The brick-loving lords of Lego have not only made a habit out of showing off their magical creations these past 90 years, but also out of filling the bucket with some pretty fantastic video games too. And truth be told, when you unearth a Lego adaptation of a popular movie franchise — then you know you’re in for a good time. Why? Well, because Lego has this knack for setting aside the games that are most likely to succeed, and, the series that won’t stand a chance when thrown in with two million bricks.
Anyway, we’ve been taking a few steps back in time to revisit all the great games Lego has served up since 1995. From Sega Pico’s Lego Learn to Build to Lego Legacy: Heroes Unboxed, here are, in our honest opinion, the five best games to ever grace the kingdom since its debut.
5. Lego Island 2: The Brickster’s Revenge
The thing I find the most unusual about Lego Island 2: The Brickster’s Revenge is that, despite not having played it in over twenty years — I’m still able to remember its every nook and cranny like the back of my hand. Sure, it was an open-world jewel that launched way back in 2001. And yet, to me, it still feel fresh, almost as if I’ve completed it enough times to have it permanently branded in my head, where it now lives completely rent-free.
For a game that came out in 2001, Lego Island 2 was surprisingly busy. It possessed a pretty sizeable open world environment to explore, a chain of themed worlds to shovel through, and a generous amount of genres to pick at. On the surface, you played your part as a pizza delivery boy just trying to scrape enough bricks together to build a house. But on the side, you had to delve into a Medieval world and become a jouster, learn to scuba dive, and even master aviation in order to become an astronaut. So like I said — busy.
4. Lego Harry Potter
By the time Lego Harry Potter rolled around, the brick masters had already managed to branch out to intangible heights, using their creativity to build worlds without limits. Harry Potter, of course, was a perfect platform to test such creative sparks. With the addition of magic, as well as all the wondrous tales of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Lego was able to tap into a whole new sphere of potential.
Like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and all other series Lego unravelled, Harry Potter was broken down into school years. And, rather than mesh eight stories into one compressed game, it spread them out over a jam-packed collection. With a perfect combination of classes, boss battles, and exploration, the Lego marvel soon became a fan favourite. And let me tell you, buddying up in co-op to relive the eight magical years with a friend was an absolute highlight of 2010.
3. Lego Indiana Jones
Like Harry Potter, Lego Indiana Jones was broken down into full-fledged chunks, as opposed to one lengthy block of script. Granting access to the beloved historian’s hat and whip, as well as a boatload of other accomplices from the movie roster, players were able to explore the original trilogy and all its hidden wonders either alone or with a friend.
As expected from the brick-loving developer Traveller’s Tales, Indiana Jones brought a whole lot of family-friendly fun to the table. With a pinch of humor sprinkled over the cult-classic series, the Lego reincarnation transformed into one of Lego’s all-time favourite torchbearers.
2. Lego Marvel Super Heroes
With Marvel maintaining its superiority over the modern comic book market back in 2013, it was only natural for Traveller’s Tales to cash in on the action by developing a full-on Lego game. And while it didn’t quite put a dent in Marvel’s own brand video game releases, it did go on to churn out a whole lot of fun — some of the best in years, in fact.
As per the Lego formula, Lego Marvel Super Heroes gave its players over 180 characters to choose from, all of which had their own special moves and styles of gameplay. Throw in a narrative crammed full of bricks, blocks, and bad guys, and you’ve got yourself a family-friendly version of Marvel’s universe. Was it popular? Well, considering TT developed a whole bunch of other Marvel games following on from it — I’d like to think so.
1. Lego Star Wars
Porting the magnificent world of Star Wars over to the Lego domain was one of the greatest decisions the brickmakers ever made. And, thanks to Traveller’s Tales filling their debut project with their own creative input, it was able to pave the way to an entire generation of best-selling adventures.
Without Star Wars to lay the bricks, so to speak, we never would’ve had all the following games that we’re honestly blessed with today. And so, we have to give credit where it’s due. The Star Wars saga, along with its enormous roster of characters, iconic soundtrack, and stupidly addictive story arcs, all amounted to one phenomenal collection of games in one brick-heavy banquet.
So, what’s your take? Do you agree with our top five? Which games would you add? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.