Ranking the Best Episodes in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Worst to First

With the dust finally beginning to settle down following LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’s launch earlier this month, we thought that would be the perfect time to rank each episode in the nine-film saga, as each game focuses on one Star Wars episode. While we have finally loved our time with the collection and found the quality across the board quite excellent, there were a few moments that yanked us out of the brick-shaped experience that left us feeling a wee bit lost, befuddled, or frustrated. Here are the LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga games ranked from worst to bestGeneral Chat Chat Lounge Let’s jump in!

9. The Last Jedi

Best Episodes in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

The Last Jedi, Ahch-to

I know what you’re thinking: He hated The Last Jedi movie so he put it at the bottom of the list. Incorrect you are, my young Padawan.

In fact, I absolutely adored Rian Johnson’s subversive yet divisive pull-the-rug-from-under-you pic. The thing is, one of the games has to go to the bottom of this list, and thanks to a really frustrating section – I’m looking at you, ‘Ground A-salt’ level – that has to be completed in a confusingly specific way. Way closer to the end, I’m throwing the sophomore effort into the sequel trilogy at the bottom of the pile.

Sorry, Mr. Johnson!

8. The Phantom Menace

Best Episodes in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

The Phantom Menace, Battle of Naboo

While Episode One has a really cool opening, replete with an aquatic set-piece that shows you fending off a massive underwater fish, it also does a lot of heavy lifting by virtue of it being, well, you know, The Phantom MenaceGeneral Chat Chat Lounge

There’s a few boring narrative sections about taxes, trade disputes, and … almost everything else (yawn), there is still fun to be gleaned from the face-off against Darth Maul, the surprisingly entertaining Pod race, and the battle on Naboo, as well. As the many LEGO slapstick jokes that feature everyone’s (not so) favorite Gungan getting up to random hijinks.

Sure, I could end this with a joke about how awful Jar Binks is to add insult to injury, but I honestly feel sorry for the poor fella at this point.

7. The Rise of the Skywalker

Best Episodes in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

LEGO Star Wars, Rise of the Skywalker

The Rise of the Skywalker is still one of the darkest episodes in the entire Star Wars saga, and it’s great that its LEGO adaptation retains that same distinctive tone. That said, it’s still hamstrung by a few unexciting levels and a story that completely upends what Rian Johnson was attempting in The Last Jedi.

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With its emphasis on narrative MacGuffins like wayfinders, and the ridiculous revelation that Emperor Palpatine survived his fall down the Reactor Core in Return of the Jedi (“Somehow Palpatine returned”) is probably one of the most preposterous lines in the entire cinema, right? ), its uneven source material sometimes doesn’t gel amazingly with Traveler’s Tales’ lighthearted LEGO formula.

Still, despite these issues, there is still enjoyment to be extracted from this critically-maligned episode, especially in the opening space-faring mission of ‘A Skip and a Jump’ and the final showdown with the Emperor.

6. The Force Awakens

Best Episodes in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga How To Unlock All Scavenger Tools

It was the promising revamp that the beloved sci-fi franchise needed, and its translation to the LEGO brick form is a darn good one. While it’s pretty much a beat-for-beat retread of A New Hope, The Force Awakens still features some pretty cool highlights.

From Finn’s stormtrooper-gone-rogue to Rey’s tranquil origin story on Jakku to Poe Dameron’s kinship with his lovable BB-8 droid, the debut episode of the sequel trilogy sets what’s to come for the stage. The best moments are often at the center of everybody’s favorite space scoundrel, though.

Yes, the first scene where we meet our ol ‘Pals Han Solo and Chewie as they battle it out with the man-eating Rathtars and the Guavian Death Gang stand out, and apparently, * that * seen where Kylo is dirty on his father’s Starkiller base. Still manages to hit you in the feel, even with LEGO’s signature lighthearted feel and tone.

