on 18 May 2011
It seems a long time now since the first Lego Star Wars game heralded a new wave of amusing and very playable titles that appeal to a wide mix of gamers. The subsequent Lego releases and tweaks to the gameplay have been a mixed bag but this one is up there with the best.
The basic mechanics are unchanged and as the blurb - rather pointlessly - points out, there are a host of new characters to unlock. The two-player co-op mode is as before and you can easily switch between players directly using a pop-up dial rather than having to be close enough to tag them. The puzzles have become more detailed though, often requiring several steps for completion using a wide variety of items including the novelty of Captain Jack's compass. As with the other Lego games although you can get stuck and/or keep dying you essentially have infinite lives and there is always a way to solve the puzzle. Like all good puzzles once the solution hits you, you usually wonder why you hadn't seen it before.
The graphics are pretty good by Wii standards with the chunky Lego characters set against a detailed background. The music is taken from the films and little touches like Jack Sparrow's staggering walk and surprised grunts do a good job of capturing the feel of the films.
The levels are much harder to reach 'True Pirate' on the first play through and the minikits also require a lot more use of unlocked characters in free play. Overall the game manages a good balance of difficulty whilst still maintaining playability, enjoyment and interest.
It's true that there is nothing groundbreaking here but if you want a fun game that mixes humour and thought with smashing up loads of props then this will provide many hours of enjoyment.
I have become quite addicted to the Lego video games, and my latest game is Lego Pirates of the Caribbean for Wii. It’s a fun addition to this video game franchise.
In fact, if you are familiar with the franchise already, I’m going to make this short and sweet. It’s more of the same. If that sounds good to you, get the game. If you were hoping for something different, you’ll be disappointed. You get five levels for each of the four movies in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Other then a couple of small variations on the theme, you’ve seen it before.
Looking for more detail? Keep reading.
The Lego video game franchise takes popular movie franchises and recreates the movies using Lego characters and settings. This game features all four Pirates movies, and five levels for each movie, so all told there are 20 levels of play here. The first time you play through each level, you play in Story Mode, doing your best to get through that part of the story with the assigned characters. Once you’ve done that, you can start playing in Freeplay. In this mode, you can bring other characters who weren’t in that scene with you. You can also bring villains you’ve unlocked along. There are some areas you can only unlock and explore in Freeplay, so you'll definitely want to do that.
Along with just completing the level, you have several missions. You need to collect Lego studs. Quite a few of them are sitting on the ground, but you can find more by building and/or destroying things. When you hit a certain threshold (different on every level) you reach “Real Pirate” status. The points from the studs you collect carry over, and you use them to unlock certain characters for Freeplay or helps that you’ve unlocked. You also need to collect 10 "bottles" in each level to complete a minikit.
Really, it usually takes more than once through Story and Freeplay to unlock everything I need to from a level. That means you get lots of play time from this game.
There are always at least two characters you can play on the screen at a time since this game is designed for one or two players. I’ve only played by myself, and it’s easy to switch between characters as you need to. In fact, they’ve added a wheel, so if there are multiple characters on the screen, you can choose which one in particular you want to play as. When enemies attack, the computer won’t defeat them, just keep them at bay. But if a puzzle requires two players to solve, the computer will do its part.
When an enemy or something else kills you, you lose some of the studs you’ve collected. Even if you get down to zero, you can keep playing. This is one feature I like since there are no more frustrating parts of getting to a certain point and dying. As long as you keep moving forward, you will finish all of the level.
The game uses the Wiimote and the Nunchuck controllers, and frankly everything becomes second nature after a little bit of game play. It does seem a bit more finicky about picking things up than other Lego games have been, but once you know that, it’s okay.
Graphic? They won’t blow you away. This game is on the cartoony side of animation. The graphics are certainly good enough that you can tell what is happening and what you should be doing. But this is a Lego video game, and I wouldn’t expect anything realistic from a game with plastic characters as the main characters.
The sound effects are good. They’ve got swords clashing and other fun things like that. And the background music includes the soundtracks from the films, so it’s great.
The Lego games always have fun cut scenes taken from the film to bridge the various stages of the level. This one is no exception; however, I feel they overwhelm the game play at times. This is especially true of the opening, which takes a couple of minutes to recreate the first scene of the first movie. You can’t skip it but must watch every time you turn the game on.
Still, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean for Wii is another fun installment. Fans of either franchise will have hours of enjoyment before them.
on 27 May 2012
Bought this for my 7yr old son, he does not play these games often so some can be too difficult to work out what you have to do, this one however is very intuitive and great fun with excellent characters it is by far his favourite game, even more so than Lego star wars III. Well worth the money
on 23 February 2012
Having Played all of the other Lego games, Pirates of the Caribbean does not disappoint. As usual the lego humour is excellent and gameplay is smooth. The characters each have their own fighting styles, and it has been a lot of fun playing as them all. The puzzles are a lot more difficult in this game (compared to previous lego titles) which i think is a good thing. It's going to take a bit more time to finish this one, so overall i am thrilled. and the price was excellent. The only reason i have given it four stars is because i keep comparing it to star wars...and it can never beat that.
on 17 May 2016
I bought this game because I just love the challenge it provides. These computer games are not simply designed for children because mature adults like me can get just as much satisfaction and pleasure from them. I try hard to convince my wife that they are great to play but she find it hard to see the attraction. I find that they keep my mind sharp and encourage logical thinking and problem solving. The more challenging the problems are, the more satisfied you feel when you overcome them. These Lego games are so well designed because you gradually gather skills as you go through them and you are encouraged to continue when you get rewards along the way. You slowly pick up new characters with different skills which help you unlock new areas in which to collect the required items. It is useful to have watched the films first so that you have some idea of the story. In this game I admit that I did have to enlist the help of my son to get me past certain bits but I did eventually manage to complete it. It took me while to realise how to collect all of the characters when walking around the port area. I do find some of the film clips at the start of each level a bit tedious even though they are very well made. The graphics are probably not as good as the glossy modern games but to me they work very well. You can of course skip these clips when you've had one run through the level. I also love all of the humorous clips like the pig spraying a man with deodorant because he smells! I would recommend all older people to have a go at these games because they help to keep you young and keep your brain active
on 18 July 2012
As ever, the Lego collect-a-thon is a wealth of smashable things and collectible objects with fun- if basic- puzzles, platforming and fighting, held together by a colourful sense of fun. It's a format that appeals to the inner child or inner hoarder in all of us which is why the Lego games have had so many iterations. The thing is, each addition demands something new to set it apart from the other members of the Lego Stables, so what booty is this one laden with?
Well, there's Jack's compass. As in the films, the compass points to whatever Jack desires so here it's used for...collecting items. Anyone signed up to a Lego game will be expecting collecting but with the compass out, Jack can only walk restricting you to a snail's pace (often while getting shot at and unable to fight back).
No real new ground is broken, then and there are a few things that are marginally worse. You can now buy any character you've encountered in story mode but first you find them wandering around the hub level and beat them in combat. Different characters appear randomly in different areas of the hub but you don't know where and as they're not always there you can't eliminate anywhere with certainty. It makes getting them all a drawn-out, frustrating experience.
When the only criticisms you have for a game are that it's similar to other good games or minor details like above, it can't be bad, but it remains the least of the Lego games. Maybe it's just that the other franchises are better-loved or maybe it's too much of a similar thing. By all means buy this, but buy the other ones first.