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Best LEGO Games of 2021

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Check out our list of the hot LEGO video games your kids will want.

You may see LEGO as a small plastic brick and a children’s toy, but it is so much more. From multiple lines for different ages to movies, sticker books, and games, LEGO has spread its wings across multiple various formats.

One sometimes under-appreciated area is video games. The questionable offerings of LEGO’s first foray into games have long since been replaced by apps and games with stellar graphics and smooth gameplay. But which are the best LEGO games for video gaming enthusiasts?

Let’s take a look.

Our Top Picks

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Product Comparison Table
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Product Image of the LEGO Worlds - Nintendo Switch
Best Open Environment LEGO Game
LEGO Worlds
  • Customizable characters
  • Multiple terrains
  • Additional downloads available
Product Image of the LEGO Disney Pixar's The Incredibles - Xbox One
Best for Younger Players
LEGO Disney Pixar's The Incredibles
  • Bonus supervillains
  • Pixar character cameos
  • Follows The Incredibles plot
Product Image of the LEGO DC Super-Villains - Xbox One
Best for Nintendo Switch
LEGO DC Super-Villains
  • Wide range of playable characters
  • Independent storyline
  • Game has depth
Product Image of the Lego The Hobbit - Xbox One
Best for Puzzle Lovers
LEGO The Hobbit
  • Beautiful graphics
  • Diverse quests
  • Wonderful choice for The Hobbit fans
Product Image of the LEGO Harry Potter: Collection - Nintendo Switch
Best Two-In-One LEGO Game
LEGO Harry Potter Collection
  • True to story
  • Plenty of free play value
  • Great lego humor
Product Image of the LEGO® Star Wars™: The Complete Saga
Best for Android
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Retro feel
  • Gaming console worthy
  • Intuitive gameplay
Product Image of the Lego Marvel Collection - PlayStation 4
Best for PS4
Lego Marvel Collection
  • Stan Lee in Peril Mission
  • Over 180 playable characters
  • Includes movie locations
Product Image of the LEGO Star Wars: Force Awakens Deluxe Edition - PlayStation 4
Best for Xbox One
Star Wars: Force Awakens
  • Multiple mini open worlds
  • Fun multi-build options
  • Includes post-release character packs
Product Image of the The Lego Ninjago Movie Videogame - PlayStation 4
Best for Slower-Paced Action
The LEGO Ninjago Videogame
  • 102 playable characters
  • Challenge Dojos for practicing skills
  • Open play option
Product Image of the The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame - Nintendo Switch
Most Unstructured LEGO Game
The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame
  • Features phrases from the movie
  • Encourages creativity
  • Features movie characters

Are The LEGO Games Any Good?

Back in 2001, the world was underwhelmed by offerings like LEGO Island 2: The Bricksters Revenge, and it was enough to put many of us off for years.

However, fast forward a couple of decades and the games of our youth have been replaced by fantastically written, beautifully animated, eminently playable LEGO video games packed with hilarious dialogue.

Everyone in our home from the elementary-aged kids, through tweens and teens, and right up to the adults, play and enjoy LEGO video games.

How To Choose the Best LEGO Games?

Since 1995, LEGO has released over 70 games, and that’s not including some of their educational programs. Here’s how to narrow down your options from the choices available today.

Child’s Age

LEGO games are rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board and receive a basic rating with supplementary notes (1).

The rating categories include Everyone, Everyone 10+, Teen, and Mature 17+. The ratings will also include comments like “cartoon violence.” This combination makes it easy to know what your child will experience in the game.

The ESRB rates games according to the content and not the target age of the end-user, so view the age rating in that context.

Preferences

Look for games that either link to a franchise your child enjoys, such as LEGO Star Wars, or choose one suitable for your child’s personality. Does your child prefer slower-paced games that involve creating virtual models? Or will they get more enjoyment from a faster game with shoot-em-up gameplay?

Image Quality

Some of the older LEGO video games have been converted to apps. The image quality in these is perfectly acceptable, but you don’t get the detail or crispness of the games for new consoles.

A good option is to watch playthroughs on YouTube or Amazon Prime. They will show you precisely what kind of image quality you can expect.

Device/Operating System

Not every game is available for every device and operating system. Be sure to check any game for compatibility before you buy. This is especially true for apps as some of them do not run on the older versions of operating systems.

Budget

Apps are the most affordable option. If you’re unsure whether your child will like a LEGO video game, consider trying out an app first. That way, you can move up to the console games without as much financial risk.


The Best LEGO Games of 2021

Here is our list of our ten favorite LEGO video games available today.

1. LEGO Worlds

Best Open Environment LEGO Game

In LEGO Worlds, players wander the various environments collecting bricks and other items. You then build with the things you have collected and earn “stud,” the in-game currency. Studs can then be used to obtain other in-game items.

