The best Lego games of 2021
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Only in 2003, Lego was on the verge of bankruptcy. Now in 2021, the much loved iconic company seems to be everywhere, having diversified beyond toys for kids, to toy sets for all ages, TV and movie themed sets, Lego movies, and a collection of popular video games.
Just because Lego is popular does not mean all of their games have been successes. Out of the 69 games released by Lego since 1995, there have been some real turkeys. And if a video game isn't enjoyable to play, not even the trademark Lego can save it from feeling like a waste of time and money.
So, if you're new to Lego games, check out our selection of the best Lego games to date. They packed with action and enjoyment, but they're also 'real' games that will provide you with hours of competitive, challenging fun from the get go.
1. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Play it, we must
The fifth Lego Star Wars title, and the best to date, the game brings in iconic text from the film, including a few funny moments that super fans will love and appreciate. But do not worry if you aren’t because the main attraction here is the extremely engaging gameplay, that ranges from blaster action, puzzles to spaceship dogfights. The highlight was playing as Poe on a secret mission to rescue Admiral Ackbar, and making BB-8 mess with various machines to manipulate different bits of the environment.
With more than 200 different playable characters. You get to explore Jakku, Takodana, D'Qar, and Starkiller Base as mini-open worlds. The original cast of the film provide voices. Some levels even take place between Return of the Jedi and Force Awakens. They act as an unofficial prequel of sorts. This means, Star Wars fans will adore this, and even if you're not one of them, you'll find it massively fun anyway.
2. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2
Marvel-ously good funThis one’s another fun game that alternates between action gameplay and puzzle sequences. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 has a lot of variety and most importantly tons of personality, and a ton of happiness for fans of the MCU. Comic book writer Kurt Busiek co-wrote most of the storyline here and it really shines through: this is a Lego game by fans, for fans, and the love for iconic characters like Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Black Panther and countless others really shows.
The game sports superheroes from different timelines and realities of the Marvel Universe as they unite against Kang the Conqueror, the time-travelling villain. It really is as crazy as it sounds, and throws up unique superhero versions such as a cowboy version of Captain America, a medieval Hulk, and a Spider-Gwen, which just adds to the enjoyable experience.
Gameplay wise, you get to do all the childhood wish filling things you'd expect, whether you are Iron-Man flying around in his super suit, the Hulk smashing large objects with aplomb, or Star Lord manoeuvring into the skies, it’s a surprising and sometimes even emotional experience that will awaken the 12-year-old kid in all of us.
3. Lego City Undercover
Cop a load of thisAllow us to introduce you to Lego City Undercover. It is based on the series of Lego sets in modern cityscape environments and is an open-world crime fighting game that's a little like a Lego version of Grand Theft Auto but only with no guns or swearing, and you're on the side of the good guys.
You play undercover cop Chase McCain in the game as he engages a criminal gang helmed by his arch-enemy Rex Fury or you can go for the exciting side missions, that allow you to go off-poste to explore all the attractions of the Lego-constructed city. Either way, there's a lot of action involved, as well as some more thinking, such as putting on different disguises, that gives you different abilities each.
In true Lego style, there's a lot homage to iconic crime shows and movies that range from Columbo to Goodfellas, even the 20 districts in the game are inspired by real existing cities. These environments range from woodlands or islands to busy downtown streets, there's a lot to explore, and overall, this game provides both entertaining challenges and a lot of laughs along the way.
4. Lego Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings unites us all, and the Lego game spin-off doesn't disappoint. It hits a good balance between parody and respect for the source material, it gives you the chance to play one of the 80 available characters; ranging from Gandalf, Frodo and Aragorn, to Tom Bombadil, a character from the books.
One player to rule them all?
The game takes you through all the events in the trilogy across 18 levels climaxing in a hidden ending, which can be unlocked after everything else has been completed. Gameplay ranges from combat include sword fights and projectile firing to collecting enchanted items. Player abilities include skills like fishing, invisibility, breaking Mordor bricks, and jumping very high.
Meanwhile, if you fancy exploring Middle Earth at your own pace, there's also an open world option which allows players to explore everywhere save Mirkwood and the lands south of Mordor, by foot, horse or 'fast travel' to quicken things up. Music and dialogue from the movie is featured which makes this is a must-play for fans that's so engaging, you forget it's a Lego game at all (in a good way).
5. Lego Jurassic World
Life always finds a way, so does Lego. Although the Jurassic Park series does not seem like the obvious choice for a Lego game, this one is absolutely gold. It Combines fantastic co-operative gameplay with a succession of comedic moments, this is an endlessly fun, open world game.
The game follows the first four films in the series very closely, which means that you spend most of your time, running away from dinosaurs. There's not a lot in the way of combat, as that would be totally off topic; so if you want a game where you bring down a T-Rex with your fighting skills, you'll have to head elsewhere. However, if puzzles and challenges float your boat, like rummaging around huge piles of dinosaur droppings to find useful hidden items, there's a lot to love. Funnily enough, if you get stuck the 'DNA' cartoon helper from the first movie pops up to offer tips in the style of 2000s-era Microsoft Clippy. Except, in this case, he actually does help.
Although a number of scenes from the films are masterfully recreated here, they're done in a fun, family-friendly orientated way, so the kids won't have nightmares. An example of this would be after a character is eaten by a dinosaur, the beast will later vomit them up, entirely unharmed and looking happy.
6. Lego DC Super-VillainsThe Joker in the pack
There have been various Lego Batman games, but we think this one's the best; even though it doesn't actually have Batman in the title. Most importantly it does what fans felt the 2016 movie Suicide Squad did not do which is to capitalise on the fact that in any superhero saga, the villains have the most fun. Good news! as there certainly is a lot of fun to be found here.
Featuring a two-player cooperative multiplayer mode, the game sees villains such as Lex Luthor, Harley Quinn and The Joker battle 'The Justice Syndicate', that is a group of superheroes who turn out to be villains themselves. With a mixture of action-based and puzzle-solving gameplay, winning here is all about teamwork, which is a great lesson for the kids.
Truth be told, this is more a game for kids than grown-ups as the gameplay is a little repetitive and the puzzles are not as challenging as they could be. That being said, adult fans of the DC superhero franchise will still get a lot of enjoyment out of this game mostly from its original engaging storyline, and a constant flow amusing gags to keep you on your toes.
7. Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7
Puzzle solving in Lego games can occasionally feel a little unnatural and cheesy, particularly when they're superimposed on movies that are more about non-stop action than thinking deeply. Fortunately, they're a great match for the Harry Potter series, where ultimately it is brains not brawn that win out. Out of the 2 Lego games released so far, the second title just takes the stage for the most enjoyable (although we recommend you getting both!)
Spanning the last three books and four films of the series, the game is easy to play even for non-gamers, but that doesn't stop it being hugely enjoyable. There seems to be numerous different environments to explore, each instantly recognizable from the movies, and the puzzles remain challenging throughout and never either insanely difficult or overly easy.
You will have plenty of laughs when playing about with Weasley's Wizard Wheezes or when shooting water out of your wand at other players, while the more full-on spell duelling helps in translating the magical concepts of the franchise into playable moments.