While billed as a kids' game, LEGO Star Wars peaked at the top of the UK charts during early May 2005, losing the spot to the official game of Episode III, but remaining for the rest of the month on the top spots of the chart.
As of 2018, LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game has sold over 6.1 million copies, with the PlayStation 2 version of the game selling the most.
The game contains a total of 59 playable characters. Every playable character, modeled after actual LEGO pieces (but with more mobility) has its own unique skills. All of the different Jedi and Sith have their own unique style of lightsaber wielding, and can use the Force to solve certain puzzles. Any unlocked character can be found walking around in Dexter's Diner, the area from which you choose what level to enter, excluding the Droideka.
LEGO Star Wars also has a feature called "Free Play," which enables the player to play the same level again, but with the ability to switch between previously unavailable characters, and thus, reach areas containing extras the player was unable to get before. A player can use any character they've unlocked in free play, but the free play option will only appear once the player has completed the level in story mode. Levels that are played in vehicles cannot be played in free play. Some characters, such as ChancellorPalpatine, the PK droid, and the Gonk Droid, can't do anything but walk, but non-violent droids, including protocol droids and astromech droids, will not be attacked by any computer enemy. Playing as a clone character keeps you from being killed by other clones in the Kashyyyk level, and playing as a battle droid (Any type) will keep you from being attacked by other battle droids. Much of the game revolves around collecting "studs," small LEGO pieces that are used as an in-game currency.
The game features a total of 18 "chapters", 6 for Episode I and III, and 5 for Episode II. The game plays out in a fairly standard 3D platformer fashion, however each episode features a vehicle-based level, which runs to a predefined route and play like an on-rails shooter or a racing game. In the case of Episodes I and III, this takes the form of a third-person behind-the-vehicle viewpoint in Mos Espa Podrace and Battle Over Coruscant, whereas in Episode II the action is played out in an isometric view at first but is switched to behind-the-vehicle for Gunship Cavalry.
Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic! With a blockade of deadly battleships, the Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo.
The Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched Jedi Knights Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi to settle the conflict...
Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi board the Sak'aak in an attempt to stop the Trade Federation from sending it's battleships to Naboo. They are attacked by battle droids and make their way through the ship before escaping in an MTT.
The Trade Federation has launched a full-scale attack on the peaceful world of Naboo.
Hiding aboard the landing craft, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi have secrety hitched a ride with the invasion force. Now they must make contact with local forces - before it is too late...
On Naboo, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan save Jar-Jar Binks from being run over by an MTT as the Trade Federation heads toward the capital city of Theed. In return for saving his life, he helps them find their way to Otoh Gunga to speak with the Gungan ruler Boss Nass and ask him to help the people of Naboo.
The Gungan ruler Boss Nass has refused to help the people of Naboo. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi have left his underwater city for the Royal Palace in Theed.
As Trade Federation battle droids seize control of the Naboo capital city, Queen Amidala and Captain Panaka, her loyal protector, are powerless to repel the invasion...
Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan head to Theed to attempt to stop the Trade Federation from seizing control of it. Queen Amidala and one of her bodyguards, Captain Panaka, meet up with them to escape Theed Palace and flee Naboo.
Queen Amidala and her Jedi protectors have fled Naboo, heading for Coruscant. They plan to inform the Galactic Senate of the Trade Federation invasion.
However, the Royal Starship's hyperdrive is damaged in the escape, and they have been forced to land on the remote planet of Tatooine for repairs...
Queen Amidala's ship breaks down, forcing her, Qui-Gon Obi-Wan, and Jar Jar to emergency land on the remote desert planet of Tatooine. While looking around Mos Espa for someone to repair the ship, they discover a young boy, Anakin Skywalker, whom after learning of his skills in podracing they entrust to earn the money to repair their ship. Anakin competes and wins the race, earning him the prize money and freeing him from slavery at Watto's shop.
On Coruscant, Queen Amidala has found the Galactic Senate corrupted by Trade Federation influence, and mired in bureaucracy.
Frustrated, she has returned home to Naboo. Together with Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Captain Panaka, R2-D2 and the young podracer from Tatooine, Anakin Skywalker, Queen Amidala now plans to infiltrate the Royal Palace and capture the evil Trade Federation viceroy...
After the Queen's ship is repaired, Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, Queen Amidala, and Jar Jar take Anakin with them back to Naboo, so that they can put an end to the invasion.
The Trade Federation army has been neutralized by Anakin Skywalker, but the battle continues continues in the Royal Palace.
Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi have one more enemy to face...
Darth Maul breaks into the hangar of Theed Palace. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon fight him. During the fight, Qui-Gon is stabbed through the chest and killed by Darth Maul, and in revenge Obi-Wan severs his body in half, sending him down the chute.
The Galactic Republic plunges ever deeper into crisis. The mysterious Count Dooku leads a Separatist movement which threatens the future of the Republic.
In this time of turmoil, Obi-Wan Kenobi investigates the attempted assassination of Senator Padmé Amidala. With his astromech droid R4-P17, the Jedi Knight tracks the source of a poisoned dart to the remote world of Kamino...
After Zam Wesell is killed by an unknown figure, Obi-Wan Kenobi, now a Jedi Knight, follows the killer to Kamino. At Tipoca City, he speaks to Lama Su and learns that this person, a bounty hunter named Jango Fett, is being cloned to form a grand army of the Republic. After Obi-Wan learns this information, Jango Fett attempts to kill him before he shares it with the Jedi Council. He fails, but before he gets away in the Slave I, Obi-Wan throws a tracking device on it.
Obi-Wan Kenobi has tracked the bounty hunter Jango Fett to the planet of Geonosis. This rocky world, known for it's droid production factories, forms the base of operations for the Seperatist movement.
While Anakin Skywalker guards Senator Padmé Amidala, Obi-Wan lands his Jedi Starfighter on the planet's surface...
While Anakin Skywalker, a Padawan now, and Padmé Amidala, formerly Queen Amidala, are together on Naboo, they catch wind of Obi-Wan in trouble in a factory that makes Battle Droids for the Separatist Army.
In their attempt to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi on the planet Geonosis, Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala have been captured by Jango Fett.
Obi-Wan has sent a distress signal to the Jedi Council. But hopes of rescue seem remote, as the evil Seperatist leader Count Dooku oversees their execution...
Anakin and Padmé get captured, and the Jedi Council travels to Geonosis to save them.
As the battle rages between the Clone forces of the Republic and the Separatist droid army, the Separatist leader Count Dooku flees to his secret hangar.
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker follow closely behind, prepared for a final showdown with the Sith Lord.
Obi-Wan and Anakin take on Count Dooku, a Sith apprentice, personally.
The Republic is crumbling under a Separatist assault led by Count Dooku and General Grievous. In a stunning move, Separatist forces have swept into Coruscant and kidnapped Supreme Chancellor Palpatine.
As the Droid Army attempts to flee with their hostage, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker lead a desperate mission to rescue the Chancellor...
Obi-Wan, now a member of the Jedi Council, and Anakin, now a Jedi Knight, fight in the Battle of Coruscant and make their way to the Invisible Hand to rescue Chancellor Palpatine from General Grievous and Count Dooku.
High above the planet Coruscant, a deadly battle rages between Seperatist forces and the Army of the Republic.
On the Separatist flagship, Count Dooku and General Grievous hold Chancellor Palpatine captive. Crashing their Jedi Starfighters into the main hangar, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are surrounded by hostile droid forces...
Obi-Wan and Anakin break into the Invisible Hand and rescue Chancellor Palpatine, who makes Anakin kill Count Dooku.
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker have saved Chancellor Palpatine. But his captor, General Grievous, has escaped.
The Jedi Council assigns Obi-Wan Kenobi the task of hunting down Grievous, who is hiding on the sinkhole world of Utapau...
Obi-Wan meets up with Commander Cody, and together they take on General Grievous.
Obi-Wan Kenobi has taken care of General Grievous, but the Clone Wars continue. Across the galaxy, Jedi Knights lead the Army of the Republic into battle against Separatist forces.
Jedi Master Yoda fights on the Wookiee planet of Kashyyyk. But the Sith Lord Darth Sidious is about to reveal himself, and draw a new darkness over the galaxy...
While Jedi Master Yoda is out with the Wookiees on the forest planet of Kashyyyk, Chancellor Palpatine executes Order 66, turning the Clone Army against the Jedi.
Palpatine has issued Order 66, turning the Clone Army against the Jedi. Across the galaxy, clones have gunned down their Jedi generals.
Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi have survived, and head for the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. They hope to find some answers to this shocking turn of events within the Jedi Archives...
Obi-Wan and Yoda meet up at the Jedi Temple, and look for answers inside the Jedi Archives. There they discover Anakin's turn to the Dark Side of the Force as they see him killing Shaak Ti in a hologram.
