series began, but the building block twist on a galaxy far, far away kicked off the licensed series of console Lego games with a bang. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a collection of the first two Lego Star Wars games, which include levels from the first six Star Wars movies. At the time, it was incredible to play as so many iconic Star Wars heroes and villains, and the ability to create your own character to insert into the Star Wars universe was just as exciting.
Traveller’s Tales ability to weave quirky humor into well-known stories is consistently impressive, and it reaches its peak in the Lego Star Wars games, where the story is told with no voice acting. Watching C-3PO and R2-D2 open an escape pod only to find a Stormtrooper in a bathing suit will always be funny, and that’s just one example of the goofy reinterpretation of Star Wars lore that’s found in the Lego games.
The gameplay is simple but engaging, and blaster fights, force pushes, and lightsaber duels are perfectly suited to the simple nature of the Lego games. Participating in iconic Star Wars movie moments with gameplay simple enough for children was incredibly novel when Lego Star Wars launched, and it laid the foundation for licensed Lego games moving forward.
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is no longer complete since it doesn’t include levels from The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, or The Rise of Skywalker. However, Traveller’s Tales didn’t wait around for the entire new trilogy of Star Wars movies release to create a new Lego Star Wars game, instead releasing Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens just a few months after the movie’s release. Lego Star Wars games usually have levels from multiple movies, so this game’s singular focus on The Force Awakens allow the levels to be more in depth and expansive.
The brick-ified version of The Force Awakens begins with a retelling of the final battle in Return of the Jedi. Kicking the game off with a thrilling prologue level that fans are familiar with is a great way to get players invested in the world. Then, the game’s 10 chapters take you through all of the major plot points of the movie, along with voice acting done by the real cast of The Force Awakens. Out of all the Lego games, The Force Awakens feels the most connected to its film counterpart, which makes it an exciting journey for Star Wars fans.
The only non-licensed game on this list, Lego City Undercover took the world by surprise when it originally launched on Wii U in 2013. As Police Officer Chase McCain, you’re tasked with defending Lego City from a group of criminals on the loose. Traversal is a highlight in Lego City Undercover, as Chase can get around the city in cars, planes, and jetpacks. If going by foot is your thing, getting around is made easy with wall jumping and a grappling hook. Lego City truly is your playground, and this Lego game feels more like a sandbox than any other. The original release was criticized for a lack of cooperative multiplayer, but an updated release on Switch, PS4, and Xbox One added in the ability to play with a friend. The kid-friendly presentation along with the open, playground feel of Lego City makes this entry the perfect sandbox game to introduce young gamers to the open world genre.
For more than the last decade, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken over pop culture, so it’s fitting that Lego Marvel Superheroes is one of the most ambitious Lego titles to date, taking place in a sprawling open world with over 150 playable characters. From cultural icons like Spider-Man, to lesser known characters like Kurse, there are tons of notable Marvel heroes to choose from beyond the confines of the MCU. You can even play as Howard the Duck! The varied playstyles of the characters keep the gameplay consistently interesting, and the level design forces you to use each character’s special skill. Hulk’s smash, Captain America’s shield, and Spidey’s webs all come in handy in different ways, and it’s fun to quickly swap between all of Earth’s mightiest heroes. Plus, if you want to see X-Men characters like Wolverine and Storm interact with the rest of the Avengers crew, this game makes that dream a reality.
The Lego Harry Potter games are some of the final Lego games to not feature voice acting. Traveller’s Tales once again relies on silent comedy and storytelling, and it’s just as effective and funny as ever in the Lego Harry Potter games. The gameplay takes a step up here, with the introduction of a spell wheel where you can pick different attacks and abilities
Hogwarts is expansive and fun to explore, and it’s arguably the best hub world in the early years of Lego games, before the shift to open-world hub areas. The modern console rerelease of Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 and Years 5-7 fixed some of the glitches from the original versions, making it the best place to experience Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s Lego adventures.
With a few exceptions, most of the best Lego games take classic cinematic stories and rework them into a child-friendly adventure game. Lego Rock Band is a big departure from that norm, instead infusing the Lego aesthetic with the rhythm-based gameplay of the Rock Band series. It plays like the classic Rock Band you probably enjoyed about a decade ago, with a few changes to make it more accessible for younger rockers. For example, you can’t fail a song when someone in the band is performing poorly. Instead, your band will lose points from your score if one band member is out of tune. The drummer can also turn on an automatic kick pedal option, eliminating one of the most notoriously difficult parts of playing drums in Rock Band.
The most important aspect of Rock Band games is the track list, and Lego Rock Band delivers a solid set of songs, including Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams, Tom Petty’s Free Fallin, Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts, and more. Lego Rock Band is one of the most unique Lego games out there, and it’s a child-friendly entry in the Rock Band franchise.
During the height of the toys-to-life craze, Traveller’s Tales decided to get their own slice of the pie with Lego Dimensions. Rather than focusing purely on one license like Lego Star Wars or Harry Potter, Lego Dimensions is a massive crossover with appearances from dozens of franchises. Traveller’s Tales was able to create one game where you can play as characters from Adventure Time, Back to the Future, Sonic the Hedgehog, Batman, and many more. The gameplay is pretty similar to other Lego adventure games, but the real draw is getting to play as so many memorable characters from all corners of pop culture.
The catch is that you need to purchase real-life Lego kits of these characters to access them in-game. Lego is a perfect fit for the toys-to-life model, as assembling these minikits is an integral part of the gameplay in Lego Dimensions. It can get pretty pricey to collect Lego Dimensions sets, especially since the game is no longer being supported and the toys-to-life craze has largely passed. Still, if you’re into building physical Lego sets, Lego Dimensions successfully blends minikit construction with family-friendly gameplay.