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Lego Pirates of the Caribbean video game review

The Pirates of the Caribbean movie series is full of adventure, swashbuckling and all kinds of acrobatics – good stuff for a game. And in LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, you get to play through all four Pirates movies, including the latest, On Stranger Tides.

Disney Interactive for PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, DS, 3DS, PC

Gameplay: 8.0
Graphics: 8.0
Sound: 7.5
Replay Value: 8.0
Overall Score: 7.7

Pros: Relive action from all the movies; fun swordplay and barrel rolling; many characters.

Cons: Puzzles sometimes are too easy; game can feel repetitive; no online multiplayer.


While the game is very good at times, they haven’t improved the patented LEGO gameplay very much. When you’ve played everything from LEGO Star Wars to LEGO Harry Potter, you notice that the way they are constructed doesn’t change much from game to game. You kind of wish they’d do something completely different, at least for part of the game.

Having said that, it still can be a lot fun, especially for fans of the movies.

You start out with a long movie-like scene that introduces the elegant tall ships and the high-seas adventure that’s in store. Then you meet Jack Sparrow, who falls down into a fireplace and burns his behind (which he cools off in a bucket of water). Immediately, you’re into some puzzle play, and you even have to use a horse to help you move a giant gear or two.

But the authorities catch Jack, and you have to bust him out of jail. Here, you have to switch off to inhabit a character on your team that’s a dog. Supply him with a nearby bone to help Jack. Once outside, the views are awesome: the beach, the piers, the water, everything sparkles. Tip: Go swim in the ocean to get an early achievement for the Xbox 360 version. But watch out for the giant shark.

Of course, you collect those famous studs and, for this game, ships in a bottle as you play. You’ll make all sorts of things: planks to walk on, pieces of boats, platforms to jump onto and more. One of the early features I really enjoyed was getting on top of a barrel and rolling it to a contraption with pulleys and using the barrel as a kind of gear to open a door. You also get to zipline to a ship, which is a thrill.


Try to get everything you can in an area before you move on. At one point, I couldn’t return to an area to finish up. (I like to get 100 percent of everything in LEGO games, and I only got 80 percent.) Don’t worry about getting everything in the first go around. Once you finish a level, you’ll unlock free play and get more stuff when you play the level again.

One of the things you might have found in the Pirates movies is that the plots are difficult to follow. That’s even more the case here with the video game because LEGO characters don’t talk. So you if you want to know what’s going on, watch the movies again. Or look at a synopsis on Wikipedia.

When you play Sparrow, you can pull down a compass full of his added abilities. And you have 70 characters to use during 20 long levels before you’re done. Then there’s more with the Free Play option.

You also get a couple of cool extras inside the game box. While the game booklet isn’t worth a fake gold doubloon as far as a tutorial or real game info goes, there’s a playing card inside with a code on it. It allows you to download some goodies.


It’s worth mentioning that the 3DS version of LEGO Pirates is nearly as good as the console versions. The graphics, which are just as detailed, have the added sweetness of depth (which is great for viewing the high seas and ghosts, too). And the 3DS tutorial is really good. In fact, it’s much better than those for the console versions.

Fighting can be a little different, though. You press buttons in the same order as they appear on the screen as you duel it out with swords. There are some items and parts of the environment in the console versions that are missing from the 3DS version. But you don’t really miss them much. Overall, the 3DS version gives you just as much bang for the buck.

While LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean isn’t quite the treasure I expected, it’s still a pretty deep experience. You’ll love the funny way Jack Sparrow moves – with his hands raised up and leaning back on his heels, almost as if he’s going to fall over. And you’ll enjoy playing with a pal on the console versions.

With a couple of reservations, it’s a Yo Ho Ho of a game.

