Although with the E3 madness abound and still going strong; we’ve decided to give you an in depth look at the recent release of Lego Pirates. Don’t worry folks, the E3 coverage won’t stop as we’ll continue to bring you updates. Read more below for the review.
It’s common knowledge that developer Traveller’s Tales is trying to be prolific and iconic with its Lego games. This is the second title to be released in the same year of its previous release and yet the quality doesn’t seem to have dropped. It’s become quite a staple for the developer that it’s managed to keep its spirits up with each new release hitting critical acclaim with just about every game in its arsenal save for maybe Indiana Jones. So therefore, you wouldn’t be surprised if you found a split crowd of fans of this Lego take on Disney’s insanely successful Pirates of the Caribbean series. In essence you’d be forgiven if you were one of the few to roll your eyes at the sight of this release, but there is one thing that stays true; is that the games are consistently better with each release.
As you might expect, the game takes life as a self-parody of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, including the recently release On Stranger Tides. In this Lego form the game takes some of the more key sequences in each film and reduces them to Lego recreations with good, witty humor and a very noticeable and respectable level of detail. If you’re a big fan of the films you’ll get a kick out of pure aesthetic part of the game alone; it’s a testament to the creativity Traveller’s Tales uses in each of its games. As you might expect, voice acting is reduced to grunts and hums. The characters are faithfully recreated in Lego form and each has their own distinct abilities to help progress through each level. You’ll even notice the familiar swagger walk of Jack Sparrow appear so faithfully within the game.
You’ll start off in Port Royal where you’ll be able to choose between each of the 4 films. The story telling relies heavily on your memory of the films, as it’s probably the only way you’ll get any of the subtle witty references. All of the films are covered in 5 levels each and you’ll use a map as your hub to access different stages of the film and unlockables. If you collect gold bricks from the main levels, it’ll open new sections of the hub where you can find additional characters and other unlockables to help you in your journey to 100% completion. You can even unlock multiple colored hats, which are cheats that only used to speed small tasks throughout the game to help you through the level quicker.
The level design revolved around the abilities of different characters and items you find. You’ll need a shovel to dig up buried treasure, explosive weapons to blow up silver bricks along with female characters that can double jump. You’ll even find the chance to use Jack Sparrow’s compass to locate hidden items on the map that’ll either serve you in the level or in the hub in Port Royal. Initially some tasks require specific characters and their abilities, so once you unlock each character throughout the game you can venture back to previous levels to complete what you left behind. It’s a bit frustrating at points but at least manages to keep the replay ability alive. The gameplay itself relies on solving different co-op puzzles, which players can jump in and out of at any given time. Of course you can’t forget the maniacal smashing of everything in sight. You’ll have to search for specific items at times to recruit new characters and smash bricks to build new devices in order to advance.
Lego Pirates contains a very nice level of detail. The graphics are quite on par with the films and are easy on eyes. Given that the game takes place on a variety of islands, it’s no surprise the water effects are of top-notch quality. You’ll even find some more distinct locations like Davy Jones’s ship and the many minds of Jack Sparrow from Worlds End looking like it came out of the film and into the game. The best part about the game, however, is that the iconic film score is well represented. The original score will certainly get stuck in your after a few days of playing. You’ll even find some of the new songs for the new film; On Stranger Tides.
Bottom Line: Lego Pirates is a great adventure for kids and families alike. If you’ve played the other Lego move tie-ins in the past you’ll find more of the same here in Lego Pirates. Although it follows a predictable formula, its still fun for pirate’s fans and let’s face it, no one can ever get enough of Jack Sparrow.