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Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game

 

 

SCORE: 73

 

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game 

 

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. There are things from the movies that gave me pause, so I wondered how TT Games would handle the production.

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game includes Lego adaptations of the four movies. I know there will some people reading that saying: "What are you talking about there have only been three movies." You are correct. However Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game includes On Stranger Tides as well. The fourth movie that has just recently released is also in this game. The game was released prior to the movie so it gave fans a sneak peak at the movie.

I wondered how certain things would be handled in Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game. Highest on my list was the alcohol. During key alcoholic moments of the movie, characters are shown with a tea pot. So this really helps make Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game approachable by more ages of the family. The undead creatures look laughable as Lego creations. I mean that in a good way, because they will not frighten children or create nightmares. Something the movies have been accused of doing. The sanitation of the franchise does not end there. The female characters look proper in this game as well. There is action adventure violence in this game. Your character will fall to pieces if you lose too much health. Breaking apart items is needed to collect studs, and to find specific items.

One of the things I have liked about the Pirates of the Caribbean movies is the music. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game does not disappoint. In fact the songs get stuck in your head, and stay for awhile. I enjoy this music because it invigorates me. It fits the theme of this game masterfully. The cut scenes contain humor that reaches all ages. I had my nine year old help me, and he was hurting my ears laughing so loud during certain scenes.

There are more than seventy characters that can be unlocked, and purchased in Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game. There are also over twenty levels to be played. Technically if you want to find everything the number of levels doubles. Play it once in story mode, and then play it a second time with the right characters to unlock all the secrets. Speaking of secrets, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game is drowning in them. Disney Interactive Studios was kind enough to provide Family Friendly Gaming with a reviewable copy on the Wii. I feel that this game is worth the price of admission.

I should note that Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game is on all existing current major systems. That includes the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Personal Computer, and Macintosh. The home console version is what I am reviewing. There are also hand held versions of Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game. They include the Nintendo 3DS, Playstation Portable, and Nintendo DS.

If you have played a recent Lego (movie based) video game then you know what to expect from Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game. You collect studs, break stuff, build stuff, solve puzzles, and fight off the bad guys. This is one of those games that keeps you thinking. Over and over again I found myself asking this question: "How do I get over there?" I am wise enough to know another set of eyes assists me in answering that question. I have played numerous Lego video games, and this game play does not get old.

The environments have been enhanced in Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game. The areas look fantastic in Lego format. The ships, towns, caves, and more remind me of the movies. I enjoyed many of the special effects in this home console video game. Most of the characters look like their real life counter parts. A few of the females looked a little off to me, but that is a minor quibble. Little touches like Captain Jack's swagger and the sea turtles resonated with me.

The main lesson in Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game is to search around to find the answer. Every single time I got stuck I found I had missed something. Jack's compass was a great help in many levels. That compass shows the way many times. Different characters have different skills, so swapping around was needed for solving puzzles as well. I enjoyed playing this game. I am thankful that Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game made the franchise more approachable by more ages in the family.

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game has me thinking of other franchises that could make it into Lego based video games. Left Behind, Chronicles of Narnia, and Lord of the Rings. Although an adaption of the Matrix trilogy will probably come before any of those. I could be wrong. They may surprise me with something like a version of Back to the Future.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 66%
Sound: 81%
Replay/Extras: 79%
Gameplay: 68%
Family Friendly Factor: 70%
System: Wii/Xbox 360/Playstation 3/PC/MAC
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
ESRB Rating: 'E10+' for Everyone 10+
{Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief}

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