Pirates of the Caribbean (CE)

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This game received 66 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.833 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 1st in the game group "Pirates of the Caribbean (JJP)". The group itself ranks #4 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.972

Artwork: 8.658

Sounds/Music: 8.768

Other Aspects: 8.746

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Pirates of the Caribbean (CE)".
The other versions are: Pirates of the Caribbean (regular version), Pirates of the Caribbean (LE)

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42 days ago
The CE is the same game with a different art package. I don’t have anything against Depp, but Davy Jones is the cooler character of the two.
The topper is just great and spot on.
Different art and playfield plastics make the playfield look more “dark”. Not a bad thing, but I prefer the standard playfield.
Cabinet art is very good, but the coral look-a-like ornaments don’t do it for me. Must say I owned a sea aquarium with real live corals some years ago and that might influence my opinion on this.
45 days ago
Beautiful, addictive game, masterpiece of collection.
Graal from these last ten years.
I own 2 jjpotc at home.
47 days ago
I’ve owned this over a year and it is in my top few games. I own several other current top 10 games including MMr, AFMr, MBr, JP, and TZ. It belongs right up there with the first four I listed and it is far better than TZ (which is a top 20 game, but not a top 10 game IMO).

I have zero interest in the Pirates of the Caribbean theme. I saw the first of the movies and thought it was decent, but never watched any of the others. This keep me from buying it for some time, but then I bought it after playing it and realizing how good it is.

I essentially ignore the theme when I play and consider it a “Pirate” game rather than POTC. Not that I hate the theme, just that it didn’t pull me in. As such, I love the fact that the movie clips are more generic scenes and not specific scenes with people.

The choice of characters can be a little overwhelming at first, but in the home environment, it is a lot of fun as I can pick a character and focus on moving their high score up.

I love the stacking of multi balls. The shots are so incredibly varied. The rocking ship with the ability to fire the cannon has got to be the best upper playfield by far ever in pinball and is an absolutely incredible toy.

Eric Meunier created one of the best games ever. I can tell you I have even less interest in GNR as a theme (and cringe at hearing it over and over through a pin), but 100% I will buy his GNR when it comes out b/c if it is up to the quality of POTC, it will be a fantastic game.
51 days ago
There is a lot to like about the game. It is jam packed with features including amazing 3d sculpts, rocking ship playfield, treasure trunk ball lock, whirlpool ramp, interesting outlane setup, and a display that is top notch. With that said, it feels and sounds a lot like a modern slot machine where the game is designed to make you feel like you’re winning with every pull; even though you’re spending 100 credits to win 80 credits. As a location player I have a hard time understanding what shots are the most important when every insert is seemingly flashing and changing colors all the time. It’s just too much for my taste. I’m not drawn to hit the start button over and over. Perhaps it’s better in a home setting where you can really study the rules.
56 days ago
Truly amazing game. I own the LE and CE is a little bit better (not much imo).
58 days ago
A perfect game!

This is the most beautiful pinball machine I've seen.
60 days ago
Awesome game. I am grateful to have played this at the museum of pinball in banning California.

If I could, I would buy a limited edition. The CE is absolutely decadent. The radcals are amazing. Literally the prettiest cabinet ever along with wonka CE.

Love the play field art with Davy Jones instead of Jack sparrow aka drag queen Johnny Depp.

Perfect addition to any home collection. Great layout. Great rules. Very fun!!!!
60 days ago
Not one to rank a game a perfect 10.....BUT I couldn’t take one point off any of the criteria. This game is a 10!
61 days ago
JJPOTC CE is the best version of the best game ever made. It is the creme in creme-de-la-creme. SCHWING !!!
61 days ago
Absolutely incredible...the game has so much to offer and then you add on the cosmetic features of the CE edition and it will likely go down as one of the most desired titles out there..
62 days ago
This is what pinball should be in the 21st century.
62 days ago
I finally got to play the CE, and was just blown away. I mean even more blown away lol. Amazing game (like the LE), but even better art...and the ship in a bottle topper....drooooool. Dammit, I wish I could have bought this but the price point was just too high for me :/

I own an LE (I rated it similarly) and this I really think I rated it fair. I'm not a "JJP fanboy" as I'm not a huge fan of hobbit, wonka, or WOZ....this game is just really special.

