Free LEGO games to download, which are the best?

Free LEGO games to download, which are the best?

Free LEGO games to download

For decades a point of reference for many children and young people from all over the world, the LEGO brand has evolved several times over the years, finally coming to embrace the videogame market, producing in a few years a large number of products, even very different ones. them, but linked by the graphic and visual style.

Most products related to the LEGO brand are paid: among the most famous we find the series of LEGO Batman, LEGO Star Wars and many others. In fact, as things currently stand, the LEGO games that can be played for free are few, and generally offered on mobile devices with an Android or iOS operating system, or on the official LEGO website, through a free-to-play formula. However, some of these free titles are dedicated exclusively to an audience of children for educational purposes, while others have a target aimed at older ages: this is the case, among others, of the titles that we propose below.

LEGO Brawls

LEGO Brawls is an online multiplayer action title released in 2019 exclusively for Apple Arcade, and based on battles between customizable Minifigures in a series of arenas. Inside the game you can then create your own custom fighter, assembling it using one of the countless combinations that can be created from the hundreds and thousands of LEGO pieces that can be progressively unlocked and accumulated. Every single piece of your collection has special abilities, which can be used by equipping the piece itself: in this way you can find yourself fighting with increasingly extravagant and over the top characters, and you will be pushed to collect as many pieces as possible to increase your skill pool. Download LEGO Brawls from the App Store, only for Apple Arcade.

LEGO Legacy Heroes Unboxed

This title, available free for download on Android and iOS devices, represents the first real experiment in making an RPG in LEGO sauce. During the game you will be able to collect dozens of Minifigures in your personal collection, which will then be used to build your team of heroes, combining the characteristics of the different characters to obtain a good range of possibilities and abilities that you can exploit during the game. adventure. The latter will then be the focal point of the experience, and will see you proceed within many of the most iconic settings of the original physical game, also facing several clashes with some enemies. Download LEGO Legacy Heroes Unboxed.

LEGO Tower

Build and manage a tower with LEGO Tower, a management software that closely resembles other building-based mobile titles, taking its concept and adapting it to the world of colored bricks. But be careful because each Minifigure has its own needs and it will not be easy to create an environment suitable for each individual character. From the authors of Tiny Tower, a game to be discovered. Download LEGO Tower for free.

25 best Apple Arcade games to make the most of your subscription

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It's time to take a look at the best Apple Arcade games to play this month. As the library grows just about every week, we repopulate this list with our top 25 best Apple Arcade games once a month, so you'll always be on top of what's new and worth checking out. While some of these games have been virtually cemented on this list (seriously, try Sayonara Wild Hearts), others are fresher and ready for discovery. Here's our list of the best Apple Arcade games. 

Apple Arcade Game of the Month - Populus Run

It's quite a feat to knock a zombie game off the high pedestal I reserve for the genre, but this Apple Arcade Game of the Month has done just that. Despite the greatness of the roguelite tower defense game Survival Z arriving in the subscription library this month, it's the food-frenzied platforming auto-runner Populus Run that takes the cake (literally). 

Populus Run comes from Fiftytwo, a Russian team previously responsible for critically-lauded puzzlers Kensho and Jellies. This is the team's first game for Apple Arcade and it's a lovely debut. Like those games before it, Populus Run uses solid pastels to color its weird world, but while those older games played more akin to match-threes, Populus Run is surprisingly most similar to a single-player Fall Guys.

Each level begins with the player controlling a few runners, claylike and a bit unwieldy in their movements. The goal is simple, get as many as you can to the finish line. Checkpoints and plenty more runners are available to help you in each 90-second (or so) level, but if it were that simple, there'd be nothing much to praise.

The challenge comes by way of the constant obstacles thrown your way. With donuts strewn about, macarons launching themselves into a ground-pound, and other sweets and junk food-based slip-ups in your way, Populus Run is a game that can get you laughing and feeling hungry in any given level. There's less control over your character here than in Fall Guys, but it's deliberate. Weaving between donuts barreling down your path takes a finely tuned control of the touch screen or controller, and this simple mechanic of strafing out of oncoming french fry traffic allows for a skill ceiling that will delight casual players on route to each finish line, but also speedrunners and perfectionists who will chase each level's collectibles, secrets, and other milestones. Ragdoll-like animations mean every crash is also a chuckle, as a poorly-timed jump or late dodge means you'll be diving headfirst into a massive pastry or into a guardrail.

