If you’ve played the LEGO video games, you know how addictive they are. While they may appear geared toward kids on the surface, they’re actually fun for all ages. You play through the levels once, then go back and play again to unlock hidden areas, access new characters, or find the all-important “minikits” that let you build rewards.
The games capture the enjoyment that comes from building with LEGO bricks, but they also have a sense of humor about the popular franchises they’re usually based on, taking well-known stories and putting a silly spin on them. Among the movies that have received the LEGO treatment are Star Wars, Jurassic World, Indiana Jones, The Hobbit, The Avengers, and Harry Potter.
While those are all solid titles, we’ve got a few suggestions for other films that might lend themselves well to a LEGO adaptation. Here are 15 Movies We’d Love To See As LEGO Video Games.
15. A Nightmare on Elm Street
The LEGO games thus far have stayed pretty squarely in the PG to PG-13 range when adapting movies. They have yet to tackle anything more explicitly adult. We think they could — and should — give that a try at some point. And since they also haven’t taken on the horror genre, it seems logical to go that route.
A Nightmare on Elm Street offers the team at developer Traveller’s Tales seven chapters to pull from (eight if you count Freddy vs. Jason). There could be two approaches to the game: one where you play as Lego Freddy Kruger and one where you play as his victims trying to escape him. The films also offer a multitude of crazy, scary nightmares to recreate in LEGO format. Just imagine the thrill of playing as LEGO Nancy, trying to ward off a knife-fingered hand emerging from your white brick bathtub. A LEGO Nightmare on Elm Street would give fans something brand new and heretofore untested to sink their teeth into.
14. Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad is as hot can be right now, thanks to David Ayer’s film and its terrific ensemble cast. Interest in all things Squad is going to grow substantially as mainstream audiences become more familiar with the DC Comics property. Since LEGO has already done several DC-based games, including the popular LEGO Batman series, it only makes sense to capitalize on their newest cinematic success.
A few of the Suicide Squad characters (Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang) have already appeared briefly as unlockables in previous LEGO DC games. Putting them front and center would allow players to guide them through full-fledged adventures based on the movie and, possibly, some of their best comic book moments. All the Squad members are unique and possess their own special abilities, which makes the team perfect LEGO fodder, since you always need a variety of powers to complete any level all the way. Who wouldn’t want to play as Deadshot, Killer Croc, El Diablo, or Enchantress? This one seems like a no-brainer.
13. Star Trek
Star Trek has been so popular for so long that it’s kind of surprising the LEGO games haven’t already tackled Gene Roddenberry’s creation. All the elements needed for a great game are here: beloved characters, action-filled scenarios, and memorable vehicles. What could be better than piloting a LEGO Enterprise to a variety of unusual LEGO planets? Nothing, that’s what.
There are multiple versions of Star Trek to adapt, which means a whole series of games could be developed from it. Play as a LEGO William Shatner in levels inspired by the original series, be a LEGO Patrick Stewart in some Next Generation-themed levels, or run around as LEGO Chris Pine in levels drawn from the recent Star Trek reboots. Enemies like the Borg could be replicated in the game as well, ensuring that there’s plenty of challenge. And given the games’ trademark sense of humor, things like Spock’s lack of emotion and Kirk’s fondness for alien women (or Shatner’s heavy-handed acting, for that matter) could be spoofed to hilarious effect. Make it so, Traveller’s Tales!
12. Back to the Future
The recent LEGO Dimensions game has a short Back to the Future-themed level that allowed players to run around the game as Doc Brown and/or Marty McFly, as well as to drive the famous DeLorean time machine. That’s all well and good, but a movie series of this caliber absolutely deserves the full-fledged LEGO treatment. We’d like to see that happen.
There are so many iconic moments from the three BTTF movies to recreate in LEGO style, from the original’s thrilling clock tower race, to the hoverboard chase in Back to the Future Part II, to the locomotive sequence that served as the grand finale of Back to the Future Part III. And can you imagine the sheer joy in a rhythm-based minigame based on the scene where Marty performs “Johnny B. Goode” at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance? Everything about BTTF seems to lend itself well to the themes and gameplay style of the LEGO games.
Ghostbusters is another movie with a playable level in LEGO Dimensions. It’s not a bad level, considering you can free-play as Slimer or the Stay-Puft Marshmallow man, but it’s still kind of disappointing, since the only playable Ghostbuster is Peter Venkman. Sure, he’s awesome, but sometimes you want to be Ray, Egon, or Winston, you know?
