Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver
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…a breezy but charming experience…
Lego Stars Wars: The Force Awakens is the latest in the seemingly endless series of Lego games, this time taking place in a blocky galaxy far, far away. It’s easy to be dismissive of the Lego games, mainly because there are so damn many of them, but to do so in the case of Lego Stars Wars: The Force Awakens would be doing the title, and yourself, a disservice.
The game actually begins with the final battles from Return Of The Jedi, taking the action down to Endor (Lego Ewoks!) and culminating with Luke’s last stand against The Emperor and the destruction of Death Star 2.0. It’s a clever way to ease the player back into the Star Wars universe, and it means that the game can spend longer setting up the main bulk of the action that takes place thirty years later.
In terms of gameplay, not a great deal has changed from other Lego titles. You’ll take control of a variety of characters (who you can switch between) and will do light puzzle solving; take part in fast, whimsical battles (both in the air and on the ground); create objects; and collect studs and bricks to unlock further extras. It’s Lego game Standard Operating Procedure.
Where Lego Stars Wars: The Force Awakens stands above other recent Lego titles is in the script, which balances action with humour, juxtaposing official sound bites from the movie with hilarious images (eg: Luke giving Darth Vader a clumsy crayon drawing). Add to this a number of the main cast lending their actual voices, including Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, and Carrie Fisher, and you’ve got a package that will have geeks of all ages drooling. On the downside, those of you not enchanted by the Lego games will find little here to convert you – if brick collecting and puzzle solving aren’t your bag, you should look elsewhere. But the game’s ten starting levels (and half a dozen secret unlockable ones) are great fun, especially if you’ve got a co-op partner to play and laugh with.
Much like the movie upon which it’s based, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers a breezy but charming experience that will be especially welcome for younger gamers during the school holidays, but is smart and clever enough to be quite enjoyable for older fans as well.