The best Lego games have been delighting us for over two decades now, giving the world the opportunity to express their creativity from the comfort of their couch. From the fun of Lego 2K Drive to massive adventures like Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, our ranking of the best Lego games of all-time are perfect for kids of all-ages, no matter what console you own. Whether you're after a Lego rendition of your favorite film franchise, puzzle games which will test your mind, or something else entirely, you'll find something in our list of the best Lego games to play today.
10. Lego Jurassic World
Platform(s): PC, Nintendo 3DS, PS3, PS4, PSVita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Lego and dinosaurs is a combination that – sadly – doesn’t appear in your daily life often enough. Thankfully, there’s a video game for that. Lego Jurassic World isn’t the most well-rounded of Traveller’s Tales’ adventures, but it’s a great diving in point thanks to the strength of its co-op gameplay and slapstick comedy. It wraps four of the Jurassic movies into one game and follows them faithfully - meaning there’s much less combat here than in other licensed titles. That makes sense, really, considering most of the movies are about humans trying to avoid close encounters with a dinosaur’s talon.
9. Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4, 5-7
Platform(s): PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PSVita
Technically these are two separate games, but they’re so good I’m lumping them into one must-play. All seven books have been transformed into a playable adventure that uses spellcasting to blast a dose of fresh air into the Lego game formula - wingardium leviosa, for instance, is your best friend for reaching high studs. Meanwhile, Hogwarts Castle is the ultimate hub world, packed with nooks and crannies to explore alongside a huge cast of characters. In fact, JK Rowling’s universe is the perfect landscape to set a video game in and these two Lego titles will please Potter superfans and casual gamers alike.
8. Lego City Undercover
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Grand Theft Auto is widely considered one of the most popular gaming franchises of all time but there’s an awful lot of, well, naughtiness. Lego City Undercover is the family-friendly answer to that, but it somehow still retains fistfuls of charm without anaesthetising any of the adrenaline you’d expect from a GTA-esque experience. That’s largely thanks to how it pays homage to crime movies like Goodfellas, without ever explicitly riffing off an established franchise. The sprawling scale of the world leaves room for plenty of exploration after you finish the main 10-hour campaign, and in 2017 they even introduced co-op play.
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7. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Platform(s): PC, Nintendo 3DS, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
There are many Lego Star Wars games to play (and there’ll be even more in 2020 with the arrival of the Skywalker Saga) but The Force Awakens is the most recent and gave the same vitamin boost to the Lego games as it did the Star Wars universe. The story is expertly woven, handling climactic story beats with ease and interspersing them with some cleverly irreverent humour. The best thing about Force Awakens though is its lip service to fans; it sneaks in characters from the original trilogy, and even fills in plot holes from the movie - like what Poe actually got up to on his Admiral Ackbar rescue mission.
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6. Lego Marvel Super Heroes
Platform(s): PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, PC
2013 was peak Marvel mania. The Avengers had arrived in cinemas the year before, and Travellers Tales released Lego Marvel Superheroes. It is a beautifully constructed love letter to the Marvel universe, cramming in hundreds of characters and locations from X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and more. In between missions, explore a Lego Manhattan, spanning from the Statue of Liberty to the X-Mansion up past Harlem, to the massive Shield Helicarrier that hovers over the East River. The open world is expertly made, and filled with enough wit and warmth to keep you entertained for hours.
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5. Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes
Platform(s): PC, Nintendo 3DS, PS3, PSVita, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360
Having made Lego games for seven years, in 2012 Travellers Tales tried a few things to shake up the formula with Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes. The first was having a full voice cast. Until then, silent protagonists had always been played for laughs, but fresh new actors brought life to plot points that otherwise wouldn’t have landed. DC Superheroes was also the first Lego game to introduce an open world, giving players the whole of Gotham City to explore. There were a couple of teething problems in making these two additions work smoothly – the minimap, for example, needed some polish – but it was a big step in the franchise’s history.
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4. Lego Builder's Journey
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, iOS, PC, PS5, Xbox Series X
Lego Builder's Journey is a little different from the majority of this list because it isn't trying to recreate something else out of Lego, it's doing its own thing. It's an original tale where a young child is trying to reunite with its parent, and it'll do so by passing through a number of dioramas that in some way need 'solving' with Lego. These little puzzle boxes are stunning, but also capture the magic of playing with Lego in real life. There's no one right way to solve the puzzles you're presented with, so as long as it functions, that's all that matters. It's focused on play, and the joy of clicking the little bricks together
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3. Lego 2K Drive
Platform(s): PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One
Imagine the carnage of Forza Horizon 5 rebuilt with individual Lego bricks and you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Lego 2K Drive. Developer Visual Concepts has delivered an exemplary open-world racing game that's perfect for children of all-ages. With its fun campaign, sprawling worlds to explore, and intuitive building mechanics which will let you build the super-charged car of your dreams, Lego 2K Drive is an absolute delight. Better still, the game features strong split-screen and online multiplayer support to ensure that you're able to enjoy the game with friends and family members with ease.
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2. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
After 17 years perfecting its formula, developer Traveller's Tales has returned to the game that started it all and decided to redo LEGO Star Wars. But ‘redo’ doesn’t do justice to the ambition here. This is a completely new game, recreating not only the original trilogy of films in LEGO form, but all nine films from the yellow text of A New Hope, through the “I am the senate” posturing of the prequel trilogy to the final shot from The Rise of Skywalker (complete with a brilliantly cutting sight gag). It’s all here. Not just the action sequences you know and love, but the towns, forests, and swamps around them, all bustling with LEGO-ised life and absolutely packed with Star Wars lore, puzzles, and challenges. When a game goes all-in like this, Yoda was right. It’s do, or do not; there is no try. And Traveller’s Tales really, really did it with Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.
1. Lego Bricktales
Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Lego Bricktales has soared to the top of our best Lego games list because it's the closest you're going to get to playing with Lego in real-life in digital form. With its own unique narrative, you'll have to build various things in digital Lego to problem-solve and create innovative solutions. The things you're asked to create range from aesthetically pleasing to functional, from cranes and gyrocopters to a market stand or music box. All your given is a direction and a pile of bricks and then it's up to you to make something that works. It's immensely satisfying to watch your creations come to life in the game and become part of the world, and in the case of something like the gyrocopter, fully animated too. Alongside the story that takes you through jungles, deserts, cities, and castles, you'll also work to restore an old theme park too - so prepare yourself for designing rides too. You really won't be disappointed with this one.
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