You really need to put a few games in though. I will say this. Before I bought my LE someone told me "Pirates is so over-rated, it's a drain machine"...I couldn't disagree with this more. I literally have half hour games on mine at times. Yes, sure, sometimes you get unlucky and hit the "I" lane and can't nudge it and boom, you get a quickie, but most games are oh so satisfying. This pin will truly never leave my collection.

Let's see....

Game design - 6's across the board. I can't think of any other game with 27 shots that are all very hittable (they claim there's 27..... but I think with combinations a lot more, but 27 UNIQUE shots). Even the harder ones on the left side ("Special" and the Dead Man's Cove or whatever it's called) are both very hittable. The "free game" shot is my favorite free game shot in any game ever. I have mine cranked up to hard and if the ball so much as breathes on the bumpers it won't register. So satisfying.

Artwork - This is actually has the weakest category for me in the game - animation ("decent"). It's nothing special. The animations are few and far between actually - free ball, special, the ship blowing up when hit by cannon fire or taking damage, etc. It's not horrible by any means (and I'm glad it's not long / flow ruining like some games. *Cough* Jurassic Park. *Cough*) . The playfield of the CE with Davy Jones and the barnacle on the action button, great touches. The playfield is good with all shots illustrated well, and a ton of the characters.

Sounds and music - Excellent sound effects. Excellent Quality. Excellent Variation. I DO WISH THEY HAD MORE VOICE ACTORS THOUGH (5/6 because of this)....but what is there is really good. I never get annoyed by anything like on some games. The pirate-y jingles definitely fit the theme well.

Other Aspects - Weakest part is here. Theming. 4/6. They could have done a lot more to tie the game into the movies, but having said that it doesn't really detract from the amazing game it is. I wish there was a lot more videos of the movie, and as I mentioned above only having the one voice actor is a bit of a bummer. Imagine Johnny Depp instead?!?! I mean Gibbs is OK, but I'll take captain over the first mate any date. Game Lighting - 6/6 - when the game comes alive during multiballs and get more and more intense as you stack multiballs....just wow. Lastibility 6/6. Fun 6/6. I have 4 games in the basement now and I walk to this first.

This game will never leave my collection. It is also by far the favorite of my wife, daughter, and neighborhood friends who pop by for a beer and want to have a game. It's truly bolted to the floor and I have yet to play anything that even gives me close to the satisfaction of trying to beat my previous scores. The crazy thing is too, they could make the code even better.

I could go on and on and on.... a moving ship with a shooting cannon that actually shoots the ball across the table and registers hit / damage that you need to make to get the Black Pearl multiball, Liars Dice - the BEST video mode ever (I can't even think of a remotely close runner up) - gambling for free balls????? Unreal. I should mention too the rule set is really, really good for tweaks for home use as well - can make the game very easy with longer balls or very, very tough. There is also nudge opportunities to escape drains on BOTH sides of the table - this game has really brought my nudge game up...... Like I said.... I could go on and on....there's just so much here.

Summary: Greatest Of All Time.... It's just a masterpiece. I would take one of these over any other game in a second.
62 days ago
The CE is the greatest version of the greatest game in pinball!

The Davy Jones artwork package is great and the barnacles are a super nice touch.
The motorized "ship in a bottle" topper is cool looking, but noisy - I've disabled the motion on mine.

This is a keeper game for me that won't be going anywhere!
63 days ago
Before you start downvoting my 10 across the board rating just realize this one fact... THIS IS THE BEST PINBALL GAME EVER MADE! This is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the World. We need to accept it and pray someone will build a game this daring again! We may never in our lifetime see such an ambitious attempt to create a world under the glass. It really is time to allow this game to stand above all others on the top of Pinsides Top 100! And hopefully someday let's hope that JJP will make more copies so more of us pinheads can own this masterpiece. If not JJP if you're listening if nothing else PLEASE I BEG YOU sell those toppers! Because c'mon pinside is the POTC topper the greatest in pinball history or what?

