Top 10 Best Lego Video Games Ever
VOICE OVER: Riccardo Tucci
WRITTEN BY: Ty Richardson
From Star Wars to Harry Potter, Lego has represented some of the biggest and most beloved franchises in their video games! For this list, we're looking at the best games to have come out under the Lego brand! Our countdown includes “Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4” (2010) & “Years 5-7” (2011), “Lego The Lord of the Rings” (2012), “Lego DC Super-Villains” (2018), “Lego Marvel Super Heroes” (2013), “Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga” (2007) and more!
Script written by Ty Richardson
Top 10 Best Lego Video Games
Welcome to MojoPlays, and today, we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Best Lego Video Games!
For this list, we’re looking at the best games to have come out under the Lego brand!
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#10: “Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4” (2010) & “Years 5-7” (2011)
Just like a handful of other franchises on this list, “Harry Potter” has had enough history with Lego to warrant its own couple of games, and we finally got them in 2010 and 2011. While some of the controls were a tad frustrating to deal with, “Lego Harry Potter” managed to capture the spirit and wonder of the movies while still incorporating the charm and humor we’ve come to expect from Lego. Playing these games only made us want to go and rewatch the franchise for the billionth time, and if a licensed game invokes that urge inside us, you’ve done good! Don’t have a copy anymore? Thankfully, you can revisit both games on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch through the “Lego Harry Potter Collection”!
#9: “Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game” (2011)
It may not have been as big of a blockbuster as the films that inspired it or previous Lego games, but there was still plenty to love in “Lego Pirates of the Caribbean”. In addition to the goofy humor and recreated characters, the game came with a few new mechanics such as using Jack’s compass to find hidden items. Speaking of which, TT Games gave the Lego Jack the same hilarious run as his live-action counterpart - a nice touch! Whether you’re a fan of the “Pirates” franchise, Lego, or just collectathon adventure games, “Lego Pirates of the Caribbean” was not an adventure to skip out on!
#8: “Lego Island” (1997)
Not only was it one of the first video games based on Lego, but it was also a phenomenal game! Before TT Games became THE studio for great Lego games, “Lego Island” provided players with a virtual island to explore, filled with colorful characters like Pepper Roni, the Brickolinis [VO: Brick-o-lee-knees], and the dastardly Brickster. Of course, there was more to the game than just wandering around and talking to people. Players could also participate in a variety of minigames and even build vehicles for the denizens of the island!
#7: “Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures” (2008)
The first “Lego Indiana Jones” was proof that TT Games could continue producing high quality titles without lightsabers and starships. With this new license came a wealth of new ideas for combat and puzzles that fit with the “Indiana Jones” IP. Crack Indy’s whip at bad guys, dig up collectibles, get killed by booby traps over and over again...you know, the stuff you’d see in an “Indiana Jones” movie! Only difference was...well, all of the bricks. Needless to say, this wasn’t just another game to slap the Lego name on - it was a path to a brighter future for both the brick-building company and TT Games.
#6: “Lego The Lord of the Rings” (2012)
Before this, TT Games had simply recreated classic movies and retold stories through pantomime. While it was only the second TT Games Lego title to feature voice acting (the first being “Lego Batman 2”), this was the first time TT Games was able to incorporate audio ripped straight from the source material into the game. “Lego Lord of the Rings” succeeded in retelling the story of the original trilogy while replicating camera shots and tweaking a few bits to fit the Lego charm. Yes, even with the changes to make it lighthearted, it was still oddly dark for a Lego game, but it was still incredibly fun getting lost in the world of Middle Earth.
#5: “Lego Dimensions” (2015)
“Lego Dimensions” was an unfortunate victim of circumstance due to it releasing long after the “toys to life” craze died down. Still, it doesn’t make it any less deserving to be on this list. “Lego Dimensions” is one of those games that will never exist again because of how many different IPs were crammed in. Can you name any other game that has “The Wizard of Oz”, “Adventure Time”, “The Simpsons”, “Ghostbusters”, “Scooby-Doo”, “Back to the Future”, “Sonic the Hedgehog”, and “Portal” under one banner? Didn’t think so! This wasn’t just a celebration of Lego - it was a celebration of pop culture across different eras of movies, television, comics, and of course, video games!
#4: “Lego DC Super-Villains” (2018)
While it wasn’t the first time a Lego game gave focus to the bad guys, “Lego DC Super-Villains” was a breath of fresh air for a formula that was starting to become stale. We’re not just talking about how the game encourages you to embrace your inner-bad guy either. “DC Super-Villains” was the first time custom characters had a role in the story, and the game gives you a ton of options at the start to help you conjure your criminal mastermind. Being bad had never felt this good, and the game gave players a new appreciation for even the most ridiculous DC villains!
#3: “Lego Marvel Super Heroes” (2013)
With all of the games Lego has made based on Warner Brothers properties, one would have never expected a Lego Marvel game to come to fruition. And yet, here we are! “Lego Marvel Super Heroes” could have easily become a clone of another Lego-fied superhero game, but it distinguished itself with a bigger open world, bigger levels, and a bigger roster of characters. The roster is especially noteworthy as each character brought something unique to the table in terms of their powers, as well as hilarious idle animations brimming with personality. Really, you could feel the love that was put into this, and if you can’t, then you haven’t seen Lego Stan Lee!
#2: “Lego Batman: The Videogame” (2008)
Typically, studios hit a rough patch after releasing a handful of exceptional games. But as we’ve seen before, TT Games is not most studios. Just like the studio’s previous work, “Lego Batman: The Videogame” was able to incorporate new ideas rather than falling back on level designs and puzzles we’ve seen before. Players now had to utilize special suits to progress and know which tools to use when destroying and building. In regards to the story, this was the first time TT Games was able to tell something original as well as the first time villains were given their own separate campaign. Basically, you got two new games in one package!, and they’re both immensely fun to play!
#1: “Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga” (2007)
Yeah yeah, we KNOW we screwed up our older Lego games list by not putting this at number one. And after consideration, you guys have us convinced - “Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga” deserves top spot. While it IS essentially an enhanced compilation of the first two “Lego Star Wars” games, it brings the best of both titles into one complete package. From the level design and silly gags to hat machines and custom characters, “The Complete Saga” is TT Games’ Lego formula in its purest form, and honestly, that’s what’s kept us coming back all these years later.