One of the main Lego games out there now, but still managing to have its own individuality. This follows the basic structure of the four films of the same name.
Following the films there are a number of different settings, but they are mainly Caribbean islands, on board ships and in underground caves and secret caverns.
The usual standard of combat in Lego games, with some characters having a few special moves, such as the captains. Sometimes there are particularly tricky fights or boss fights in the Lego games, but this doesn’t feature those, apart from fighting the Kraken, which understandably takes a lot of killing.
As usual you will often smash up some Lego bricks to rebuild them into a useful item, however in this game there are red hot bricks that only characters with the blacksmiths hammer can use. Blackbeard’s sword is also required to get everything from the free play, sending out red lightning that is used on black and red things to cause a variety of effects, similar to the dark side used in Lego Star Wars.
The other new addition is Jack Sparrow’s compass, which is used in each level to find 8 items, some of which are useful or needed for the level, others being completely pointless like masks or frogs. You select the item you are looking for on a scroll wheel and follow footprints on the floor to find the item, each item needing to be found to 100% the level.
The Lego games are often enjoyable to play thanks to the humour that is created in the cut scenes. Although there is the odd moment, this Lego game hasn’t quite hit the right levels of funny. It does follow the films quite well, and I think maybe getting the plot across without speaking had become more important than the humour.
A good staple Lego game, fun to play and the little quirks do make it different from the other Lego games. Although you would probably enjoy it the more you like the Pirates of the Caribbean films, there are better Lego games out there.