With all that being said why do the haters come on here and give this game ridiculous low ratings? Because the pinball Gods have deemed MM, AFM or Monster Mash to always be 1, 2 and 3? Is that the only reason you come on here and lower the rating of this game? That is sad. It's time to let the true King sit on top of the throne because this games earns it.

1) It is a wide body so you're getting more game
2) Massive Screen with amazing CGI Graphics best that anyone has ever seen still to this day.
3) Incredible rule sets
4) The CE simply has the best topper anyone has ever created period!
5) The main feature of a rocking boat is off the chart.
6) Game features 5 flippers
7) Cool mechs like shooting another boat, spinning disk, moving boat, treasure chest ball lock
8) Amazing artwork
9) Mod companies have never made better mods than for this game right here which is a testament to how cool the game really is ... krakens, move treasure chests, to dogs with keys in their mouth. This game is the most detailed game out of the box but was so wide open for mods to make the perfect looking game.
10) Wizard modes for 5 different movies.

This game simply put is the best pinball game ever created. No pinball game has ever put this much into one game... 2nd place would have to be Wizard of Oz but that is another story.
63 days ago
This game is identical to the LE, except for artwork and topper. It is nice to see all Stern fanboys flagging all reviews of this game.

Regardless of the price this is a great player’s home use game. It has so much, it is almost too much....

The competition will never beat this unless they spend some more money on the games (toys and features and finished code upon release).
64 days ago
This game is the never leaving my collection. My whole family keep going to this game and leaving the others to hang out. It’s a deep game that I can’t wait to hopefully conquer.
65 days ago
Stunning game but a little clunky to figure out. A bit much going on for public play setting but satisfying for home use. Great Backbox stuff. Helps if you really like the movie. Certainly would buy a new car over the inflated price of this machine, but it’s still quite good
66 days ago
Very fun game with far too much hype. Not a beginner pin and lack of assets hurts it just a touch. Definitely a top 20. Maybe top 10 if it weren't such a pricey game (about the price of 2 other top 10 games)
66 days ago
Great machine the best
3 months ago
This game is the GOAT!

It has Everything.
Toys Galore, Artwork, Layout, Gameplay, Code, Theme integration, its all there.
4 months ago
I cannot imagine a more perfect pin.... after searching for this pin for over a year and finally finding one, purchasing it, and waiting months for it to be shipped to me I think I have finally found the absolutely most perfect pin money could buy. Granted it ended up costing me almost $19,000 once said and done, but it was money well worth spending.

The exterior of the machine in itself is a beauty, the artwork, the barnacles, the backglass, everything is beautiful. The ship in a bottle topper is the best I've ever seen in a pin.

The playfield layout is full of twists and turns and ramps and multiple levels of targets to achieve. The Black Pearl upper playfield is challenging to play as it sways back and forth and you attempt to launch a ball to a hole in a ship that's clear across the playfield. The pirates chest (I have the mod) is easy to get to, but it takes just the right amount of force to get the ball to land inside, unlike Hobbit where you are always going up the ramps. The magnetic mechanism in the upper playfield that starts shooting cannons is awesome to watch, the upper flipper hits so many additional targets that it is like playing a second pinball machine. The spinning disc does amazing things and prevents the lower playfield from becoming mundane. The left shots require timing and skill, including the maelstrom shot which harkens back to another one of my all time favorites Whitewater.

On to the video - this is an amazing component of the pin, and thanks to Jersey Jack for having the pinballs to make this happen... instead of sticking with the status quo, this brings a level of entertainment to the industry never seen before, and is a reason why I also love my Wizard Of Oz and Hobbit and Wonka so much. Video that is this well thought out, this stylish, this gorgeous really completes the game.

