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Since 1995, numerous commercial video games based on Lego, the construction system produced by The Lego Group, have been released. Following the second game, Lego Island, developed and published by Mindscape, The Lego Group published games on its own with its Lego Media division, which was renamed Lego Software in 2001, and Lego Interactive in 2002. The division also co-published with Electronic Arts before closing. Former Lego Interactive staff founded company Giant Interactive Entertainment for future Lego game publishing. Following the release of Lego Star Wars: The Video Game, Giant merged with Traveller's Tales to form TT Games. TT Games was acquired by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) in November 2007, making WBIE the primary publisher for Lego games.[1]

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LEGO Games was a line of brick-built board games introduced in July of 2009. It comprised of twenty-nine games, and thirty-three different sets. Unlike previous LEGO board game releases such as Chess or Tic tac toe, the LEGO Games line featured original games developed by LEGO in conjunction with veteran designers from various game industries.

The LEGO Games theme used standard bricks and building techniques in both construction and play, though two elements - the microfigure and the die - are both characteristic of the line and were exclusive to it. The die is actually so intrinsic to the theme, that it is actually incorporated into the theme's logo. Most of the games feature a playing board that must be constructed, although some others use a number of standalone structures instead.

In mid-2011, a subtheme of LEGO Games, Heroica, was released, which was based on the concept of RPGs (role playing games), such as the iconic Dungeons and Dragons. The subtheme would see players exploring various environments such as forests and dungeons, collecting keys and battling monsters. The various games in the subtheme would also be combined with each other to form a larger playing area.

Microfigures:Some games featured microfigures to serve as tokens. These are single pieces styled to represent minifigures - some original, others based on existing minifigures - but are only one stud wide and two bricks tall, and have no moving parts.

The combination of physical toys and media has been happening for a very long time, from action figures and cartoons in the '80s to toys and video games now, there has been synergy between the two. So it makes sense that one of the largest and most popular toy brands, LEGO, has had a ton of games with their brand. Interestingly enough, many of these titles come from branded LEGO sets, like Star Wars and Marvel, adding a third party to the mix. These games have evolved over the years but have a pretty consistent style and are always great for co-op. Here are the ten best, according to Metacritic.

LEGO City Undercover was originally a Wii U exclusive but the game got played by real people once it was brought to other consoles a few years later. It is one of the few traditional LEGO games that does not feature a licensed property, instead following the story of Chase McCain as he tries to take down the crime boss Rex Fury. While the game serves as a purchasable advertisement of the physical LEGO set of the same name, it contains the usual Traveller's Tales charm that makes these titles special.

LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is one of the earlier LEGO games, alongside Star Wars and Batman. It features the three original Indiana Jones movies, broken up into 18 playable levels. The game does not have any voice acting and does not have a massive open-world hub between levels but instead a smaller hub with fewer features. The game still has the classic LEGO humor and charm, often displayed through visual gags modifying the original movies it is based on. The game featured plenty of playable characters including all notable characters from the movies and plenty of unremarkable ones.

If you think packaging old video games together and releasing them on new consoles is a recent trend you are mistaken. A year after LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy released on Xbox (and Xbox 360), PS2 and Gamecube, The Complete Saga featuring all six movies that existed at the time was released on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii. The game combined two excellent LEGO videogames into one neat package with a massive collection of playable characters. The game also tells a better story than the prequel movies do, even without dialogue.

Obviously the story was based heavily on the comics but did not have movies to follow directly, unlike the other games. The game also featured an interesting role reversal, with the second half of the game telling the story again from the villains' perspective. It also features two hubs, the Batcave and Arkham Asylum.

The sequel to the previous entry on this list, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is a perfect sequel, improving on the first game in nearly every aspect. The game features a traversable Gotham City for a hub world and brings in other characters from the DC Universe to help Batman take down the teamed up Joker and Lex Luthor. The game features an enjoyable romp through the DC roster and features excellent voice acting that adds to the experience, something not always true for LEGO games.