Though Populus Run isn't too long, it does manage to pack a lot of fun into its few hours, including boss battles with their own special theme music. On that subject, the music of Populus Run is actually what led to it earning our Game of the Month distinction above all else. Composed by electronics-heavy musician Ratvader, who previously scored Kensho for Fiftytwo among other games, the buzzy original soundtrack is like if Mark Mothersbaugh remixed his Rugrats music into a DJ set.

Full of curious instrumentation and some lighthearted lyrics ('ooooh running fast, you know we jerk, we jump, we slide'), Populus Run is youthful, energetic, and forgiving. Auto-runners have a way of frustrating players at times, I think. At least they do for me. But I never got that way with this one, and I owe a lot my patience to the game's lackadaisical approach to stats and scoring. Score a perfect run in hardcore mode? Nice going, signals Populus Run. Beat a level with just a single runner left after many checkpoint resets? No worries.

Populus Run isn't worried about punishing players even though its skill ceiling is quite high. Ultimately, whether the game's speedy stars tumble off the edge of a course, get smushed by a macaron, or slide into the finish line with style, the game's upbeat music, visuals, and level design are all there as figurative bumpers on the side of each track, ensuring you're always enjoying your stay through the candy-coated courses of Populus Run.

Turn to the next page to find our rundown of the best Apple Arcade games...

25. The Last Campfire

Genre: Puzzle

'The next game from the team behind No Man's Sky' has some heavy connotations, for better or worse. At launch, NMS was a disappointment to many. Today it's something much grander and successful. But in either light, The Last Campfire had a tough act to follow. So it's a treat to see the team find success once more with the very different The Last Campfire. Developed by just three people on the Hello Games team, this isn't the next great epic from Sean Murray's confounding studio but it manages to celebrate its own unique sense of spectacle.

24. Lego Builder's Journey

Genre: Puzzle

Don’t be fooled by the branding; Lego Builder’s Journey is nothing like the Lego games we’ve all worn out of over the last two 15 years. Instead, it’s a smartphone- and tablet-ready puzzler dressed up in natural colors, subtle soundscapes, and a quaint mood. In that way, it’s actually the exact opposite of the Lego games we’re all used to. This 3D puzzle game asks you to complete a scene by guiding a small child-like Lego figure – not a minifig, mind you – to his father who waits elsewhere in the scene. Often that means building bridges and other pathways from loose bricks, and as the game goes on, these answers get more and more difficult. The quiet mood mixes perfectly with the tactile Lego building mechanics to bring you that classic Lego-building zen state.

23. Dear Reader

Genre: Puzzle

We think there’s room for two-word puzzle games in this top 25, so long as they’re both noteworthy, and that’s why Dear Reader has cracked the list as well. It’s a more intricate take on wordplay, too, if Word Laces is too simplistic in its approach. Dear Reader gives you pages of famous books like Moby Dick and Pride & Prejudice and moves words to the wrong places, then asks you to clean up the errors like a trusted editor. There’s a lot of sneaky enjoyment to be had in reading these often older texts and trying to decode them, knowing fully well that the prose can often sound confusing at times. It’s not the same as reading the books themselves, of course, as they jump around a lot, but you’d be surprised how much you get out of working through each story’s scrambled plot.

22. Nuts

Genre: Adventure

Did you play Firewatch? Do you remember the early going where it seems like our characters are being surveilled by unknown operatives hiding out in the woods? They grow paranoid and start losing sleep, acting all weird, right? Nuts is like that, except you're the surveillance operative and your subject is not a firewatch tower attendee, but squirrels. Yup, squirrels. What are they up to? Something nefarious for sure, but I'll let you figure that out.

