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on 19 July 2011
My partner is not a gamer, but there is one franchise that she loves - the LEGO games. We have in our time played and completed them all from `Star Wars' all the way to `Harry Potter' (and seemingly back again). The series of games have all been pretty similar - 2 player local co-op, platforming, cartoon fighting, building and finding hidden items. However, there are subtle differences and improvements that have moved each game on and improve the series for some, and ruined it slightly for others. `LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean' is the latest release from the LEGO stable and in many ways is a reversion back to basics.

You get to play all four `Pirates' films in story mode, as well as being able to go through the levels again in Free Play. This allows you to use previously unavailable characters and their unique powers. As before, it is the Free Play mode that proves the most fun; you get to tackle the various puzzles, open up all new areas and uncover cheats. The little LEGO versions of the characters are great, mini Jack Sparrow is fantastic. Unlike the likes of `LEGO Star Wars 3' which opened up into a huge game, `LEGO Pirates' is more contained and beatable. It will still take you over 10 hours to 100% the entire thing, but `Star Wars 3' took well over 24hrs.

The shorter game life is actually a blessing in disguise as the game becomes more approachable for new players to the series. The once complex character selection is toned downed as there are fewer skills to learn than in previous games. It is the source material itself that undermines the game; the `Pirates' films are all pretty samey when turned into LEGO and lots of levels occur on ships. It is these ship levels that are the weakest; dark, confusing and cramped - the open feel of the later LEGO sequels is lost. With its simplified approach some players will find `LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean' the easiest in the series to handle, I thought it lacked some of the intelligence of games such as `LEGO Indiana Jones 2'.
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If you have played the other lego games, this one offers more of the same, puzzles, picking up lego pieces and the ability to play co-operatively, with a split screen when in two player mode. The game can be played through in story mode and then you can go back in free play as various characters to find hidden items and areas. The game does seem rather more glitchy than other titles and they have maybe over done it with the cut scenes - it's annoying when you get quite a long way through a level with no way of saving only to have to do it all again as it's frozen.

Gameplay wise, it's not quite as fun as Harry Potter - the pirate aspect does add interest to the game, there's plenty of sword fighting and the like and Jack Sparrow has a compass for treasure hunting which is a nice touch. The downside of this game is that the characters are rather prone to inexplicably falling off things, not being able to jump onto things and, the AI characters seem bent on making you not able to advance. This can be more annoying than it should be. Generally the puzzles and building of lego in the game are as good as they ever are in any lego game, and normally fairly easy to work out.

They have given the game a slight twist by allowing you to play as varied characters in story mode, and re-jigged a few things graphically, so often an arrow will point you in the right direction to advance the story. Anyone who has played the other games will probably enjoy this one, even allowing for glitches and the slight annoying elements to the game. I can't help feeling though that this game could have done with more testing time and it hasn't really moved on from the other games in the series, I would recommend it, but if it's your first Lego game try an older title first.
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VINE VOICEon 15 July 2011
Travellers Tales have been extremely busy recently, churning out Lego games like there's no tomorrow. After Lego Star Wars III was released back in March, it was announced that Lego Pirates would be coming to the consoles to celebrate the fourth film being released in cinemas. So does Lego Pirates live up to expectations and do Travellers Tales outdo themselves here?

The game starts with a skippable intro taken from the first Pirates game before thrusting you straight into the first level, Port Royal. Anyone who's played a Lego game will be right at home here as the controls are unchanged from other Lego Games. This is fine to some extent but I always felt Pirates was an odd choice to turn into a Lego game and I'll explain properly a little bit later in this review as to why that is.

After the first level is done and dusted, the hub area opens up where the ability to play through the four Pirate films becomes available. To be honest, all the levels are pretty standard and none really jumped out at me as being amazing but the effort gone into the 'On Stranger Tides' levels is excellent and a step up from the average levels plaguing this game.

The later levels are well designed and feature a number of new gameplay mechanics including some ingenious simple puzzles and for the first time-a car chase where you have to jump from one roof of a car to another. Its clear to see all the effort has gone into these levels to try and promote the film but I would have liked more from the previous three films.

The story can get confusing at times via the speechless cut-scenes so anyone unfamiliar with the story, I suggest steering clear here as even I got confused with the story for Dead Man's Chest and At Worlds End. TT tried their best to produce some cut scenes that tried to explain what was going on, but unfortunately it doesn't work here and could have been simplified somewhat. Having said that though, the humour used throughout them is excellent and there were a few moments that had me laughing out loud which is obviously only a good thing!

Lego Pirates is a strange one for TT as for me it feels like a step back for the series rather than a giant leap forward. The diverse range of abilities on Star Wars and the ingenious magic system on Harry Potter make Pirates pale in comparison as there's nothing new here that hasn't been seen already. The ability to walk underwater is the only thing Pirates can boast but that quickly grows old and isn't much fun.

All the controls are the same but the swordfights, although just button bashing, are surprisingly fun and the snippet of music that cues when you release your sword is a stroke of genius and one that makes me whip my sword out all the time, simply to hear that music.

Lego Pirates is like a bridge game in many ways, thrown together to make the wait for the next Lego Harry Potter less substantial and of course to try and generate some extra cash. The sound is brilliant as you'd expect with the licensed themes enhancing the audio quality of the game and the sound effects being just as effective.

Overall then, Lego Pirates is a mediocre Lego game with plenty of replay value but not much in terms of innovative gameplay mechanics. Everything on offer here is just a rehash of what's come before and although its nice to play as Captain Jack, the variety of characters isn't that exciting. The game is good fun but I doubt you'll stick around for the long haul to collect everything after playing through the levels.
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on 30 January 2014
I bought this because my mate at work harps on about Lego games all the time.
It was ok.
But there were bugs galore.
Intolerable when you work in software! Sheesh.

Sorry. Shouldn't be so damming. Go for it, it's a laugh.
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on 16 April 2013
I find if you play 2 players then the second screen shows the ceiling/trees and no matter where you direct your character it doesn't go in that direction but as a single player it's as good as the rest of the Lego series
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on 15 May 2011
Received this game as promised by Amazon on day of release, and the wife has managed to complete the Four film based story modes in about 10 hours, despite the constant freezing and glitching at various points of different levels. My only hope is that once PSN comes back online, patches will be available to correct this side of the game. All the usual character driven puzzle solving is there and the lego themed humour is also again woven excellently into the game. However, you cant help but feel this game was rushed into production so close to the release of Lego Star wars Clone Wars, itself a much more polished and rewarding gaming experiance. Also as a side, Amazon, we could not get one of your preorder character codes to work.
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on 21 January 2013
I have all the Lego games and this is good but it's been "blown out thw water" pardon the pun by Lord of the rings!!!!!!
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on 21 August 2015
Not a brand new game and disc sticks a now and again but overall reasonably priced
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on 19 September 2011
It was ok, wasnt as much fun as previous lego games. Wasnt as long as I thought it would be either
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