LEGO is one of the most powerful and long-lasting toy brands in the world, maintaining its relevance decade after decade. The building blocks of creativity that the Danish company has been delivering since the 1930s have eventually found their way into the digital medium as far back at the 90s.

It wasn’t until the past decade or so that LEGO-based games have really hit their stride. We’re here to bring several noteworthy LEGO video games to your attention.

What is LEGO all about in the first place?

Before we move on to discussing the games themselves, it may be a good idea to establish a common ground. The most popular product are the Lego System bricks, which come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colours, and functions. Although simple in function, they can be used to create incredible constructions, even life-sized or bigger. Often they also come in themed sets, such as pirate ships, Medieval castles, or LEGO versions of popular movies, like Star Wars or Pirates of the Caribbean.

There are also other lines of Lego, like Technic. It replaces the Basic bricks with ones better for older audiences and for creating working mechanisms, like car models with working gears and hydraulic elements, for example. Or Duplo, which has large, rounded bricks, safer for small children. As for the games, they are almost universally based on the System line, reflecting its universal nature. That said, let’s talk games.

What is great about the LEGO games, is that most of them are available for split-screen mode. You can enjoy playing these amazing games with your friends or children, the latter will be especially interested in such entertainment as everyone knows that kids love LEGO. These games will help to introduce some of the best movies, books and comic book stories to your young ones and bring some nostalgia tear to more than one eye!


Lego Worlds

PC
PS 4
Xbox One
Switch
Release year: 2017
Genre: Sandbox
Developer Traveller’s Tales
Original or licensed? Original

Lego Worlds is as pure a Lego experience as it gets without having a huge private warehouse filled with more bricks than you know what to do with. The game is a sandbox, which means it’s content with giving you a world to explore, tools to play around with, and leaving you alone to your own devices.

Lego Worlds

It’s not out of place to liken this game to Minecraft, because it’s more or less that, only with less modability and actual Lego bricks instead of colourful cubes. Lego Worlds allows you to build anything you normally could piece together in real life.

Key features
  • It’s playing with Legos, only without the risk of stepping on one
  • Extensive terraforming
  • Customisable player avatar appearance
  • Vehicles aiding in exploration

Lego The Force Awakens

PC
PS 3 & 4
Xbox 360 & One
Switch
Release year: 2016
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer TT Fusion
Original or licensed? Licensed

Star Wars and Lego games appear inseparable. When The Force Awakens came to the cinemas it was only a matter of time before a corresponding video game was released. The Force Awakens in Lego form is divided into chapters, which use the movies’ scenes as the basis and expand on them, to make them more fun (and funny) to play through.

Lego The Force Awakens

There are ten chapters, plus a prologue and an epilogue. It’s plenty of content to play through, even before you complete the levels with different characters to discover new secrets. Much like other Lego game, it’s a great way to experience the story with children too young to watch to film.

Key features
  • Lego version of the seventh episode
  • Plenty of characters to play as
  • Fun for both adults and children
  • Fills the gap between Return of the Jedi and TFA

Lego Jurassic World

PC
PS 3 & 4
Xbox 360 & One
Switch
Release year: 2015
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer TT Fusion
Original or licensed? Licensed

The Lego version of Jurassic World has a misleading title, since it actually covers the first four movies of the franchise. So you’ll get to meet Lego Ian Malcolm endorsing going faster, and maybe you’ll even whack the Spinosaurus more effectively than the T. Rex did in Jurassic Park 3.

Lego Jurassic World

One of the coolest features of the game is that, in addition to a huge gallery of playable human characters, there are playable dinos as well. You can therefore run about as a velociraptor, for example. If you love the whimsical survival horror atmosphere of Jurassic Park movies, you’re bound to enjoy this.

Key features
  • Recreation of four Jurassic park movies
  • 100 playable characters to unlock
  • You can also play as dinosaurs
  • Jurassic Park suitable for small children

Lego City Undercover

PC
PS 4
Xbox One
Switch
Release year: 2013
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer TT Fusion
Original or licensed? Original

If you want to prepare your children for a future time spent with the Grand Theft Auto series, this is the way. Lego City Undercover is a family friendly introduction to virtual urban open-worlds, and crime that’s inevitably going on in the back alleys.

Lego City Undercover

The main character is a cop called Chase McCain, who return to the Lego City and has to deal with growing criminal and personal crises connected to your previous case. It’s quite dense, story-wise, surprisingly so for a Lego game.

Key features
  • Disguises grant Chase new abilities
  • A large city to explore
  • Lego take on the Grand Theft Auto series
  • Plenty of vehicles to get around it

Lego Harry Potter years 1-4, 5-7

PC
PS 3 & 4
Xbox 360 & One
Switch
Release year: 2010 & 2011
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer Traveller’s Tales
Original or licensed? Licensed

The staying power of the Harry Potter series is undeniable. It’s been, and is going to be for years to come, many a child’s point of entry into the fantasy genre. It’s the perfect child-friendly franchise to be turned into a Lego game. So it’s no wonder it’s been done.

