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LEGO Video Games present a whole new way to experience your favourite LEGO sets, movies and characters. Here are our top picks for hours of LEGO video game fun with the family!

As a gaming dad, I am always on the lookout for titles that are a good mix of entertainment, education, and creativity.  Enter the LEGO video game series. Offering a digital twist on the traditional educational building toy, these games transport LEGO blocks into creative, all-digital worlds with recognizable characters and open-ended fun.

Why are LEGO video games so popular?

There are plenty of reasons why LEGO video games are so popular among fans. For starters, the games are typically based on Hollywood favourites, like Star Wars and Harry Potter, with signature LEGO humour. From confronting Darth Vader as Luke Skywalker to battling The Underminer as Mr. Incredible, it’s a ton of fun revisiting your favourite on-screen moments. Throw in a ton of LEGO-inspired comic relief and you have a winning formula.

The LEGO Group has also created their own fun properties, including LEGO Ninjago and LEGO City. Not only do these franchises have LEGO building sets, but they also spawned ongoing TV series and multiple video games.

Last but certainly not least, all LEGO titles feature two-player split screen. This allows for seamless drop-in/drop-out couch co-op, so partner up!

Best LEGO video games for families:

  1. LEGO DC Super-Villains
  2. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  3. LEGO Ninjago Games
  4. LEGO Harry Potter Games
  5. LEGO The Incredibles Games
  6. LEGO Marvel Heroes
  7. LEGO Worlds
  8. LEGO City Undercover
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LEGO DC Super-Villains [ESRB Rating: E10+]

Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch
Metacritic Score: 74 | LEGO DC Super-Villains Trailer

What makes it so great?

  • Explore a massive LEGO version of Superman’s Metropolis and Batman’s Gotham City
  • Build and customize your personalized villain right down to their appearance and superpowers
  • Unlock over 100+ characters and use their unique abilities to discover secret areas

LEGO_DC-Super-VillainsIt’s time to turn the tables and play as a villain!

The Justice League has gone missing, replaced with the Syndicate—a team of villainous Justice League counterparts from a parallel Earth—who team-up with other bad guys to spread their chaos.

I’m a big DC fan, and I love the lore surrounding the characters, especially the villains. The LEGO game does them justice, reflecting the comic books and movies while adding a healthy dose of humour.

Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their roles as the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime, respectively, which is a massive fan service for LEGO DC gamers. It gives the game a tremendous personality, as the actors’ performances brought the world to life!

I love creating my unique super-villain from the ground up, deciding on my powers and appearance. As you progress, more skills for your build-a-bad guy become available, enabling you to create a more elaborate villain. There are also 160+ DC characters to unlock by completing levels. It’s good to be bad!

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens [ESRB Rating: E10+]

Available on: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Metacritic Score: 78 | LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

What makes it so great?

  • Play as both new and classic Star Wars characters
  • The game’s story covers the events between Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens
  • Features a variety of new gameplay experiences include blaster fights and open space battles

LEGO-Star-Wars-The-Force-AwakensLEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the ultimate companion game for the film. It lets you experience the awesome feeling of summoning the Force as you play through the most iconic scenes from the blockbuster film. It’s also exhilarating using Sith powers to unlock hidden areas and new characters in the open world mode, adding hours of fun on top of the story mode.

For the first time in a LEGO game, I had a “blast” testing my laser pistol skills in blaster battles. The new gameplay mechanic lets you duck behind cover and use an aiming reticle to pick off enemies. It felt like being in the movie as lasers zipped past my head. Thankfully, stormtroopers still can’t aim!

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LEGO Ninjago Video Game [ESRB Rating: E10+]

Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch
Metacritic Score: 67 | The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game Trailer

What makes it so great?

  • Battle as your favourite ninjas, including Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane, Nya, and Master Wu
  • A new, deep combat system will test your skills in the Challenge Dojo
  • Face off against up to three friends in the Battle Arena

LEGO-Ninjago-Video-GameThe LEGO Ninjago video game lets you step into the nimble shoes of a ninja, to wall-run, climb, and battle like never before in a LEGO game.

The familiar gameplay from other LEGO games carries over with a focus on building, only this time hand-to-hand combat is given a big boost. Several new ninja fighting mechanics are introduced, like the “Stinging Bee” rapid-slash kendo strikes and the “Rushing Boar” high-impact dropkick. These flashy, powerful moves, and plenty more like them, give you more combat flexibility than any LEGO game I’ve played before.

Your LEGO Ninjago crew also has various fighting styles allowing you to string together devastating combos while offering a new fun challenge. The game also includes an open-world to explore where you collect LEGO studs used to buy stronger defence and attack skills to evolve your characters.

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LEGO Harry Potter Collection [ESRB Rating: E10+]

Available on: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Metacritic Score: 73 | LEGO Harry Potter Collection Trailer

What makes it so great?

  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Years 5-7 all on one disc for the first time
  • Extra character and spell packs have been added, totalling 10 new mini-figures and five spells on top of the dozens included in the base game
  • Updated environments, lighting, and visual effects make the world come to life on the PS4 and Xbox One

LEGO_Harry_PotterThe LEGO Harry Potter Collection combines two LEGO games into one: LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7. That’s right, this new Harry Potter collection lets you relive iconic moments from all seven novels and eight feature films.

I’ve played through all years and thoroughly enjoyed the variety of controls, particularly using the magic wands. Using the wand’s aiming reticle you can cast over 30 signature Harry Potter spells like Wingardium Leviosa (levitation spell) and Expelliarmus (disarming spell). This game gives you the feeling of holding a real magic wand!

