Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game

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Lego Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Video Game
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean.jpg
Cover art for Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Developer(s)
Publisher(s) Disney Interactive Studios
Designer(s) Jon Burton
James Cunliffe
John Hodskinson
Programmer(s) John Hodskinson
Artist(s) Leon Warren
Platform(s)
Release
  • NA: 10 May 2011
  • EU: 13 May 2011
  • AU: 19 May 2011
Microsoft Windows
  • WW: 24 May 2011
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game is a Lego-themed action-adventure video game developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Disney Interactive Studios. Released in May 2011, to coincide with the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the game is based on the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, and its storyline covers the first four films. The game is available on the Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Xbox 360.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay is similar to previous Lego video games in the series, the game uses the same two player drop in drop out co-op mechanics used in all the Lego video games. The hub in this game is called The Port, from here, players advance through the game, unlock characters and extras, and as players get further through the game, The Port will evolve and get bigger, revealing new areas to unlock and discover new things. Like past titles, different characters have different abilities, for example, everyone (except characters like Davy Jones who can walk under water) can swim under water, and members of Davy Jones's crew can breathe whilst doing so, Captain Jack Sparrow has the ability to use his compass, which points him to hidden items throughout the level, Will Turner has the ability to throw axes at targets to complete objectives, while female characters such as Elizabeth Swann have the ability to jump higher than other characters in order to access areas unreachable to other characters.

The 3DS version uses the StreetPass feature to activate sword fights.[2]

Development[edit]

The game was officially announced on 18 November 2010,[1] the game was developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Disney Interactive Studios. It was released in May 2011 to coincide with the release of the fourth film in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

A demo was released online at the beginning of May 2011, it includes the very first level in the game 'Port Royal'. It is set in Port Royal and is based on the first few chapters of The Curse of the Black Pearl, including the scene in which Will duels Jack and when Jack and Will commandeer the Dauntless and then steal the Interceptor.

Trailers for all four movie story modes of the game have all been released and a debut and teaser trailers have been released too.[3][4][5][6]

Reception[edit]

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game received mixed reviews from critics. GameSpot gave 6.5/10 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii,[7][8][9][10] while 6.0/10 for PSP, 3DS, and DS.[11][12][13] IGN gave 7.5/10 for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and DS, while 8.0/10 for 3DS.[14][15][16][17][18] GameZone gave the Wii version an 8/10, stating "LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean is an impressive action-adventure game that’s fun throughout its entirety. Fans of past games or the Pirates license should play this game without hesitation."[19]

Eurogamer rated the game an 8/10, stating that "It's true that those who've played the last two or three Lego titles might experience a little déjà vu, but the rest will likely find that a pirate's life is very much for them."[20] Game Informer rated the game 7/10, stating that "LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean doesn't enhance the LEGO franchise as the Clone Wars game did a few months back, but it offers another well-executed entry."[21]

Sales[edit]

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game was the third top-selling video game in May 2011.[22] As of May 2012, the game has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Disney Announces LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean for 2011". Planet Xbox 360.com. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Tim Turi (15 February 2011). "Avast! Lego Pirates of the Caribbean 3DS Screens Are Here – News". Game Informer. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Curse of the Black Pearl gameplay trailer – LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game". YouTube. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dead Man's Chest gameplay trailer – LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game". YouTube. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "At World's End gameplay trailer – LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game". YouTube. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "On Stranger Tides gameplay trailer – LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game". YouTube. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  7. ^ VanOrd, Kevin (10 May 2011). "LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game Review on PC". Asia.gamespot.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  8. ^ VanOrd, Kevin (10 May 2011). "LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game Review on PlayStation 3". Asia.gamespot.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Xbox 360 games, news, reviews, videos and cheats - GameSpot". Asia.gamespot.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Lego Pirates of the Caribbean Review". Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  11. ^ [1] Archived 24 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ VanOrd, Kevin (10 May 2011). "LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game Review on 3DS". Asia.gamespot.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  13. ^ [2] Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Richard George. "LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Review – PlayStation 3 Review at IGN". Ps3.ign.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  15. ^ Richard George. "LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Review – Xbox 360 Review at IGN". Xbox360.ign.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  16. ^ Richard George. "LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Review – Wii Review at IGN". Wii.ign.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  17. ^ Nicole Tanner. "LEGO Pirates of the Cariean DS Review – Nintendo DS Review at IGN". Ds.ign.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  18. ^ Nicole Tanner. "LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean 3DS Review – Nintendo 3DS Review at IGN". Ds.ign.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  19. ^ "LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean | gamezone.com". Wii.gamezone.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  20. ^ Schilling, Chris (10 May 2011). "Lego Pirates of the Caribbean • Page 2 •". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  21. ^ Jeff Cork (July 2011). "Game Informer". Issue 219. 
  22. ^ Georg Szalai (14 June 2011). "Video Game Sales Hit Four-Year Low in May". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 July 2011.