LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

Common Sense Media says

An impishly charming version of Star Wars.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The player is always accompanied by a group of characters who help out, so there is always a sense of community. Cooperative play feature permits a friend to drop-in/drop-out at will.

Violence & scariness

Lots of blasting throughout, but all cartoonish and involving LEGOs.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This is a game based on the Star Wars movies.

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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Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how key scenes from the movies are depicted differently in the game. How do the creators use the LEGO characters to create humor? Is it more fun to play by yourself or with a buddy? What makes this game so much fun?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo GameCube
Price:$30-50
Available online?Not available online
Developer:LucasArts
Release date:September 11, 2006
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor (Nintendo GameCube)

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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As good as it gets.

Even better! Everyone can play it! A good game even helps with simple puzzles and problems! With an only problem of a price tag at $45, it is still highly recommended!
Adult Written bycoheteloco April 9, 2008
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Teen, 13 years old Written byAlpha2014 November 25, 2014
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One of the best LEGO games

This is a really fun family friendly game that is great for families, it is really easy to learn how to play and it's very appropriate. Positive messages: This game requires you to work as a team. Violence: Cartoon violence, with the characters falling apart when they get "killed". Chewbacca rips the arms of enemies (bloodless) and then the enemies just "die". Great family game!
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence

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