Assuming control of iconic characters like Dobby, Ron Weasley, and Neville Longbottom let me relive my best Harry Potter memories. For example, Ron Weasley can use his pet rat to explore areas he normally cannot reach. For even more fun, grab a second controller for your friend and have a blast casting spells, using potions, and exploring together!

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LEGO The Incredibles [ESRB Rating: E10+]

Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch
Metacritic Score: 69 | LEGO The Incredibles Trailer

What makes it so great?

  • The game covers the events of the first two films with new secret characters and hidden areas
  • Open-world mode becomes a playground for your superpowers and pushes your abilities to the limit
  • Team up with two-player co-op and create incredible LEGO builds together!

LEGO_The_IncrediblesRelive your favourite moments from both The Incredibles and Incredibles 2 animated films, in a fresh, charming, plastic universe!

I had a lot of fun facing off against zany enemies like The Underminer and Screenslaver—their big screen personas translate well in this game. Just like the films, you need to continuously combine your family’s superpowers, like super-strength and elasticity, to progress and defeat baddies.

Like most LEGO games, you can return to Free Play levels after beating them to explore further and uncover more secrets. It was “cool” revisiting beaten levels with characters like Frozone and using his freeze powers to build ice bridges to all-new areas. As you discover new LEGO pieces and powers, you can use them to create your own unique hero. I had a lot of fun mixing and matching new parts and powers to create my personalized LEGO character. Unlocking mini-figures from other Pixar movies, such as Dory from Finding Nemo and Toy Story’s Woody, was another huge bonus!

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 [ESRB Rating: E10+]

Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch
Metacritic Score: 73 | LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Trailer

What makes it so great?

  • Discover and unlock a whopping 300 Marvel characters!
  • The adventure includes superheroes and villains from different eras and realities of the Marvel universe
  • The time travel gameplay mechanic offers challenging puzzles and new areas to explore

LEGO_Marvel_Superheroes_2I had a great time with this LEGO interpretation of Marvel’s greatest superheroes. In the game, you play as both superheroes and supervillains across time-shifting settings. The story begins with Kang the Conqueror, a well known Marvel supervillain, ripping locations from various points in time into one central map for you to explore.

This map has loads of variety ranging from ancient Egypt to futuristic New York, to the Wild West and Wakanda. The “time” theme plays into the gameplay as well: not only do you manipulate time to solve puzzles, but you can even change heroes’ costumes to their older appearances. For example, Spiderman can travel back in time to become his 1933 Noir version or move into the future to become Spidey 2099.

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LEGO Worlds [ESRB Rating: E10+]

Available on: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Metacritic Score: 69 | LEGO Worlds Trailer

What makes it so great?

  • Explore stunning, procedurally-generated worlds made entirely out of LEGO bricks!
  • Building tools that let you create both big and small, from forming massive mountains to adding small details to your LEGO home
  • Explore and play within your creations using helicopters, dragons and motorbikes

LEGO_WorldsLEGO Worlds is the ultimate playground for LEGO fans. It allows you to create massive brand-new environments brick-by-brick. I enjoyed this new experience, which plays more like Minecraft than a traditional LEGO game. It presents an open-world with robust building tools where if you can dream it, you can build it. Once you construct your LEGO world, you can then have fun playing within it!

I found the creation interface deep with lots of options, from building objects and painting them, to manipulating the environment including raising and lower land. You can create massive land formations, like mountain ranges and forests, all the way down to smaller structures like houses for your LEGO citizens to live. Creating in Worlds brought back some memories of playing with LEGO as a kid, minus the clean-up at the end!

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LEGO City Undercover [ESRB Rating: E10+]

Available on: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Metacritic Score: 77 | Lego City Undercover Trailer

What makes it so great?

  • Original story and characters offer a fun new adventure set in the backdrop of the LEGO city universe
  • Two-player couch co-op lets you explore the massive LEGO metropolis with a friend
  • With hundreds of collectibles to hunt, 20 unique districts to investigate, and a collection of vehicles to drive, hours of adventure and exploration await!

LEGO_City_UndercoverExplore a massive open-world LEGO City as undercover cop Chase McCain, enforcing your unique brand of justice. I loved playing through McCain’s misadventures with my family. We solved puzzles, hunted criminals and used a collection of gadgets to crack cases.

One big highlight for me was exploring the city in style with cars, bikes, boats, and my personal favourite, the helicopter. From the skies, the blocky LEGO landscape looks incredible, with traffic and mini-figures going about their daily lives adding a new level of authenticity to the city.

I also love how swapping McCain’s costumes gives you new abilities to use. An example of this is the robber disguise, which allows you to sneak around and open locked doors with ease.

I enjoyed the police parody adventure with its hilarious main story, side missions, exploration and a healthy amount of family fun!

Enjoy pushing your play to new frontiers!

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ESRB Rating System:

ESRB Everyone
EVERYONE
Content is generally suitable for all ages. May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
ESRB Teen
TEEN
Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.
ESRB Everyone 10 Plus
EVERYONE 10+
Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
ESRB Mature
MATURE
Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

Source: ESRB Ratings Guide

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Matthew has been involved in all things gaming since the 8-bit era. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been passionate about technology and gaming for over 20 years. He has been covering interactive entertainment and esports on the web, in video series, podcasts and on international television. Follow Matthew’s gaming adventures on twitter and instagram @dapper_tux and join in on the fun!