LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

It is 6:45am on a Saturday morning.  Someone is lightly shaking me, causing me to wake up.

“Daddy, c’mon.  Lego Star Wars.”

There is that voice again.

I roll onto my back and mumble something about “sleep-in Saturday” and going back to bed.

“I can’t sleep any more.  C’mon!”

She shakes me a bit more.

I hear my wife say sleepily, “C’mon daddy.”  I can hear the grin on her face.  She has some more sleep time coming.

Not me.

I expect this sort of thing on Christmas morning, but it is September.

There is a new ruler in the kingdom that is our Wii.  Mario Kart Double Dash lasted all of two weeks, and then we found something new.

A couple weeks before the early morning Saturday scene, we were out at Fry’s.  I was looking for cable extenders for the GameCube controllers I bought for our Wii in order to play GameCube games.  The six foot cables that come with the controllers were too short.  We found those at Fry’s, digging through some of the GameCube accessories that had been pushed to the end of one aisle in the sprawling Brokaw Road store.  We started at the Arques store, but their GameCube section had disappeared completely, so we had to move on to the next best location.

I found the cable extenders.  I also picked up a GameCube memory card so we could save GameCube game histories.

I also spotted a copy of LEGO Star Wars II

I showed it to my daughter, who was quite enthusiastic.  It had been marked down, so I was happy enough to throw it in the basket.

My daughter is already a Star Wars fan.  At age 5 she has seen all the movies, can tell you what characters appear in which, and, as I have posted here before, enjoys playing with Star Wars LEGOs. (Though it is really the mini figures she enjoys the most, like our golden C-3P0.)

Little did I know that I had created a monster.

The combination of LEGO, Star Wars, and a video game proved to have a lot of appeal for my daughter.

And so the scene above… me being awoken early on Saturday morning to play LEGO Star Wars has been repeated for quite a few weeks in a row.

Fortunately, for sleepy dad at 7am, using a GameCube controller is pretty low impact.

I roll the big Love Sac (we have the Super Sac, which pretty much fits us all) in front of the television, grab the controllers, jump in an get comfy with my daughter for a couple hours of LEGO Star Wars.

But enough of the indulgent father routine.  The game is freakin’ awesome.

I may not enjoy it quite as much as my daughter, or be quite as eager to get up early on the weekend to play it, but I have a great time when we play.

So aside from the fact that it is LEGO and Star Wars and a video game all wrapped up into one package, what does this game have going for it?

Well, it is a very fun and somewhat silly look at the original Star Wars trilogy.  You get to play through all of the major parts of the movies.

Second, the game play is pretty reasonable.  I found the speeder bike section a bit trying, but for the most part, the game is very accessible.  We blew through all 18 basic levels (six per episode) in about two weeks of not very intensive play.  We generally reserve the Wii for Wii-kends (ha ha), though we did go through a level a night for a few weeknights.  And, in the end, it wasn’t too tough to figure out.  I only got stuck twice and had to go to the web for answers. (I used this site for basic level walk-through, and this site for a more of the advanced questions.)

Third, it is extremely replayable.  Once we got through the story, we started on the “Free Play” aspects of the game, where you go back through the levels to pick up special pieces, unlock new characters and special abilities, find secret or locked locations, and run some of the special missions that only become available after you have completed the basic game.

The game even tells you how much of the content you have completed.  We currently stand at 56%.  Our big bonus for last weekend was earning enough of the in-game cash to unlock one of the three ghost characters.  (We took Anakin, but still have Yoda and Obi-wan to go.)

So we have been playing this game, and not much else on the Wii, for some time now.

We took a diversion into the original LEGO Star Wars for a weekend, but the game play was a lot more annoying.  We did not get too far into it.  I especially found the pod race level very aggravating.  I had to have my daughter drop out of the game so I could finish it by myself.

That’s no fun.

But they appear to have learned a lot from the first one when they made the second.

And I gather that they probably learned some from the second.  At least I hope they did.

Because, do you know what came out yesterday?  What I had to buy at Fry’s while I was there grabbing Ratatouille on DVD?

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga!

All six movies combined into a single game.

New Characters! New Levels!

And it is for the Wii!  Swing that lightsaber!

I predict more early Saturday mornings.  Only now I am in danger of having to move around because of the Wii’s controller.

(And if they get it right, they have pretty much sold me a copy of the upcoming LEGO Indiana Jones game as well.)

13 thoughts on “LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

  1. Spybreak

    I was looking this game up yesterday and I thought it would be a fun game for me and my wife to play thru plus were both Star Wars fans.
    I haven’t played the previous games but I did play the demo and I found it to be relaxing and really enjoyable. Online co-op is a plus but not really sure who I’ll co-op with heh.


  2. Game Dame

    Oh man, my husband and I love this game. He has actually played both games all the way through, getting all the coins and mini-kits. It is fun to play with two players or just by yourself. Part of its charm, as you say, is it’s sense of humor. While paying homage to the trilogies, it also does not take them too seriously. I also love the fact that no dialog is spoken and yet you get all the jokes and plot lines. Very fun indeed.


  3. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    We have managed to get all of the cannisters for the mini-kits on three of the 18 levels so far.

    We play mostly co-op at our house. It has worked out really well, even if we do fight a bit. I will be getting clobbered in a battle in free play mode while she is running around as R2D2, which tends to get some comments from me. (Hey, a little help here!) And we end up trying to run the opposite direction on screen way too often.

    And, of course, I also want a companion book on how to build all of the things in the game. At least the smaller things.


  4. Link

    My daughter was the same way with Lego Star Wars. Gaming can be a great way to bond with your kids. They’ve been into Super Smash Brothers again lately. My twelve-year-old is good enough now that I can rarely beat him. Oh well. I’m okay with it… I guess. When I play with my daughter, she plays Zelda and I’m her pet Yoshi. She has me sit or attack or whatever. It cracks her up.


  5. Elf

    Thanks for pointing me to the Wii version coming out! That’s one for the Christmas list.

    And Lego Batman has got me all a-quiver.


  6. Bildo

    What also has me intrigues is NetDevil’s LEGO Universe MMO. Could be a real addiction for the kid in me when it comes out, especially if they are allowed to use any of the afforementioned licenses in their game.


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