Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: Get 12 Issues For £25
Buy the perfect Christmas present this year
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

PACKSHOT
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game

GAME DETAILS
Released
13 May 2011
Format
Nintendo DS, PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Developer
Traveller’s Tales

LATEST GAME REVIEWS
World Of Warcraft: Warlords Of Draenor
5 Star Empire Rating
WWE 2K15
2 Star Empire Rating
Super Smash Bros. Wii U
5 Star Empire Rating
Grand Theft Auto V Reissue
5 Star Empire Rating
LittleBigPlanet 3
4 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
World Of Warcraft: Warlords Of Draenor
5 Star Empire Rating
Super Smash Bros. Wii U
5 Star Empire Rating
Grand Theft Auto V Reissue
5 Star Empire Rating
Dragon Age: Inquisition
5 Star Empire Rating
Sunset Overdrive
5 Star Empire Rating

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game


submit to reddit

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (2011)
Review
The LEGO games may have the most stubbornly rigid template around, but there’s no denying that it works. The simplicity in which it undertakes recreating mega-franchises in yellow brick form can often lead to a spoof-like joy of feverish adventuring that turns out better than its fleshy counterpart.

That’s partly why Pirates Of The Caribbean proves a perfect licence. Spanning the original trilogy and the recently released fourth instalment, it takes the cinematic highlights and makes them a joy to relive, while successfully cutting through and untangling the series’ dreary segments into something wholly bearable. Captain Jack is recreated with all the swagger and none of the incessant quips of his celluloid counterpart and everyone down to the key-holding dog gets a decent look-in on the action.

You know exactly what to expect by now: a cutesy display of treasure hoarding, brick-smashing action and clever scripting. Traveller’s Tales has improved the visuals and have also emphasised a greater dependence on each characters’ abilities to continue solving the puzzles. However, while most of these enigmas remain child-friendly and approachable, there are a few that appear groundlessly perplexing.

Most of the hefty baggage is dropped (violence, incomprehensible plotting) and replaced with a colourful and jaunty romp. Co-op play amplifies the enjoyment of adventuring and searching out all the hidden treasures, but the lack of online options remains a continued disappointment for the series.

Aimed at kids, it's unashamedly a blast for adults. It’s testament to the simple thrill of breaking, building and searching, matched with genuinely hilarious storytelling that keeps the wind blowing through the LEGO series’ sails. It’s not exactly building on its solid foundations but then neither franchise has been known for doing that in quite a while.


Reviewed by David Scarborough

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Empire Star Rating

RE: LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game

A great game that should bring hours of fun. The levels are easy, which leaves you to enjoy the game at your liesure. The cutscences are very funny. The change to getting charactors takes some getting used to, basically chasing after them and hitting them until their name and price comes up. ... More

Posted by white mage at 16:27, 24 October 2011 | Report This Post


RE: LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game

It's an enjoyable little game, but far too short. The other Lego computer games have been longer with more things to find and solve. But the characters are a hoot - especially Jack. Although with his walk/run it did make me feel slightly queasy the first time playing him. 3 stars from me. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Ref at 18:07, 04 June 2011 | Report This Post


SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 69% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Review Of The Year: 10 Best Soundtracks Of 2014
The scores and OSTs to add to your playlist

Watch: Night At The Museum's Cast Share Their Favourite Robin Williams Performance
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ben Kingsley pay tribute to the actor

Watch: Jack O'Connell And Luke Treadaway Talk Unbroken
On POWs, panto and how to name your bomber

Review Of 2014: The 15 Best Cameos Of The Year
Our favourite one-scene movie-stealers

8 Things You Can Learn From The BFI's Star Wars Exhibition
The original crawl, a 'grotesque' villain and a very different princess

Review Of The Year: 40 Worst Posters Of 2014
One-sheets that you'd rather not have on your wall

Hobbit Q&As: Ian McKellen On Finally Saying Goodbye And Farewell To Gandalf The Grey
Read our exclusive Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies interviews

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)