Reviews and Problems with LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
Showing 1-10 of 32
10 January 2013
Summary: The LEGO version of Captain Jack Sparrow is every bit as charming and weird as his silver screen counterpart. His drunken prance is beautifully captured, and his magical compass brings enjoyable treasure hunting gameplay to Traveller’s Tales’ established LEGO formula. The remainder of the content – while drenched in Pirates of the Caribbean tones – could easily be in any other LEGO game. Hardly any of the gameplay takes advantage of the license.
Excerpt: It seems Traveller’s Tales can do nothing wrong. As if we didn’t already have enough quality LEGO games to savour, Traveller’s Tales has brought us two more back-to-back releases in 2011. Following hot on the heels of recently released LEGO: Star Wars III comes Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, and the cynic in me wonders whether this is the best strategy sales-wise.
Excerpt: The formula is familiar: play through the 'Story' mode, solving puzzles and collecting studs (currency) to unlock as many characters as you can (all the while enjoying the adorable LEGO interpretations of iconic scenes from the movies) until you can go back with a team of alternate characters to unlock everything each individual level has to offer in 'Free Play' mode.
Let's get the obvious out of the way early, shall we?
Conclusion: LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean is a great kids game, with a well realised story and fun characters, but it’s also more of the same. In terms of the LEGO series to date then this is probably one of the better incarnations, but you just can’t help but wonder where things could go from here. If you’re a fan of Pirates then this is for you, but everyone else may well want to test the waters first.
Conclusion: If there’s anything to take away from Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, it’s that it represents a culmination of style and design that Traveller’s Tales has been tweaking for years now, and does so in the most positive way possible. Every working part of the Lego series has been nigh-on perfected here, but if the formula has never won you over before, then not only will it fail to do so now, but it probably never will.
Conclusion: Disney Interactive All in all, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean is a fun addition to the LEGO franchise. It doesn't break the LEGO mold, but it doesn't have to. Like I said in the opening paragraph, if you like the source material, in this case Pirates of the Caribbean, you're going to like the game even if it is mostly the same stuff we've been doing for nearly ten games now. The humor still works. The thrill of collecting millions of LEGO studs is as addictive as ever.
Excerpt: I have no idea how Traveler's Tales does it, but they keep making fantastic games even while going way off-script on some of pop- and nerd-culture's most beloved franchises. They release two or three games every year, and each time they add just enough new content - or rework the gameplay just enough - to keep things fresh.