21. A Fold Apart

Genre: Puzzle-platformer

A Fold Apart is maybe the most tear-jerking of all games in Apple Arcade right now, and that's a quality I appreciate more than most. It also tells a story of long-distance love, which is how my wife and I got our start, but I promise, your partner needn't be 3,000 miles away for you to appreciate the puzzle adventure of A Fold Apart. With customizable characters and a heartfelt story at its center, it's a game that runs as long as a movie and sits with you long after like a sad song. I mean that in the best way.

20. Little Orpheus

Genre: Platformer

Little Orpheus was selected as our August 2020 Apple Arcade Game of the Month because though it doesn't wow you with deep mechanics, everything it sets out to achieve as a cinematic platformer is achieved. From Hollywood-quality sound design to some truly striking visuals, to its lovable characters sharing a story well worth unravelling across its eight episodes, Little Orpheus is a unique submission to the Apple Arcade library. For that reason, it's also one of our favorites.

19. Jenny LeClue

Genre: Puzzle/Adventure

Make way for CSI: Cuteness. Don't be fooled by the adorable illustrated style of this adventure game, it's packed with mystery and mechanics that are worth the price of Apple Arcade admission all on their own. Miss LeClue is a young girl with a taste for investigating, and that means a mix of searching crime scenes, interviewing suspects and witnesses – using Sherlock Holmes-style observations to tease out information – and making deductions. The cosy world of the game is packed with interesting characters, like conspiracy theorist CJ, and there's a knowing humour to the whole thing that will remind you of great adventure games of yore like The Curse of Monkey Island. 

18. Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes

Genre: Pinball

Zombie Rollerz makes for a great companion game to a few more puzzlers further down this list. Combining some roguelite elements with pinball turns out to be a wise and addicting move, as the almost traditional pinball levels bring with them just a hint of tower defense across many interactive lanes and levels. With plenty of power-ups to unlock and master, it feels like there's always something new to discover as you're hurling fireballs at the cartoonish undead.

17. Crossy Road Castle

Genre: Platformer

We spoke earlier of how Frogger reinvented itself for Apple Arcade in the face of Crossy Road overtaking it on the App Store, but we have to give credit where it's due: now Crossy Road has also reinvented itself for Apple Arcade. Crossy Road Castles is totally unlike the original game, but it keeps the blend of characters of pixel and voxel art. Now it's a platformer, and in our opinion the best on the platform. With procedurally generated dungeons and an addictive scoring system, it's a game that feels fresh and demands more every time you run through a few levels. It's got a sensible difficulty curve too, introducing new mechanics smartly even with its unpredictable levels. Platforming rarely feels this good on touch screens, and it's all thanks to simple and effective controls and just the right floatiness to each unlockable character. 

16. Survival Z

Genre: Roguelite tower defense

Though its name is admittedly pretty generic, there's nothing bland about Survival Z's gameplay loop of upgrading your character, building up short-term defenses, and taking on hordes of cartoonish zombies. The colors and style immediately make it clear this is a zombie game built for all ages, even as some later levels can get very tough for less experienced players. But take it slow and choose your defenses wisely and you'll see this quickfiring horde mode game packs all of the tactics and flair fans of the genre have so long appreciated.

15. Pac-Man Party Royale

Genre: Action

It was only a matter of time until battle royale came to Pac-Man, right? Okay, maybe the connective thread isn’t so obvious, but you may be surprised to hear just how well it works. Each round of Pac-Man Party Royale (PCPR) begins on the same kind of level any fan of the series would be used to. The game becomes an endurance race to see who can stay alive the longest. When you’re eliminated by the game’s ghosts, you join their ranks, while surviving pac-people can chase elusive abilities which grant them some clutch powers. Likely by design, it feels a lot like those moments in PUBG or Fortnite when you narrowly beat your opponent to the best weapon in the room. As a match goes on, the glitch (storm) slowly closes in, forcing conflict just like the genre greats. It’s a mash-up we never knew we wanted.

14. Populus Run 

Genre: Auto-runner

There's a lovely trend emerging over the first few years of Apple Arcade where the platform is becoming a haven for some of the strangest games you'll find in any subscription service. Populus Run is among the very best of those oddballs, giving players an auto-running experience unlike the usually mascot-driven adventures mobile gamers are used to. Dodging donuts and macarons has gone from an effective diet plan to one adorable platformer.

