Purchased for the kids (8 and 13) for Christmas 2012 they both and I love playing it. We have all got to 100% - that is we have achieved all the levels and found all the characters and mini-kits (ships in bottles). This took us about two months to complete including many hours played by me in the evenings on my `Slot'. So it is very good value for money.
My son just loves going into it sometimes to play around in the port and have a few good sword/gun fights. He also loves the 20 ships that you can get in the port once you have found all the mini-kits in the chapters.
The other Wii games are hardly getting a look in now we have this and another Lego game.
There is lots of problem solving to do to get through the levels and earn mini-kits. My son whose 8 needs some help to figure things out but my daughter 13 takes pride in working it all out herself. Personally I can spend ages doing the wrong thing and then feel foolish I didn't see the actual solution quicker!
The Lego characters have their own traits and we have had several funny moments in the house where the kids imitate the way the characters behave in the game. Having re-watched the films these traits can all be seen there.
Tips for the beginner:
1) You need to complete the first game which has several stages in order to see the full expanse of the game. This first game is in-fact the first chapter of 5 from the first film. Some reviewers have said they had to keep having to replay the same scene (the Blacksmiths). This is because they haven't completed this first chapter.
2) Smash everything you can to get studs and often reveal an obscured item which you need.
3) Use Jack Sparrow's compass in every arena and find all the things that are shown on it.
4) Purchase red hats in the port area as these will help you earn treasure more quickly and do a host of other things. Spend your hard earned treasure wisely though!
5) Once you have red hats make sure that you turn them on through Extras on the `+' menu whenever you start playing.
6) If you drop something like a torch and it disappears go back to where you originally picked it up also check you haven't left it with another character!
7) Women jump higher than men.
8) As you get further into it more things open up in the port as you earn more gold bricks.
9) There are loads of hints and tips on the `cheats' web sites but I managed to get through it all without their help though I caught my daughter on one once!
10) Once you have seen the trailers to the chapters you can press `C' to skip them on subsequent visits. Many of them are very amusing so it is well worth watching them the first time.
Still 5 stars but here are a few cons:
1) The game has frozen a few times at frantic moments of play. Whilst being extremely annoying at the time it happens infrequently enough to be easily compensated for by the overall fun playing the game. I've seen this in Lego Clone Wars as well but not as frequently so far. You can reboot by holding the power button in for several seconds rather than having to switch off at the wall either way you lose everything since the last save icon was displayed.
2) Characters can get stuck between objects this is normally solved by switching to another character or dropping that remote out. Assuming they aren't critical to completing the scene they release themselves to the next level when you move on.
3) When playing on your own there are one or two scenes where it is very hard to complete without two remotes but it is normally possible. Normally when playing on your own the other characters follow you around and follow your lead of how to solve a problem. If they don't follow you make sure that they have the ability to do so if they don't switch and help them across or swap their character.
4) The split screen with two players can be annoying but the benefit is that it can be fun working together to solve the levels and get treasure.
5) Treasure goes mad once you have several red hat multipliers. We got into tens of billions which is impossible to spend! Lego Star Wars - The Clone Wars LEGO Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars (Wii)
appears to have solved this problem by making the red bricks more expensive.
6) I agree with some other reviewers that some chapters especially one called `Isla de Muerta' at the end of the first film are gloomy. You can turn the brightness up using Options which helps to a certain extent. On the other hand this level turns out to be one of the best when searching out mini-kits.
Overall it is a fantastic game and the price has dropped over the last year or so it is well worth buying.
We bought the Pirates of the Caribbean DVD box set Pirates of the Caribbean 1-4 Box Set [DVD
] after playing this game and are thoroughly enjoying watching them all again and seeing all the bits that tie into the game.