Lego (Series) Review

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Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The combination of Lego, a popular film franchise and a video game is a rich recipe for gaming fun. The series of Lego games has developed since the first release on Nintendo DS. Not only do these games offer a chance to explore, destroy and fight in a world made of Lego but they also serve fans of films like Star Wars, Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings with a chance to revisit the story and characters of their favourite movies.

The games are simple to pick up and play, although along with the button-mashing fights do require some problem solving to advance. You need to use the right character to perform the right task to unlock new areas. Played together in two-player mode makes this an ideal challenge for families.

There are many Lego games to choose from as you can see in the list. The console versions offer better visuals and more fleshed out open worlds to explore, but the handheld DS, 3DS and PlayStation Vita versions are still impressive in the scope of gameplay and the 100's of characters they include from the franchise. The smartphone and tablet versions of the games are the lesser cousins here and offer less involved gameplay in most instances while still being fun.

The main Lego franchise can be browsed in this video and are listed as follows:
  • Lego Star Wars: The Video Game (2005) on Mac, PC, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Game Boy Advance.
  • Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (2006) on Mac, PC, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable.
  • Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (2007) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Android, iOS.
  • Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (2008) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable.
  • Lego Batman: The Videogame (2008) Mac, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable.
  • Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (2009) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable.
  • Lego Harry Potter: Years 1–4 (2010) on Mac, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, Android, iOS.
  • Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (2011) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable.
  • Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (2011) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable.
  • Lego Harry Potter: Years 5–7 (2011) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Android, iOS.
  • Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (2012) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360 Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Vita, Android, iOS.
  • Lego The Lord of the Rings (2012) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Vita, Android, iOS.
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes (2013) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Vita, Android, iOS.
  • The Lego Movie Videogame (2014) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, Android, iOS.
  • Lego The Hobbit (2014) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita.
  • Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (2014) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, Android, iOS.
  • Lego Jurassic World (2015) on Mac, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita Android, iOS.
  • Lego Marvel's Avengers (2016) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita.
  • Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016) on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, Android, iOS.
  • Lego Harry Potter Collection (2017-2019) HD rerelease on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One.
  • The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game (2017) on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 (2017) on Mac, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
  • Lego The Incredibles (2018) on Mac, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
  • Lego DC Super-Villains (2018) on Mac, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
  • The Lego Movie 2 Videogame (2019) on Mac, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (2020) on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.

Along with this line up of Lego games to choose from are some other styles of Lego-video-game combination. Lego Rock Band on PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS offered a rhtyhm action challenge where you use a plastic instrument to play along with classic rock songs.

Lego City: Undercover on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Wii U offers an open world to explore. While most Lego games have an open-world element in at least some areas, this one keeps play open throughout so that children can enjoy exploring at their own pace. On PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch you can do this with two players.

Lego Worlds on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, takes virtual building back to the classic bricks with familiar figures, buildings and challenges from other Lego video games in an open world where your imagination can go wild in a bottomless bucket of bricks.

Lego Dimensions on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 or Nintendo Wii U, uses smart Lego toys like Skylanders to unlock and upgrade in-game content. Although it’s not being updated any longer, its interactive cooperative brick format offers a novel way to play. Along with more DC Comics and other film franchises, this broadened the Lego games to include smaller TV shows and movies which are unlocked in the game by purchasing the related Lego Dimensions set.

Forza Horizon 4 also offered Lego content in its Lego Speed Champions purchasable add-on that turns the cars and landscape into Lego. Families and younger drivers enjoy exploring the Lego valley and collecting bricks for items in their Lego house and garage.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/02/2005, updated in 2020

Price: 75% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GameCube, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Developer: @TTGames

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Time to complete varies depending on the game and ability of players. Collecting every character and item in these games requires playing levels multiple times with newly unlocked characters and ability. This can take towards 50 hours if you are that way inclined.

CostsCosts

Lego usually costs £3.99 to £59.99. 