For gameplay, I am incredibly challenged yet never frustrated. I need to understand the ruleset more, but it is so nice that between balls I'm shown which shots do what, and this correlates with the video screen by blinking the lights for the shots on the playfield. Brilliant! I would have gone a step further and included actual videos above on exactly what needs to be done to achieve what goal.

Personally, this is absolute perfection and with this pin my life is complete. Jersey Jack, please keep taking my money away, please keep up with the themes... as long as you're making pins, you'll likely be taking my money. If it's $20K, so be it. This is playable art, perfect pinball, bringing pure joy to anyone who comes across this pin. But good luck finding one - there are only 200 of these and it will never be made again... and I won't be giving this up anytime soon, that's for sure... so now there are just 199 of this on Planet Earth, best of luck finding one... but if you do find one, know that you have a true treasure (and investment) on your hands!
10 months ago
The greatest game I have ever played or owned, and I have had owned a lot.
10 months ago
One of the best pinball machine ever made! JJP knocked it out of the park with this one.Im so glad that I bought this.Its one that will never leave the collection.
Very deep rule set and a lot to shot for it will take a good amount of games played to figure out what to shoot for once that’s done.its all good.The artwork is excellent and the playfield is loaded with enough things to last.This game is built like a tank very heavy and solid.
1 year ago
This is one of the best pinball machines we have played. We followed this one from the reveal, to playing prototypes, to playing the first production LE pin on the line at JJP (the first non-employees to play the production model), to playing a SE in a league, to finally owning a LE. We have played the CE model and it is pretty close to the LE model except for some artwork and cosmetics … and cool topper.

It takes about the first 20 or so times playing it to get a handle on what to shoot for and how to progress in the game. It's not "hard" to figure out, there is just a lot going on in this packed playfield. The rocking upper playfield with flippers on it is probably it's most unique feature. The shots all have a purpose in the plot/progressing of the pin and you really need to play it to understand it. Yes, there is a kind of quest to work your way through the game with several parallel paths to get to the super wizard mode (very hard to get to). With all the character selections at the beginning of the game with the advantages and disadvantages of each character, it creates several different approaches for strategy. The code is fantastic. The "gold collecting" for a multiball is pretty cool. The plundering creates some comradery and heckling that means something in multi-player games. The theming is great considering the licensing limitations. Sometimes games take a while to play, other times it can kick your butt. And that's one of the many reasons to keep pressing that start button. You can tell that Eric put a ton of effort into his first design, Keith and Joe supported that with a ton of effort in programming with lots of game variations, the Jean-Paul created animations that were done very well. David Thiel created some great music and sound effects that are theme appropriate and sound good. The call outs from the character "Gibbs" are very piratey.

The LE and CE have the RGB general illumination that accent the different chapters/modes/wizard modes. That little thing makes a big difference in a home environment, but probably not so much at a location with other pins and lights around it. We like the topper on the CE a lot, but the coral things stuck on the rails I'm not fond of. The Davey Jones pic in the middle of the playfield I don't care too much for and would rather have Jack Sparrow (which is why we got an LE). A lot of people like the CE looks better and that's fine. The plus of the topper with the minus of Davey Jones and the coral cancel each other out. (I still want that topper though.)

Give this game at least 20 tries.
1 year ago
A great game from JJP and it is fantastic to have a number of pinball machine manufacturers competing with each other and creating pins right now in 2019 with a distinctive difference between each other. POTC is a fantastic machine. This review is for the CE edition rather than the LE or standard so I dont have a comparison for differences between the two. The technology JJP has in this game is at the highest level.

The screen size is huge and being a wide body pin it is crammed with some great features and game play. Virtually all shooters and coils are adjustable using the control panel which is such a great tool using the game admin controls. This is a good game for the family and occasional player also and with a bit of time you can create a lot of ball control. My favorite wide body pin before this one was STTNG, but this one is as good as it gets for engineering and fun also.
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