Did you know that, with a number of over four billion and rising, the yellow-faced LEGO minifigs represent the largest population in the world? Or that the LEGO factories make over 306 million tires a year, which makes them the largest tire manufacturer in the world? Or, if we put all of that aside, that some of the most entertaining games in the world come with LEGO branding? Here are our top five picks.
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Platforms: Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, OS X, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
Made by Traveler’s Tales and distributed by LucasArts, the LEGO Star Wars games give a unique spin on the beloved franchise, mixing its unique sense of humor that was unlike anything else the players have seen before, with a special feeling of love an appreciation for the franchise. There are five LEGO games dealing with the Star Wars universe, each of them equally worth your time and money. This series stands out by the sheer amount of story it covers, but whichever you choose, you won’t be making a mistake.
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iOS
So far, The Caped Crusader has had two LEGO games to his name. Like it tends to happen when it comes to sequels, LEGO Batman 2 is more ambitious and more grandiose than the original. The same sense of humor and the collecting aspect is present in this game as well. Add a myriad of Batman’s friends and foes in the mix, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for success. Most LEGO games have a couch co-op option, and so does this one. The only difference is that this one has a split screen option, because of the game’s open-world nature, which doesn’t restrict both players to a single screen. Sounds good in theory, but it can be a bit of a hassle in reality.
Lego The Lord of the Rings
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows, Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, Mac OS X
Just like its Harry Potter counterpart, LEGO The Lord of the Rings follows the plot of the movies much more closely than compared to the books those movies were based on. In this particular case, that means far less humor than in the other similar LEGO titles. Another thing that is unique to this game is a more detailed battle system and the number of player’s commands the characters in the game can follow. This game is also more RPG-like and each character has their own inventory, which usually consists of weapons and quest items. Some characters have items with abilities that are exclusive to them or to a small number of characters only. Those items and abilities are then used to progress through the story.
Lego Marvel’s Avengers
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Mac OS, Microsoft Windows.
Continuing where the previous game in this series ended, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers follows after the events of Lego Marvel Super Heroes and follows the events from six Marvel movies, starting with the original Avengers and going all the way to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There are more than two hundred playable characters, which becomes especially important in areas that require two specific characters to team up in order to proceed. Boss battles are also akin to puzzles, often requiring careful timing and pattern recognition.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360
This title combines all the good stuff from the other LEGO games on this list and adds the “toys to life” element to it. This means that LEGO Dimensions takes after the Skylanders and Disney Infinity games – you’ll need a special portal that toys (that come equipped with a special chip) need to interact with in order to play. In true LEGO fashion, the base can be built upon, and adding extra sets to it expands the in-game world as well. All in all, the game spans across more than thirty different franchises, including Adventure Time, Ghostbusters, Back to the future, Sonic the Hedgehog and more. This game has been canceled in October 2017, but the sets and add-ons can still be found, even cheaper than in the game’s heyday.
There are many more LEGO games you could play. Some deal with licensed properties like Indiana Jones and The Pirates of the Caribbean, while others rely solely on the LEGO universe and its quirky worlds and characters. All the games are extremely kid friendly and filled with joy and glee that cannot be easily described. In each game, you collect random bricks and special ones that can be used to buy additional characters. Throughout the levels, there are LEGO mini kits that reward more skilled players and those willing to explore, thus making the games more replayable. Plus, most of the games take advantage of its unique platforms (motion controls on Wii, the touch screen on Nintendo DS and so on), making each experience a unique one, even if it’s a game you have played on another platform. Keep that in mind when reading this list. There is simply no way you’ll go wrong whichever LEGO game you choose to pick up.