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LEGO: Pirates of the Caribbean (3DS)
Rating: 7 (PEGI)
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Developers, Travellers Tale’s have mustered up their crew once more in an effort to shine up their swords, man the deck and set sail for more unknown territories – Pirates of the Caribbean.
It’s always good to see a familiar story given the LEGO treatment. To see the cheeky little blockheaded characters facial gestures inherit in the manor of Jack Sparrow and crew, it’s funny, entertaining and family friendly.
What also helps to make it gaming gold when it comes when it come to family is in the fact that the puzzles are never too tricky. Although that can lead to a tiresome trudge for anybody over the age of 12-years-old.
As with any of the LEGO movie tie-ins there’s a towering heap of collectibles to be found as well as a generous bunch of places to be explored. But also, as with many of the other LEGO games, the format is beginning to stagnate and become old hat. There’s little new in LEGO PotC except a change of locale and storyline.
But the graphics are particularly crisp, with beautiful cutscenes make the most of the 3DS’ higher resolution. The 3D imagery is also quite subtle which tends to make things easier on the eye Word on the gaming grapevine is that LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean is not particularly long, despite the fact the quirky LEGO version of the storyline spans of all four movies. Unfortunately, we never got to play until the end.
After the second mission of the second film – which some of you PotC fans will know as Dead Man’s Chest - our 3DS crashed. So we played it again… …And again… …And again.
At this juncture we decided to cease our playthrough and to reflect the crashing in our scoring.
We may just have a one off copy that’s experiencing problems – a shipwreck among a happily sailing flotilla. Who knows? But up until that point, we had fun playing it, as the experience was inoffensive, charming and extremely easy-going – even if it was incredibly similar to what seems like billions of LEGO games before it.
SCORE: 2 / 10