Anakin Skywalker, once the young podracing champion of Tatooine, Padawan to Obi-Wan Kenobi and hero of the Clone Wars, has finally given in to his secret emotions and fallen to the Dark Side.
His wife Padmé rushes to the volcanic world of Mustafar, hoping to turn Anakin back from his dark path. She has no idea that Anakin's former master Obi-Wan is hiding aboard her ship...
Obi-Wan goes to Mustafar to confront Anakin. There they fight, and Obi-Wan cuts off both of Anakin's legs and left arm, immobilizing him.
It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.
Princess Leia Organa now has the blueprints for thr Empire's new weapon, the Death Star. But her ship is intercepted and boarded by Darth Vader and his stormtroopers...
Princess Leia Organa makes her way through the Tantive IV to get the Death Star plans to R2-D2.
There are a total of 59 characters for LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game across all platforms, 56 in the GameCube, PS2, Xbox, and PC versions, as well as Gungan, Tusken Raider, and STAP, which are only playable in the Game Boy Advance (GBA) version, though the Gungan and STAP are only available through cheat codes. Every character has an ability (with the exception of Chancellor Palpatine, the Gonk droid, and the PK droid); whenever you enter a level in Free Play mode, you get one character per ability, not including the two you choose. There are also some characters that appear in the cutscenes but are unplayable, such as Boss Nass, Mawhonic, Watto, and Lama Su. Boss Nass and Lama Su were later made playable in The Complete Saga.
The Game Boy Advance version of LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game has several differences (mostly for the sake of portability), including fewer playable characters (15, plus 23 with cheats), devalued credits (gray pieces are worth 1, blue 5, and gold 10 credits), fewer levels (Episode III only has 3) and only one player character on-screen at a time. The cutscenes are still downscaled renders of the home console versions.
C-3PO is seen fully built, though in the movie, he does not have outer plating.
Mawhonic crashes in lap 2 instead of lap 1 of the podrace.
In the game, Qui-Gon doesn't fight Darth Maul on Tatooine, but in the film, he does.
All scenes on Coruscant are omitted, although the events that took place there are mentioned in the opening crawl of Retake Theed Palace.
In a cutscene right before the Battle of Naboo, Padmé appears in the same outfit she wore on Tatooine after previously appearing wearing the outfit she wore in the film during this battle.
The space portion of the Battle of Naboo is omitted; However, it does appear as a bonus level in The Complete Saga.
In the movie, Obi-Wan gets separated from Qui-Gon during the fight with Darth Maul. However, in the game, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon don't get separated at all. Also, they have to chase Darth Maul across the hangar, and he sets droids on them.
In the movie, Darth Maul removes his hood before battling Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon. In the game his hood stays on throughout the battle.
In the game, Darth Maul's lightsaber is not cut in half.
In the game, when Obi-Wan uses Sai tok on Darth Maul, only his torso falls into the hole. Darth Maul's legs look left and right.
All scenes on Coruscant are omitted, although there was originally going to be a level based on them named "Bounty Hunter Pursuit", which was included later in LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga.
All scenes on Tatooine are omitted (depicted in the GBA version).
All scenes on Naboo are omitted.
In the game, R4-P17 has a full droid body and follows Obi-Wan on Kamino, in the film, she stays behind in the starfighter. This change was made because there always needs to be at least two friendly characters on the screen at all times.
The Kamino security droids attack Obi-Wan.
Boba Fett actually flies the Slave I, rather than just firing the guns while it was still on the ground
Obi-Wan's and Jango's fight above Geonosis never occurs, although it was originally going to be the level "Asteroid Dogfight." The level was never included in any later release.
In the game, Anakin's first lightsaber is not damaged in the droid factory, but he ends up with a green-bladed lightsaber with no explanation.
Our heroes meet C-3PO on Geonosis rather than on Tatooine.
In the game, Anakin and others rescue Obi-Wan, but in the film, they don't even come close.
Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter has R2-D2 instead of R4-P17.
In the film, R2-D2 is with Anakin and Obi-Wan when they crash into the Invisible Hand, but in the game, they have to find him after they arrive.
The elevator scene is omitted.
The scene in which Anakin and Obi-Wan escape from General Grievous and into the generator room (which was deleted from the movie) was included, though Shaak Ti is not present in this scene (in the movie, she was killed by General Grievous).
