Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: Beware of Lego Pirates
If you like Legos and like the Pirates of the Caribean series, you’re in luck—in a weird but fun mash up, Lego Pirates of the Caribean brings out the swash buckling epic awesomeness of pirate games tothe square and blocky world of Legos.
In an interview with Nick Ricks, game producer at TT Games,applying the special features and challenges of Legos to a pirate epic like Pirates of the Caribean wasn’t easy. In part, the migration challenge was made all the more difficult because Lego Pirates ofthe Caribean adopted the whole trilogy all at once instead of in three installments. According to Ricks,the reason TT Games decided to “retell” the whole trilogy in one game is that they wanted to allow the player to play through the rich, thickly layered, and engaging story line Disney crafted. They also wanted to lampoon the whole story arc. Both these objectives lend themselves to a comprehensive game as opposed to a sequential one.
In terms of technical storytelling and game design, Ricks said that the difficulty in designing this title laid with finding the peculiarities of pirates and “legoizing” this element. Accordingly, the pirate specific elements of the game involves walking the plank,climbing the rigging, and “doing other things that pirates do.” There are also a lot of water effects due to sunken galleons and swimming. Legoizing Jack Sparrow for Lego Pirates of the Caribean was specially challenging not because it was hard to capture Jack Sparrow’s trademark movements but how to increase the supporting characters’ appeal, so they aren’t eclipsed by the iconic Sparrow character.