Pirates of the Caribbean (Stern, 2006)

Pirates of the Caribbean

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This game received 501 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.920 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #52 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.002

Artwork: 7.857

Sounds/Music: 7.424

Other Aspects: 8.02

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40 days ago
Long playing game that gets pretty repetitive after a while ... IMO. :)
50 days ago
I really love all things pirate, and as a result have played PoTC quite a lot. Sadly, the game is quite easy and I often find myself getting bored on the third ball - there's only so many times I can sink the dauntless and feel excited about it. I may eventually get around to owning one because I think it has a wide audience appeal, but this one is definitely not a must have for me.
55 days ago
For every rating category, I just kept coming to the rating of "Decent 4/6". It's a decent pin, even better if you're looking for a title that can be enjoyed by all ages. It didn't have staying power for me since it seems a bit plodding and methodical rather than fast & full of flow.
70 days ago
Ball times are too long.
78 days ago
Great game, some of Sterns best playfield toys and the JACK ramp is such a sweet shot/ramp to hit especially backhanding it from the right flipper.
80 days ago
They really nailed the pirate theme with this one. The sinking ship is awesome and one of the best toys I've ever seen. There are a lot of shots to hit and lots to do. The more I play this one the more I enjoy it (and I don't even like the movies)!
80 days ago
Very nice artwork and one of the best toy: the ship i fantastic! But it's not my pin: a lot of stop and go, and no flow. A good theme thrown away
3 months ago
Love mashing that ship!!! Really nice game with a lot to hit.
3 months ago
Very underrated game. Ship is an amazing mech. Very well conceived in total. Can get a bit repetitive once you are familiar with it.
4 months ago
good deep rule set, nice layout, fun toys. overall a great family pin. Ball times can be long or very short, not a particularly easy game to get through, but it's definitely possible and a ton of fun trying. Theme integration is done well.
6 months ago
I played it several times on location, and... It didn't work on me. It's quite an interesting machine, and many people seemed to enjoy it, but to me, nothing worth emptying my pockets.
6 months ago
Really like the theme and the ship. It's pretty fun to play. The only bad thing in my mind is that the flow isn't as good as my highest rated pins. Nevertheless, I wouldn't mind having this in my collection.
7 months ago
I purchased this game specifically because of the slower pace, anticipating pointing beginners in the game's direction. While it does have a different feel as far as speed goes, it has turned in to a very entertaining, zero anxiety purchase. This game is played full spectrum in my home -- 8 years to 52 years. POTC has definitely been seeing as much playing time as Lord of the Rings.
7 months ago
not bad, not good,no special feeling with this pinball
9 months ago
This is an amazing machine. Great play field layout. Great animation. Amazing sound. The artwork is great. There is nothing negative that I can say about this game. I love it. One of my favorites.
11 months ago
Played a decent copy of this. stop and go deluxe in my opinion. It's a good example of a theme being force fed. I'd rather not have a pinball machine if this was my only choice
11 months ago
Played this at a pinball expo and really like it. I haven't seen the movie, but the pin is lots of fun. I would add it to my collection.
1 year ago
Awsome game, great toys, and really fun to play.
1 year ago
Very underrated game. Rules are easy to understand and game play is easy to follow. It should be in the top 15. I have it next to my TOM and it surpasses TOM by far.
1 year ago
Too bad for drawing too much theater and otherwise ill-managed as the game would not be so bad
1 year ago
Great game fun to play very deep
1 year ago
POTC has excellent music, callouts, dots and looks beautiful. But let's talk about the rules! POTC is much more like IM than LOTR, and that gives it a strong "just one more game" appeal. Rather than slog through modes, your goal is to set up the perfect multiball, and cash in jackpots with multipliers. Most people walk up to the game and focus on the ship, which is missing most of the game. Specifically, this is how you blow up POTC: (1) shoot the Tortuga ramp enough times to prime it for multiball. (2) Shoot the chest enough times to light jackpots. (3) Sink the ship. (4) Immediately shoot Tortuga, and stuff as many balls up there as you can. (5) Kill the Kraken, and play out Tortuga multiball by collecting jackpots on the rest of the playfield (shoot Tortuga as often as possible to get jackpot multipliers).

If there's a weakness to the rules, it's that so many shots are required to start HEART multiball, and that it resets every ball. And it would have been nice to have a few modes, including a video mode. POTC is not deep by any means, but it has a lot of replay value for me and my family.

POTC has a unique layout that not everyone will love. I think the concerns about "stop and go" are overblown, but I have other games for loops and orbits. POTC is special. Grab a mug of your favorite grog, and enjoy the chance to grab a sip once in a while.
1 year ago
Finally got a POTC and man I love it! I have been owning FAST and hard games like TWD and IMVE and this is a nice change of pace. Definitely has longer ball times and a lack of constant drains, i.e., TWD. I'd put it square in the middle of a Stern pin (fast and hard) and a 90's Williams pin (repetitive pattern that repeats)

First of all, the machine is beautiful. Love the LED effects in mine and the game simply looks great. That said, the BG and side art are "meh" but overall it's a pretty pin.

Tons of toys, a decent Depp impressionist, and great use of the pirate theme make this game a winner! Plus, a nice wizard mode.
1 year ago
Family love it. Although sound isn't the best and neither are the call-outs. Typical Stern build quality..
1 year ago
Love PoTC. Admittedly a big draw for me is I love the ride/movies, so my ratings may be a be high as I'm drawn to the theme.
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