ⓘ Lego Star Wars: The Video Game

Lego Star Wars: The Video Game

ⓘ Lego Star Wars: The Video Game

Lego Star Wars: The Video Game is a Lego-themed, action-adventure video game based on the Lego Star Wars line of toys, and the first installment in the Lego video game franchise developed by Travellers Tales, which would develop all future Lego titles from that point on. It was first released on 29 March 2005, and is a video game adaptation of the Star Wars prequel trilogy: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, with a bonus level from A New Hope.

It is the only Travellers Tales developed Lego title that was rated Everyone by the ESRB for consoles, with most subsequent handheld versions of Travellers Tales LEGO video games receiving such a rating; while further console versions of Travellers Tales LEGO video games received the Everyone 10+ rating.

It was developed by Travellers Tales for the Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation 2 video game consoles, and Microsoft Windows personal computers, with Griptonite Games developing the Nintendo Game Boy Advance version. These initial versions were published in April 2005. A Mac version, developed by Aspyr, was released in August 2005. A Nintendo GameCube version of the game was released on 25 October 2005. All versions were published by Eidos Interactive and Giant Interactive Entertainment, with Star Wars assets licensed through LucasArts.


1. Gameplay

Gameplay in Lego Star Wars is geared towards family play, and does not feature a game-over scenario. Given a specific set of characters in each scenario, based on a scene from each of the movies, up to two players can control them, using their different abilities. By walking up to another friendly character, the player can switch control over to that character; this interaction is necessary in order to use another characters abilities to complete certain puzzles. Lego Studs, small coin-like collectibles which serve as the games currency, can be collected by finding them, smashing or using the force on certain objects, or defeating enemies. Players also have a health meter consisting of four hearts that gets depleted if they get injured or shot at. When they lose all their hearts, their character is broken apart and they lose studs as opposed to lives. These studs can be spent on unlocking new characters for Free Play mode, hints for playing the game, and cheats. Certain segments of the game feature players controlling spaceships flying on a flat plane. There are also several minikit canisters hidden throughout each level that, when collected, combine to form a vehicle.

When the player first starts the game, they must first complete Chapter I of The Phantom Menace "Negotiations". However, once that Chapter is completed, the player may choose to play any unlocked levels from the other two movies in their desired order.

Completing all the games levels with full stud bars will unlock an additional chapter based on the opening scene of A New Hope, which features a prototype Darth Vader, who uses Anakins fighting style, and a Stormtrooper whose movements are identical to the Clone Troopers both of these are remodeled in the next game.

The background music is the same music used in the Star Wars movies, but as the game was released before Episode III s soundtrack, music from the original trilogy 1977, 1980 and 1983 was used for that movies levels. For instance, the alternate soundtrack for the "Binary Sunset" was used in the second Chapter of Episode III, while "The Battle of Endor I" was used in Chapter VI, "Princess Leias Theme" for chapter V and "The Battle of Yavin" was used in Chapters I and III. In The Complete Saga, these tracks would later be removed and replaced with ones from Episode III.


1.1. Gameplay Characters

Lego Star Wars contains a total of 59 playable characters for LEGO Star Wars; 56 in the GameCube, PS2, Xbox, and PC versions. The three missing are Gungan, Tusken Raider, and STAP, playable in the GBA version, though the Gungan and STAP are only available through cheat codes. The playable characters are modelled like actual Lego parts and, on dying, they fall to pieces and also lose studs. There is a wide variety of characters included in the game, all of which are unlocked by completing levels or by purchasing them at Dexters Diner. Characters are divided into groups according to certain skills. For instance, Jedi and Sith can double-jump, use lightsabers, and have control of The Force, which they can use to activate or lift Lego objects or defeat certain enemies. Darth Maul has a double-ended lightsaber which improves his defence from laser fire. Jar Binks, General Grievous and his bodyguard have the super-jump, which allows them to reach obstacles that the Jedi and Sith can not jump to. Characters like Padme Amidala and clone troopers, who carry blasters, have the ability to grapple to reach higher places. Droids, while unarmed, can travel through the game without being intentionally attacked by enemy characters. Protocol droids and astromech droids can open special doors. Characters such as Boba Fett and Young Anakin can fit into tight places. Every character, other than the PK Droid, Gonk Droid whose only ability is that they are never killed by enemies, and Chancellor Palpatine, has a special ability.

