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Screenshot of LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Cover

LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens is an action-adventure game with an unmistakable Lego theme. Developed by TT Fusion and published by Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, it can be played on all consoles as well as Windows and OS X devices. The game is compatible with PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and One as well as Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita and Wii U and was released under a Lucasfilm license. Its story spans between the events of Return of the Jedi and the ones in The Force Awakens.

Key facts about LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens

  • LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens is the ultimate Lego themed Star Wars game and one of the best Lego game ever made.
  • The action-adventure game features numerous puzzles, with the difficulty intentionally scaled down to appeal to younger audiences.
  • LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens encourages players to walk down the less traveled paths to discover hidden secrets.
  • The game doesn’t take itself too seriously and many of the missions are tongue-in-cheek quests.
  • LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens features the same popular hub worlds present in other Lego themed games.

The LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens games

LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens was designed with a multiplayer mode in mind. Players can team up with their peers and solve puzzles and complete missions together in cooperative mode. The hub worlds can be explored at leisure, but they are smaller than in other Lego themed games. These act as a short, yet comprehensive Atlas highlighting all the available worlds and challenges.

The game bears a close resemblance to the more serious games, but uses cheerful humor to keep players wired. It abounds in secret missions and they provide incentives for players to explore the galaxy. There are dozens of unlockable characters, some of them from the original trilogy and others from the prequels. LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens will also pit players against challenges that the real Star Wars heroes had faced.

What is LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens

LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens is a video game that pays tribute to the latest installment in the franchise. Without taking itself too seriously, the action-adventure game tells an exciting story and doesn’t stray too far from the actual Star Wars narrative. The game can be played on all PCs and consoles including older and last generation devices. Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment published the game developed by TT Fusion under the supervision of Lucas films.

Gameplay of LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens

The gameplay of Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens doesn’t differ too much from other Lego themed games. Given the nature of Lego games, it comes as no surprise that building is a core mechanic in this game. The multi-building is the new system available exclusively in this game and it stands for flexibility and versatility. Anything built by players can be destroyed and then rebuilt again using brick building sections. This adds a new layer of depth to a game that is otherwise straightforward and entertaining.

Screenshot of LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Party
Screenshot of LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Party

Combat mechanics are intentionally simplified, but players can take shelter behind walls and use debris for cover. The playable characters feature most of those that appear in Episode VII as well as the heroes of the prequels. Developers were given a lot of creative freedom to shape a universe that also explores the back stories of leading characters. When actual events from the Star Wars episodes are depicted in the game, they are portrayed with charm and humor.

The Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens gameplay changes slightly as players unlock new abilities. The campaign lasts less than 10 hours, but there are plenty of puzzles to solve by those who stray from the main quest. Players are advised to switch between characters, as each of them has special abilities that make them useful. Jacking into electrical outlets, creating and manipulating platforms are essential tricks for completing various missions.

Some of the puzzles are using the same mechanics, which makes this quests a bit repetitive. Players who enjoy unlocking all the secrets will add dozens of more hours of gameplay. There is no shortage of mysteries and shedding light on all of them will take quite a lot of time.

Plot of LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens

Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens has extracted an astonishing amount from a single player campaign that lasts roughly 8 hours. Players get to revisit some of the memorable moments from the Star Wars movie and explore iconic areas. The missions will take players from the lush forests of Takodana to the fly planet of Jakku. The leading characters in this action-adventure video game are Rey, Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Poe Dameron and BB-8.

Screenshot of LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Robots
Screenshot of LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Robots

They all have unlimited lives, so if you happen to die, your character will respawn immediately with no penalties. Players still have good reasons to keep their characters alive as each has unique and useful abilities. They all need to be healthy and fit to solve puzzles, in order to advance to the next stage. Most of them are versatile enough as to take on opponents and also use their intelligence to unlock secrets.

Completing missions isn’t a real challenge, with the game instructing players want to do next, each step of the way. The emphasis on making the game user-friendly and appealing to kids is self evident throughout the campaign. The plot of Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens is not overly complicated, despite spanning over a long period of time. At the cornerstone of the campaign are the building mechanics, which are testing for children and amusing for adults.

Development of LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens

Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens was unveiled two months after Episode VII was critically acclaimed in cinemas. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that the developers are working on a new Lego themed game. It was officially announced on February 2, a teaser trailer soon followed and the game was made available for preorder. Those who were ready to purchase the Deluxe Edition also received a season pass to the game.

Where can I download LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens?

The game has been available for download on the Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment website since early February. The Deluxe Edition preorder deal is no longer in effect, but players can unlock additional downloadable content. In the second half of 2016, DLC packs was released and it went by the name of Droid Character Pack and the Phantom Limb Level Pack.

Screenshot of LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Base
Screenshot of LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Base

On the website of the publisher, players can also acquire F.E.A.R. 2 and its sequel F.E.A.R. 3, Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor as well as Mortal Kombat X. Star Wars fans who want to experience the real thing will need to head on to BioWare or Electronic Arts. Here they will find Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars the Old Republic and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic.

What are others saying about LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens?

Lego themed games are almost always well received by the critics. They breathe new life into famous franchises and sometimes rejuvenate those that have lost their appeal. Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens did the trick for both hardcore fans and moviegoers. Professional reviewers described the game as one of the most amusing and entertainment of all Lego themed titles.

The action-adventure video game sold like hot cookies in the United Kingdom and abroad, setting new records. The players were equally thrilled with the manner in which developers re-created the Star Wars universe. A little criticism was caused by the fact that some puzzles were too simple to keep players hooked. At the same time, many understood the reasoning behind simplifying these quests as this was supposed to be a children friendly game.

LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens tournaments

Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens is one of the few Lego the games that has a multiplayer mode. The developers had no intention to create a game suitable for tournaments or competitive play for what matters. Star Wars Battlefront is the only Star Wars themed game that can be played online at a competitive level. Star Wars the Old Republic and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic are story driven and not designed for tournament play.

My rating of LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens

I remember my reluctance when I was asked to play the first LEGO the game more than a decade ago. I ended up enjoying that title more than the Indiana Jones video game that it was based on and almost as much as the movie. That’s why I was thrilled at the perspective of playing Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens after watching Episode VII. This is the definition of an amusing and relaxing game, one of the few out there. It tells an exciting story and if you don’t mind simplicity, then you will probably enjoy it just as much as I did. As far as I’m concerned, it deserves nothing less than a rating of 9 out of 10.

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9.5
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