That level captures the proton pack/ghost trap fun of Ghostbusters, so a complete and detailed game seems like a necessity. The other team members could be brought into the fold, along with Louis Tully, Dana Barrett, and Janine Melnitz. Heck, you could even play as the Mayor if you wanted. In their LEGO Jurassic World game, Traveller’s Tales included all the Jurassic Park movies. That seems like the way to go here, too. Give us a whole Ghostbusters II section with Vigo and Janosz, as well as one dedicated to the recent reboot. We want the LEGO versions of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon that are currently available for purchase.
10. Fast & Furious
The Fast & Furious pictures are a massive, undeniable phenomenon. Love them or hate them, they do big business because of the gorgeous cars and outlandish action sequences they contain. There’s really not much substance to them, but many people have a very, very good time watching them.
The LEGO games often have driving missions of some sort. In LEGO Batman, for example, you drive the Batmobile at certain key times. In LEGO Jurassic World, you briefly guide those clear bubbles that the kids scoot around the park in. These sections are usually just small chunks of the overall game. It’s time to have a LEGO game that brings the driving front and center, and what better franchise to do it with? The over-the-top nature of F&F action scenes makes it a perfect fit. Remember that scene in Furious 7 where Vin Diesel drives a sports car out the window of a skyscraper and into the window of the skyscraper next door? Now imagine you’re doing that with a LEGO car and LEGO buildings. Sold yet?
The Transformers movies have their fans, and they certainly have their detractors. We suspect people on either side of the fence would happily play a LEGO game based on them, though. The Transformers are made up of parts and gears and cogs and wheels and who knows what else. That quality could be nicely replicated with varying types of LEGO bricks morphing from one thing into another. Optimus Prime and friends would definitely be a change of pace from the more common characters that typically populate LEGO fare.
As anyone who’s played a LEGO game knows, there’s always a section where you can mix-and-match existing characters or templates to design your own figures. That idea could most certainly be capitalized upon here. A “build your own Transformer” section would provide hours of fun all on its own. Being able to take those creations and put them through their paces in levels packed with giant robot fighting is a recipe for gaming bliss.
8. The Hunger Games
Jennifer Lawrence is awesome. We’re pretty sure she’d be equally awesome if she were made of plastic bricks, and the same goes for her Hunger Games character, the courageous Katniss Everdeen. The movies, based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novels, have all the hallmarks of a great LEGO game: a multitude of characters, creative action sequences, and a story that’s ripe for a wee bit of tongue-in-cheek parody.
Mostly, though, we’d love to play through some of the series’ best moments, like having a LEGO Katniss outrunning Tracker Jackers in the forest, fighting those monkey creatures from Catching Fire, or battling the scary sewer beasts we saw in Mockingjay – Part 2. And we’re not going to lie: the idea of seeing Caesar Flickerman recreated in LEGO form makes us giggle. There are just so many thrilling scenes in the four Hunger Games films that could be enjoyably replicated. We volunteer this franchise as Tribute!
Scattered throughout the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game are “hidden” Deadpool bonus levels. They’re just short side missions, but ones which are done with the character’s trademark breaking of the fourth wall and perpetual wisecracking. You have to locate them in the free-play sections by unlocking special red bricks. As expected, these sections are even goofier than the main levels. But you don’t really get to play as Deadpool; he’s just the “host.”
For that very reason, we feel like a pure LEGO Deadpool game is a must. He needs to be a character we can play, and the game needs to retain the tone and format fans have come to expect. (The tone and format that was captured so well by the movie.) If they can get Ryan Reynolds to sign on for some voicework, all the better. Since Deadpool offers meta commentary on everything, this would additionally represent a great chance for Traveller’s Tales to spoof the conventions of their own products.
6. Guardians of the Galaxy
James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy took a set of obscure Marvel characters (well, obscure to the general public, at least) and brought them into the mainstream in a big, big way. The film was so well done and so much fun that even people who aren’t normally into comic book movies came to fall in love with Groot, Rocket Racoon, Star Lord, Drax, and Gamora.
The characters have a bit of history with LEGO products, having appeared as unlockable characters in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. They also appeared in a real-life 665-piece building set, The Milano Spaceship Rescue. Aside from the appealing characters one could play as, a LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy game needs to happen immediately because of the “emotional” sequel hitting theater screens next year. If that movie is anywhere as good as the original, we’re all going to want to have as much GOTG stuff as we can get our hands on. Its fun spirit is perfectly in line with the LEGO sensibility.
