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Myself and my partner are a huge fan of the lego wii series. We have got both Indiana Jones, both Star wars, and Harry Potter. We love the Pirates of the Caribbean series, so were really excited to hear that it was going to be one of the next in the series. Up until now all our lego games had been played on the wii, but being the new owners of a shiney new Nintendo 3DS I decided to give it a go on that format. I paid £30, in the back of my mind noting that the wii equivalent was cheaper at £22.
'Home' for the game is a wooden platform set up over the sea. You also have access to the beach, to dig up treasure and follow Captain Jack Sparrow's compass to dig up extra treats. The wooden platform gives access to the worlds, which present themselves as maps. Each world is a film, and in each world are multiple levels. The worlds consist of about three rooms and each follow the storyline of the film. As you progress through each world you gain extra characters and abilities. The idea is that once you finish the whole game you go back to the beginning and finish all the bits which you couldn't before, now you have all this extra capability. It all contributes to the percentages of the game and to really finish it you have to gain 100%.
The game is certainly enhanced by the 3D view. It gives depth to the game which you don't have on the wii platform. You also have the multiple screens which are handy for looking at maps, checking your characters etc, without disrupting the main game play too much. The downside is that for multiple players you have to have multiple consoles, whereas with the wii you can play with only one console and two controllers. This might not be a huge downside for some people, but for me this is a game I mainly play with my partner, so I do really prefer the wii version. That isn't to say the DS version isn't good, it just depends if you are after multiplayer or not.
I don't normally play Lego videogames, I've always thought they were made as a pure gimmick to attract in children and just generally people who love lego. But, I was wrong.
Since I bought Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, it has definitely been the only video game I have played and there's good reason for it because I think it is an utterly brilliant game
There are three main modes in the game: there is a 'rock-paper-scissors like streetpass game'; Story Mode and free play mode.
First of all: Streetpass mode. This seems like it will be great, but it only works if you walk past someone who also has their 3DS on and owns a copy of Lego Pirates of the caribbean. Basically each person has three shots and for each one you pick an attack and a defense, each of which has the option of High, medium or low. If your opponent attacks high on the first attack and you have set your defense to high on the first attack, you will block his shot and then whoever has attacked the opponent the most at the end is the winner. It seems like a good mode, but as the 3DS and Lego pirates havent been out for very long I haven't found anyone with it on streetpass yet.
The main mode is story mode, this consists of 16 levels (four from each of the Pirates of the Carribean films). Each level takes from 20-35 minutes to complete which means that the game isn't hugely long which is one of the only problems with the game. Like other Lego games, there are a range of characters for you to play as, each with a range of different abilities so you need to use them all.
In every level there are a number of collectible suck as red bricks, ships in bottles and coins. Some of them aren't obtainable in normal story mode because you may not have a character with the right ability, so you may need to do it again in free play. In free play you can choose one character to use and the other nine will be chosen for you, but it will always choose characters so that you have at least one person with each ability, so when you play through the levels again, you can unlock all these extras.
In conclusion, if you're looking for a very fun game than isn't too difficult or long, then this is an absolutely brilliant choice.