LEGO video games do one of two things: they make you extremely giddy with glee when it adopts your favorite franchises. Or they cause you to scoff at its supremely easy gameplay and supposed misuse of your favorite characters.
For some of us (but not all…) here at Geek, those LEGO games continue to get more awesome as time rolls on. There have been tons of LEGO video games that placed us in control of Jedis, famous treasure hunters, Marvel and DC’s greatest superheroes and many more popular characters from the franchises we all love. The undeniable charm, high replay factor and great childish humor of these LEGO game releases bring out the kid in all of us. We’re hoping to see TT Games adopt these intellectual properties for their next line of LEGO titles.
Here’s our fantasy wishlist of the top 10 LEGO video games we’re dying to spend some co-op time with.
10. LEGO James Bond
Bond… James Bond. *cues theme music* The handsome spy with a penchant for escaping the jaws (no pun intended) of death in every film he’s starred in needs the yellow block treatment. There’s so many classic Bond films to create entire stages from (GoldenEye, Thunderball, Dr. No etc), which would make a LEGO game full of cool nods to every great Bond that’s ever been on the big screen. We can already imagine some light-hearted sequences involving Jaws, Nick Nack and Oddjob facing off with a room full of Bonds. Using the LEGO blocks to build new spy gear sounds awesome, right?
9. LEGO Star Trek
If we’re going to go across the galaxy and don a Starfleet uniform, then we’d definitely love to do it as the lil’ LEGO tykes seen above. We’ve always wanted to get sucked into the ever expanding Star Trek universe via a video game, but the lackluster installments in that genre have all fared from meh to decent. A LEGO take on the spacefaring franchise could possibly result in a quality Star Trek game (FINALLY!) that everyone could love. We envision LEGO versions of the original series, The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine plus a wide selection of our favorite crew members to play with. LEGO Captain Kirk and Spock? YES, PLEASE!
8. LEGO Back to the Future
“Great Scott!” Such are the words of the incomparable scientist Dr. Emmet Brown, who with his partner in crime, Mr. Marty McFly, made for one superbly entertaining duo in the Back to the Future films. If there’s one movie franchise that’s ready made for a LEGO action/adventure game, it’s this one. Traveling to and fro between different time periods, driving through the time space continuum in the classic DeLorean time machine and experiencing those timeless events from all three films sounds awesome. We need to see a LEGO game with sweet hoverboards already!
7. LEGO The Simpsons
LEGO video games are well known for their hilarity and great nods to the most memorable moments of an entire series. The Simpsons is one of the most renowned animated shows to ever land on the lil’ screen (and big screen). We’ve played plenty of great games that set us down in the colorful town of Springfield, but now it’s about time that this quaint little neighborhood got a LEGO makeover in the gaming world too. A LEGO Simpsons game could be filled with just enough quality jokes and ha-ha moments, plus getting the chance to run around a blocky version of the famous Simpsons home sounds like a treat. A game such as this one needs missions based on the best episodes and some original stories to back them up.
6. LEGO Nicktoons
SpongBob Squarepants. Ren & Stimpy. Rocko’s Modern Life. The Fairly Oddparents. CatDog. Doug. The Nicktoons roster of the 90′s and present day is jam packed with memorable animated characters. The ultimate Nicktoons crossover video game would have to be handled by TT Games since they know how to mix a single universes character roster so well. Our fantasy LEGO Nicktoons game would include a crazy amount of popular and not-so-popular faces running around in familiar environments from each of their respective shows. Say for instance, a stage focusing on Rocko’s Modern Life that has us running around breaking stuff with Arnold (Hey Arnold!) and Ickis (Aaahh!!! Real Monsters).
5. LEGO Disney
We’re pretty shocked at the fact that this game doesn’t exist yet. Disney’s wealth of animated icons from the 2D and 3D worlds of onscreen entertainment would fit amazingly well with the LEGO brand. This entire project would be an incredibly daunting task to handle, but we’re sure the finished product would be a Disney fanatics dream. There’s such a wealth of classic Disney movies and TV shows to farm some characters and stages from. This game could be quite similar to Disney Infinity, but the blocky textures and linear mission structure could make this a more focused affair. A LEGO Steamboat Willie level would blow our minds!
4. LEGO Ghostbusters
*starts jamming to Ghostbusters theme song* Aw man, the nostalgia feels are so hard to ignore. Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston were certainly the bees knees of the ’80s. This hilarious group of ghost busting experts took care of the hidden haunts everyone else was scared to deal with. While fans are forced to sit and eternally wait for a third film, they should receive a LEGO Ghostbusters game to keep them happy. We’re talking full blocky versions of each Ghostbuster, Proton Pack action, a Stay Puft boss level with 4-player co-op, Ecto-1 driving sections etc. The side missions should totally be requests from folks in NYC who need you to handle their ghostly issues.
3. LEGO Marvel vs. DC
So here’s the deal: Warner Bros. tends to be the one publishing the majority of current LEGO-themed video game releases. Warner Bros. is also known for putting out all of those DC Comics’ films we’ve all seen flood the theaters lately. It was pretty hard to imagine a LEGO game starring Marvel’s crusaders since Warner Bros. had such a vested interest in DC’s heroes, but it happened. So now it’s time to make the unthinkable a reality: a massive LEGO superhero game featuring the best and most known unknown characters in both comics’ universes. This could essentially be LEGO Batman 2 crossing over with LEGO Marvel Super Heroes for a truly awesome comic book dream game.
2. LEGO Nintendo
Here’s one LEGO game we know wouldn’t happen anytime in the near future – a Nintendo all-star action/adventure title that adopts the blocky textures and building blocks of the LEGO brand. After attending so many comic and video game conventions, we’ve constantly been amazed at the great LEGO work that’s built in honor of such heroes as Mario, Link and Samus. The Mushroom Kingdom, Planet Zebes, Hyrule and many more Nintendo worlds would look even more grand with a LEGO makeover. Nintendo is home to some masterful platforming game wizards, so we’d love to see TT Games partner up with them to produce this “WE WISH IT WERE REAL!” dream project.
1. LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Just think about the prospects of this becoming an actual thing – the “Turtles in a Half-Shell” have a new TV show, a brand new blockbuster film and a still thriving line of comic books and action figures. The resurgence of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is making waves, which means that a LEGO TMNT game has a great chance of happening. If this were to become a real thing, we’d love to see the game adopt elements from the comics, the films and even the new TV show run of America’s favorite turtles. We’re talking all 4 turtles in their blocky glory (and maybe a cameo from female turtle Venus), Bebop & Rocksteady, Super Shredder and many more of the better elements from the TMNT universe.
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