Unlocked characters can be imported into the games sequel, Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, as an extra called "use old save", which costs 250.000 Lego Studs, and can be used in its character creator function.

Because the game is based on the Prequel Trilogy 1999, 2002, 2005, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian and other characters from the original Star Wars Trilogy 1977, 1980 and 1983 are not shown, and appear in the sequel Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy. However, if the player unlocks the last level an episode 4 preview, Darth Vader, a stormtrooper, a rebel trooper and Princess Leia become available. Original trilogy characters Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, C-3PO, and R2-D2 are unlockable in the game since they appear in the prequel trilogy also.


1.2. Gameplay Free Play

Once a non-vehicle level has been cleared in Story Mode, the player may play through that level again in Free Play Mode. In this mode, players can choose to play through the level with their choice of unlocked characters randomly selected by the program based on their abilities. At any point, the player can rotate instantly between each of the chosen characters to access areas not accessible during the Story Mode and obtain hidden extras. No story cut scenes appear in this mode.


1.3. Gameplay Dexters Diner

Dexters Diner is the area where the player chooses what level to enter, or they can enter the Parking Lot to view any vehicles whose parts they have found and pieced together. The parts to these vehicles are contained in 10 mini-kit canisters which are hidden throughout each level. Battles often take place in the Parking Lot between canon-good and canon-evil characters, such as Jedi and Sith, respectively. At the diner counter, the player may purchase, or enter codes, to unlock extras in exchange for Lego studs they have collected by playing through the levels.


1.4. Gameplay Game Boy Advance version

The Game Boy Advance version behaves differently than the console versions. It is played from an isometric perspective with only one player, who controls one of 15 playable characters through story scenarios across the prequel trilogy, battling enemies, completing objectives and getting from one place to another. The levels are not evenly divided across the three Episodes, with Episode II having the fewest levels. Each level is divided into multiple sections that serve as checkpoints should the players character fall apart, and players are given a longer health meter that they must prevent from depleting to continue. Each character possesses a special ability that is constrained by a stamina meter not found in the console version. Players can also find Jawas in certain levels who can award the player health or stamina upgrades, as well as a maintenance droid that can save them once from death once at the price of currently collected studs in a level. All boss battles are primarily against villains with lightsabers, and call for heavy button mashing to win, especially when players can exclusively get caught in lightsaber blade locks that must be won to inflict extra damage. Other characters have different attack abilities that are not in the console versions, such as blaster-wielding characters able to fire charged shots and astromech droids being able to drop proton mines that would damage enemies on contact. Players are also encouraged to use other characters abilities in free-play to discover secret areas and find Death Star plans, which replace minikits in the console version. At the end of each level, players are rewarded and ranked for how many enemies they defeated, how many blaster bolts they deflected, how many studs they collected and how many Death Star plans they found.


2.1. Plot Episode I - The Phantom Menace

After the Trade Federation sets up a blockade on the peaceful planet of Naboo, Supreme Chancellor Valorum of the Galactic Republic secretly dispatches two Jedi Knights, Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi, to attempt to negotiate with the Federation and settle the conflict. However, after boarding the Trade Federations command ship, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are lured into a trap and are forced to fight their way through numerous battle droids in order to escape. With the help of the protocol droid TC-14, the two Jedi manage to board a droid transporter, which takes them to Naboo, as the invasion of the planet has officially started. On Naboo, Qui-Gon saves a Gungan named Jar Binks from being crushed by a transporter and, grateful, he leads the two Jedi to the Gungans underwater city, where Qui-Gon uses a Force mind trick to convince their leader, Boss Nass, to give them a submarine, allowing them to infiltrate the Naboo capital of Theed. After saving Queen Amidala and her guards, including Captain Panaka, the group fight their way through battle droids to reach the palace hangar, where they use the Royal Starship to escape from Naboo.

Because the ship was severely damaged during the escape, the group lands on the desert planet Tatooine in search for the piece needed to fix the ship. At a local shop run by Watto, Qui-Gon finds both the piece and a young slave boy named Anakin Skywalker. Finding the cost of the piece to be expensive, Anakin shows them a flyer about the upcoming pod race where they could get the money they need, as long as Anakin wins the upcoming pod race. Anakin ends up winning the race and leaves with Qui-Gon, who uses the prize money to buy the piece from Watto. With the ship fixed, the group return to Naboo to stop the invasion and Padme makes peace with the Gungans, convincing Boss Nass to help them.

