LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean - Nintendo DS
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Speaking as someone who has both Indiana Jones Lego Games, the Star Wars Lego with all 6 films, plus the Star Wars Clone Wars Lego, and Harry Potter Lego, this game was definitely a bit disappointing. First of all, the graphics are not as high of quality as the other games, especially in the little clips between each level. They're blurry and pixelated, which is not at all up to standards.

The concept of the game is about the same as the others. Go through each level collecting the various items, knuts, etc. in order to get to 100% and purchase characters and red legos. The levels are actually a lot shorter than in the other games, and hardly seem to take up any time at all. This is a bit disappointing, and yes, makes it easier to save the game if you have to do something else, but the other ones have much longer levels, especially since there are only 4 levels per movie in this game.

Another huge disappointment had to be the lack of minigames. Most of the lego games have mini games you can play outside of the levels, and so far I have yet to discover any of them. This is a huge disappointment to me because I actually love the mini games. It's like you get two games for the price of one because you can play the main levels and then play smaller games too. As far as I can tell, this game has none, which is hugely disappointing.

I think this game could have been amazing, but instead they rushed to put something together with the new movie coming out, and yes, the new movie is included in the game as well. If you like the other lego games, you will probably like this one, at least to play and have something decent to do. In my opinion, Harry Potter lego is still the best because the graphics are decent, you use the stylus to conduct spells, and in this one, you don't even need the stylus at all, kind of defeating the whole purpose of it being a Nintendo DS game.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2011
My son is almost 5 years old and i primarily bought this game for him. He has several other DS games, but only the Lego is the Star Wars version. The Star Wars game was much easier for him to play and figure out on his own without much help. The game play was more intuitive, as you see a 'locked' door with a picture of the character that you need to be to open it.

My son initially found this game much more difficult to play. It is my fault i admit, i didnt notice the E for everyone rating with the 10+. Anyway, after the first week he wasn't much interested in it. But after i showed him a bit of the game play ( i love the game myself ) he is playing it well. He still occasionally needs help when he is stuck with one of the puzzles or cant figure out what to do next, but overall he loves it.

As for the comments about the blurry graphics in the cut scenes they are correct. Its not a reason to avoid the game, but is a bit disappointing. They could have definitely done better in this area.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2011
Just got the game this week......30% finished with it. I think it's great!

PROS : The music selections from the movies are fun to listen to while you play. Jack Sparrow....LOVE HIM!!! Lego really nailed his character...with his running while leaning back, arms flailing. The game play is fairly straight forward.....running around looking for cursed coins, ships in the rum bottles, etc. I like the layout of the bottom screen, showing all your players available....changeable with the L and R buttons.

CON : The ONLY things that bug me are the little movie clips between the levels. They ARE a little blurry and could be cleaned up a bit. But I definitely wouldn't NOT buy the game based on this.

I'm finding this game to be pretty easy....but very entertaining. Played it WHILE watching Pirates 3....really fun to watch LEGO's version of the scenes and then the same movie scene on TV. My 6 (almost 7) year old son is playing this game too and he is finding some of it to be difficult. But it is the same with all Lego games for him. He is finding this much easier than LEGO Star Wars Clone Wars.

Overall....LOVE this game! Our copy came with a little Jack Sparrow LEGO figure that my son carries around with him all the time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
First off. The price here is THE best. Son wanted to go to Gamestop the day this came out and we paid 39.99 for the game. I probably wouldn't be so upset if I had only paid 24.99.
Second. My son is 7 yrs old. He's beat Lego Harry Potter Yrs. 1-4, Indiana Jones 1 and 2 and Star Wars. BUT it took him days, even weeks for some of it. He beat Lego Pirates in just a few hours. He still enjoys it, but not at the level he would have if it was challenging to any extent at all.
You should buy it if you are a Lego game fan, buy it here and save yourself some money. It's not worth the extra 5 to 25 bucks you will spend getting it right now at the store. Just don't expect a really challenging game.
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For the longest time, I have not cared too much about the long-running series of Lego games for whatever reason, but thanks to the likes of Lego Batman 2 on the DS and this game, I'm starting to finally get into it all! Better late than never, I suppose.

