LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean (www.lego.com/piratesofthecaribbean) Rated Everyone 10+ by ESRB. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean is set within the movie-verse of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, with one exception: the characters, and some constructed in the world, are made out of Legos. With this newest entry, the Lego games have switched things up and now include buildings and scenery which look realistic, as opposed to others, which are still “old school” and made out of the bright primary colored bricks. However, all of the characters, fish, animals are still made out of Legos though, to make the “Pirates” world feel more like part of the Lego-universe. This game also enfolds bits from all 4 “Pirates” movies, including the latest film, “On Stranger Tides”. The character design is really awesome in “Lego Pirates of the Caribbean”. All the classic characters are here from the “Pirates” movies: Jack Sparrow, Will, Elizabeth, Captain Barbosa, Davy Jones, and even Black Beard from the new movie.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean (www.lego.com/piratesofthecaribbean) Rated Everyone 10+ by ESRB. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean is set within the movie-verse of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, with one exception: the characters, and some constructed in the world, are made out of Legos. With this newest entry, the Lego games have switched things up and now include buildings and scenery which look realistic, as opposed to others, which are still “old school” and made out of the bright primary colored bricks. However, all of the characters, fish, animals are still made out of Legos though, to make the “Pirates” world feel more like part of the Lego-universe. This game also enfolds bits from all 4 “Pirates” movies, including the latest film, “On Stranger Tides”. The character design is really awesome in “Lego Pirates of the Caribbean”. All the classic characters are here from the “Pirates” movies: Jack Sparrow, Will, Elizabeth, Captain Barbosa, Davy Jones, and even Black Beard from the new movie.




Graphics:
The developers did a really good job of making the movie characters look distinguished from one another, even if they are made out of LEGOs. The distinguishing looks in this game come from the movie characters’ outfits, style, and features. Jack moves exactly as he does in the movie, and is dressed out in his dreadlocks, whereas Davy Jones comes complete with his tentacle face, peg leg, and crab arm. The characters, animals, and some plants and objects in LEGO “Pirates of the Caribbean” are made out of LEGOs, which is in contrast to the rest of the background environment, which is in a realistic, and highly detailed, style. Environments lend a very tropical flavor to this game, so grab a pina colada flavored beverage, and get ready to do some virtual-travel. You might also want to put on a pair of board trunks, because the water has an excellent color and shimmer to it that evokes even more of an exotic Caribbean feeling for the player. However, the camera suffers sometimes in this game. In general, it just doesn’t give you a lot of freedom, and it can flex to the left and right a little bit based on where your character is. And the real negative is if your character goes behind an object, you won’t be able to see him very well at all.

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Sounds:
It is important to note that the LEGO characters don’t actually have voices, but instead make grunts, or other small noises, to express their attitudes during situations in game play. They also use hand motions, as well as a lot of facial expressions, to get their “words out” without actually saying anything. LEGO “Pirates of the Caribbean” features a wonderful, pirate/adventure themed score similar to that of the movies, and makes you feel as if you’re re-living the adventures of Jack Sparrow and his crew. So hoist the skull-and-crossbones flag, say “argghhh”, and get ready to set sail for a LEGO adventure.

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Gameplay:
The LEGO games all feature easy controls that are very easy for virtually any player to pick up on, thus making this game fun for all ages. The basic challenges of the game itself aren’t too hard either, but the puzzles can require engaging team work to complete. Younger fans may need a bit of help. Throughout the game, you can collect LEGO pieces called studs, which can be used to buy new characters, items for your characters, etc. The game also features a healthy amount of collectibles that unlock hidden features. LEGO “Pirates of the Caribbean” acts like a standard platformer game, with basic fighting controls, but also allows you to switch control of nearby characters to help accomplish your objectives.

Many characters have different skills; female characters, for instance, can jump higher than males and Jack’s compass can find hidden objects. This game features co-op that can also switch to split-screen when the players get too far away from each other. The co-op style is very nice, with a drop-in and drop-out co-op style, so your friend can pick up a controller anytime during the game and play, and leave anytime, too, without actually disrupting the game. Players can go back and re-play levels to unlock collectibles, or get to places they couldn’t get to before, because they didn’t have access to the right characters.

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Conclusion:
LEGO “Pirates of the Carribean” is a very enjoyable game, a bit of a getaway to a tropical and adventurous place, and provides fun for all ages, too.

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