With TT Games being owned by Warner Bros. it was assumed that getting Disney owned properties was not going to happen for LEGO games. However, that theory was proven wrong when LEGO Marvel Super Heroes came onto the scene. The title came out swinging, opting to not use the MCU films that had been released up to that point but to instead tell an "original" story that allowed for the inclusion of many, many Marvel characters to team up against Galactus.

It may not seem like it should work, but LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures shows how a not-so-family-friendly film trilogy can be rebuilt with LEGO bricks without feeling like a massive departure from the source material. Similar to the LEGO Star Wars games, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures takes you through the events of the first three Indy films, but it puts a playful tongue-in-cheek spin on some of the less kid-friendly scenes.

The gameplay showed marked improvement from the earlier LEGO Star Wars games, and like the films it's based on, Indy is a bit more focused on puzzle-solving and exploration than combat. Like its Star Wars counterparts, this game is still a blast when playing local co-op. Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures holds up amazingly well nearly 15 years after it was released, and you might even say this modern classic belongs in a museum.

LEGO Star Wars has the unique honor of being the first pop-culture property to be given the LEGO treatment. Reimagining that galaxy far, far away's iconic characters, creatures, and vehicles as chunky, modular construction sets was like striking gold bricks as it attracted a whole new generation of fans and collectors to Star Wars. While Star Wars video games had been around almost as long as Star Wars movies, the minimalist polygonal nature of Star Wars in LEGO form was ripe for video-gamification.

Not only does LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga let you play through wacky video game makeovers of the mainline numbered Star Wars films, it also brings in references, nods, and collectibles based on the spinoff films, the television shows, and so much more. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a deeper, more comprehensive, and more action-packed take on LEGO games and one that hopefully gets applied to every LEGO game from here on out.

Did you play any of these games growing up or just love playing with LEGOs for adults? Did you think we missed any LEGO Games that should have been on this list? Let us know! For more top 10 lists, be sure to check out our other lists like the Top 10 Best Video Game Remakes of All Time!

Additionally, the same sources detail a narrative-based Mandalorian DLC in development for Lego Skywalker Saga (the character is already available in the game as part of prior DLC) that is also said to be in jeopardy, along with another new title based on DC's Batman that has apparently been put to one side. It is suggested that development on both of these games has stalled thanks to another large project sucking up the studio's resources: a long-rumoured Skywalker Saga-style treatment for the Lego Harry Potter series.

TT studios is such a massive part of many of our childhoods. It failing would be an incredibly painful blow to me and many others. I remember playing the first lego batman on Christmas. The opening screen is incredibly nostalgic to me

Really it feels like they oversaturate the market on these things so much that the value MUST collapse eventually. Like last week on the Xbox you were able to get three Lego Marvel games plus all of the DLC for all of them for $9 and when you have that much stuff sitting just for this one property, on top of churning out Harry Potter and DC stuff and Incredibles and whatever else, it just gets to be too much and there becomes little point in buying every one of the things at full price at launch even if you are a huge fan of them.

Honestly, I do think it is worth it to keep development steady and actually let the devs focus on one project at a time. Their previous model simply is not a healthy one - prior to The Skywalker Saga, I honestly think LEGO games were starting to go into a decline in quality. The Skywalker Saga itself isn't even that great of a game either, but at least it made some big changes.

Its always bad when a developer try to produce lots of different things at once. Please, focus, TT Games! We still love the Lego games. And please, its about time for a third Lego City Undercover game !

This is really sad to see. Traveler's Tales is a really talented dev and while most Lego games aren't my thing, they truly always make a quality game whenever they come out. That Disney game is really sad to see get cancelled, considering it says it had the most amount of work on it compared to all other games here. I only hope the people at TT Games are doing ok and that the studio can turn around from this because the studio shutting down would be a crying shame 041b061a72


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