While not even remotely difficult, LEGO Star Wars is a nice change of pace, even for hardcore gamers.

User Rating: 8.5 | LEGO Star Wars GC
In 1977, George Lucas' Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was released. 35 years, 6 movies, and countless numbers of video games, novels, and comics later, we sit in the aftermath of what could very well be the greatest entertainment saga of all time. Among the many video games released within the Star Wars Universe, the LEGO Star Wars series is among them. The first in the LEGO-themed Star Wars games is LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game, which retells Episodes I, II, and III of the prequel trilogy of the Star Wars movies in a cheesy, kid-oriented LEGO style.

The gameplay of LEGO Star Wars is simple: you play as a LEGO version of a Star Wars character (be it Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, even your run-of-the mill clone trooper) and you solve various LEGO-themed puzzles that go along with a watered down version of each Episode's story-line. Jedi and Sith characters can use the force to destroy or place objects to help in solving puzzles, or receiving LEGO studs, which as the games currency. Characters with laser blasters can shoot targets to unlock various doors and gadgets, as well as use their grappling hooks to pull themselves to out-of-reach platforms. Droid characters (such as R2-D2 and C-3PO) can open various doors that help progress in the plot, or find studs or minikits. Minikits are collectibles that are used to build various vehicles and other items that are relevant to the chapter in which the kit is collected. There are 10 minikits per chapter and while the vehicles serve no in-game purpose, they are a nice touch and are pretty cool to check out once everything is said and done.

The graphics in this game are nothing to write home about, even for when it was released in 2005. The whole game world is built using LEGO blocks, which provides and interesting take on the Star Wars Universe, and is a very cool concept. LEGO Star Wars includes the incredibly familiar music from the movies, which really adds the the experience. The sound effects are done quite nicely, the laser blasts from guns and the sound of a lightsaber being turned on sound exactly like in the movies, which also adds to the nostalgia of LEGO Star Wars.

Though LEGO Star Wars is more geared toward children, it's still a fun and interesting game for all ages and all styles of gamers. It provides a cool and interesting take on the well known Star Wars Universe, and provides hours of content after the main story is completed finding collectibles, earning studs to buy new characters and extras, and if you earn a certain amount of studs in each chapter, and new level unlocks which is a prelude to Episode IV where you get to play as Darth Vader infiltrating Princess Leia's ship. Though it's not graphically superior or challenging, LEGO Star Wars does what it was meant to do: Be a fun game for all ages that can provide a quirky, nostalgic take on an extremely popular saga of movies and other entertainment.