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After owning Lego Harry Potter and telling my sister about our shared family obsession with it, we received as a gift another game that is very similar yet very different - lego pirates of the caribbean.
This can be a 2 player game if you have two wii remotes and 2 nunchucks to play with, and is given a recommended age of seven plus. My children are a little younger than this at almost 6 and 4, but my 6 year old really enjoys playing this alongside one of us or on his own.
The game features scenes from all 4 of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. I have seen 3 of them but this was quite a long time ago. I couldn't tell you how accurate this game is compared to the films as my memory lets me down on this one, but there are certainly key scenes that I remember well such as the big wheel rolling through the forest with Jack on it fighting.
Similarly to the Harry Potter game, the thrill for me is that all of the characters on screen are little mini lego versions of the actors in the films. This is a strong likeness. Between scenes in the game, there are clever little animated clips to move the story forward. These are not scripted, so while the Pirates franchise is something I would not dream of letting my children watch at their respective ages due to the fact I think they would have nightmares, I am more than happy to let them play the game as there is nothing in it that scares them. I did play it first without them to make sure I thought it was suitable.
The game starts off with Will Turner working as a Blacksmith and Captain Jack Sparrow in prison. You work by smashing items, seeing what you can move, eg, cogs that turn round, and they you go and rescue Jack. Then the two of you can go off exploring the town, collecting coins and completing tasks. One little task is building little ships on the beach and launching them into the water.
Again, similarly to Harry Potter, when you smash items you release lego studs or coins, which you collect and you can then spend on purchasing other characters in the game. This is necessary as certain characters are able to do things that you can't when you are playing as Jack Sparrow. For example, quite early on you get the character Marty, and he has a big gun he can use to shoot things to smash them up. In this lego game, you need to have a sword fight with a character before the option comes up to purchase them if you have enough currency to do so.
If you are unsure what to do in the game, you can look at Jack's compass which puts footprints on the floor for you to follow till you reach your destination.
What I really like about the lego games is that you have quite a lot of freedom to play how you want. You select the scene you want to go to from a board, and then you can pick to go over old ground as many times as you want with whichever new character you have got in order to try to complete 100% of the game. There is so much to do that the first run through of any level, I find we get between 45 and 65ish % of the level completed, and that depends on what you notice you can do. My son was delighted in our last game when I noticed that you could jump up on chandeliers in the prison cells to turn them on, and doing all of them achieved a little prize for him which he could then use in the game.
Lego games are fabulous for kids (and poor players like me) as even if you are awful and seem to die very frequently, you don't need to start the level again. There are regular opportunities to collect hearts (extra life) as you go through each level. The Wii I find is a difficult console for this type of game. It is good that you can wave the remote around to indicate what you want the person's sword to be doing, but I do find it quite hard to control what my character is doing on screen. It gets easier with a lot of practice, but it can be frustrating when you can't complete an action you really need to do. I also find it hard to focus the remote at one point on the screen to fire the gun. Similar again to my experience on other wii games (Harry Potter, Toy Story Three), as my arm just starts to protest at being held straight out aiming at one location.
Although I really like this game, and we have had a lot of hours of playing it so it is good value for money, one thing that bugs me is the music to it. You have two types of music in the game - the very dramatic music you have in the film when some big thing is happening, or some type of sea shanty/jigging. My sons seem to find it hilarious to find a character who plays an accordion and if you get lots of characters round him, they all start doing a jig in time with each other, which I have to admit looks quite funny, but the music does get on my nerves. No worse than any other computer game then. I do find it quite distracting when I am playing but then again I need an excuse at why my playing is so bad.
I really do like these lego games as a whole, and I find that this Pirates one is really high quality. The option to play one or two player at any point in the game is fantastic as my little one will sometimes say he wants a go then get bored within a couple of minutes. I can also jump in and out around whatever household stuff I am doing or to help if my son is finding one bit too tricky. Having 70 characters to swap between also means you rarely get bored even going over the same area you have already done.
A new copy of this game is currently £12.99 and a used version can be got for about £8. I would really recommend this as a family game as it is so much fun and really helps to get your child thinking and problem solving as well as improving reflexes.
For any of you that are fans of the Lego gaming franchise, and for those that are yet to become, this game is a must have. I have developed a deep adoration over the years for the little brick bodied characters, and their comedic antics.
