Gameplay in Lego Star Wars is geared towards family play, and as such does not feature a game over scenario. Given a specific set of characters in each scenario, based on a scene from each of the movies, up to two players can control them, using their different abilities. By walking up to another friendly character, the player can switch control over to that character, which is necessary for using some of their abilities to complete puzzles. Studs can be found by finding them, smashing or using the force on certain objects, or defeating enemies. Players will lose studs however if their character is destroyed (as opposed to losing lives). These studs can be spent on unlocking new characters for Free Play mode. Certain segments of the game feature players controlling spaceships flying on a flat plane. There are also several minikit canisters hidden throughout each level that, when collected, come together to form a vehicle.
When the player first starts the game, the player must first complete Chapter I of The Phantom Menace ("Negotiations"). However, once that chapter is completed, the player may choose to play levels from the other two movies, able to play any unlocked levels in their desired order. The levels available are:
- Episode 1: Negotiations - Trade Federation; Invasion of Naboo - Naboo jungle; Escape from Naboo - Theed Palace; Mos Espa Podrace - Mos Espa Raceway; Retake Theed Palace - Theed Palace; Darth Maul - Theed Palace.
- Episode 2: Discovery on Kamino - Kamino; Droid Factory - Geonosis Droid Factory; Jedi battle - Geonosis battle arena; Gunship cavalry - Geonosis arena outskirts; Count Dooku - outskirts
- Episode 3: Battle over Coruscant - Hyperspace over Coruscant; Chancellor in peril - Invisible Hand, General Grievous - Utapau, Defence of Kashyyyk - Kashyyyk, Ruin of the Jedi - Coruscant, Darth Vader - Mustafar.
Completing all the game's levels with full stud bars will unlock an additional chapter based on the opening scene of, which features a 'prototype' Darth Vader (who uses Anakin's fighting style) and a Stormtrooper (who skips when he runs. The 'skip', featured on all clones, is removed in] To prevent inadvertent spoilers, most reviewers warned that this was the case in their reviews.
Reception and legacy
Lego Star Wars received generally positive reviews. The PC version received a score of 77/100 from Metacritic and the game maintained a consistently high position at the top of the UK charts in May of 2005.
Lego Star Wars was the thirteenth best-selling game of 2005. Figures released by The NPD Group show the PlayStation 2 version as the tenth best-selling single-platform title of 2005. The game's worldwide sales total exceeded 3.3 million copies in March 2006
It was one of the The Best-Selling PS2 Games with more than 4/5 of the copies sold on the PlayStation 2.
IGN rated the game 8 out of 10 saying, "If you're a parent, LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game should be at the top of your child's birthday list. It has everything a family-oriented title needs: it has personality, puzzles, cooperative modes, replay value, low violence, a lack of frustrating difficulty, and most importantly, it has Darth Vader. And that's what makes it enjoyable for adults too, because let's face it; Darth Vader makes everything better - it's a fact."
The game's sequel, , was released in September 2006, while a compilation, , was released in November 2007 and was released in March 2011., based on the 2015 film of the same name, is set to be released in June 2016.