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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a humorous depiction of the Star Wars universe. Kids will be blasting their way through this world, but what they blow up are LEGOs. Since this is a parody of the Star Wars movies, parents might want to rent the movies before their kids play the game so that they can better enjoy the humor.
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What's it about?
The sequel to LEGO Star Wars, last year's sleeper hit, LEGO STAR WARS II: THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY Star Wars II lets players relive the stories of Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, but with a twist: This Star Wars universe is built with LEGO bricks and inhabited by LEGO character look-alikes. The game unfolds in the Mos Eisley Cantina, the infamous galactic bar, from which you can access the three different movie worlds. You blast your way through obstacles and bad guys, use the Force to automatically build whenever you find a pile of LEGOs, and solve a variety of puzzles.
Is it any good?
LEGO Star Wars II continues the tongue-in-cheek humor that so endeared the original game to its fans. Testers were amused by their ability to customize characters in the Free Mode. By interchanging body parts of over 50 playable characters, they were able to create Darth 3PO and Princess Leia Kenobi.
LucasArts has been careful to keep the mechanics of the game easy, so children can play. For example, you are given infinite lives. But the experienced Yodas of gaming will also find a challenge by turning on the special adaptive difficulty feature -- the better you play, the harder the game gets. For Star Wars fan both young and old, don't miss this one -- it's exciting, funny, and makes you think.
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