Today we’re counting down our picks for the top 20 Lego video games.
We’re looking at the best Lego games that have allowed us to unleash our creative potential and live out adventures. Which Lego game is your favorite? Did it make our list? Please share with us in the comments below.
Number 20 Lego Creator
Suppose you were one of those kids who couldn’t afford the big, bulky sets or even a handful of Lego sets. Growing up in the nineties, you most likely had this on your PC.
Lego creator was essentially the virtual alternative to physical Lego sets, letting players build their own towns and play within that world.
Was it better than the real thing? Arguably not, but for those less fortunate, it was an excellent sandbox title that replicated the creativity Legos brought.
Though it hurts knowing how shortlived the series would become, it spawned only three sequels.
Number 19 Lego Jurassic world.
Lego Jurassic World launched with a few issues.
While we could forgive the recycled mechanics from previous games, the quick-time events get repetitive. However, regardless of how prehistoric it felt in design, Lego Jurassic world was still a solid entry overall.
It retold the first four movies in the science fiction franchise with the same charm and humor we’ve come to expect from Lego games while hiding plenty of secrets in Easter eggs from Jurassic Park and other Stephen Spielberg movies.
Not only could you play as Dr. Malcolm, but you could also play as the dinosaurs and even make your own custom dinos. Movie buffs and dinosaur fanatics were certainly gushing over this one.
Number 18 Lego Island, Extreme Stunts
Oh, don’t worry. We’ll get to the more pizza-filled Lego island sweetness soon, but in the meantime, let’s turn our attention to the stunt pack spinoff.
Lego Island Extreme Stunts could not have come at a better time with games like Tony Hawk Pro Skater seeing resounding success.
However, Extreme Stunts brought its own fun to the table.
Players could explore an island with places to practice stunts on, collectibles, and mini-games to let players break from the extreme atmosphere. Extreme Stunts were perfect for any Lego kid, whether you played on PS2, PC, or GameBoy Advance Lego island.
Number 17 Lego Harry Potter
Admittedly, the Lego Harry Potter games haven’t aged particularly well. Even in the remasters, the cut scenes leave out context that would confuse those who haven’t seen the movies or read the books. Plus, the wand controls can get harrowing.
However, for what it is, any Potter fan would enjoy this bricked-up version of Hogwarts.
From the music and sound design to how it makes the more intense scenes more appropriate for younger viewers. The shorter levels also make the games more accessible to digest in smaller doses than some other titles.
Number 16 Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
Like our previous entry, Lego pirates doesn’t provide much context for the story to make sense. So you should watch the movies before playing the game.
But most who have seen the franchise found some appreciation for the title.
Players could relive some of the franchise’s best moments, such as when Jack Sparrow and Will Turner meet and the epic dual with Davey Jones in the maelstrom.
It’s by no means a perfect game, but for something simple to play with kids and younger siblings, Lego pirates did enough to invigorate or reinvigorate interest in watching the movies.
Number 15 Lego Batman 2 DC Superheroes
The DC-themed Lego games have certainly had a hand in both Lego and TT games’ success over the last decade or two. In the case of TT games, Lego Batman 2 would lay the groundwork for future Lego games.
Though, not the first open-world Lego game. It would be the first in TT’s line of Lego games, allowing players to explore Gotham City by playing as the many Batman characters.
In addition to other DC heroes, it showed how TTs Lego games could provide an experience similar to big budget, AAA games without sacrificing what made the games fun in the first place.
Since then, nearly every Lego game has had open-world elements filled with side missions that paid tribute to their respective IPs.
Number 14 Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars
Before the franchise went open world with Batman 2 onwards, we had a fascinating formula used in Lego Star Wars 3.
Though it played similarly to other Lego games before, it had an interesting new approach to its level of design story swap.
Now you could take control of characters whose stories were unfolding simultaneously. On top of that, choosing the Clone Wars as the game setting allowed more star wars fans to be exposed to the animated series.
With that in mind, it’s no wonder this game sold well over 5 million copies.
Number 13 Lego Marvel Superheroes 2
If you’re a Marvel fan wanting a game that will last you a good month or two, Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 has a wealth of content waiting for you.
In addition to the standard campaign that lasts 20 levels, players can explore various planets loaded with missions to complete and collectibles to find.
Of course, this isn’t even the main attraction. No, Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 is honored to feature the second largest roster of playable characters in the TT games line of Lego titles, more than 200 characters (including DLC characters).
There’s a lot here that’ll keep you entertained.
Number 12 Lego Builders Journey
With TT games being the primary developer of Lego video games, it isn’t often that we see something Lego-related not made by them.
Lego Builders Journey was developed by Light Brick Studio, Lego’s very own internal video game studio.
Between platforming and puzzle challenges lies a story about a father and son and how important it is to have fun even in adulthood.
It’s a story that feels all too familiar for us older folks and gets a little emotional sometimes. But, for 20 bucks, it’s an enjoyable bite-size game to eat up in the afternoon.
And it’s a game that every Lego fan needs, regardless of age.
Number 11 Lego Racers
By the time 1999 rolled around, everyone and their grandmother was making their own cart racer spinoff.
It was only a matter of time before Lego made one. But it was a cart racer that every kid wanted.
Yes, it is very much the same as games before in terms of gameplay. You race around courses, using power-ups to take the lead. However, Lego Racers was unique enough to stand on its own.
See, your custom vehicle upgrades weren’t just cosmetic changes. The arrangement of bricks could affect your vehicle’s performance. Too many bricks on one side could result in weird steering. Misshapen vehicles might see trouble in acceleration.
