LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean characters are straight out of the film franchise transformed into the shape of LEGO, and the action, stories, and backgrounds are based upon the first four films of the series, The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man's Chest, At World's End and On Stranger Tides.
The game follows the recipe of other LEGO titles such as Batman and Indiana Jones with its humorous take on the characters and the film storyline.
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Lego Pirates of the Caribbean allows players to take control of Captain Jack Sparrow, in Lego form. You can relive the adventures of Captain Jack through all four of the Disney movies, as you complete each level in story mode. As you progress through the game, you will be able to unlock over seventy other playable characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Each of the four movies is broken down into five levels for you to play through. For instance, you start out in story mode playing through the movie, The Curse of the Black Pearl. You visit popular locations from the movie in the game, including Port Royal, Tortuga, The Black Pearl, Smuggler's Den and the Isla De Muerta. After you complete this movie, you can play through the movies Dead Man's Chest, At World's End and On Stranger Tides. After you complete the first level in story mode, you are free to play through the movies in any order you desire.
As you play through story mode, you work on collecting Lego studs to earn true pirate status, mini-kit bottles, and compass items. For achieving these goals within a level, you can earn gold bricks. After completing a level in story mode, you can replay the level in free play mode, to finish collecting items, with other characters, you missed on your first play through of the level, in story mode.
In between levels, you can take a break and visit the main port hub. This area allows you to explore freely and wander around in order to collect Lego studs, gold bricks, red hats, and purchase characters, as they are unlocked. There are several different areas to the main port hub to explore. The dock is the central area in the port hub, consisting for four docks, each representing one of the movies. When you are ready to resume playing through the levels, you use one of the treasure maps, at the end of each dock.
Gold bricks are used to unlock bonus levels and bonus areas within the game. Gold bricks are earned for fully completing each level of the game, as well as found in the several areas around the main port hub. Red hats have to be purchased using your Lego studs, and unlock special abilities, you can use throughout the game. For example, there is one red hat which doubles the value of Lego studs, once you purchase and activate the hat. All of the red hats in Lego Pirates can be found in the several areas around the main port hub.
The numerous characters in Lego Pirates are unlocked as you play through the levels in story mode. Some characters you obtain for free, just for completing the level. Other characters you must purchase, using your Lego studs. As you play through Lego Pirates, you can also unlock and earn Trophies, for meeting certain conditions.