While the Gungan army led by Jar battles the droid army in the open fields, Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, Padme, Panaka, R2 and Anakin infiltrate Theed and fight their way through battle droids to reach the palace hangar, where they rescue the Naboo pilots, so that they could launch an attack on the Trade Federations command ship. After Droidekas attack them, Anakin and R2 board a starfighter to destroy them, but accidentally take off into space. The group attempt to escape, but they are stopped by Darth Maul, Darth Sidious apprentice, whom Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan engage in a lengthy duel. Maul stabs Qui-Gon, but is then defeated by Obi-Wan, who slices him in half, and he falls down a large shaft. Qui-Gon then dies from his wound.

In the epilogue, the people of Naboo celebrate the newly found peace between the humans and the Gungans.


2.2. Plot Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Ten years later, the Republic, now led by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, is descending into crisis, being on the edge of entering a war with the recently formed Confederacy of Independent Systems CIS, led by the former Jedi Master and Darth Sidious new apprentice, Count Dooku. Following a failed assassination attempt of Padme Amidala, Obi-Wan is able to track down the origins of a poisoned dart used by the assassin to the ocean planet Kamino, where he discovers an entire clone army in service of the Republic created by the Kaminoans, and also meets the bounty hunter Jango Fett. Obi-Wan confronts him and his son Boba Fett, but they run away. After a chase through the cloning facility, Obi-Wan eventually corners Jango on a landing pad and fights him, while Boba is piloting their ship, Slave I, and firing at him. Although Obi-Wan defeats Jango, he escapes with Boba aboard the Slave I, but the Jedi Master throws a tracking device onto their ship and follows them to the desert planet Geonosis, the secret headquarters of the CIS.

Obi-Wan is quickly captured by the Separatists, but manages to send a distress signal to Anakin Skywalker, now a yong adult and Jedi Padawan, and Padme. Anakin and Padme, accompanied by R2-D2 and C-3PO Anakins old protocol droid travel to Geonosis to save Obi-Wan on their own. Venturing into a droid manufacturing facility, Anakin and Padme fight numerous battle droids and Geonosians and eventually rescue Obi-Wan, only to be all captured by Jango and Droidekas and sentenced to death in the Geonosian Arena.

Before they can be executed, however, they are rescued by a large number of undercover Jedi, led by Master Mace Windu. During the battle with the droids and the Geonosians, Windu fights and decapitates Jango, much to the grief of Boba. Although the Jedi are soon outnumbered by the droids, Grand Master Yoda arrives with the clone army and saves them, before leading the clones into battle against the droid army. The Republic gunships launch an attack and manage to destroy one of the Separatists command ships, while Obi-Wan and Anakin confront Count Dooku. Just as Dooku defeats them, severing Anakins right arm, Yoda arrives and duels Dooku himself, before he uses the Force to attempt to crush Anakin and Obi-Wan with a pillar, forcing Yoda to let the Sith Lord escape in order to save them.

In the epilogue, Dooku returns to Coruscant to meet with Darth Sidious.


2.3. Plot Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Three years into the Clone Wars, the Separatists, led by Count Dooku and the cyborg General Grievous, launch an attack on Coruscant, capturing Chancellor Palpatine, which results in a massive space battle above the planet. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are tasked with saving Palpatine and they manage to infiltrate Grievous flagship, before fighting their way through numerous battle droids to reach the observation deck, where Palpatine is being held. Before they get the chance to rescue him, Dooku arrives and duels Anakin and Obi-Wan, but is defeated and decapitated by Anakin. With Palpatine rescued, the group then make their way to the command center of the ship to confront Grievous, but he escapes with the last remaining pod, forcing Anakin and Obi-Wan to crash the ship on Coruscant, but they all survive.

