Pirates of the Caribbean

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This game received 523 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.949 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #67 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 8.055

Artwork: 7.842

Sounds/Music: 7.428

Other Aspects: 8.022

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3 days ago
This game has something going for it! Like everything is going for it!

Sink the ship. Battle the kraken. Whatever the spinning disc up top is.. that's cool! Multiball is aw some. Slick and smooth game. Great skill shots. No killer drains.

Top 10 game in my book.
40 days ago
Another pin that requires several games before rating. At first the game seems easy but ironically becomes more challenging as your understanding progresses. Still not overly difficult but enough of a challenge completing all of the main objectives that it keeps you coming back. The ship toy is great. Not a fan of the movies but still love the theme for the machine. The machine appears to be top quality and has an overall attractive look. Removing the sneeze guard is a must.
52 days ago
I own this machine i feel that at times hitting the ship can be very repetitive and annoying when it goes straight down the middle, but i believe this should at least be rated in the low 30s high 40s on the top 100. Once you get going on this pinball it is an absolute blast chest is awesome kraken is cool its awesome but repetitive.
4 months ago
I am in the minority, but I love this game more than JJP's version.
6 months ago
Very nice machine!
6 months ago
I used to own this game. Bought it new in the box based on the theme. I had it for several years, but then sold it and haven’t regretted it. I liked the playfield, the sound, callouts, and art. I had trouble with the ship. It needed to be repaired twice with home use and low plays on it. Lastability was an issue for me. It’s a fun game overall.
7 months ago
Great game! Maximize the outlanes (remove posts), set the slings “aggressive” and you have a challenging and fun game!
8 months ago
Picked one up at a fantastic price and I am pleasantly surprised. Super fun pin with TONS of toys and shots. Stern really packed this thing out and is way more fun that some other Sterns ranked higher on the list.
8 months ago
Really lack of difficulty on this game, just like most of 2000s Stern pinball machines. I did almost 300M after 5 games. I get bored on playing machines like this. It's a shame because it has good rules and shots.
9 months ago
I actually enjoyed this game a lot more than I thought I would. Knowing the gap between this and the JJP POTC, I anticipated that this game would be fairly weak, but it wasn't. There are some nice toys in the playfield and some pretty cool shots. I love sinking the ship. Multiball is pretty fun with this machine too.
11 months ago
I really enjoy this game. It is simple enough for a fresh player to understand but deep enough for a more experienced player. if set up steep with a tight tilt this game is a real challenge. Great game to try and stack tortuga and destroy the ship (forget its actual name) multiball with. the kraken and ship are awesome toys. if you can find one at a good price this is a quality stern from around this time - i like it more than LOTR & TSPP
11 months ago
Really fun family game from Stern. Feels high-quality too. There's no sign of the "cheapness" that defines later Sterns. Also, let's face it, the sinking ship toy is probably the coolest Stern toy that ever was. In fact, it's the best single toy on any POTC game, including JJP's.
1 year ago
I really liked this game, better than I thought it would be, again one of the better sterns. Good flow, quite a lot of fun, would love to try JJP's POTC to compare.
1 year ago
Love this game!! My favorite Stern pin ever!

Whoever said this is a slow stop and go pin did not have it setup correctly. Add a little steepness and make sure this is level and those standup targets become deadly.

So much to shoot for, great skill shot off the plunge, many toys and added features and just a ton of fun. I never expected to like this pin as much as I do, and I don’t like the movies. It’s more of a generic Pirate theme to me, but it works really well, so much fun. A+++
1 year ago
Game is a blast to play. Always have loved shooting the ship. Liked the game so much that I bought one.
1 year ago
This an awesome game! So much to do in it. The ship is by far the coolest toy in pinball history. Stock music and call outs are ok but with the beauty of stern is you can change the code. So I modified some of the music and call outs. Fun to battle the krakin
1 year ago
Owned this one and was so excited when I bought it. I added led's, a color display (smartdmd) and some minor mods. Mine was already modded perfectly by its previous owner so not much for me to do.
Then I got to play it and I loved it..... for the first two months. Then it bored the hell out of me, so much I never played a full game anymore and finally I sold it. Now I come across a POTC once in a while and it cannot attract me anymore.

Must say though that the factory setup of this pin is bad, lighting is bad, coloring is bad, display (the led version) is so bad, that ball deflector thing..... damn.

However, the technical aspect of the machine I find it to be a great machine. Good theme integration, good layout, nice gamerules, nice toys, nice artwork.

But it's sooooooo boring.
1 year ago
Great game and challenging, never gets boring sinking the ship, well paced, top notch game
1 year ago
I enjoy playing this game in fact I want to add this to my collection one day.
1 year ago
POTC is a lot deeper of a game than a lot of reviews give it credit. I would play this dozens of times before reviewing. One of its strongest features is the rule set. It can be played shallow & be fun or very deep. This game is amazing. The theme is well developed. The shots vary enough to remain new and interesting. If there negatives, I'd say the callouts could be more in number & you do start & stop a bit. The latter is not bad at all though. It gives players time to review the DMD & look @ their next mission as indicated on the compass rose. This machine really benefits from a color DMD. If you are looking to own one, it is currently a good value. The ship requires a little more maintenance, but it really adds to the game & is one of the best toys since MM.
1 year ago
I played this game in an arcade and it felt good at first. It was satisfying to sink the boats. I liked the fact that they represent all the movies up to the date the pin was on the market. It's a pin that is not too fast and not too slow. I would own it and had plenty of fun playing it
1 year ago
A go-to favorite cuz I love the theme. Shots and playability are fun, and callouts with the music are great. Showing its age, but still top-notch.
1 year ago
This is a great game. I wish they could have licensed the original music by Klaus Badelt into the gameplay. They do have some pirate themed music but not as dramatic as Badelt’s. The play field animation of Davy Jones’ ship was a unique addition.

There were some voices from the movie incorporated into the game, but if I were doing it there would have been more.

Finally, the lighting was dramatic and the Dot matrix animations were fantastic. Dueling pirates moving in front of the score was a novel idea. It was distracting at first, but I learned to watch while player two was up. Lastly, the lower 1/2 of the playfield seemed bare as compared to intricatly designed upper 1/2.

A fun game to play and I would like to add this one to my collection,
1 year ago
fun pin, good shots, great theme, Awesome toys, just wish the playfield had better artwork.
1 year ago
This is a game I recently purchased. Keep in mind that I am not a seasoned pinball player. From a “novice”, not young, view point. This game is very interactive with lots to do and a hoot to play! Could there be more and better call outs? Yes! But this game has plenty and most of them work very well with the game! I have read where some have said that this game is too easy. When I first got my game I would have agreed but I followed some pinside and pinrev advice and dialed the game in, ie:
increased the pitch. It now plays like a totally different game! I was originally posting high scores all the time. Now it is kicking my ass constantly! If you don’t hit your shots just right the ball will come back at you with a vengeance! Which makes those rare times when I do exceptional all that more satisfying! Although, I have to say my wife still really enjoys it. It’s her favourite! Don’t go too steep but you can certainly push it! Hope this helps! Mike
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