by Goran Damnjanovic, Gaming Columnist
Published in Gaming on 20th November, 2019
There's a bunch of Lego games and most of them are pretty fun. But which ones are the best of the bunch? Find out here. Here are the 10 best Lego games of all time.
Lego games are probably the best couch co-op experience you can have with your non-gamer friends, kids, or SO. They are fun to play, look cute as hell, and each one is a superb way to spend quality time with people you love. Sure, you can play Lego games solo but the magic just isn't there.
Now, the problem with Lego games is that there's a bunch of them. Almost 30 licensed games are covering some of the most popular franchises around such as The Avengers, Batman, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars.
There are also dozens upon dozens of Lego games that aren't based on popular movies and comics but most of those are a bit older titles, a large chunk being released during the 90s and early 00s. Aside from a couple of cool games that aged gracefully, the best LEGO games are those that came out during the last decade or so.
Now, we won't rank these games because it's nearly impossible to be objective when it comes to Lego games. It all comes down to which franchise you love the most.
If you're a hardcore Batman fan it's logical to put Lego Batman games in front of every other Lego title. If you spent your youth reading and watching Harry Potter you will enjoy Harry Potter Lego games the most.
And if your favorite thing in the world is Star Wars there's isn't a thing in the world that will make you put any other Lego game in front of Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. Look at this list as more of a "recommended reading" for all of you who want to play Lego video games rather than the ultimate list of best Lego video games ever.
And if you're favorite franchise-based Lego game isn't on the list hell, get the game and play it, we reckon you'll have a good time. Let's start with the most obvious choice.
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is the ultimate Lego video game for all Star Wars fans. It envelops the original trilogy as well as the prequel saga, six movies in total. This means tons of levels, tons of gameplay, and tons of fun. Each movie is presented in detail, featuring every legendary scene you might remember.
The co-op is a blast since there are dozens of Star Wars characters present in the game, either as playable characters or NPCs. Levels are varied and most have a great design. Some are rails-like simple platforming parts, others are more open and suited for exploration, and the atmosphere is superb since many movie locations were used for hosting levels.
The game features hundreds of collectibles and signature Lego games humor. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a blast to play and first pick when it comes to Lego games, especially if you're a fan of the stories from the galaxy far, far away.
Another legendary Lego video game. The first one was amazing and showed that people from Traveler's Tales are capable of turning every famous piece of entertainment into a cool Lego game.
The signature gameplay that includes platforming, solving puzzles, and occasionally building Lego models in order to advance the game returns, as well as a huge cast of DC characters players can play with.
The first game features 30 levels, half of those playable by heroes and the other half reserved for villains. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes expanded upon the Lego Batman formula, introducing many more DC superheroes such as Supermen, the Flash, and Wonder Woman.
The game received open-world treatment, allowing players to freely explore the entirety of Gotham City and the game was first to feature full voice acting instead of The Sims-like mumbles and mimes featured in previous Lego titles. The third game of the series is a bit on the repetitive side but in case you're a hardcore Batman fan check it out, you'll probably like it.
After we've gotten Lego treatment of Star Wars titles, the most famous archeologist in the world was next. Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures features the original three movies (the good ones) and each movie is covered to the tiniest detail.
We have Indiana Jones always getting into trouble and a cast of characters either helping him or trying to stop Indy from getting his hands on legendary treasures.
The game features the main hub in the form of the famous Barnett College where players can unlock new characters, view collectibles, and embark on new missions.
Levels themselves are relatively simplistic in design and mostly include 2D platforming with occasional puzzle solving and building stuff from Lego bricks. The famous Indy's whip plays an important part during platforming sections and the game also features lots of snakes to the horror of the main protagonist.
Many famous scenes, such as Indiana running away from that huge boulder or the adrenaline pumping cart train scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, found their way into the game and each level is amazing to play.
The game supports local co-op, like almost every other Lego game, and this is the preferred way of playing it. But if you love Indiana Jones the game is fun to play even by yourself.
Lego Racers is an oldie but goldie. The game came out in 1999, it looked like another kart racer that tried to steal a bit of fame from Mario Kart. And it succeeded because the racing was fun, especially against friends, and because the game allowed players to construct their karts and racers, which was awesome!
You had dozens of bricks, allowing for hundreds of combinations and often crafting your karts and racers took much longer than the racing but that's why the game was so much fun. You had your friends come over and then you would build a perfect car and the wackiest possible racer for hours on end, especially if you showed the game to someone for the first time.
While visuals look dated today the game can be fun to play, with the PC version being the obvious choice. It's really strange how we didn't see a sequel or a remake giving how popular the game was back in the day.
The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy has a Lego version and it's pretty good. The game spans all three movies and instead of original voice acting or simple, meaningless mimes, Lego The Lord of the Rings features voice work from the movies. This means tons of legendary quotes and one-liners as well as original voices for each character.