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean is a 3D platformer that focuses a lot on solving a bunch of little puzzles to get through the levels based off of events from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. As far as 3D platformers go, there isn't anything remarkably unique about the game, but the simplicity of its mechanics actually kinda helps make it stand out. There may be enemies lurking around in some places, but trust me when I say the puzzle elements are the main focus...And they work rather well.

It's cool watching your Lego-ized character build stuff or paths with Legos, and it's surprisingly really satisfying to smash Lego objects in the environments and collect cogs. There's a lot of little things in the game that make the overall experience feel pretty great.

There are nevertheless a few things to pick on. The game's cutscenes, while neat, don't really explain the plot to well (considering the characters can't even talk). The game is also anything but remotely difficult in terms of challenge. Lastly, there's the handheld-exclusive quicktime events that occur when swordfighting an opponent. These segments feel like filler, and are admittedly boring compared to the rest of the game.

But overall, I'm glad I got into the Lego games, and am looking forward to playing even more.
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on August 19, 2011
The 3D animation, sound effects and score are vivid and entertaining: Captain Jack is very funny.

We were disappointed by the blurry video compression and muddy sound in the movie cut scenes. I don't know what video quality to expect on a DS Lite, but there is no excuse for the terrible sound. Thankfully, unlike the full motion video scenes, the game itself sounds good on headphones or a stereo.

The puzzles and tasks we have seen so far are great for a 7-9 year old. (The ESRB rating is 10+, but the PEGI rating is 7, which better reflects difficulty, though parents should make their own decision on the violence.) There is lots of hacking and shooting minifigures to bits, which should satisfy most young Lego fans. Completing the first level takes 30 to 90 minutes, and unlocks the choice of another four levels to play next. Unfortunately, when you save the game, you cannot restart in the middle of a level. "Free play", disappointingly, is not free, but forces you through the plot again, though with extra abilities to tackle the uncompleted tasks.
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on April 27, 2012
Being a fan of the LEGO Star Wars games and even LEGO Harry Potter, I was thoroughly excited to see a Pirates game introduced to the line. Fair warning here- that is the best part of the game: being excited to get it. Once I began to play I instantly realized the graphics were at such a lower level than the other games. The movie clips are grainy and hard to see; The actual game play makes no sense visually- you walk through at odd angles and your character stands out because it is more densely pixelated than the background. (1980's anyone?) Sounds are okay but could use a lot of work. This game might be fun for a very, VERY young and inexperienced gamer, but not for anyone else. I was almost offended at how easy the levels were. I do not recommend this and wish I had not purchased it.
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on August 23, 2011
My 6 yr old got this and finished it in less than a day. He still plays through to gain more bricks (points) but even he himself commented that "hey dad this game was way too short". I thought he was wrong (based on previous LEGO Star Wars CS and Indiana Jones games) so I checked it out and low and behold he finished all the levels on about 3-4 hrs of game play. We were on vacation in the car travelling so he got to sit and play for that amount time but still, come on! For the $ it is probably the worst LEGO Game deal out there. He does enjoy it and still plays it but just be warned; it is no Star Wars Complete Saga game.
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on August 14, 2012
I enjoy the Lego games--there's something so satisfying about busting stuff up to get those studs :-) But I'm not a heavy duty gamer and I don't like my games to be too hard for me to win. The first Batman,and the Indian Jones games both had parts that were not fun for me because I couldn't do them successfully. I never did obtain all the items in any of those games. But I managed to find everything in this game with a moderate amount of effort. I found the second Batman to me much easier than the first as well.
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on June 2, 2012
I was very happy when i got this game but as I started to play the game I noticed that the game was kinda supid.

Here's some problems:
1) Jack Sparrow looks like a stick figure!
2) The "sword battles" are easy, all you do is press Y, X, and B. And presto! You've won.
3)The challenges are easy and that makes the game boring.

Hope this helps.
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