Best Lego games: the Lego games you need to play

best Lego games: Lego versions of Superman, Flash, Wonder Woman and other heroes
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The best Lego games are hard to select, especially granted the sheer scope of choices out there now.

There's probably no one in the Western world who hasn’t at least heard of Lego in passing. The Danish toy manufacturer began its offering with the humble (and humbling, if you’ve ever stepped on one) building cubes and expanded quickly to mini-figures, models of real landmarks, video game models, and loads more. It is currently valued as the biggest toy manufacturer in the world - and that fame has gone digital.

Developer Traveller’s Tales has been holding the reins in all things video games when it comes to Lego's digital presence, and a good chunk of the titles on this list have actually been created by them.

Lego games have a few things in common, including their family-friendly tone that makes the experience suitable for Lego fans young and old. They combine all-ages humor, in-depth knowledge of the source material, and of course charming Lego gameplay that brings back the nostalgia of playing with actual Lego bricks.

If you’re looking for the best titles to kick off your Lego video gaming journey, we've got you covered. It's time for a trip down memory lane with the best Lego games ever!

Best Lego games

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best Lego games: A Lego Rey, Finn and BB8 on the desert planet Jakku

BB8 is the cutest in Lego form, and great fun to play in this must-see game for Star Wars fans (Image credit: Warner Bros. Interactive)

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Play it, you must

Reasons to buy

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Fun and engaging gameplay thanks to different character perspectives
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In-jokes for movie fans
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Voice acting from main cast

Reasons to avoid

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Combat is a bit on the simple side

Available on: PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U

2016's Force Awakens was one of the few Star Wars movies of this century to truly unite fan opinion behind it. And the Lego Star Wars game pulled off pretty much the same trick.

Not only does the game combine plenty of Star Wars references with Lego humor, it manages to do it in a way that will entertain players of any age. You don't have to be a die-hard Star Wars fan to enjoy the game, however – the main attraction here is the gameplay, which ranges from blaster action to puzzle solving to spacefaring dogfights. We especially loved 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 over 200 playable characters and the chance to explore Jakku, Takodana, D'Qar, and Starkiller Base as mini-open worlds, there's a lot for film fans to love here – and the main cast of the film reprises their roles! 

best lego games: a Lego Star-Lord flies through the ceiling of a burning building

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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

Marvel-ously good fun

Reasons to buy

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Loads of variety
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Co-written by a Marvel comics writer
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Mix of action and puzzles

Reasons to avoid

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Buggy AI

Available on: PC, PS 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One

This is another fun game that alternates between action gameplay and puzzle sequences and offers a lot of fun references for fans of the material it's based on.

Comic book writer Kurt Busiek co-wrote a lot of the storyline here, and it really shows: this is a Lego game by fans, for fans, and the love for characters such as Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Black Panther, and countless others shines through.

The story features superheroes from different eras and realities of the Marvel Universe as they fight against the time-traveling villain Kang the Conqueror. The avengers have to take on a variety of multiverse villains and bizarre anomalies, such as a cowboy version of Captain America, a medieval version of Hulk, and Spider-Gwen, all of them fun to discover.

The gameplay focuses on superhero wish fulfillment, whether you're Spider-Man swinging on his webs, the Hulk hurling about large objects with aplomb, or Star Lord flying high into the skies, you get to do it all. Leo Marvel's Super Heroes 2 is an engaging, often witty, and sometimes even emotional experience that's one of the best Lego games, speaking to the child in all of us.

Best Lego games: a lego bankrobber and a Lego construction worker are opening a manhole cover

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Lego City Undercover

Cop a load of this

Reasons to buy

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Fun open world
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Lots of action
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Pop culture in-jokes

Reasons to avoid

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Quite buggy on some platforms

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Wii U

Lest we give the impression that the best Lego games are all movie tie-ins, allow us to introduce you to Lego City Undercover. Based on the series of Lego sets centered on urban environments, this open-world crime-fighting game is basically an all-ages Lego version of Grand Theft Auto

You control undercover cop Chase McCain as he tackles a criminal gang led by his nemesis Rex Fury. Alternatively, you can opt for a number of entertaining side missions, which allow you to explore the various areas of the Lego-constructed city. Either way, there's a lot of action involved, including swinging across poles and performing wall jumps, as well as donning different disguises. 