For once, it felt like creativity was a key component to beating a video game, and Lego Racers integrated it beautifully.
Number 10 Lego Batman
The year 2008 was a big year for the Dark Knight. On top of getting a new movie from director Christopher Nolan, TT games was releasing their own Lego Batman video game.
We no longer had to beg our parents for a hundred-dollar Lego Batman set to play with our Batman Minifigure.
The game lets you play as the world’s greatest detective and boy wonder Robin as they stop Gotham’s most notorious villains. Once you’ve beaten each group of criminals, you can play through their side of the story and carry out their schemes.
It was practically two whole games for the price of one, and with its combat puzzles and humor, it kept us busy for hours.
Number Nine Lego City Undercover
By 2013, TT games and Lego were mostly known for their licensed properties. So it was kind of a shocker to see something like Lego City Undercover get made.
Luckily, it came out surprisingly well made.
Whereas previous video games saw the player juggling multiple playable characters, in Lego City, they were given one character and different costumes with their own abilities.
You had to observe your surroundings more – remember which costumes did what, and think a little more outside the box.
Despite no definitive theme outside of cops and robbers, there are still tons of goofy references and Easter eggs to find throughout cut scenes and levels.
Number Eight Lego Indiana Jones, the Original Adventures
Many had wondered which IP TT games could bring to their newfound Lego formula after a few games set in a galaxy far, far away.
Well, Lego is about to become the new name of adventure. With Indiana Jones, players could relive the glorious trilogy of movies as they sought after the lost arc, the Sankara stones, and the holy grail.
There was also a bit more of a focus on searching the environment for needed tools and weapons to progress, which sort of fit the spirit of adventure and exploration we’ve come to expect from Indiana Jones.
Number Seven Lego Marvel Superheroes
Before 2013, TT games had primarily made Lego games centered on Warner brothers IP like Batman, Harry Potter, and another one we’ll get to soon.
So to see a studio so closely tied to WB work on a game starring their competitor was flabbergasting.
And yet it’s one of the best Lego games ever made.
From its various set pieces of familiar Marvel landmarks across New York to the expansive cast of heroes and villains, Lego Marvel superheroes was the celebration of the entire brand.
Number Six Lego Island
You could call this the first open-world Lego game. It may not be as expansive as newer titles, but in our eyes, Lego island was, and is, fantastic.
As one of five playable characters with their own abilities, players could explore an island inhabited by Lego Minifigs and participate in various mini-games involving racing, water, sports, and even pizza delivery. However, there were times when you’d have to capture the escaped convict known as the Brickster.
With its immersive world and fun atmosphere, Lego Island would become a huge part of our childhoods, and we long for the day we see the series come back.
Number Five Lego The Lord of the Rings
At first, it sounds weird. The Lego game would rip audio directly from their source material.
However, TT games made it work brilliantly for Lego Lord of the Rings. With this approach, the game retained the dark and heavy tones of the movies while also implementing goofy humor and antics and cut scenes.
It also breathed new life into middle earth with its visuals and level design. Regardless of whether you’ve seen the movies, this was well worth a play-through for any Lego fan. Heck, I don’t care much about Lord of the Rings and even I had a blast playing it.
Number Four Lego Dimensions
If you want to see a group of lawyers sweat, show them Lego Dimensions.
Never before had we seen such a massive dynamic of pop culture franchises come together under one banner. Lego dimension sees Batman, Wild Style, and Gandolph traveling across universes to stop the evil Lord Vortex from merging everyone’s worlds.
Whether you’re a fan of movies, television, comics, or video games, you’ll find many of your favorite franchises here, from Scooby-doo and the Simpsons to Dr. Who and the Power Puff Girls to Sonic the Hedgehog and Portal.
The only downside to the game was how expensive it was to own with packs coming out still. However, it was worth every penny for this short-lived gem.
Number Three Lego DC Supervillains
While the Lego games have featured character creation in every game since Lego Star Wars 2, they’ve never been more than a tool for free play in finding the rest of the mini kits.
Lego DC super villains changed that, rather than delegating character creation to just an extra goodie bag.
Again, the game integrated the player’s custom villain into the story, granting them more power as the story progressed.
Speaking of story, the entire plot centers on the Legion of doom, trying to figure out where the justice league went, making for a hilarious adventure loaded with excellent boss fights and puzzles.
Of all the DC Lego games, this is a must.
Number Two Lego Star Wars, The Complete Saga
Yes, many people think this one should be number one. However, if it weren’t for another game, we would’ve placed TCS at number one, no questions asked.
After all, this was an expanded rendition of the original Lego Star Wars games offering up improved level design. They also reworked levels to work with new mechanics introduced in Lego Star Wars 2. Plus, this entry featured more character customization options.
This absolutely would’ve been our top spot, but then 2022 rolled around.
Number One Lego Star Wars, the Skywalker Saga
Regardless of how you feel about the originals, the prequels, or the Disney sequels, Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga is undoubtedly the best Lego game ever made.
There’s so much here that has improved on and expanded the Lego TT games formula:
- Character classes with skill trees
- A traditional third-person camera to replace to sometimes aggravating diorama-like camera
- Multiple solutions to puzzles
- Additional level challenges
- More interaction with the environment
And that’s just the beginning. There are more than 300 characters and over 20 planets to explore, with tons of missions waiting to be discovered.
This is by far TT Games’ most ambitious project since Lego dimensions, and it deserves to be called the best Lego game ever made.
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