LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean

Reviewed by Angel Cortes, Posted on 2011-06-17


Developer: TT Games Publisher: Disney Interactive
Release Date: May 10, 2011 Available On: PC, PS3, Wii & Xbox 360

It comes as no surprise that the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean game would coincide with the release of the 4th movie in the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The game is touted as a retelling of the most memorable moments in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, all four of them, in LEGO cuteness. After “LEGOfied” Star Wars, Batman, Harry Potter, and Indiana Jones, does the LEGO-themed and licensed video game franchise have any more left to give?

If you have ever played any of the LEGO games, the game play in Pirates of the Caribbean is not substantially different. There is actually very little deviation from previous LEGO titles. This is my first LEGO game on the Wii and the motion controls and nunchuk fit like a hand to a leather glove in this type of game. The lack of complexity in the overall gameplay is given a little depth by the waggle that controls the sword play and aiming with the Wii remote to fire long range weapons. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean also features co-op play, allowing a friend sitting near to join you at any time. There is no online feature whatsoever, so the co-op experience requires the physical presence of a second player.

Most scenes from the four Pirates of the Caribbean movies are reenacted in LEGO form. Everything is generally cuter with the LEGO aesthetic, even getting eaten by a shark. The simple geometry of LEGO-inspired graphics seems to be very fitting on the Wii. There are instances of very creative and detailed level design that do not always come through on Wii titles. There is no voice acting but the characters exhibit the usual grunts, hums, moans, sighs, and other PG rated onomatopoeia. Breaking LEGO constructs and building them also have their cutesy sound effects. The audio is serviceable but not grand.

Avid in-game item collectors will probably get the most out of this game. For most players, a quick one-time run through will be more than enough. This game is clearly aimed at younger audiences with a fairly easy difficulty level. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean is another LEGO-themed game in the same vein as all the previous ones. Fans of either the LEGO games or the movie franchise will probably get a kick out of the cutesy presentation and waggle controls. Those who had their fill with any of the previous LEGO games can safely skip this one.

Graphics: 7
Sound: 7
Gameplay: 8
Creativity: 7
Replay Value/Game Length: 6
Final: 7 out of 10
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