In true Lego style, there's a lot of tongue-in-cheek homage to crime shows and movies, from Columbo to Goodfellas, and the 20 districts of the game are all inspired by real-life cities. With environments ranging from woodlands and 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.

best Lego games: A Lego Frodo, Gandalf, Aragorn, legolas and Gollum

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Lego Lord of the Rings

Are you Tolkein to me?

Reasons to buy

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Covers all three movies
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Huge cast of characters
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Engaging gameplay

Reasons to avoid

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Significant bugs in the PC port

Available on: PC, PS3, PS Vita Xbox 360, 3DS, DS

 Hitting the right balance between parody and respect for the source material, this amusing game gives you the chance to play as one of 80 characters; ranging from Frodo, Gandalf, and Legolas, to book-only characters such as Tom Bombadil.

Across 18 levels, the game takes you through the events of all three films. Gameplay ranges from sword fights to firing projectiles, to collecting lots of magical items. In order to do this, each character uses a range of fun abilities.

If you fancy taking a wander around Middle Earth at your own pace, there's an open-world option that allows you to explore everywhere save Mirkwood and the lands south of Mordor. Featuring music and dialogue from the movies, this is a must-play for fans that's so engaging we'd call it the best Lord of the Rings game adaptation you can currently play.

If want more Lord of the Rings, consider watching the prequel show Rings of Power.

best Lego games: a giant Lego dinosaur is chasing two characters

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Lego Jurassic World

Pure dino-might

Reasons to buy

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Great co-op gameplay
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Fun puzzles and challenges
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Kid-friendly

Reasons to avoid

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Fumbly controls

Life finds a way, and so, it seems, does Lego. Combining fantastic co-op gameplay with a succession of comedic moments, this is an endlessly fun, open-world game.

Lego Jurassic World closely follows the first four films in the series, which means that you spend most of your time running away from dinosaurs. There's little in the way of combat, as that would be totally off-brand; so it's not one of the best lego games in this regard.  But if puzzles are your thing, such as rummaging around huge piles of dinosaur droppings to find useful items, there's a lot to love. 

It's worth noting that while a number of scenes from the films are brilliantly recreated here. They're done in a fun, family-friendly way, so the kids won't have nightmares. 

best Lego games: Lego versions of villains including Joker and Harley Quinn

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Lego DC Super-Villains

The Joker in the pack

Reasons to buy

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Mix of action and puzzles
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Focus on teamwork
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Great for kids

Reasons to avoid

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May be too simplistic for adults to enjoy

Available on: PC, Nintendo Switch, PS 4, Xbox One

There have been many Lego Batman games, but this one's the best; even though it doesn't actually have Batman in the title. It essentially does what the movie Suicide Squad failed to do: capitalize on the fact that in any superhero saga, the villains have the most fun. And there certainly is a lot of fun to be found here.

The game sees villains such as Lex Luthor, Harley Quinn, and The Joker battle 'The Justice Syndicate', a supposed 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. 

Even among Lego games, this one is more a game for kids than grown-ups, seeing as the gameplay gets repetitive and the puzzles are rather straightforward. But adult fans of the verge on simple. DC superhero fans will still get a lot of enjoyment out of this game, not least from its original and engaging storyline.

best Lego games: Lego Harry and Dumbledore with the goblet of fire

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Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7

Sirius-ly good fun.

Reasons to buy

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Fun puzzle-solving
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Easy to pick up
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Recognizable environments to explore

Reasons to avoid

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Terrible UI

Available on: PC, PS3, PS4, PSP, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo DS

Puzzle-solving in Lego games can sometimes feel a little forced, particularly when they're superimposed on movies that are more about non-stop action than thinking deeply. But they're a great match for the Harry Potter series, where ultimately it's brains - not brawn - that win out. 

Covering the last three books and four films of the series, the game is simple to pick up and play, even for non-gamers, but that doesn't stop it from being immensely enjoyable. It offers countless environments to explore, each instantly recognizable from the movies. The puzzles aren't too simple this time, either, and as with many other lego games on this list, Lego Happy Potter is even better with two players.

There are a lot of laughs to be had too, and the game does very well in translating wizarding duels into satisfying gameplay, too.


Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specialising in tech, photography and design. He is author of Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books. With 25 years' experience in print and digital journalism, he has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine.

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