Beginners can create a world by dropping pre-formed structures into an environment, and more advanced builds can make whatever they can imagine from scratch.

You can explore the various biomes on foot or by using one of the vehicles — we especially enjoy the helicopter. You’ll bump into an extensive variety of creatures, characters, and more.

Pros

  • Customizable characters.
  • Multiple terrains.
  • Additional downloads available.

Cons

  • You may have trouble getting the kids to turn it off.

Additional Specs

Age Everyone 10+
Device PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Number of players 1 or 2 players
Game type Open-ended free-play

2. LEGO Disney Pixar's The Incredibles

Best LEGO Game For Younger Players

In the LEGO Incredibles game, players complete puzzles, quests, and challenges in two cities. There are also “crime waves” where you have to travel to a particular geographical point, defeat the supervillain, and complete a quest to end the uptick in crimes.

The game closely follows the plot of the movies, with a few surprises to maintain excitement.

Once you have finished the game itself, you can move onto free-play, where you move around the world, exploring and meeting other Disney Pixar characters such as Lightning McQueen, Merida, and Woody.

Pros

  • Bonus supervillains.
  • Pixar character cameos.
  • Follows The Incredibles plot.

Cons

  • Too easy for some players.

Additional Specs

Age Everyone 10+
Device PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, macOS
Number of players 1 or 2 players, cooperative
Game type Action adventure

3. LEGO DC Super-Villains

Best LEGO Game For Nintendo Switch

Rather than just give you a slate of characters to play as LEGO’s DC Super-Villains also gives you the option to create your own character. If you go this route, your avatar becomes integrated into the story, and you unlock additional super-powers as the game progresses.

Throughout the game, there is a lot of cartoon violence. The degree of violence is no worse than other cartoons or games; but there’s a considerable amount of it, which may be off-putting for some families.

Pros

  • Wide range of playable characters.
  • Storyline is independent of the movies.
  • Game has depth.

Cons

  • Frenetic action.
  • The bright colors can cause your eyes to ache after a while.

Additional Specs

Age Everyone 10+
Device PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, macOS
Number of players 1 or 2 players, cooperative
Game type Action adventure

4. LEGO The Hobbit

Best LEGO Game For Puzzle Lovers

This offering from LEGO roughly follows the plot of The Hobbit, with a few minor deviations to enhance playability. However, you do not need to have read the book or watched the movie to enjoy the game.

You play as Bilbo Baggins, leave the shire, and set off on your journey through Middle Earth. Along the way, you’ll solve puzzles, find objects, and encounter all of the characters you would expect, including Gandolf and Gollum.

As you move through the game, you are tasked with finding items that you put together to build a specific LEGO object.

Pros

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • Diverse quests.
  • Wonderful choice for fans of this series.

Cons

  • Occasional saving glitches.

Additional Specs

Age Everyone 10+
Device PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, Windows, 3DS, OS X
Number of players 1 or 2 players, cooperative
Game type Action adventure, puzzle

5. LEGO Harry Potter Collection

Best Two-In-One LEGO Game

This game brings together the 2010 release LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 and the 2011 game LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7.

For each year, there are six levels, except for year seven, which has 12. Each level of the game is played in story mode, and you must work your way through each mission. Once you have completed a level, it will convert to free play, and you can explore anywhere within the level.

The game is mostly faithful to the books except for a few occasions in multiplayer mode. This allows two players to play as whatever characters they like, regardless of whether they were in the scene together in the original story.

Pros

  • True to story.
  • Plenty of free play value.
  • Great LEGO humor.

Cons

  • No quidditch.

Additional Specs

Age Everyone 10+
Device PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Number of players 1 and multiplayer modes
Game type Action adventure, puzzles, freeplay

6. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Best LEGO Game For Android

Despite the impression the title may give you, this LEGO game does not combine all of the previous LEGO Star Wars gaming options into one place. Instead, you get Lego Star Wars: The Video Game plus Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy.

Players work through the game collecting gold bricks as they make their way around 20 bounty hunter missions, 36 levels, and 6 bonus levels. Then, when you have completed a level or mission, it converts to free play.

The characters are well-rendered, the gameplay is smooth and flowing, and the dialogue is humorous.

Pros

  • Retro feel.
  • Gaming console worthy.
  • Intuitive gameplay.

Cons

  • High memory usage.
  • Glitchy auto-save

Additional Specs

Age Everyone 10+
Operating system Android
Number of players 1
Game type Action adventure, freeplay

7. Lego Marvel Collection

Best LEGO Game For PS4

This collection brings together LEGO Marvel Superheroes, LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2, and LEGO Avengers for three times the challenge. It also includes all updates to the original games and all post-release downloadable content.

In addition to the usual action-adventure sequences interspersed with puzzle-solving components, Marvel Super Heros 2 introduces a four-player Super Hero Battle mode.

