As Switch-owning LEGO fans await the release of the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga — or perhaps LEGO Brawls if you're not really a Jedi fan — it's perhaps surprising to see just how many games based on the Danish plastic brick system (and invariably another juicy licence) have graced Nintendo's hybrid system since launch. Looking back we've had ports of older games, all-new releases, and even a title that wasn't a port or a licensed crossover with another huge media franchise.
With so many LEGO games on the system, it's tough to know where to start when you're looking for a brick fix. Fortunately, you lovely Nintendo Life readers are here to help.
Yes, below is a list of every LEGO game on Nintendo Switch, as ranked by you. The order here is updated in real time according the each game's corresponding User Rating in the Nintendo Life game database, so even as you read this it's entirely possible to influence the order below.
If you haven't rated your favourites yet, simply click the 'star' of the game you wish to rate and assign a score right now. If you have, well, thank you! Go get a warm beverage and scroll down to find the best (and, conversely, the worst) LEGO game on Switch. Let’s start with the worst, shall we?…
11. The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame (Switch)Publisher: WB Games / Developer: TT GamesRelease Date: 26th Feb 2019 (USA) / 26th Mar 2019 (UK/EU)
The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame wasn't the groundbreaking reinvention the franchise so desperately needed, but it was still a step in the right direction. It's got the same one-note combat you'll be familiar with if you've played any other Lego game (though with some Master Builder special attacks thrown in for good measure) and missions too often boil down to 'Go find enough resources to build this item, which opens this door, etc'. But for all the times it falls into the pitfalls of its own past, there's also plenty to appreciate. The focus on collecting resources makes total sense for a game all about breaking everything in sight, and the mixture of sandbox levels and creative building options is a reminder that LEGO Worlds had plenty of ideas worth revisiting.
10. LEGO Worlds (Switch)Publisher: Warner Bros / Developer: TT GamesRelease Date: 5th Sep 2017 (USA) / 8th Sep 2017 (UK/EU)
There are lots of great ideas in LEGO Worlds, and every now and then you can see glimpses of real potential, but this is a gaming equivalent of what happens when you pull a tray of cookies out of the oven too early, leaving you with underdone treats. The core concept behind LEGO Worlds isn’t the problem, but the flawed execution is. Perhaps TT Games will figure out how to better refine the ideas it contains, but we would advise you to hold off on this one unless you're a die-hard brick fanatic who's willing to put up with some awkward, unwieldy systems. Creative players will get more enjoyment out of this game due to its sandbox mode, but it's undeniably clunky; anyone who lacks the creative gene is better off sticking with another entry — any other entry — of the LEGO series.
9. LEGO The Incredibles (Switch)Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive / Developer: TT GamesRelease Date: 15th Jun 2018 (USA) / 13th Jul 2018 (UK/EU)
LEGO The Incredibles is exactly the kind of inoffensive and family-friendly action adventure fun you’d expect from a TT Games offering. You’re better off watching the film before you buy as it’ll ruin the plot without a second thought — obviously — but with its activity-filled sandbox and the usual mix of platforming and puzzle-solving, it’s an ideal way to keep younger fans happy once they leave the cinema. It's slight but generally satisfying popcorn fare.
8. The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game (Switch)Publisher: Warner Bros / Developer: TT GamesRelease Date: 22nd Sep 2017 (USA) / 20th Oct 2017 (UK/EU)
LEGO games are typically quite good. Movie franchise games are typically quite bad. The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game is both, but ultimately it feels more like a movie game than a LEGO game. Poor level design, long load times and bugs make for a game that doesn't realise its full potential; funny dialogue and entertaining movie clips can't elevate this one to greatness. If you're looking for a great LEGO game for your Switch, there are plenty more to chose from — only approach this if you're a Ninjago fanatic.
7. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (Switch)Publisher: Warner Bros / Developer: TT GamesRelease Date: 14th Nov 2017 (USA) / 1st Dec 2017 (UK/EU)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 offers the kind of warm-hearted, knock-about action the series has become famous for, all wrapped up in a truly impressive open world package. It’s a shame that the underlying mechanics remain so defiantly clunky, while the controls seem a little haphazard in places. Multiplayer is curiously inessential, too. Ultimately, though, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2’s generosity of spirit and lightness of tone mean that it’s likely to win over a whole new generation of fans.
