by Mariana Morales
previewed on PC
Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum
LEGO welcomes Hollywood’s Pirates of the Caribbean into their lives. Prepare to see Jack Sparrow and his friends created into the LEGO toys we all love. So far, we have seen LEGO Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman, and Harry Potter. It was only a matter of time before Disney Interactive Studios announced that Pirates would be next. The company Travelling Tale’s has been working hard with Lucasarts for the LEGO Star Wars, and Warner Bros. for Batman. Now teaming up with Disney can only mean a good thing. It will be something to look forward to as it is planned to be released around May 2011 along with the anticipated movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
That’s Captain…Jack Sparrow
The game covers all four movies so if you don’t end up watching the fourth movie, at least you will know what happens if you play the game. The plot to “On Stranger Tides,” follows Captain Jack Sparrow on the search for the Fountain of Youth and meeting the legendary pirate Blackbeard. Just like all the other LEGO games, it will obviously be funny and cute. The way everything is made into LEGO pieces is again cleverly done. Jack Sparrow’s personality fits perfectly with LEGO. Although the characters don’t actually talk, you will recognize all of Jack Sparrow’s trademark moves, and the way he walks.
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean features over 70 characters, and all the locations our pirate friends have visited are there in the more than 20 levels. You will visit some memorable places from the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, and new places to explore all built from LEGO. Just like in the Curse of the Black Pearl, Captain Barbossa’s crewmen turn into skeletons while exposed by moonlight and they can of course travel underwater. Some characters, like in all LEGO games, have their own ability such as grappling hooks, while others have swords. Jack Sparrow has his odd but handy compass, which when used in certain areas, can reveal an “X” on the ground to dig on. Since this is set in the pirate days, there won’t be vehicle-based missions. To get around you can ride animals, like donkeys.
Pirate’s Life for Me
Since the developers want it to be more of a family experience, there is no online co-op. There is however, the split-screen drop-in drop-out multiplayer that is always fun. You can enjoy the story together with a friend, or enter free play mode and search for new items. It is said that the swordfights will actually feel like swordfights; when you are fighting someone, it can take a while to defeat them.
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean will be releasing on the pretty much all platforms, including the new 3DS. So you are able to play it on whichever platform you prefer. The 3Ds version will have an exclusive StreetPass feature called “Pirate Duels,” that when two 3DS’s come together, you can have a LEGO pirate duel with that other player.
For all you toy lovers and LEGO collectors out there, Disney Consumer Products and the LEGO group are releasing Pirates of the Caribbean construction sets which are due for this spring.
Drink up me ‘earties
Even if you are not a fan of the movies, you can still have fun with this game. A world of pirates fighting ships and firing cannons is exciting enough. Add the world of LEGO blocks and you have one great game. At this point, there is not much information out regarding specific details about the game, however, with such a success all the LEGO games have been making, this one will deliver and be very enjoyable to all players. Drink up me ‘earties. Yo ho!