5. Attack of the Clones

Best Episodes in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Count Dooku, Attack of the Clones

Even though Attack of the Clones is the honor of being my least favorite movie in the entire Star Wars saga, somehow, its collection in LEGO incarnation is one of my favorites. I know, go figure.

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Not only does it boast an exciting air taxi flying mission that tracks you down an assassin across the bustling Coruscant metropolis at the opening level, but it also features a fun boss battle with Count Dooku in its latter half as well. Plus, it also has another really cool space-faring mission that shows you battling it out with a huge asteroid belt across a cat-and-mouse skirmish in Jango Fett.

Oh, and did we mention that it marks one of the only times in the entire saga where we get to hear the incredible audio delight that is the explosion of a seismic charge? Seriously, that sounds bite never gets oldGeneral Chat Chat Lounge

4. A New Hope

Best Episodes in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Lego Star Wars, A New Hope

With its epic opening scene that sees Darth Vader boarding a Rebel ship as Princess Leia scrambles to hide the stolen secret plans of The Death Star, A New Hope gets straight into the action. While it may not have as many funny gags as other LEGO games in the original trilogy, it does make for plenty of entertaining shootouts, boss battles, and space-faring missions.

Bumping into the creepy tentacles of the dianoga in the Death Star’s trash compacter is a highlight. Meanwhile, unleash Luke’s proton torpedoes to the trench run that you are carefully flying to the trench run that will eventually go to destroy The First Death Star is a high point as well.

Plus, I also love the fact that the final closing ceremony pokes fun at Chewie’s whole medal injustice. We need justice for poor ol ‘Chewie!

3. Return of the Jedi

Best Episodes in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Lego Star Wars, Return of the Jedi

OK, it’s safe to say that we’re finally getting to the best games in the saga now. Yes, much like the other threequels on this list, Return of the Jedi is one of the most emotionally poignant moments in the series, boasting darker installments.

Interestingly though, this ominous tone is offset by one of the funniest gags in the entire LEGO collection. Indeed, at the tail end of your battle on Endor, the AT-STs and Ewoks decide to have an impromptu dance party, replete with iconic Michael Jackson dance moves and moonwalking.

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Seriously, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen an AT-ST Chicken Walker get down and boogie on the dance floor. Hilarious stuff!

2. The Empire Strikes Back

Best Episodes in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Lego Star Wars, Assault on Hoth

After a fairly slow opening sequence that culminates in a boss battle with a deadly Wampa, the Empire Strikes back kicks off with one of the coolest and most iconic battles in the entirety of the series: The Assault on Hoth. Indeed, you even get to fly your very own Snow Speeder as you try to bring down those big ol ‘pesky AT-AT combat walkers. The childhood nostalgia is strong with this one!

Elsewhere, when we reach Bespin above Cloud City, we also get a few funny gags centered around Lando Calrissian. Firstly, he mistakes C-3PO for Princess Leia as he delivers his iconic charm, and later, a door opens to reveal a roomful of his signature attire – those famous fashionable capes that he loves to wear.

Even though the deal may be getting worse all the time, The Empire Strikes Back on the other hand, just gets better and better.

1. Revenge of the Sith

Best Episodes in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Lego Star Wars, Revenge of the Sith

In a crazy turn of events, my favorite game from the entire LEGO collection is, surprisingly, Revenge of the Sith.

Even though I’m not the biggest fan of the biggest prequels, Revenge of the Sith’s transition to Traveler’s Tales’ LEGO format is an extremely smooth one thanks to a handful of boss encounters that are super fun to duke it out, as well as a Plethora of eye-catching environmental backdrops that frame the action beautifully.

In fact, there’s so much action in Revenge of the Sith, that it almost feels like a miniature boss rush mode. From Count Dooku to General Grievous to * that * battle right at the end, the third episode in the prequel trilogy is a thrilling one and absolutely the best that LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has to offer.

But what say you, though? Do you agree with our picks? Or do you think we are way off base? Grab some Jawa juice and let us know in the usual place down below.

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