There are 18 levels in total along with the free roam mode. The free roam mode is amazing; the map encompasses the whole of The Middle Earth and allows players to pick any character they already unlocked.
There are lots of side missions available in free roam that award new items and characters. The best of all, players can build their own custom character at the Bag End in the Shire.
As for the gameplay, it is expanded compared to older Lego titles. Characters have inventories that can be filled with items and weapons, allowing players to wield lots of different pieces of gear. Combat includes both melee and ranged weapons and there're also puzzles that aren't too hard to solve.
The game features more than 80 characters from books and movies and it is considered as one of the best Lego games based on famous movie franchises.
The two Lego Harry Potter games are both pretty good and they both deserve a spot on this list. The first one covers the first four films from the series and is more chill while the second game deals with more serious events depicted in the final four films, is a bit darker than the first one but still retains much of the quality humor featured in the first game.
Both games include a huge Hogwarts area that can be freely explored as well as the main hub located in Diagon Alley, where players can purchase unlockable items and new characters.
Aside from the usual puzzle-solving and crafting objects from Lego bricks, gameplay includes spell casting with new spells unlocking as players advance through each game. There are also brewable potions, which can improve player's stats or have various adverse, and often funny, effects in case you use wrong ingredients to brew them.
There are more than 200 characters to unlock in the two games offering a staggeringly wide selection of playable characters. You will be able to play with your favorite character from Harry Potter, no matter who they are. If you have a PS4 or an Xbox One, you can get both games in one package by getting the Lego Harry Potter Collection.
While there is a Lego video game based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the form of Lego Marvel's Avengers, Lego Marvel Super Heroes games are much better choices for all comic book fans.
The Avengers game is a relatively limited depiction of Avengers and Captain America: Civil War movies while the two Marvel Super Heroes titles feature an original story that is way cooler and in the spirit of the comics, with a huge cast of characters and lots of interesting moments.
The games allow players to control more than 200 Marvel characters, many of which are available in multiple alternate costumes. Each superhero has unique powers making the games a blast to play since you can play every level to infinity, each time selecting a different hero.
Players can explore New York, Asgard, Lemuria, Knowhere, Wakanda, and many other famous locations. There are 15 main and 12 side mission in the first game while the second title comes with 20 levels along with another six missions available as DLC packs. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 1 & 2 are a perfect choice for fans of Marvel and both games are probably the best Lego games to play in co-op.
Lego Dimensions is a Lego title that includes lots of characters from various franchises covered by Lego video games. You can play as Batman, Gandalf, Frodo, Marty from Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Scooby-Doo, Homer Simpson, Doctor Who, and dozens of other characters.
The game is based on real-life toys, which could've been bought and then activated as playable in-game characters. Each toy looks cool and is a proper collectible piece meaning that both the game and physical toys are awesome to own and play with.
The plot is wild and unbelievable and pretty cool since it encompasses dozens of different franchises that don't have anything in common but they fit together pretty well together, building one heck of a world to play in and explore. The base game comes with 14 missions with standalone character and level packs adding more than 50 levels that can be purchased and played.
Lego Dimensions was a massive undertake and probably the most successful toys-to-life video game and it was a crying shame when Warner Bros. Interactive announced in September 2017 that no new content and toys will be released in the future.
The latest Lego Star Wars game is one of the best Lego titles ever to be released. It follows the story of the first movie of the latest Star Wars trilogy but it isn't locked to the official Star Wars canon.
This allowed developers to bridge the gap between Episode VI and VII with the prologue that takes place during the Battle of Endor and to offer various side missions that explore the backstories of different characters. The result is an awesome game that offers plenty of original Star Wars content not found in any movie, book, or video game.
There are more than 200 playable characters to unlock and 12 levels to play with lots of interesting side missions. Gameplay remained the same compared to previous Lego games with the inclusion of new building mechanic that allows players to construct complex objects with Lego bricks and open new paths found in the open-world part of the game.
Voice work is both original with actors from the movie giving voice to in-game characters and sampled from old Star Wars movies. Overall, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a hell of fun both for Star Wars and Lego fans.
The last Lego game on this list is something completely different. Lego Brawls is available exclusively for the Apple Arcade and it is a brawler-like fighting game in the vein of Super Smash Bros. Players can construct unique fighters from a staggering number of Lego bricks allowing for an infinite amount of combinations.
You can build whoever you want, it all takes a bit of patience and time and lots of creativity. And once you create the perfect fighter you can assign them special moves and powers from a huge pool of abilities.
Battles are fought for controlling a level, not for knocking down opponents, creating a sort of a domination-based fighting game that plays excellent. What's best, controls are perfect and work like a charm on the touchscreen making Lego Brawls the best fighting game on the iOS at the moment.