Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
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  1. 80
    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.
  2. The novelty of watching a little Lego person version of Obi-Wan Kenobi duel it out with Darth Maul certainly accounts for a large portion of the game's appeal, but on its own merits it's a fairly fun, inventive little game.
  3. Game Informer
    The perfect party game for nerds. [May 2005, p.111]
  4. This is one game, perhaps the only game, where it's a compliment to say that the graphics are blocky.
  5. Cheat Code Central
    The only real complaint that I have is that there are no voiceovers. The game is relatively mute. Fortunately the personality of the characters is able to transcend this limitation but the game is far from silent as it utilizes the incredibly rich, John Williams scores for theme and background music in addition to all of the sound effects from the Lucas library.
  6. One of those games that needs to be played by everyone in their lifetime, if only for five minutes, just to see it in action. It's packed with loads of humor, decent gameplay, and probably more Star Wars fan service than any game bearing the franchise's name to date.
  7. 90
    If you don't break into a big, dopey grin while running around shattering LEGO Battle Droids into their component parts, then you should just put videogames down for good -- you've outgrown them.
  8. If you're a Star Wars fan wondering where the magic went, look no further.
  9. Achieves what regular Star Wars, in recent history, has been unable to do: deliver a children’s experience that is fun and engaging for adults as well.
  10. 80
    The gameplay isn't going to challenge hardcore gamers as the enemies simply aren't that tough, but the presentation really shines. [May 2005, p.95]
  11. games(TM)
    The core gameplay is somewhat lacking. ‘But it’s for kids,’ we hear you cry. Maybe so, but even kids - or those who are just young at heart - will no doubt want a challenge that lasts longer than it would take to watch the original trilogy. [May 2005, p.109]
  12. Edge Magazine
    Kids are often underestimated, but that doesn’t mean their games should be. Lego Star Wars has an appeal that goes beyond age, even if it’s one that rarely goes beyond 20 minutes at a time. [May 2005, p.84]
  13. 80
    It's hard to describe just how much better LEGO Star Wars is than it should be. All the pieces just fit together perfectly. It's cute yet cunning, easy but addictive, and simultaneously light-hearted and intense.
  14. I defy any gamer with even a modicum of affection for Star Wars or LEGO to play this game and not have a good time with a big grin on his face.
  15. AceGamez
    From start to finish, Lego Star Wars delivers; looks, presentation, gameplay, replay value, none of it lacks polish.
  16. Play Magazine
    This game is also one of the easiest the galaxy has ever seen. [May 2005, p.52]
  17. The game's short length, infinite continues, and co-op mode make it an excellent rental for older folks, while kids will be happy to replay the levels to death and track down every last secret. [May 2005, p.125]
  18. 80
    That co-op feature makes this among the best kids games out there, because parents and kids can directly play together.
  19. The presentation in LSW is excellent. The game’s visuals are detailed and the Lego look is superb.
  20. 80
    The game play is quick and addictive which should satisfy adults, and the puzzles aren't too difficult, but still put up a challenge which should appeal to children.
  21. If you mature, and don't get Star Wars at all it is possible that you may consider that this is more an quality Lego Star Wars product than it is a gripping Lego Star Wars game. This is one for the younglings. Move along.
  22. Oh man, General Grievous is a cool boss. He has four lightsabers! Four!
  23. The sheer simplicity of the game is likely to affect the duration of the game, but while it lasts LEGO Star Wars is enjoyable and has an understanding of the Star Wars brand above many others.
  24. Sure, LEGO Star Wars is easy. Sure, it looks like a game for kids. These things are undeniable; however, what else is undeniable is just how much fun that playing this game is, despite its appearance.
  25. PSM Magazine
    Yes, it looks childish, is a bit too easily beaten, and is based on the lackluster Star Wars prequels (all three of them) - but it's also a fun game with charm to spare. [May 2005, p.74]
  26. It's even possible, with a little effort, to unlock everything here in the time span of a rental. While it is an elegant game, Lego Star Wars' simplicity is an unavoidable weak point and it would be negligent to recommend this game wholeheartedly to the average gamer.