Anakin and Obi-wan enter the generator room through a door instead of the floor, and escape the generator room in two separate pipes instead of the same one.
The generator room is not flooded.
In the film, after rescuing the Chancellor, they are captured and taken to meet Grievous, but in the game after defeating Dooku, they go to the bridge and meet him.
The Invisible Hand does not visibly break apart.
In the game, Obi-Wan isn't knocked out during the duel with Dooku. This was probably done to make it more co-op friendly.
In the movie, when Anakin uses cho mai on Count Dooku, both of Dooku's hands are severed. In the game, only Dooku's right hand is amputated.
Dooku's death is not properly shown, possibly due to censorship.
Anakin and the others don't get captured by the droids.
Boga and the Wheelbike are omitted, but they were going to be included in the game because there is a deleted level called "Boga Chase" and also unfinished model files of both Boga and the wheelbike are found in the directory on the PC version of the game. Also, the wheelbike appears in the Nintendo DS version of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga.
In the film, Obi-Wan battles Grievous in hangar 10 and on the landing platform, but in the game, only the platform appears, without Grievous's starfighter, and clones are not seen shooting droids in the background.
Utapau is a grassy rather than barren planet.
In the game, Obi-Wan and Commander Cody fight Grievous together, but in the film, they don't.
Obi-Wan uses Cody's blaster to kill Grievous, but in the film, he uses the cyborg general's own blaster to kill him.
In the game, Cody is knocked out or killed by Grievous, but in the movie, he isn't.
The Battle of Kashyyyk takes place after/during Order 66 instead of before.
The playable Clone Pilots (Episode III) wear helmets, just as the real-life minifigures produced at that time did. But in the film, they have exposed faces. This discrepancy was resolved in 2010 when they released a new, more movie-accurate helmet design.
The battle between Mace Windu and Palpatine is omitted.
In the film, the clones keep fighting the droids while Order 66 is given, whereas in the game, they work on the same team.
The disguised clones did not appear in the film, though they were in a deleted scene.
Darth Vader's assassination of the younglings never takes place, possibly because the game is billed as for kids.
Anakin is not seen Force-choking Padmé. They get into an argument instead.
The Mustafar lava arm is apparently broken into three pieces, with one still attached to the mining facility, one sinking gradually, and one almost completely submerged.
Darth Vader's lightsaber changes from blue to red in the last cutscene during the duel on Mustafar. This may be a sign to players that Anakin is turned to the dark side, for red is the usual lightsaber color for Sith. This is rectified in LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga.
Anakin and Obi-Wan's duel on Mustafar is very different from the movie. Anakin tries to escape from Obi-Wan and Obi-Wan chases him. Then the two of them have to escape a lot of falling platforms and have to stop the control room from collapsing. Then the duel takes place on the big rock, whilst in the movie Anakin is injured trying to jump to it.
Anakin isn't burnt in the game; in the film he is.
The battle between Yoda and Palpatine is omitted.
Luke and Leia being brought to their adopted worlds is omitted.
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, which combines the levels from LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Star Wars II, was released in 2007. The original prequel levels were updated to include powerbricks, vehicles in non-vehicle levels, and other aspects found in LEGO Star Wars II. Additionally, new playable characters, such as Watto and Boss Nass, were added, as was the deleted level involving the pursuit of Zam Wesell. Other levels which were changed for the new release (such as "Mos Espa Podrace") or cut from the first game (such as Anakin's assault on the Trade Federation battleship) were included as bonus content.
At the time the game was published, John Williams had not yet released the soundtrack for Revenge of the Sith, and the official Revenge of the Sith game hadn't been released either. As a result, the music heard in all the chapters of Episode III are from other episodes; for instance, the Battle Over Coruscant Level uses music from the Battle of Yavin in A New Hope. This was changed and the respective soundtracks for each scene were added in when the levels were re-released as part of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga in 2007.
There are three, but possibly four, known levels that didn't make it to the final release. The levels were "Anakin's Flight," "Bounty Hunter Pursuit," "Asteroid Dogfight," and "Boga Chase''. "Bounty Hunter Pursuit'' and "Anakin's Flight'', were practically complete. The remnants of these levels can be found with a thorough search of the install directory for the PC version of the game. "Anakin's Flight" was later made fully playable in-game in the extras section of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, while "Bounty Hunter Pursuit" was added to the Episode II levels as Level I, moving Discovery on Kamino from Level I to Level II. (it was previously the only episode with 5 levels, while both Episode I and III had 6).