It's amazing what Disney can do to a theme-park ride by transforming it into a multibillion-dollar franchise. TT Games is no stranger to reimagining popular licenses in Lego form, and so far, it looks like Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game will follow in the same footsteps as Harry Potter and Star Wars. With each new Lego game, the environments start to look better and better. Because you'll be swashbuckling your way from Tortuga to Singapore, there's a lot to see and do in a game that is known for cooperative couch play. It's actually much better to show you, so take a look at the video preview below.
In our updated demo, we got a tour of some of the new locations in At World's End. Singapore had its own charm to it, especially when you made your way into the bath house. The cutscenes should provide a few chuckles. For a more pirate-y atmosphere, Shipwreck Cove and the Maelstrom are extremely well done in terms of capturing the mood and tone of the movie environments. You'll notice that even Jack's swagger was done in such a way as to properly represent the infamous Captain.
Gameplay in Lego Pirates is similar to all the previous Lego games, where you need to work with your partner to make your way through the levels. As a pirate, you'll find plenty of opportunities to get into a swordfight and hunt for treasure, as well as fire cannons at treasure chests and other ships. You'll even be able to explore beneath the waves. One of the new features in Lego Pirates of the Caribbean includes the ability to take all of your unlocked characters into Free Play mode. There's more of an emphasis on platforming rather than puzzle-solving, and there are signs throughout the game, as well as non-player characters that will help guide you in the right direction. You may have noticed in the video that some puzzles involve turning wheels and coordinating with your partner, so it doesn't look like this is going to be as puzzle oriented as, say, Lego Indiana Jones.
For more information on the game and the 3DS, be sure to read our last preview, which covers Dead Man's Chest. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game will be coming out on the PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, PSP, Wii, and 3DS.