Aspyr Makes LEGO Star Wars Available for Pre-Order

Aspyr Media has placed a page for LEGO Star Wars on its Web site and made the game available for pre-order at a US$29.99 suggested retail price. The title uses old-fashioned LEGO building blocks to tell the story of the last three Star Wars movies -- also known as "the prequels" -- in a kid-friendly way. Players can control over 50 characters from the films, from Anakin Skywalker and Yoda to Darth Maul and General Grievous, as they make their way through 17 levels of action, including levels that allow them to fly ships. A secret level is available for gamers who achieve certain objectives.

LEGO Star Wars features "Drop In/Drop Out" gameplay that allows a second player to join the action and take control of a character whenever they want. Free Play mode enables players to use unlocked characters in any level and switch between them at will. Jedi knight characters can use the force to move and assemble LEGO bricks into different objects; other characters have their own special skills. While the game doesnit use dialogue from the movies, it does employ authentic sound effects.

Aspyr expects to ship the game in August. System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.3.7 or higher, a G4 or G5 1GHz processor, 256MB RAM (512MB recommended), 2GB hard drive space, 32MB Video RAM (Radeon 8500 or GeForce FX5200 or better) and a DVD drive.

Obi-Wan Kenobi battles Count Dooku, LEGO style