Great game for children and parents
This is a great game for children and parents. My two are 6 & 7 and just learning to play more sophisticated PC games. They like Star Wars and the Lego theme makes it cute and fun. Two can play at the same time, or you can seamlessly drop out or enter in to the game, switching between 1 and 2 players any time you want. I recommend joysticks or similar instead of the keyboard especially for two players. You get to play through 5 or 6 scenes from each of the 3 movies in the trilogy, so about 17-18 total. There is a 'secret' level to unlock too. Each one takes maybe 30 minutes to an hour if you take your time and enjoy all the various side rooms etc. But it is not hard to find your way so don't worry about the kids getting "lost". So you're getting many hours of play -- a good value since this game is not very expensive anymore.
Mom or Dad can read on the internet the tips, tricks and even cheat codes to help kids. There are some challenges embedded in the game besides just playing through the story... you can try to find all the "minikits" which help you assemble a cool lego vehicle on each level. IF you find all 10 kits you get to see the completed vehicle in your garage and get a big bonus of coins. Also, if you find a high enough percentage of the coins in each level, you attain "true jedi" status for each level, earning you a lego piece of another vehicle. Earning true jedi status on all 17 levels unlocks the secret level and completes that vehicle.
Along the way you get to unlock more characters to play. So in each level you get to play as different characters (Obi-wan, Anakin, C3PO, R2, Padme, etc.) and then finishing the level unlocks them so you can go back in "free play" mode. In fact some of the areas in the levels cannot be accessed except when you go back as someone else. You even get to play as Darth Maul (etc.) and use the Dark Side of the Force and in certain areas this is the only way to solve the puzzle. Again, these complexities are not necessary for the kids to play and "win" the game but they helped keep dad's interest.
About these coins, you get to use them to buy/unlock more characters, or buy things like a "mini-kit detector" or invincibility, turn the light sabers purple, etc. The cheat codes for these things are on the internet, but there are some characters you cannot unlock until you beat the level. I decided to use the code to unlock invincibility right away, so the kids would not get frustrated. But even without this, the penalty for "dying" is minimal and sort of fun in a way... your character breaks apart into his lego pieces, and then a few moments later reassembles and play continues. The only thing you lose is some of the coins (which are actually lego bits), which scatter around when you come apart. You get the opportunity to recollect these coins when play resumes.
The game play is very good in my view, although I am not a hard core gamer by any means. It's fun to see how the lego folks reinterpretted the Star Wars universe and makes it look like everything in the game - EVERYTHING - is built out of legos. And anything you can bust up goes to pieces. The light sabers, blasters, etc. are all fun, and the characters have different abilities -- some jump more or less or have unique "attacks".
Overall I rate this an excellent family-friendly game.Read full review