13. Next Stop Nowhere

Genre: Adventure

All you really need to know about Next Stop Nowhere is it's the latest game from Night School Studio, the team behind indie hits Oxenfree and Afterparty. While the former offered a Stranger Things-like supernatural story and the latter literally took players on a bar crawl through hell, Next Stop Nowhere returns many of the beloved mechanics Night School is known for but moves them to outer space. It tells the story of two passing strangers who become wrapped up in a solar system-spanning adventure to reunite family and dodge shady criminals and law enforcement along the way. With all the superbly written dialogue and intuitive systems dispensing it all once more as Night School has done before, Next Stop Nowhere makes a strong argument to be your next download.

12. Game of Thrones: Tale of Crows

Genre:  Text adventure

Before I played it, there were reasons to be skeptical of this Game of Thrones tie-in. The finale of the HBO show left a bad taste in many mouths and licensed games aren't always a promising sign of quality. But there were reasons for optimism too, like how Tale of Crows is published by Devolver, a surefire eye for talent. Game of Thrones: Tale of Crows proves to be a perfect fit for Apple Arcade. Its idle-like, text-heavy delivery means it can be played on your own terms, or you can turn on notifications to jump back in whenever the story has progressed based on your countless tough decisions. If you've wanted to learn more about The Night's Watch before Jon Snow showed up, this is your chance to live it. 

11. Overland

Genre: Strategy/Adventure

A post-apocalyptic road trip from Finji, the studio behind influential endless runner Canabalt and publisher of Night in the Woods. Overland is a turn-based strategy game at its core, where your task is to ensure the survival of a small group of travellers against an array of otherworldly threats. Overland gives you a fair amount of space to define the parameters of your own adventure, leaving you free to decide how to proceed through each and every disastrous scenario that you stumble into. Leveraging your need to search for supplies and navigate routes to safety, with the desire to save other stranded survivors, Overland is a smartly structured strategy game that you'll find yourself coming back to time and time again. 

10. The Pathless

Genre: Action

The words 'published by Annapurna Interactive' are today's surest sign of a good time. The publisher simply knows how to pick 'em, and The Pathless is no exception. The stylish action, sorta-parkourish game comes from Giant Squid, the team that developed the uber-tranquil Abzu, which was often called Underwater Journey. The Pathless shares some of those same traits too, but it's a much more action-packed game than you might expect if you're browsing the team's bio. As a Hunter, your archer skills are put to the ultimate test in a battle of good and evil that transpires as speedy, semi-open levels where you dash around and solve puzzles. It's equal parts Journey and Vanquish, in a mash-up you maybe never knew you needed.

9. Grindstone

Genre: Puzzle

It's easy enough to forget, but before Capybara Games helped change the landscape of mobile adventure games with Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP in 2011, the studio was known for developing puzzle games. In many ways, then, Grindstone - a smartly conceived and expertly executed game of sword slashing puzzle battles - sees Capy returning to its roots. It's bright, colourful, and difficult to walk away from, which is exactly what you want from a game such as this. Grindstone also comes complete with an intuitive crafting system, a delightful progression structure, and over 150 levels designed to test your capacity for unleashing monster-hit combos and crashing through increasingly challenging stages. Grindstone is designed for commutes, but it'll have your attention whenever you find yourself with a little downtime.

8. Yaga

Genre: RPG

I have to admit that every time I see RPG as a mobile game genre, I am skeptical. That’s because I had never found one that feels deep enough to keep me engaged. That was until I found Yaga. This folklorish 2D tale combines beautiful art, intelligent controls, and a fully voiced, branching story to make one of the platform’s best examples of a role-playing game I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t take itself too seriously with its humorous tone, but when it comes to gameplay, it actually feels robust. That’s so rare in this space that it’s immediately obvious Yaga is different. It’s special. For those most skeptical of whether mobile gaming can scratch a console/PC itch, try Yaga first.

