Looking forward to Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars made me realize it’s not so much the new features in these games that I love, but the way TT Games interprets each new universe. Seeing these games use simple Lego bricks to tell their grand narratives reminds me of how my kids play with Lego.

But even with all their technical prowess it’s still the simple joy of being able to play through my favorite Clone Wars episodes that has me most excited. While my younger two children seem to agree on this, the oldest is actually keener on the Lego Pirates of the Caribbean game.

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Lego Pirates of the Caribbean

If you’ve not caught wind of it yet Lego: Pirates of the Caribbean ($24.99 on Amazon) is another strongly themed Lego adventure. Although the marketing is obviously a big driver here — with the game releasing alongside the new “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” film — the quality of the previous games should ensure this is more than a derivative movie tie-in.

Players take control of over 70 different Pirate characters as they work their way through each level filled with hidden items and things to build. Storylines, locations and characters from the first three films will feature — “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” as well as the upcoming fourth film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”

I asked my son why he’s so excited about this game, and he said it was “being able to play with the Lego Pirates from the films”. Having had some time to play a few levels of the game a couple of weeks ago, I can report back that this is every bit as endearing, cute and tongue-in-cheek as the other Lego games.

Someone somewhere must have done something very good to appease the videogame gods and land us two new Lego games in the space of a few months. My only question now is whether I should get the 3DS, DS, Wii or 360/PS3 version. And this in the same month as Tiger Woods 12 is released; my wallet is going to be well and truly stretched.

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean is available from Amazon from $24.99 from May 10th.

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