The Republic later tracks down Grievous to the planet Utapau, where Obi-Wan and Commander Cody confront and fight him. Grievous kills Cody, but is then shot and killed by Obi-Wan with Codys blaster. Meanwhile, Yoda travels to Kashyyyk to help the Wookiees fight the droid army invading their planet, only to witness Palpatine, who was actually Darth Sidious and played both sides of the war all along, ordering all the clone troopers across the galaxy to execute Order 66 In the game to represent this, a hologram of Palpatine makes a throat slitting gesture, which causes them to turn on their Jedi generals and attempt to kill them. Although Yoda manages to escape with help from the Wookiees, including Chewbacca, after fighting his way through both battle droids and clones in order to reach his pod, Order 66 works and most of the Jedi Order is wiped out, with only a few survivors remaining, including Yoda and Obi-Wan.

Obi-Wan and Yoda arrive on Coruscant, after fighting their way through numerous clone troopers guarding it, they eventually find the security recordings, but are shocked at the discovery that Anakin has turned to the Dark Side, becoming Palpatines new apprentice and slaughtering all the Jedi inside the temple. Obi-Wan reluctantly goes to confront Anakin and follows Padme to the lava planet Mustafar. After Anakin argues with Padme, Obi-Wan reveals himself and the two former friends engage in a lengthy duel. Obi-Wan eventually defeats Anakin and cuts off all his limbs, before taking his lightsaber and leaving him to die.

In the epilogue, Obi-Wan takes Padme to a medical facility on Polis Massa, where she gives birth to twins, Luke and Leia, before dying. Palpatine finds the severely injured Anakin and puts him in a robotic suit to help him survive, thus becoming the feared Sith Lord Darth Vader.


2.4. Plot Bonus level Episode IV - A New Hope

19 years later, the galaxy is consumed by a deadly civil war between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, who has risen to combat the Empires tyranny. A small group of rebels aboard the Tantive IV ship, led by Princess Leia, are on the run from an Imperial Star Destroyer, as they are carrying stolen plans of the Empires battle station, the Death Star. After the Tantive IV is tracked into the Star Destroyer, Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper board the ship and begin searching for the plans, killing any Rebel soldier standing in their way. They eventually find Leia just as she is placing the plans inside R2-D2, but the screen then fades to black and the message "To be continued" appears, leaving place for the games sequel, Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, which covers the next three films of the Star Wars saga, including this one.


3. Development

In 2003, Travellers Tales started the work on the game with assistance from Lego Interactive, who would also publish the game. After The Lego Group left the gaming industry and closed down Lego Interactive in 2004, a small team of former Lego Interactive employees went on to found their own publishing company, Giant Interactive Entertainment, and would be able to publish all future Lego titles, including Lego Star Wars: The Video Game. After the huge success of the game, Travellers Tales downright bought Giant, and renamed them to TT Games Publishing.


4. Reception and legacy

Lego Star Wars received generally positive reviews. The PC version received a score of 77/100 from Metacritic and the game maintained a consistently high position at the top of the UK charts in May 2005.

Lego Star Wars was the thirteenth best-selling game of 2005. Figures released by The NPD Group show the PlayStation 2 version as the tenth best-selling single-platform title of 2005. The games worldwide sales total exceeded 3.3 million copies in March 2006 and 6.7 million in May 2009. In the United States, the games Game Boy Advance version alone sold 580.000 copies and earned $17 million by August 2006. During the period between January 2000 and August 2006, it was the 49th highest-selling game launched for the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS or PlayStation Portable in that country.

The PlayStation 2 version of Lego Star Wars received a "Double Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association ELSPA, indicating sales of at least 600.000 copies in the United Kingdom. By July 2006, the PlayStation 2 version had sold 1 million copies and earned $34 million in the United States alone. Next Generation ranked it as the 54th highest-selling game launched for the PlayStation 2, Xbox or GameCube between January 2000 and July 2006 in that country.

It was one of The Best-Selling PS2 Games with more than four-fifths of the copies sold on the PlayStation 2.

IGN rated the game 8 out of 10 saying, "If youre a parent, LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game should be at the top of your childs birthday list. It has everything a family-oriented title needs: it has personality, puzzles, cooperative modes, replay value, low violence, a lack of frustrating difficulty, and most importantly, it has Darth Vader. And thats what makes it enjoyable for adults too, because lets face it; Darth Vader makes everything better -- its a fact."

The games sequel, Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, was released in September 2006, while a compilation, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, was released in November 2007 and Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars was released in March 2011. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, based on the 2015 film of the same name, was released in June 2016.