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LEGO Star Wars: The Original Trilogy review

This is not the port you're looking for

Pros

  • The concept's simple charm
  • Truly funny saga riffs
  • Moments without crashes

Cons

  • Persistent bugs
  • Shoddy visual conversion
  • Imprecise controls

A textbook example of how to screw up a sure thing, the Nintendo DS version of LEGO Star Wars II is easily the 'must avoid' release of the year. Other systems get a stylistically pure and super fun title. Meanwhile, the DS is saddled with a buggy, incomplete letdown that wastes your money and good will, deeply tarnishing LucasArts' reputation.

It's impossible not to love the concept, which casts the entire Star Wars ensemble as LEGO figures. As you explore the simple but eerily accurate Original Trilogy locales, enemies explode into component blocks, and the Force can rebuild broken stuff, one block at a time.

The familiar saga is re-enacted with tongue firmly in cheek. So a Jedi Mind Trick spins a Stormtrooper's helmet on his head, and you can build a ridiculous mix and match character from all the blocks you collect. Fans and haters alike will giggle and blast their way into a sort of childlike nirvana.

More Info

GenreAction
DescriptionA blocky empire strikes back in this sequel to the surprisingly enjoyable lite actioner Lego Star Wars.
Franchise nameStar Wars
UK franchise nameStar Wars
PlatformXbox 360, PSP, GameCube, DS, GBA, PC, Xbox, PS2
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date12 September 2006 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)
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