Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Jack Sparrow and company set sail in this promising adventure.
We have to hand it to Traveller's Tales, the developer behind the popular Lego games. As soon as the company finishes one project, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, those talented folks are on to the next. In this case, it's Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, a gorgeous adventure that covers the Disney films, including the upcoming On Stranger Tides. Although the game will appear on Xbox 360/PS3, you can also expect to play it on PSP, DS and, most importantly, the 3DS, which should offer a console quality experience with cool 3D effects.
If you played previous Lego games, there's little about Pirates that'll surprise you. It's essentially the same experience, as you explore 20 levels piecing bricks together to form vehicles/useful objects, solving puzzles, hitting switches and mashing buttons to fight different enemies. Suffice to say, if you grew tired of this formula with Star Wars, Batman, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter, don't expect to have an epiphany guiding a miniature Jack Sparrow (that's Captain Jack Sparrow) aboard the Black Pearl.
Just because the game plays similar to its predecessors, though, doesn't mean it's an exact copy. You can expect lots of sword fighting, the ability to sail ships and characters with unique abilities; Jack Sparrow uses his trademark compass to locate treasure, while undead villains can walk on the bottom of the ocean.
That said, and like most Lego games, Pirates is all about the presentation, and it appears that Traveller's Tales nailed it. You'll enjoy a variety of classic scenes from the films, redone with Lego figurines put in hilarious situations.
On top of that, expect to explore a variety of popular locations, including the port of Tortuga, and play as 70 characters, which you can swap on the fly with the shoulder buttons.
In addition, the game will feature music pulled from the movie soundtracks, a definite treat for fans.
The only thing that seems to be missing, sadly, is multiplayer. You'll find it in the console versions, but two-player co-op didn't make the cut on 3DS (or DS, for that matter).
That issue aside, Lego Pirates for 3DS (even PSP, for that matter) should be a fine compliment to the movies, giving you a chance to get your Captain Jack fix on the go. We'll let you how it turned out the week of its May 10 release.