I doubt many people will even need to read a review for this game as im sure anyone who has even played a demo of one of the many Lego games knows exactly what to expect from this title. Like marmite you either love them or hate them. I personally love them, especially the simple pick up and play approach to these games particularly for a handheld console.
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean is at its best when you're either constructing items from vibrant plastic blocks or bashing them and collecting the little pips that go flying everywhere. Equally fun is the game's silly, wordless retelling of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, with cutscenes as sly and charming as Jack Sparrow himself.
Almost every cutscene has some silly surprise or another, and they are as colorful as the vibrant in-game visuals. The 3D effect definetly adds to the experience even just to give you a sense of how high you are or how deep the water your swimming in is, little things like this really make the graphics stunning (for a lego game anyway).
The main adventures also feature duels, though these ones involve halfheartedly mashing a button and then participating in the world's slowest, most uninspiring quick-time event. The dreariness of duels is mirrored by the standard combat, in which one or two enemies might gang up on you, but the only one that fights back is the one you engage. If you hit the button five times, down they go--no fuss, no muss. It's so simple, you will likely never need any of the health-giving hearts that enemies drop, let alone actually die. Therein lies the biggest flaw of this game - its so easy, including the games puzzles (if you can call them that)but the joy is in the journey.
You could complete all four stories in as many hours if you don't linger, though every level is filled with secrets that are accessible only by returning to them in free play which is a must to keep the longetivity of this game alive.
Overall a very good game that im glad i invested in, and i enjoyed it immensely whilst it lasted. I think the best advice is if you've never played a lego game before buy one of the cheaper older ones first and if you enjoy that you will enjoy this.