Lego Batman

Xbox One £14.99

Lego Batman 2

Xbox One £14.99

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes: Demo

PS3 Free

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Deluxe Edition

Xbox One £47.49

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo

Xbox One Free
PS4 Free
PS3 Free

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Premium Edition

PS4 £24.99
PS3 £28.99

Lego Batman: The Videogame

Lego DC Heroes & Villains Bundle

Xbox One £49.99

Lego DC Heroes And Villains Bundle

PS4 £49.99

Lego DC Super-Villains

Xbox One £49.99
PS4 £49.99
Switch £49.99

Lego DC Super-Villains Deluxe Edition

Lego Harry Potter Collection

Xbox One £34.99
PS4 £34.99
Switch £34.99

Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7

Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Demo

PS3 Free

Lego Indiana Jones 2

Xbox One £9.19

Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures

Lego Indiana Jones: Toa

PS Vita £7.99

Lego Jurassic World

Xbox One £39.99
PS Vita £24.99
PS4 £29.99
PS3 £24.99
Switch £34.99
2DS|3DS £29.99

Lego Jurassic World Demo

Xbox One Free
PS4 Free
PS3 Free

Lego Legends Of Chima Laval's Journey

PS Vita £15.99

Lego Legends Of Chima: Laval's Journey

2DS|3DS £34.99

Lego Marvel Avengers

Wii U £39.99
2DS|3DS £29.99

Lego Marvel Collection

Xbox One £49.99
PS4 £49.99

Lego Marvel Super Heroes

Xbox One £31.99
PS Vita £15.99
PS4 £34.99
PS3 £15.99
Wii U £44.99

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 Deluxe Edition

Lego Marvel Super Heroes Bundle

Xbox One £59.99

Lego Marvel Super Heroes Demo

Xbox One Free
PS4 Free
PS3 Free

Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Universe In Peril

2DS|3DS £39.99

Lego Marvel's Avengers

Xbox One £39.99
PS Vita £24.99
PS4 £29.99
PS3 £29.99

Lego Marvel's Avengers Deluxe Edition

Lego Marvel's Avengers Demo

Xbox One Free
PS4 Free
PS3 Free

Lego Movies Game Bundle

Xbox One £59.99

Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game

PS4 £47.99

Lego Ninjago: Nindroids

PS Vita £15.99
2DS|3DS £34.99

Lego Ninjago: Shadow Of Ronin

PS Vita £15.99
2DS|3DS £34.99

Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean Ps3

PS3 £8.99

Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean Psp

PS Vita £3.99

Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Video Game

Xbox One £9.19

Lego Star Wars II

Xbox One £11.99
PS3 £3.99

Lego Star Wars III

Xbox One £11.99

Lego Star Wars: TCS

Xbox One £11.99

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Xbox One £39.99
PS Vita £24.99
PS4 £47.99
PS3 £44.99
Wii U £39.99
2DS|3DS £29.99

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition

Xbox One £44.99
PS4 £52.99
PS3 £47.99

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Demo

Xbox One Free
PS4 Free

Lego The Hobbit

Xbox One £34.99
PS4 £34.99
Wii U £39.99
2DS|3DS £34.99

Lego The Hobbit Demo

Xbox One Free
PS4 Free

Lego The Incredibles

Xbox One £49.99
PS4 £47.99
Switch £49.99

Lego Disney Pirates Of The Caribbean The Videogame

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues

Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga

The Lego Move Video Game

PC Free

EA Play

 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game. The more recent LEGO games offer paid purchases to unlock content, characters and bricks. For example, character packs for LEGO Marvel's Avengers offered special characters with unique abilities. This is often offered in a Season Pass bundle. For example, LEGO Marvel's Avengers Season Pass.

Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy on DS offers the following Download Play, but this is the only game that does.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Most LEGO games are rated PEGI 7+ and EVERYONE 10+. For example, the LEGO Movie 2 Videogame was rated PEGI 7 because it features non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context and violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures. The game features lots of hectic battles, where players need to hit other LEGO characters who fall apart into LEGO pieces. There are some boss battles as well.
 
This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.


Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 8+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. One family told us, "Lego games work well for our 3-year-old. They love to wonder round and bash, even if they're not fussed about completing anything."

AccessibilityAccessibility

Over the years, accessibility has improved. Although earlier games had limited options, The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame (2019) offers the following that newer games will likely match:
  • Difficulty: No difficulty settings, but the fame offers hints and you can access tutorials from the pause menu.
  • Reading: There is some reading, although this is also voiced. There are subtitles for all text, that can be resized. In-game dialogue provided in speech bubbles identifying the speaker. You can get the text to automatically advance without pressing a button.
  • Controls: You can adjust the stick controls on consoles, but not remap buttons. You can remap controls on PC. You can disable controller vibration. You can view the game controls during play.
  • Image calibration: There is a colour blind friendly mode and you can adjust the game brightness. Visual indicators of audio events. The lighting may occasionally be dark, but glowing outlines and optional hints help mitigate any muddiness.
  • Audio calibration: Adjust volume for music, sound effects and voices. Audio prompts provided for visual cues. Vibration feedback and sound effects are used to indicate the presence of collectibles.


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