LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean

Common Sense Media says

Explore all four movies' worlds, with unique LEGO humor.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

As with any heroic pirate story, there's a bit of a mixed message, as pirates are inherently lawbreakers. But here, the message that comes off strongest is one about teamwork and friendship. The members of the crew always come to one another's aid, and the co-op nature of the game reinforces the teamwork theme.

Positive role models

While the heroes here may be pirates (who are always wanted by the authorities), they exhibit a great deal of bravery, loyalty, selflessness, and even nobility. Outside of their choice of profession, they make for pretty good role models.

Ease of play

The controls work well and are easy enough to learn and understand. Some of the puzzles can be tricky to figure out, but nothing is too baffling for kids.

Violence

LEGO toy pirates battle one another with swords, fists, and old-fashioned guns. Grunts and yowls can be heard during combat. In certain sequences, you'll use a crosshair to fire a cannon from a first-person perspective. There are minor explosions when bombs or dynamite are used to destroy obstacles (or in one case, a giant squid). Characters break up into LEGO pieces when defeated, though in the case of swordfighting, this can sometime look like dismemberment. Still, as they are cartoony toy people, the violence is never realistic. There is also some slapstick humor in the cinematic scenes, including a kick to the crotch. There is some spooky imagery, including skeletal ghost pirates.

Sex

Male characters do some cartoony ogling of female characters (or characters they believe to be female, since there are some scenes of male pirates disguised as women). In one scene, the disguised male pirates (wearing dresses) wiggle their bottoms to distract their enemies.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game is based on a LEGO toy line that is inspired by movie franchise, which is in turn, based upon a Disney theme park ride.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

During a cinematic scene, characters drink an unnamed beverage and act silly and careless afterwards.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean is a cartoony adventure game based on all four of the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean movies, including the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. While the game features a good deal of fighting, puzzle-solving and exploration are more key to gameplay than violence. And all the characters are depicted as LEGO toys, so a character "dying" is only seen as the toy figure breaking into its component pieces. Still, kids will have many chances to see LEGO characters get their plastic parts lopped off by swords. There is also a bit of very cartoony sexuality in the form of characters ogling one another in an over-the-top Looney Tunes fashion.

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Kids say

What's it about?

LEGO PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN lets you play through the full stories of all four Disney Pirates movies, including the new On Stranger Tides. Starting from a port-of-call hub world (which itself contains hours worth of exploration and puzzle-solving), players can enter into scenes from the films. The storylines revolve around the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and his ragtag crew of pirates. While generally in search of treasure, the pirates tend to get sidetracked helping out friends in need. During the course of the game, they will battle enemy pirates, nasty soldiers, skeletal ghost pirates, angry island natives, and sea monsters. All the characters and much of the scenery is depicted in the form of LEGO toys.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean boasts all the best features of previous LEGO games: a whimsically satirical sense of humor, simple controls, vast environments to explore with tons of secrets to discover, and a huge cast of playable characters to collect and use in free-play levels. While you get your fair share of combat here, the focus definitely feels like it has been put on exploration and puzzle-solving (which seems appropriate for pirates). Each level contains a number of buried treasures that Captain Jack will need to use his compass to track down; some of the hidden items are necessary in order to move the story forward, while others are just to add more treasure-hunting fun.

There are so many cool secrets to discover in the hub world alone that you can spend hours playing around there in between levels. The LEGO games' typical sense of humor really shines here as well, with loads of visual gags that can make you laugh out loud. And it feels like the developers have made it a bit easier to earn new characters here, having many more low-cost characters available (you buy characters with the LEGO coins you find during play). If there's any real flaw here, it's the inability to save mid-level, which is a perennial problem with the LEGO games. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the violence in the game. Is all the fighting and combat less impactful because the characters are depicted as toys? Do you think the level of violence in this game is too much? Or is it appropriate for the subject matter?

  • Parents can also talk to their kids about cross-promotional marketing. How does this game help to advertise products for both LEGO and Disney?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Windows, Mac
Price:$29.99–$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Disney Interactive
Release date:May 10, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief. [Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PSP,and PS Vita versions are E10+ for Cartoon Violence] (Mac, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PSP, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byWriterGirl1233 May 21, 2011
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9
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Perfect for tweens

I played lego year harry potter and this one looks pretty cool.
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bykaelen May 29, 2011
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7
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news for the parents

I have this game myself and I think it is for ages 7 and above because there is a little bit of violence but it does not include any blood or sexual scenes which is a good thing for younger kids
What other families should know
Educational value
Teen, 13 years old Written bym.logan June 6, 2011
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grounups need to know

it is good for ages 18 and above because very violent and scary for younger children but does not include sexual scenes also no bad speech
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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