Having three games from the same franchise can feel a little “samey,” but there’s enough action to keep the kids amused for hours, and it’s extraordinary value for money.

Pros

  • Stan Lee in Peril Mission.
  • Over 180 playable characters.
  • Includes movie significant locations.

Cons

  • All three are similar.
  • Occasional unclear objective.

Additional Specs

Age Everyone 10+
Device PS4, Xbox One
Number of players 1 or 2 split-screen, local play
Game type Action adventure

8. Star Wars: Force Awakens Deluxe Edition

Best LEGO Game For Xbox One

The updated edition of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens tells the story from the movie of the same name and fills in the gap between the movie’s beginning and the end of Return of the Jedi.

This allows you to play the game and revive your favorite movie scenes. It also enables you to experience elements of the Star Wars story you didn’t know existed.

A standard action-adventure gameplay format offers no surprises, but there’s enough action, broken up by puzzles to provide plenty of entertainment for kids and adults alike.

Pros

  • Multiple mini open worlds.
  • Fun multi-build options.
  • Includes post-release character packs and updates.

Cons

  • Occasional crashes can cause loss of data.

Additional Specs

Age Everyone 10+
Device PS4, Xbox One, Wii U
Number of players 1 or 2
Game type Action adventure, free-play

9. The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame

Best LEGO Game For Slower-Paced Action

There are eight environments in the Ninjago Movie game, and you work your way through each of them, completing challenges and quests as you go. As you work through the game and your Ninjago skills improve, your character levels up, and your abilities are upgraded.

We particularly like that in each area, there is a challenge Dojo in which you can practice your skills. This minimizes the frustration of playing the same part of the game repeatedly until you get it right.

Pros

  • 102 playable characters.
  • Challenge Dojos for practicing skills.
  • Open play option.

Cons

  • Graphics on the PS4 version could be better.
  • A more straightforward game than most.

Additional Specs

Age Everyone 10+
Device PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Number of players 1 or 2
Game type Action-adventure

10. The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame

Most Unstructured LEGO Game

Unlike other LEGO games, the LEGO Movie 2 game isn’t story-driven. So, rather than starting at point A and working your way through to point Z, you begin the game in a free-play sandbox environment.

You then explore the world performing side quests and collecting objects along the way. This is fun for a while, but the lack of an objective soon took the shine off for our older kids.

The younger kids enjoy short bursts of exploration, but it holds their interest for less than 30 minutes.

Pros

  • Features phrases from the movie.
  • Encourages creativity.
  • Fans of the movie enjoy seeing their favorite characters.

Cons

  • No objectives to achieve.
  • Lacks structure.

Additional Specs

Age Everyone 10+
Device PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Number of players 1 or 2
Game type Exploration, freeplay

Lego Game Comparison Chart

Product Best Age Device No. of players Game type
LEGO Worlds Open Environment 10+ PS4, Xbox One, Switch 1 or 2 Open-ended free-play
LEGO Disney The Incredibles Younger Players 10+ PS4, Xbox One, Switch, macOS 1 or 2 Action adventure
LEGO DC Super-Villains Nintendo Switch 10+ PS4, Xbox One, Switch, macOS 1 or 2 Action adventure
LEGO The Hobbit Puzzle Lovers 10+ PS3/4, Xbox One/360, Wii U, Windows, 3DS, OS X 1 or 2 Action adventure, puzzle
LEGO Harry Potter Collection Two-In-One 10+ PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch 1 or more Action adventure, puzzles, freeplay
Star Wars: The Complete Saga Android 10+ Android 1 Action adventure, freeplay
Lego Marvel Collection PS4 10+ PS4, Xbox One 1 or 2 Action adventure
Star Wars: Force Awakens Xbox One 10+ PS4, Xbox One, Wii U 1 or 2 Action adventure, free-play
The LEGO Ninjago Movie Slower-Paced Action 10+ PS4, Xbox One, Switch 1 or 2 Action-adventure
The LEGO Movie 2 Unstructured 10+ PS4, Xbox One, Switch 1 or 2 Exploration, freeplay

The Ideal Games To Share

We especially like that the best LEGO games are enjoyable enough for adults but not so challenging that younger kids lose interest. This makes them a fabulous option for those times you and the kids are playing together.

However, as we found out, autosave can give you away if, as an adult, you play after the kids have gone to bed so you can beat them the next day. You have been warned.

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About the Author

Patricia Barnes

Patricia Barnes is a homeschooling mom of 5 who has been featured on Global TV, quoted in Parents magazine, and writes for a variety of websites and publications. Doing her best to keep it together in a life of constant chaos, Patti would describe herself as an eclectic mess maker, lousy crafter, book lover, autism mom, and insomniac.