With the latest LEGO title, LEGO City Undercover, set to launch on 28th March, we look back on the previous LEGO titles from Traveller’s Tales.
The first of these crossovers was LEGO Star Wars, which was released for XBOX, Playstation 2 and Gamecube on 29th March 2006. Taking it’s inspiration from the Star Wars prequels (that’s episodes I, II and III) it was later followed on 11th September 2006 by LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, which unsurprisingly featured levels based on the original, and more critically acclaimed, Star Wars films (episodes IV, V and VI).
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Both Lego Star Wars and it’s sequel would be complied in November 2007 as Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii.
The first non Star Wars themed LEGO title was launched in June 2008 as LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. Again launching for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii, the title took inspiration from the first three Indy movies. A sequel, entitled LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues, would be released in November 2009 and would add levels based on the fourth film, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Between the release of the two Indiana Jones adventures though, we were also given a LEGO based take on Gotham City in LEGO Batman. The title would prove somewhat different structurally from the previous games however, by having separate levels for heroes and villains. Again a sequel followed, this time entitled LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. Launched in June 2012, the title included characters from other popular DC comics, including Superman, Aquaman and Green Lantern.
Between these releases, we also visited Hogwarts, the setting for the wildly popular Harry Potter series, for two LEGO based videogames. The first, Years 1-4, was released in June 2010 and was based on the young wizards first four years at the school of witchcraft and wizardry, whilst the second (uninspiringly named Years 5-7) focussed on the remaining stories.
In May 2011, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean was released, again for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii and featured the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow. In fact, the levels were based on all four of the Pirates films.
And finally, the most recent entry into the series is LEGO Lord of the Rings, launched in November 2012. Again, the game takes it’s cue from all three of the Lord of the Rings films.
At this stage, there have been no other film collaborations confirmed by Traveller’s Tales, with the developer currently finishing work on a new IP: Lego City Undercover. Of course, there are plenty more films that we’d like to see get the LEGO treatment. How about you? Which franchises do you think would work well made out of bricks? Or do you think the series, and indeed it’s gameplay, has run it’s course?
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