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Immerse yourself in the world of Pirate Jack
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Wii)
Member Name: cha97mw
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Wii)
Advantages: fun game, lots to keep you occupied, long lasting
Disadvantages: difficulties controlling the characters on the Wii, and the music drives me scatty
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.
Summary: Fun for the family me hearties.
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