7. Mutazione

Genre: Adventure

I'm going to hit you with the elevator pitch and you should know in an instant whether this is for you or not: Mutazione is a mutant soap opera where small-town gossip meets the supernatural, a super chill game about raising plants and embarking on spiritual journeys after the end of the world. Mutazione is a weird adventure game that's quite unlike anything else in the Apple Arcade library. Its style is its own, a lush, hand-illustrated world full of interesting folks that you'll be desperate to get to know. Plant gardens to create relaxing musical soundscapes, and, when you're ready, embark on a story full of twists and turns. Mutazione is serene, in its own little way. 

6. South of the Circle

Genre: Adventure

This list has been receiving updates for a year now, and it takes a lot to break into the top five. The top three have actually never changed. South of the Circle doesn't smash through that invisible wall, but it does manage to round out the top five with a good chance to stay there for a long time. This dramatic adventure game offers Hollywood production disassembled into a point and click game that tells a mature story unlike anything else you can play on Apple Arcade. It's not just one of the best Apple Arcade games, it may be the best mobile-exclusive game I've ever played. 

5. Roundguard

Genre: Dungeon-puzzler

Nobody ever asked for Peggle to be made into a dungeon crawler, but maybe we should've demanded it years ago. As it turns out, that's exactly what Roundguard is, and trust us, it's brilliant. Built with the same mechanics of PopCap's beloved pinballish puzzler but with a level of depth you likely never thought lacking, Roundguard is the Peggle disciple the world deserves. It's on consoles and PC too, but it feels most at home on iOS as the kind of versatile game that is excellent in short bursts or extended sessions in equal measure. If you missed it, check out our Apple Arcade Game of the Month feature for an extended look at what makes Roundguard amazing.

4. Neo Cab

Genre: Adventure

Not that we’re handing out any uber-specific awards in this lineup, but if we were, Neo Cab would win the poignancy award. It tells the story of a rideshare driver in the near-future where automation has nearly taken over the industry once and for all, which is the publicly stated goal of companies like Lyft and Uber today, mind you. As you ride around the neon-lit town, you learn about each passenger, and you learn even more about yourself. The game demands we confront questions about who we will be in the jobless future we’re barreling toward, and it demands we not forget to look out for one another not just when that day comes, but today too. And yes, “uber-specific” was totally an intended pun.

3. Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Genre: Adventure

Most games that want you to feel empowered do so by use of huge guns, magical powers, or a physics-defying double jump, but Alba takes a totally different route. Cast as a young girl with a heart the size of her home island and a smartphone camera, players embark on a Pokemon Snap-like quest to document wildlife, protect the environment, and eventually find themselves imbued with a call to action that is genuinely stirring and sweet in equal measure. Alba is the feel-good game you're looking for, and it'll leave you ready to help change the world when you're through with it.

2. What The Golf?

Genre: Puzzle

In a list of 25 games, there’s got to be at least one that we can hardly explain, right? Meet What The Golf? This is that game. If you don’t like golf, don’t worry. It’s just barely a golf game. Really it’s a puzzler that demands you get an object to a goal. Yes, early on that means a golf ball into a hole, but that familiarity quickly vanishes and is replaced by some of the most outlandish and unpredictable level design you’ll see all year, if not all generation. It’s also packed with homages to other games, like Super Mario, Flappy Bird, and so many more. We wouldn’t want to spoil all the fun, so just trust us. Golf fan or not, give it a try.

1. Sayonara Wild Hearts

Genre: Action

Simogo made a name for itself as one of the most ambitious and inventive mobile developers, thanks to its work on titles like Year Walk, Device 6, and SPL-T. Unsurprisingly, the studio is back and better than ever; Sayonara Wild Hearts is an interactive music video, a vibrant cacophony of high-octane races and dance-battle action. It's overtly stylish in its design and subtly stunning in its execution of a drama – of breaking your heart at a 100mph. This is a game that is, frankly, out of this world. Sayonara is the sort of game that you'll be able to get through across both ends of your commute, but come back to replay day-after-day. The self-described 'pop album video game' isn’t just the best Apple Arcade game. It’s one of the best games of the year. Period.

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