79 Comments on Lego Pirates of the Caribbean video game review

  1. AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. its the most awesome game I have ever played

    It works perfectly

  3. My bro liket the video

  4. can I have it

  5. Love the game now I am whating for a beta invite for pirate 101

  6. I have Lego Star Wars and both of the Lego Indiana Jones games. So I can’t to get this one. I got one of the Pirates of the Caribbean Lego sets too.

    • howdy partner // January 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm // Reply

      its so fun I got star wars and both of the indiena jones oh! if you have any codes please reply thank you very much

  7. I have Lego Star Wars and both of the Lego Indiana Jones games. So I can’t to get this one. I got one of the Lego sets too.

  8. I own this game, and it is AWESOME!!! My brother “borrowed” it and I havent gotten it back for at least 2 months. But it still is a very good game.

  9. i love lego

  10. lego rocks

  11. Blackbeard:D3DWOD

  12. nintendude // July 28, 2011 at 1:24 am // Reply

    I can’t believe they release the game ( which included the POTC On Stranger Tides story line) before the movie.

  13. I love Pirates of the Caribbean I saw the move in imax 3D on onthe fist day!!!!!!

  14. muchamachaman says // July 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm // Reply

    i like the game and the movies

  15. Tottaly ROCKS!

  16. Captain Jack Sparrow // July 3, 2011 at 5:54 pm // Reply

    It’s Awsome People

  17. I have blackbeard!

  18. lego call of duty would be awesome !!!!!!!! in would buy that for 100 dollars !!!!! and the lego clones vs. jack sparrow would be soo cool too !!!!!!

  19. Let’s see…we’ve had Lego Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman, Harry Potter, and now Pirates. What’s next?

  20. Ranger = Fail
    Pirates = Something worth your money

  21. Lego maniac // June 17, 2011 at 9:48 am // Reply

    This looks fun

  22. i have it!!!!!!!!!!

  23. i have a amazon gift card i want it but im a pokemon fan l dont have enough for POC(aka pirates of the carribean) i want pokemon ranger gaurdian signs. my friends say pokemon ranger because they have it and say its cool but my family says pirates of the carribean what should i get?

  24. This looks cool, but you know what would be cooler?; a lego Call Of Duty

  25. I’m ALMOST the right age to play it,my age is 9.

    • nintendude // July 28, 2011 at 1:19 am // Reply

      Doesnt matter if your not ten. It’s a lego game. How bad could it be? I’ve been playing lego games since I was 7.

  26. star wars #1 fan // June 3, 2011 at 7:40 am // Reply

    I completed the game in one day!

  27. star wars #1 fan // June 3, 2011 at 7:35 am // Reply

    I beat the game!

  28. yeah i have it its so fun you well love it oh and LOGOS ARE THE BEST i think you well love it

  29. I can’t wait to play this game!
    I think it will be awesome.

  30. I think that game would be so cool.
    I’m going to get it. I saw a preview of it and Jack Sparrow was on a rope over about 20 Navy soldiers.

  31. Fliboys.RBX // May 29, 2011 at 8:16 pm // Reply

    I heard EA?

  32. I would buy it for 100,000,000,000 dollars

  33. it looks awful

  34. videogame connoisseur // May 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm // Reply


  35. it looks like an okay game.

  36. the great g man // May 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm // Reply

    it rocks

  37. cool!!! very cool

  38. i want it so bad.

  39. ok, i’ll say it i played it and it wasn’t boring it was pretty awesome!!


  41. What EA needs to do is a collection of all thair LEGO games. That way Harry Potter could spellbind Joker, Or Jack Sparrow could slice up some clone troopers!

  42. The Heat will win // May 22, 2011 at 10:54 am // Reply

    awesome game, I would buy if it costed 100 dollars

  43. The hero of time // May 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm // Reply

    i have played it and its AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! play it now!

  44. death_by_chocolate // May 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm // Reply

    the star wars games are the best by far, this game looks like another advertising campaign for the new movie

  45. cool

  46. it’s ok but it but it looks boring

  47. I don’t like the movies.

  48. this game look cool

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