Can it really have been 17 years since we discovered the comedy gold woven into Star Wars’ space opera? It took the brick figures of Lego to front the gags and find the fun with the Lego Star Wars crossover in 2005.
ow this hugely successful format – a mix of pop culture franchises and a kid-friendly, adult-appealing platformer in more than a dozen installments – comes full circle with an ambitious retelling of the nine Star Wars films. This mammoth saga hasn’t come without a cost — Polygon reported in January of a challenging work culture at the dev studio and an extensive crunch to complete the five-year project.
The effort required can be seen on screen as the familiar Lego game template is applied to the three trilogies, closely mimicking the arcs of the Lucasarts films while adding tons of additional material for players to enjoy.
The gameplay hasn’t evolved much in the last few years, a mix of gentle puzzles, lighthearted platforming and deeply satisfying brick smashing. But the technicalities of the past have been smoothed out and improved hints prevent players from getting stuck.
The power of modern consoles lends a pleasing sheen to the cartoonish yet detailed graphics, and fans of the films will delight in exploring areas of only fleeting screen time. Of course, the rousing soundtrack and sparkling effects always bring a smile to your face.
The Skywalker saga begins with Episode IV: A New Hope, which takes Luke from farm boy to savior of the Rebel Alliance in snappy sequences filled with warmth and, above all, humor. Playing it directly just isn’t in the DNA of the series.
Once you’ve completed each film’s storyline (after completing New Hope, you can hop around the trilogy at will) a world of replay awaits you in the form of mind-bending challenges and collectibles hidden throughout the levels.
The original cast doesn’t matter, but decent soundalikes not only speak most of the lines from the scripts, but heaps of other dialogue as well, from throwaway jokes to knowing one-liners. As always, the game resembles a slapstick comedy half the time, from gotchas to sight gags. How about R2D2’s new headbutt move? Or the stormtroopers who practiced tai chi? Or Vader accidentally playing Mos Eisley’s jazz tune while trying to shoot Luke down over the Death Star.
The Skywalker Saga is theoretically aimed at young children with its indulgent level of difficulty. However, it’s no secret that it’s a lot more fun when an adult joins the cooperative play and sparks hilarious bickering when you accidentally or intentionally shoot at each other. This is family game at it’s best: clever, addicting and above all funny.
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