6. LEGO Jurassic World (Switch)Publisher: WB Games / Developer: TT GamesRelease Date: 17th Sep 2019 (USA) / 20th Sep 2019 (UK/EU)
While LEGO Jurassic World does nothing particularly ‘new’ or exciting on Switch to distinguish itself from other platforms (other than being portable, which it pulled off on PS Vita anyway), it’s impossible to not be swept up by its charming recreation of the Jurassic saga. With a greater focus on puzzle-solving than combat, even the youngest of players will find it a safe and engaging place to muck around with dinos in Danish brick form. Much like every other LEGO release ever, its relevance and effect on you comes down to your connection to the franchise, but if you have a penchant for clever girls and staying out of the long grass (and you haven't played it already), this port is bound to sink its claws into you.
5. LEGO DC Super-Villains (Switch)Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive / Developer: TT GamesRelease Date: 16th Oct 2018 (USA) / 19th Oct 2018 (UK/EU)
As you’d expect, LEGO DC Super-Villains doesn’t make many attempts to change up the formula that’s served it so well for so long, but with a vast library of well-applied and famous baddies to draw from it offers a far more engaging and memorable story than the stretched-too-thin LEGO The Incredibles. With a brilliant cast on hand (can anyone really compare to Hamill’s Joker?), a huge sandbox hub and all the customisation options you could want in Danish brick form, this familiar playground has bags of charm.
4. LEGO Harry Potter Collection (Switch)Publisher: WB Games / Developer: TT GamesRelease Date: 30th Oct 2018 (USA) / 2nd Nov 2018 (UK/EU)
While LEGO Harry Potter Collection is one of the oldest instalments in the overall series still in current-gen circulation, the games here have aged remarkably well. Despite lacking some of the subtle changes the LEGO franchise has benefited from in the years since, the use of Hogwarts as a vast and secret-filled hub, a huge collection of characters to collect from across all eight films and a clever use of the Harry Potter licence makes for a remaster that only enhances Nintendo Switch’s chunky LEGO library. If you've played nothing but the recent LEGO games, then it may, at times, feel a little old and basic, but this fantastic beast hasn’t entirely lost its magic yet.
3. LEGO City: Undercover (Switch)Publisher: Warner Bros / Developer: TT GamesRelease Date: 4th Apr 2017 (USA) / 7th Apr 2017 (UK/EU)
LEGO City: Undercover doesn't quite stand up as well as it did when it originally came to Wii U; series improvements have come in the years since that leave this one looking slightly dusty in comparison. There are also some technical issues that hold it back, with odd graphical blemishes — a pity as the updated engine is generally an improvement — along with performance issues in co-op and handheld mode.
That said, played in single player like the original, this still offers an easy-going and slightly anarchic fun time. The same crazy storylines, set pieces and scenarios are still here, as are the cheesy jokes riffing on famous movies. LEGO City: Undercover's case isn't quite as convincing as it was in 2013, but it still has plenty to offer.
2. LEGO Builder's Journey (Switch eShop)Publisher: The LEGO Group / Developer: Light Brick StudioRelease Date: 22nd Jun 2021 (USA) / 22nd Jun 2021 (UK/EU)
A rare LEGO game not developed by TT Games, we found that the aim of Light Brick Studios' LEGO Builder's Journey was to make you feel like a kid — whether or not you are one. Getting back in touch with the pre-manual-following version of yourself is a delight, and having the story be about a parent and a child connecting through child's play is as touching as it is smart. Despite occasional misfires and what can feel like padding, this is a LEGO game which plays with the fundamental philosophy of creativity far more than the average LEGO-branded title, and we hope this points towards a broader (studded) canvas of possibilities that future LEGO games will explore.
1. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Switch)Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Developer: Traveller's TalesRelease Date: 5th Oct 2021 (USA) / 5th Oct 2021 (UK/EU)
With split-screen co-op, and incredibly gentle expectations as far as the gameplay is concerned, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a fantastic, low-stakes game for parents and kids to play together, but also for adults who are looking for something that pleasantly whiles away the hours without beating you over the head with difficulty. Whether you're a Marvel ultra-fan or someone who's just seen a single Thor movie because you have a crush on Chris Hemsworth and/or Kat Dennings, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes will provide you with plenty of smashy, tongue-in-cheek joy. Excelsior!
Does that ranking click with you? Remember, the order is based on each game's overall User Rating in our database, so feel free to rate the ones you own and potentially influence the ranking above, even after publication. That's right — even as you're reading this now! And now. And now. Now, too...
You get the idea. Let us know in the comments if you think something should be higher up or lower down or is just about perfect where it is.
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