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IIf you raised kids in the 2010s, Lego video games were probably as big a part of your family free time as Pixar and Peppa Pig. From the original Lego Star Wars in 2005 to the marvelous Lego Marvel Super Heroes, the series has expertly followed the trends of blockbuster franchise entertainment, converting even the darkest moments of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter into slapstick interactive entertainment. , also entertaining for parents. as they were for children. What really stood out for the titles, however, was their multiplayer, which provided a safe space for children to learn the fundamentals of the action-adventure genre in the company of their parents and siblings – from precise jumping to solving puzzles. puzzles through melee combat.

From now on, a whole new generation will have this pleasure. Taking players on a mammoth journey through all nine films, The Skywalker Saga treats each episode as a mini-adventure that closely follows the film’s narrative, adding additional footage to enhance gameplay and puzzle-solving fun. You can take on the trilogies in any order, though you always have to start with the opening chapter, so you can’t just skip ahead to The Empire Strikes Back without completing A New Hope.

Wherever you choose to start, you get a jaw-dropping, often aloud ride filled with the sorts of sight gags and slapstick asides that made the series such a hit. Take a wrong turn in the Death Star and you’ll find Stormtroopers taking a tai chi class; explore Cloud City and you’ll find where Lando Calrissian keeps his extensive collection of fancy capes. It’s worth playing just for the excellent cutscenes, which often nod slyly to longtime fan debates and talking points. The Force Awakens finale, for example, has a grief-stricken Chewbacca running to hug Leia, who seems ready to return his affections, only to run past him and hug Rey. The Mos Eisley Canteen ‘who shot first’ controversy is also taking a ridiculous new twist.

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Beautifully built, brick by brick… Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Photography: Warner Bros.

Each world is beautifully constructed, leveraging the power of modern hardware. The battle at Maz Kanata’s castle unfolds in the bright evening sun, with lens flares reflecting incoming gunships, while Coruscant offers a vast, dizzying metropolis of bustling streets and looming skyscrapers. The spaceships are designed to look like actual Lego models and they’re so intricate it’s a joy to watch them fly overhead.

Episodes are light on puzzles and you’ll never be stuck for more than a few minutes. This often comes down to figuring out how to use the particular skills of each member of your party; Rey can build gadgets like gliders and net shooters, while Han Solo can analyze mechanical systems to set off traps and explosions.

The combat is sweet too. Your characters have generous health pools and a mix of blasters, lightsabers, and melee moves that crush most enemies with ease. The are slightly more demanding boss battles, including a long battle with the trash compactor monster and a multi-stage showdown against Kylo Ren, but we’re not talking about Elden Ring here. More advanced players will discover a soft role-playing element: the different character classes all get skill trees, so you can unlock new abilities as you go, and there’s a combo system to provide depth fist and lightsaber combat. But if your kid just wants to spam the attack button, the game won’t punish them.

Difficulty was never really the point, after all. These are games you just want to experience and share, and it’s nice to be swept away by a wave of silly yelps and sharp references to Star Wars lore. And while each of the episodes can be completed in just over an hour, there are plenty of open, explorable areas that reveal side quests and other hidden extras. Once you’re done, you can fly around the galaxy and land on any planet of your choice. Obsessive fans will also want to collect all 380 different characters.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a well-made and very entertaining addition to this long, long series. It doesn’t do anything radically new with the recipe, but it doesn’t really have to be – it’s a play on nostalgia, not just for Star Wars but for Lego games themselves. These games have always sought to evoke our favorite family movie franchises as we choose to remember them, stripped of all the boring, indulgent, and problematic bits. My god, even The Phantom Menace is bearable here. For this feat alone, the game deserves the attention of fans and families across the galaxy.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is available now, £50

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