It’s widely believed that most video games based on movies are a pile of old rubbish. There are obviously a few exceptions to this, but the Lego series of games don’t just break that rule, they’ve been smashing it into tiny bits for nearly a decade.
There have been eleven Lego games based on movies to date, so with the twelfth – Lego The Hobbit – coming out this week, we’ve decided to pick our favourite moments from the previous games. Laugh along with the videos below.
Lego Star Wars 2: The Original Trilogy – I am your father
Until recently the animated cutscenes in the Lego games didn’t feature any voice acting. Instead, key scenes from the movies they were based on were acted out almost like mime performances, with visual jokes explaining what was going on. But for Lego Star Wars 2, the developers had a dilemma: how do you recreate the moment when Darth Vader said: "I am your father" to Luke Skywalker? A dip into the Skywalker family photo album was the brilliant solution.
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 – Opening cutscene
Another great example of the Lego games retelling a story without using any words at all, the first scene in Lego Harry Potter sums up a hefty chunk from the first film in just a couple of minutes. The first scene, with baby Harry being left on the doorstep of his Muggle relatives’ house by Dumbledore, Hagrid and McGonagall, is funny enough as it is. But it was the second scene, in which Harry’s uncle tries to hide his Hogwarts letter with no success, that had us buckled with laughter. A complicated story expertly told with no dialogue whatsoever.
Lego Indiana Jones 2 – Opening the Ark
The first Lego Indiana Jones game told the story of the first three films in the series. The second game focused mainly on the fourth film, Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, but also dipped back into the original trilogy to retell some key scenes. The funniest is this alternative version of the scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark in which the Ark is finally opened. Whereas in the original film the opening of the Ark results in a gruesome face melting scene, things go a little differently in this version. Take a look at the video to see how.
Lego Lord of the Rings – Boromir dies
The death of a main character shouldn't be particularly entertaining but Lego Lord of the Rings takes a sad moment from the film and turns it into a hilarious one. In the film Boromir is killed by an archer, but it takes a little more than a single arrow to finish him off in the game. After having a number of different projectiles fired at him, Boromir eventually succumbs to a banana. It could have been worse, mind you – at one point the archer threatens to fire a chicken at him. That would be a heck of a way to go.
The Lego Movie Video Game – Everything is awesome
Finally, here’s one that’ll make you scratch your head. While the other games in this article are games based on toys based on films, the Lego Movie Video Game is a game based on a film based on a toy. Confused? Us too. Anyway, anyone who’s seen the Lego Movie will agree that one of the best things about it is the catchy song Everything Is Awesome. The developers of the video game tie-in obviously agree, which is why two separate dancing mini-games based on the song appear in the game: one in the first mission and one near the end.
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