5. Finding Nemo
Going forward, it will be important for Traveller’s Tales to find new avenues for the LEGO games — to offer original types of gameplay, to push the boundaries of what they can do, and to put fresh spins on the established fundamentals. That means adapting properties that offer something beyond fighting, shooting, running around, or driving/flying.
We think that a movie along the lines of Finding Nemo would be a good way for them to go. It’s set underwater, which is a realm Traveller’s Tales hasn’t really explored yet in a LEGO game. Creating aquatic environments would challenge them in a way that, given their track record for innovation, could produce real magic. And since Nemo and its sequel, Finding Dory, don’t have the traditional type of action found in these games, the developers would have room to come up with offbeat ideas related to swimming, outrunning sharks, riding turtles, and so on.
4. James Bond
LEGO Bond. LEGO James Bond. Are you tingling from that idea yet? Just think of the famous Bond intro — the one where he turns and points his gun at the camera — recreated with LEGO pieces. It’s a can’t-lose proposition that would probably sell a gazillion copies and make everyone at Traveller’s Tales filthy rich.
There have been twenty-four big-screen 007 adventures so far, so there is a ton of material to work with. As with LEGO Harry Potter, it would have to be stretched out to more than one game, just to get in all the best stuff. The Bond movies have so many iconic moments to reproduce, along with great villains (Jaws, Blofeld, the blood-weeping Le Chiffre). Women fare well in LEGO games, possessing the ability to jump higher than the male characters, among other things. Making the “Bond girls” an integral part of the gameplay would be a welcome touch. The amazing gadgets created for Bond by Q would be a blast to use in LEGO format, too.
3. King Kong
The LEGO games have centered around fantasy films thus far. That being the case, why not go for one of the greatest and most influential fantasy films of all time? We’re talking about Merian C. Cooper’s 1933 classic King Kong.
Our reasons for choosing this movie have nothing to do with the idea of a massive LEGO gorilla, although we admit that’s a pretty enticing concept. No, we’ve chosen it for this list because it represents something vastly different. Traveller’s Tales should embrace the movie’s age and create a full-on black-and-white LEGO video game. That would set it apart from anything else they’ve done to date. Gamers are always looking for something they haven’t seen before. Here it is in a nutshell. The climactic scene of Kong climbing the Empire State Building and swatting airplanes would be terrific done with LEGO. With Kong: Skull Island coming to cinemas next year, interest in King Kong is going to grow again. The time is right to make this hypothetical game a reality.
2. The Naked Gun
LEGO games have a delightfully kooky sense of humor. They take nothing seriously, and they aren’t afraid to go after a really good gag when one presents itself. Some of the jokes are smart, others intentionally absurd. That’s part of their primary appeal. You laugh while watching their cutscenes, sometimes hysterically.
Taking on a comedy movie, then, would be another giant step outside the box for Traveller’s Tales. We recommend bringing their touch to the Naked Gun pictures, which are also deeply concerned with broad, goofball humor. Sure, in retrospect it might be a little weird to play as a LEGO O.J. Simpson, but playing as Leslie Nielsen’s Frank Drebin would be nothing short of divine. Since The Naked Gun is about a cop, there are plenty of mission options. The key would be in emphasizing the comedy even more than it already is in a LEGO game. Here’s a chance to make what could be the funniest video game ever — an honor any developer should be proud to earn.
1. 21 Jump Street
Speaking of hilarious cop comedies, here’s another series we think needs a LEGO interpretation. 21 Jump Street and its sequel, 22 Jump Street, provide many opportunities for traditional video game action, often with a subversive twist. Like The Naked Gun, it would also give Traveller’s Tales the opportunity to push its humor even further. Plus, LEGO Ice Cube. ‘Nuff said.
Mostly, though, we like the self-referential nature of this idea. The directors of 21 Jump Street are Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the same men who wrote and directed The LEGO Movie. They very clearly understand the appeal of the toy building bricks, as evidenced by the stellar job they did on that wildly successful film. Since they put their spin on LEGO products, it only seems right that LEGO should put its spin on one of theirs. Call it a lovefest or mutual homage. Either way, two great teams honoring each other would add up to a wonderful complimentary experience.
Are there any movies you’d really like to see as a LEGO video game? We want to hear about it! Leave your ideas in the comments section.