  27. It may not be the most technically accomplished game to have graced our screens, but the plain and simple fact is that it’s so much fun to play, it’s almost indescribable.
  28. The game is addictive. I just couldn’t put it down until I was done playing.
  29. The graphics are simply state of the art. Virtual Lego, and perfectly implemented.
  30. The perfect rental title. Brilliantly playable, beautifully detailed and choking with charisma, it's also linear, too easy and a shallower than a midget's beret.
  31. Highly recommended for anyone with a sense of humor (that excludes you George Lucas... out, out, OUT!
  32. Whatever you do, don't let its cute appearance fool you. The force is strong with this one!
  33. netjak
    Basically the same as the Star Wars Lego kits. You'll complete it in under a day, and then put it up on the shelf, never to be played with again.
  34. While it won't keep you occupied for more than the length of a rental, Lego Star Wars is a surprisingly satisfying addition to my video game library.
  35. The combination of humor, accessible gameplay and Lego-fied Star Wars is tough to beat. Sure it’s a short and simple game, but it’s nice to see a developer/publisher team take a chance on something a little different, and end up making an enjoyable product.
  36. This Lego retelling of the prequels is both a loving tribute and an amusing parody.
  37. Most interestingly, the game will appeal to both kids and adults, as its simple pick-up-and-play action is accessible to almost anyone of any age.
  38. 85
    It's great being able to play through all three of the latest movies in one sitting, even if their storylines are a little watered down.
  39. A spectacular gem of a game that’s for once suitable for just about anyone.
  40. 75
    Even though it’s short and not a technical marvel, this is still the most fun I’ve ever had playing a Star Wars game.
  41. There may be other Star Wars games out there but Lego Star Wars covers more in one game than most of them and focuses only on the sequences rather than whole films which makes for excellent gameplay.
  42. There's a goofy pleasure in seeing animated Lego figures pantomime scenes from the movies, and the game's puzzles and battles are undemanding but fun.
  43. 80
    Puncturing the pretentious balloon of Star Wars with amusingly colored bricks is a noble goal. And if nothing else, there’s always the light puzzle that triggers NPC disco dancing to a techno remix of the Star Wars music.
  44. 82
    If you’re a Star Wars fan, even an old school purist like me, you will have a blast playing this game, especially if you have kids to help you out.
  45. Pelaaja (Finland)
    Lego Star Wars is really fun, friendly and colourful little game. It’s not too complicated, but still very entertaining. You have to be a hardened cynic or a Star Wars hater not to like this game. The Force is indeed with the blocks. [June 2005, p.59]
  46. Yes it’s shorter than an Ewok and easier than the dancer with the six tits in Jabba’s Palace, but it’s a jam-packed Death Star of replayable fun - and whether you’re six or sixty, isn’t that everything you could ever dare hope for in a game?

Awards & Rankings

#72 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#88 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 80
  2. Negative: 23 out of 80
  1. May 28, 2012
    Amazing game.
  2. Mar 28, 2015
    Now, a lot of gamers wont pick up this game because they believe it to be too kiddy or childish. Granted, it is geared towards childrenNow, a lot of gamers wont pick up this game because they believe it to be too kiddy or childish. Granted, it is geared towards children somewhat, and isn't overtly difficult or mature. However, this is a really entertaining game with a lot to do. Full Review »
  3. Feb 27, 2015
    The game is pretty easy but its still pretty fun too! There is a lot to come back for! Like gold bricks, red bricks, and the mini kits! GameThe game is pretty easy but its still pretty fun too! There is a lot to come back for! Like gold bricks, red bricks, and the mini kits! Game moves smoothly and the graphics are decent for Lego game. Full Review »