Lego Harry Potter years 1-4, 5-7

Naturally there are spells the characters can cast, accessible through the spell wheel once unlocked. There are also potions, which are as integral to the gameplay as the spells. It has also aged better than the original Harry Potter games.

Key features
  • Complete Hogwarts education
  • Many spells and potions to unlock and use
  • Well-recreated Hogwarts school

Lego Indiana Jones Original Adventures

PC
PS 3
Xbox 360
Switch
Release year: 2008
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer Traveller’s Tales
Original or licensed? Licensed

There’s nothing like the pulpy exploits of an adventurous archaeologist, other than the excellent original soundtrack composed by John Williams. This Lego game tones down many of the gruesome and memorable scenes from the original Indiana Jones and makes them much funnier.

Lego Indiana Jones Original Adventures

This time, the mission hub is the Barnett College, where doctor Jones teaches between his adventures. There are over eighty different characters to play as, including Han Solo and Santa Claus. Or you could create your own character in Free Play.

Key features
  • Plenty of playable characters to choose from
  • The original Indiana Jones movies in Lego form
  • Lots of secrets to uncover
  • Incorporates the iconic John Williams-composed soundtrack

Lego Marvel Collection (Super Heroes, Avengers, Super Heroes 2)

PC
PS 3
PS 4
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Switch
Release year: 2013, 2016, 2017
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer Traveller’s Tales
Original or licensed? Licensed

A bundle of three Marvel-themed Lego games cover a large portion of the Marvel universe, both based on comic books and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lego Marvel’s Avengers follows the first two Avengers movies in addition to several Phase Two titles. On the other hand the Super Heroes line deals with more or less original storylines.

Lego Marvel

Between the three games, there’s a humongous number of playable characters and variants thereof. Many of them are less-known due to not being featured in any notable cartoon or movie.

Key features
  • Hundreds of unique characters and variants
  • Relive MCU movies and embrace the comic book outlandishness
  • Unlock heroes and use their abilities to discover secrets
  • Explore famous MCU and comic book locations

Lego Batman Trilogy (~the Videogame, DC Super Heroes, Beyond Gotham)

PC
PS 3
PS 4
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Switch
Release year: 2008, 2012, 2014
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer Traveller’s Tales
Original or licensed? Licensed

If you enjoyed the Lego Batman movie, be prepared for more of the same (roughly). It’s three games focused on the Caped Crusader and his exploits around the DC universe, with plenty of appearances from other more or less famous heroes and villains from around the comics and movies.

Lego Batman Trilogy

There are dozens of characters, dozens of iconic locations, and a suitably Lego over-the-top storytelling. The third game even moves the story to space, including Lantern Corps planets.

Key features
  • All important characters are in and playable
  • Some of your niche favourites are in as well
  • Play as the Brick Crusader
  • Original storylines

Lego Lord of the Rings

PC
PS 3
Xbox 360
Release year: 2013
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer Traveller’s Tales
Original or licensed? Licensed

A more toned down experience, than many other Lego games, Lego Lord of the Rings is ALMOST as long as the full re-watch of all three parts of Peter Jackson’s movie adaptation in their extended version.

Lego Lord of the Rings

Lego Lord of the Rings will let you see the full journey from start to finish, albeit in the patented Lego video game humorous, family-friendly manner. A nice feature is that the characters can collect items, enhancing the typical Lego gameplay with more roleplaying aspects.

Key features
  • Peter Jackson’s famous LotR adaptation turned into Lego bricks
  • Mild role-playing mechanics
  • A massive world to explore in free roam
  • Crafting based on Mithril bricks and blueprints

Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga

PC
PS 3
Xbox 360
Release year: 2007
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer Traveller’s Tales
Original or licensed? Licensed

If you love Star Wars, you may enjoy Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga just fine. The game lets you play smoothly through episodes I to VI, recreated with the cheeky Lego humour.

Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga

The Complete Saga is actually a joint version of 2005’s Lego Star Wars The Video Game and 2006’s The Original Trilogy, but slightly reworked and expanded upon. It’s the definitive way to play them, at least until The Skywalker Saga arrives in 2020.

Key features
  • Six episodes of Star Wars in a single package
  • Improved and expanded missions and locations
  • Well over a hundred playable characters with unique abilities
  • 36 story missions, plus bounty hunter and bonus missions


Brick by brick

This concludes our list of the Lego games which are the most worthy of recommendation. They span multiple franchise adaptations, add some original creations, and are overall tons of fun, family-friendly gaming content. There are many more Lego games out there to check out, but these are definitely top ten.