Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The game is addictive. I just couldn't put it down until I was done playing.
  4. Whether you are a kid, have a kid, or just a kid at heart, LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game is a definite most-own title.
  5. 87
    Regardless of the issues, Lego Star Wars for the Xbox should be your only choice when it comes to picking any Star Wars game for the console. There's something everyone can enjoy.
  6. It's not the longest game, and it's not the most complex game, but it succeeds at almost everything it sets out to do-which puts it head and shoulders above most other games out there, Star Wars-related or not.
  7. 85
    The game has a good balance of action and puzzle solving which should keep you playing through right to the end.
  8. Though be warned – after playing, you'll be sorely tempted to pop off down the local toyshop and invest in some of the ever-popular plastic brick kits for yourself! Now where did I put that curved end bit.
  9. 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.
  10. The faithfulness to the SW Universe (as perceived in the movies) might be better than any game out there, kid title or not.
  11. 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.
  12. 80
    Who'd have expected a bunch of little colored blocks to re-energize the old George Lucas entertainment machine, just as it seemed to be winding down?
  13. So yes, it's fun, charming, addictive in a kiddy way, and a bit too short. But it's very Star Wars, so that's alright then.
  14. AceGamez
    From start to finish, Lego Star Wars delivers; looks, presentation, gameplay, replay value, none of it lacks polish.
  15. After playing through Lego Star Wars multiple times the one thing that holds this game back from being extremely fun is, first the length which could have been longer, and secondly the camera, which at times did get in the way.
  16. 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.
  17. It's made for kids, but you'd have to be pretty jaded and close-minded to ignore the fun that's to be had by playing this game.
  18. Brilliant but too short - you need to play this, if only to see Hayden Christiansen outclassed by a virtual toy. [GamesMaster]
  19. While there is very little challenge involved and beating the game length is kind of on the short side, it is a fun game to play through if you are a Star Wars fan.
  20. The animation and quirkiness of the characters is superb and brings a whole new dimension seeing them in Lego form.
  21. Lego Star Wars is the perfect rental game: it's short, it's fun, and it's got a great multi-player mode. It is too short and too easy, though, to warrant a purchase.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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]
  26. netjak
    The best thing to come out of the prequels, since the films thus far have not stood on their own.
  27. This is probably one of the better kids' games to hit the market in a while, and that it's clever and charming enough to appeal to adults is a testament to that fact.
  28. 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.
  29. Game Informer
    The perfect party game for nerds. [May 2005, p.111]
  30. The faithfulness to the SW universe might be better than any game out there, kid title or not.
  31. It's not particularly challenging, nor is it epic in length, but for a few brief hours it will provide you with a lot of fun.
  32. But with more than 30 playable characters from the movies and loads of goodies to unlock, Lego Star Wars is more than just kids' fodder. It's a great Star Wars game.
  33. 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.
  34. A fun experience that should be loved by many.
  35. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    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]
  36. 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]
  37. 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.
  38. Official Xbox Magazine
    It's a cute toy without enough pieces to build anything truly great. [May 2005, p.84]
  39. It's simple, it's short, but it's still great fun.
  40. 60
    Extremely fun to pick up and play with now and then, but ultimately somewhat limited; its final destination gathering dust in a cupboard next to Hungry Hungry Hippos is all but assured.
  41. An annoying camera, repetitive structure and short replay value all add up to a slightly above average game that will only have lasting appeal for younger gamers (or indeed Star Wars fans).
  42. Play Magazine
    This game is also one of the easiest the galaxy has ever seen. [May 2005, p.52]
  43. 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]

Awards & Rankings

#55 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
#67 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2005
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 41
  2. Negative: 18 out of 41
  1. Apr 22, 2019
    This game is an awesome first Lego game. It is just sad that LSWTCS has a better version on it.
  2. Mar 17, 2015
    pretty much my first memorable videogame - maybe because my 4-5 y/old brain took a year to figure out how to get past level 1, but its alsopretty much my first memorable videogame - maybe because my 4-5 y/old brain took a year to figure out how to get past level 1, but its also one of my first star wars experiences. while not quite capturing the whole build concept of LEGO it gives the game so many ways to relive I-III. easy? I'm still finding easter eggs and minikits. yeah. Full Review »
  3. Aug 9, 2014
    This is a childhood favorite of mine and still a game that i'd happily revisit. I hated the movies but unlike others I don't judge the gameThis is a childhood favorite of mine and still a game that i'd happily revisit. I hated the movies but unlike others I don't judge the game based on them. Full Review »