4/13 – Lego: Star Wars

Hello and welcome. My name is Katosepe and I’ll be your host for today’s Video Game of the Day.

Today’s game is the original game in the massive franchise of Lego games made by Travelers Tales. Today’s game is Lego: Star Wars, originally released in 2005 for Xbox, Gamecube, PS2, PC, Mac and Game Boy Advance.

While certainly not the first Lego video game, Lego: Star Wars is the first done in the series’ current style. The game allows players to play through the three Star Wars prequel films as Lego versions of the characters. The story of each film is told through cut scenes without any voice lines. Everything is pantomimed by the Lego figures with a number of fourth wall breaks or meta humor.

Each level, based on a scene from the movies, consists of platforming and collecting Lego studs and minikit collectables, with some minor combat thrown in as well. While players often start levels with a specific character such as Anakin or Qui-Gon, many other Star Wars characters populate the levels as well and, if found by the player, the player can take control of those characters mid-level. This allows players to use different abilities from different characters to proceed through levels and find collectables. The game is also fully playable in co-op mode with up to two players.

Lego: Star Wars does not have Game Over screens but instead ranks players at the end of levels based on the amount of studs they collected. Dying simply makes your character respawn after a brief period but players lose many of the studs they’ve collected. These studs can be used in the hub world between levels to purchase various bonuses such as new characters, cheat codes or other bonuses.

The Game Boy Advance version of Lego: Star Wars plays very differently from the other versions, playing more like a traditional isometric action game with character death sending the player back to checkpoints around the levels. It also lacks the cooperative play present in all other versions.

Lego: Star Wars received fairly average critical reception with many reviewers claiming it was a fun, family-friendly game but wouldn’t keep adults occupied for long. Despite this, the game received overwhelming commercial success and became one of the best selling games of 2005. The game spawned its own sub-franchise of Traveller’s Tales Lego games which, at the time of this recording, has 22 games and is still going today.

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