Conclusion: The bright, bold graphics pop with satisfactory LEGO style and the great variety of characters and items included in the game make up for the economic spattering of individual animations. The ‘voice’ acting involved in each character’s incomprehensible murmurs is delivered effectively, with a special recognition due to whoever was tasked with summarising Johnny Depp’s hearty drawl down to monosyllables.
Pros: A joyfully simple, limitlessly accessible puzzle adventure.
Cons: A frustrating camera and repetitive elements can grate.
Excerpt: I am a big fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise. I’ve seen all three so far, and I’m anxiously awaiting the fourth. When I found out that Pirates was getting the LEGO treatment, I thought for sure that it would be the perfect way to get acquainted with the LEGO games, being a Pirates fan and all. Unfortunately, the game does not sit as well as the movies do.
Pros: Impressive visuals and audio, Humorous spin on the Pirates of the Caribbean story
Excerpt: I am very familiar with the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. They have impressed me on various levels. Captain Jack Sparrow is a lovable pirate. That may seem like a strange statement. But he does do the right thing more often than not. When I heard about Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game I was extremely interested. I had a feeling this is the kind of a video game that could be good for families.
Explore all four movies' worlds, with unique LEGO humor.
Common Sense Media
21 January 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean is a cartoony adventure game based on all four of the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean movies, including the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides . While the game features a good deal of fighting, puzzle-solving and exploration are more key to gameplay than violence.
Summary: LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean is the perfect gaming analogy of Jack Sparrow. At times brilliant and able to thrill, while on other occasions accident prone and unsteady on its feet. This title has strong production values, moments of terrific gameplay and witty humour to make anyone smile. Unfortunately, level design can be frustrating, excessive chaos and confusion sucks the fun out of the game and newbies to the series could potentially get very, very confused.