The Story of course follows that of the four films, which were enjoyed by millions all over the world, letting you take control of the characters in Lego form and taking on the adventures of Jack Sparrow (there should be a captain in there somewhere!) and his motley crew...
If you have not had the experience of a Lego game so far, I feel personally that you are missing out. The idea is to work your way through the levels, collecting as many studs as you can and unlocking all the characters, to then unlock all of the games hidden collectables. There so much to collect and so much to explore that the fun goes on for hours.
There are two modes to the game, you have story mode, and free play mode. The story mode on each level must be completed before you can access free mode. Story mode progresses exactly as the films do, introducing new characters as the story continues.
Free play mode is the part of the game that gives you access to all of the collectables that you weren't able to reach in the story mode, as only certain characters can do certain things, for example, only the cursed pirates can use the green seaweed pads to transport to a different part of the area, and only Captain Jack has the use of the compass. This is the same for all Lego games, and so it will be familiar to those of you that have played any previous releases.
Everything in the game is made of Lego, from the characters to the surroundings, the trees and cars. This makes the game seem somewhat more colourful and light hearted and so is a great game for little kids and big kids alike.
Two player co-op is also possible, so you can play with friends or on your own.
The game starts off with a cut-seen, which on their own are a great part of the game, being both humorous and relevant to the story they are a synonymous part of all the Lego games, which leads you into the first level, and the introduction of Captain Jack Sparrow.....
The game involves a lot of re tracing your steps in order to collect everything and to be able to complete the game 100% but there are "Red Hats" which you can find and unlock, each having its own ability to further your progress, such as score x2 which doubles your intake of studs, and also the "Ship in a Bottle" finder which leads you to a certain collectable required. These make it a little easier to find all of those hidden treasures without having to read walkthroughs (which is cheating!!).
The game itself is great fun, although I did manage to complete it a little faster than any of the others, as there are only 20 levels compared to the over 30 levels in the star wars saga.
The Wii obviously is not hot on graphics, but this is not needed for the Lego games. The controls are quite simple, and no complicated button combinations needed! Swing the remote to attack, or if you are feeling a little less energetic, you can also just use the A and B buttons, they have the same effect.
The game uses an auto-save feature which prevents any major loss of progress if the Wii should somehow loose power or need to be re-set.
A great game to say the least, a great escape form the mundane, dullness of TV these days, it gets your brain working trying to figure out the puzzles, and it is entertaining too!
After playing both of the Harry Potter Lego series and Indiana Jones games , my family decided to purchase the Lego Pirates of the Caribbean game, as we had enjoyed the others so much, it was clear the next in the Lego series wouldn't disappoint. We bought the game at £30 when it first came out at a GAME store, however I've seen it decrease in price to about £25 and it is far cheaper preowned.
The game is still rated at seven plus, similar to the others, due to the slightly difficult puzzle solving that a younger child may be unable to do. However, if they were younger at about five and a half to six, if they were playing with another older family member, it may be easier for them to play. You can still play with up to two people as long as you have the Wii remotes and nunchucks.
The graphics are still the same as the other in the Lego franchise, with the same Lego look about all the items and scenes within the game. The characters still do the neat thing of breaking into smaller pieces when they are killed to! All the environments that the characters travel through look like the ones in the movie, with the characters looking exactly like them to, with all the added details and costumes to.
The main aim of the game is to just follow through the plot of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but in Lego form. You travel through all the scenes in the typical humorous Lego way, with each being different and challenging than the next. Unlike the other Lego games, this time you have the ability to play with more than seventy characters. You also have the ability to play in regular story mode, or as free play where you can find all the hidden collectables.
However, different to the others in the Lego series, you now have a party of about half a dozen pirates to control. This makes gameplay a little bit harder as you have to remember what each character does so you can complete all the challenges put in front of you. Often this large group can be annoying as they will get in the way of you when you are trying to go somewhere and it takes ages to get them out of your pathway. Puzzle solving can get difficult to, as enemies are always constantly respawning, and all of my family agreed this confused you to where you had already been and if you had solved that area.
There are still collectables for you to gain throughout the Lego game such as the Lego studs that are around all the areas of the game and you have to collect enough so you can be classed as a True Pirate. Getting these gives you even more of an objective throughout the game, and collecting them is addictive as ever so you just want to keep playing. Also, by gaining the mini kits, you can use them in bonus levels to and the red bricks can unlock extras that can make your game experience a lot more fun, such as special abilities.
