LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game

Game review by
Aaron Lazenby, Common Sense Media
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Kid-friendly game interprets Star Wars with humor.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 23 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Plenty of battles, but heroism is rewarded.

Violence & Scariness

Although Star Wars generally features some PG-grade violence, the LEGO world makes it seem even tamer.

Language
Consumerism

Not only is this game a tie-in to the Star Wars merchandising machine, but it also is branded by LEGO.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Star Wars films -- and games based on the franchise -- do contain violence: ample gunplay and swashbuckling, no blood, and a few scary moments when evil characters gain the upper hand. LEGO Star Wars duplicates this formula, but with protagonists and enemies built from small plastic blocks.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant, 6, and 6 year old Written byjakeandjonathansmom April 9, 2008

Great for Star Wars fans

My kids are 4 and love this game ..... they are so into the Star Wars stuff and this is a great way for them to enjoy the "fighting" without all the v... Continue reading
Adult Written bysimbrat April 9, 2008

We Love it!

My husband and two sons (ages 8 and 5) play this game alot and they love it. I haven't played it much myself yet, but what little bit I have played I have... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008

What's it about?

LEGO STAR WARS: THE VIDEO GAME forgoes the advanced special effects and computer generated vistas of the first three films (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith) and instead constructs them from brightly colored LEGO toy blocks. Players use the standard combination of platform game moves -- jumping, running, climbing, shooting -- to enter the early days of Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. Mixed in are a handful of racing and flying missions that help break up the monotony of the platform levels and accurately reflect some memorable scenes from the movies. As the game progresses, players collect LEGO studs -- the little single-block caps any LEGO user will be familiar with -- to unlock hints, characters and fun extras.

Is it any good?

The Star Wars franchise has always occupied a lively fantasy world, but LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game takes George Lucas's sci-fi universe to new, silly extremes. The result is an even stranger invention of otherworldly beings and space cowboy heroics that should entertain fans of the movies and LEGOs alike. The excellent details make LEGO Star Wars a refreshing take on a video game franchise that has been overloaded with (both good and bad) titles.

Gameplay is easy enough to allow younger kids to solve the simple problems the game throws at them, explore the nicely detailed world of the movies, and have fun in this whimsical take on the Star Wars universe. Violent scenes from the movies are shown in the game's cut scenes, but the fact that characters are unrealistic toy figurines helps diminish the impact of the violence. That, plus the lighthearted treatment of the story and ample humor makes LEGO Star Wars the best choice for younger gamers looking to play a Star Wars title.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Star Wars franchise and how games like this promote the movies, especially with a new movie coming out. Also, how does this game promote LEGO's Star Wars products?

Game details

For kids who love action

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