Title: LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Platform: 360 (PS3, Wii, PC, Mac, 3DS, DS, PSP)
ESRB Rating: E10+
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Review by: Bill Jones
The latest franchise to be stamped with the LEGO makeover is Pirates of the Caribbean, following the release of the fourth film in the series. Fans of previous LEGO titles (like Harry Potter, Star Wars and Indiana Jones) already know what to expect here, and the Pirates franchise proves a great fit for the zany LEGO characters and stories. Players can, as usual, go solo or play with join-in/drop-out co-op, working through 20 stages divided evenly between the four movies, with cutscenes done only the way LEGO can. Port Royal serves as sort of an expanding hub in this one, where players can accomplish more by earning characters of differing abilities, the most noteworthy of which is the addition of underwater elements. All in all, it’s a great addition to both franchises, and fans of the series will get a kick out of the game, even though the later films undeniably sucked.
Pros: More great LEGO action. Addition of underwater elements. Great franchise fit. More than 70 characters.
Cons: Unruly compass paths. Split-screen presentation still has its difficulties. Some sections inspired by terrible movies in the series.
For more info, videogames.lego.com
Pads & Panels received a copy of the game courtesy of the publisher for review purposes.