Multiplayer is still as fun in this game as it is in the Lego series, as you still have to work cooperatively to complete the levels. It makes controlling the amount in the group much easier to, as you can coordinate between you, who does what. It's easy to just start playing to, for example within my house, if you are playing single player usually someone will just come straight in and press the plus button and begin playing with you.
Overall, this game has been a good addition to the Lego franchise as it has the same great elements all the Harry Potter and Indiana Jones games had. Although the game does have minor faults that can get annoying, the other features included that make this game so enjoyable outweigh it. This is definitely a game you should add to your Wii collection if you haven't already.
My son loves the lego games for the wii and as such when the pirates of the Caribbean game were released he wanted to buy it. We traded in a couple of games which we no longer played on and purchased it and I have to say I was initially filled with dread as I am quite rubbish at these games as a rule!
The game is loaded in the same was as any other wii game in that you out it in the wii and then wait for the game logo to appear on the main screen before clicking on it to enter the game. You will need a nunchuck as well as the wii remote for each player who plays the game as the nunchuck controls the character on the screen.
When you start the game you are taken to the port where there are random characters walking around for purchase as well as four boards. Each board represents one of the pirates of the Caribbean movies. You need to start at the first board but the once levels are completed you can revisit them in any order if you wish to play free play.
What I particularly like about all of the lego games we have is that there are snippets of film in which the lego characters recreate key moments from the film or series it represents and this is the same with this game too. Levels start and end with a snippet too and my son and I enjoy taking the time to watch these though it would be nice to skip them once we have seen them once!
As you work your way through levels your aim is to collect as many lego studs as possible as well as finding hidden extras all of which contribute to your true pirate status. My son is always elated to get 100% true pirate status as you are rewarded with an extra gold brick. Lego studs can also be used to purchase extra characters which can be used in free play. My son saved up literally hundreds of thousands of studs to purchase Black Beard!
A thing which really amuses me with this game is that when you are playing as Captain Jack Sparrow the lego character has a funny little run much like Johnny Depp in the films! Other key characters are also replicated in lego and come up in the film to either play as or to battle against.
With other lego games I have found that, for me at least, it can be a bit tricky to know where to go. With this game though you can have it so it will give you a trail of where to go if required but you can also switch this function off if you would rather not be guided. My son and I have found this feature very helpful at times. I do think that children seem to be naturally better at video games these days but my son took to this game well and always seemed to know which character or tool to use where I would still be thinking about it! I do find that the controls can be a bit confusing for me as I always get mixed up with which button to press to change character and such like but this is not an issue my son had so I think that is a bit more to do with me being rubbish!
The game play in this game is good in that it is quite varied and so you are sometimes playing in a city whilst other times you may be at sea or on an island which I think helps keep the player interested. At the end of each level there is a "boss" to defeat too some of which seem to be easier than others. I think that the graphics and music used in the game are great personally and represent the key points of the pirates of the Caribbean movies well.
You can pick up this game for just £14.99 from amazon which I think is an excellent price for the amount of play a family could get from the game. Although my son and I have completed all of the levels there is so much more that we could do if we revisited the game in terms of extras and finding gold bricks and hidden characters and such like and so there is literally months of play within this game. I really do think this is a fun family game to perhaps play at the weekends and as such I recommend it!
Thank you for reading my review!
I'm not a massive game player but this had me hooked! Lego Pirate of the Caribbean is the next exciting game from the Lego series! From the very beginning of the game, before you've even started, characters can interact with the surroundings whether they are collecting coins or having a sword fight! The game surprisingly sticks close to all four Pirate of the Caribbean movies with fantastic detail of characters and set. Amusingly the Jack Sparrow character runs strangely just like the Jack Sparrow of the movie! They do not speak so the 'story' or animated sections do contain a lot of slapstick gags that would get younger players giggling. I had so much fun playing this game but I will admit that I did have to use a cheat site a few times, I'm still not sure if this was down to my lack of experience in gaming or if the levels were a bit tough to figure out at times. I must have spent a good hour trying to figure out how to kill the Kraken! Don't be put off though this game offers hours and hours and family fun!