Pirates of the Caribbean

Pinside rating

This game received 527 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.905 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #92 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.032

Artwork: 7.772

Sounds/Music: 7.398

Other Aspects: 7.997

Pinside staff rating

This is how we, the very knowledgeable (wink wink) Pinside.com staff & moderators rate this game. 9 of us have rated this game.


Your Rating?

You need to be logged in before you can rate pinball machines. No account yet? Registering only takes a sec!

Found 299 ratings (with comment) on this game

There are 299 ratings (that include a comment) on this game.
Currently showing results page 1 of 12.

List options

57 days ago
This game has grown on me, it a lot of skill shots. You can’t just muddle your way through to a high score. The ship and compass are fun and they did a good job of making taking down a ship feel rewarding, wish the playfield was a little less yellow but that’s about all I can say. Even the audio bits are enough to keep ya going with variety.
4 months ago
Played several times on location at Brewdog in Shepherd’s Bush, London.

This is a simple pin with a limited ruleset that depends on the ship/kraken toy for its entertainment value. Compared to the other pins in the same venue (Stern Star Trek, Star Wars (Pro) and JP2) it felt deeply outclassed, as there wasn’t much to it and it didn’t feel like a huge challenge either: despite being a rubbish pinball player, I got to the kraken multiple times on each play.

I could imagine I’d get bored of it pretty quickly at home. I also found the Pinbot-esque path splitter up at the top right-hand side of the game really annoying. It took up a lot of real estate on the playfield, but didn’t do very much.
7 months ago
A fun game that doesn't last since it is too easy. The first impression is great. Filled playfield. Bright lights. Fantastic pirate ship! And the first games are also a lot of fun with constant action and great call outs. After some games (too few) an experienced player has already beaten the game and it gets repetitive. Balltimes are too long and it is way to easy to get multiball.
8 months ago
I played this at Disney World and I thought it was good. I have not played the JJ version yet.
8 months ago
The sinking ship is the most fun toy in pinball. Who doesn’t like bashing it right up the middle? Love this game!
9 months ago
In a local retro store near me. A lot of fun but not a big pirates fan. I am sure people who like the movie and are interested in pinball will love this one.
11 months ago
Pirates is a really fun and challenging game. If you like the movie you'll like this pin.
1 year ago
Good fun game. Simpler rules than modern Sterns, but very approachable for novices, but still challenging for the better players. A solid game.
1 year ago
Good game, not great. Some of the light bulbs are exposed and too bright. Takes away from the experience. The upper magnet playfield is fun. It seems very approachable for a new player.
1 year ago
I love this game! From the creepy young child voice at the beginning singing "yo, ho, yo, ho a pirates life for me" to the fun sword sounds and the challenge of taking out the kraken... this game delivers! It plays long some games, and can be a short game the next minute. For difficulty I'd rate it "easy to get into, hard to master". The game at times can make you feel like a pinball master, then jerk you right back to reality. Every one should play this game. **edit** please note, i'm a life long Pirates geek who has loved the ride since childhood. I enjoy the movies quite a bit, so my rating has some some fan boy bias in it. Though I've owned many a pin, and they have left my collection, just for playability alone, this game is super fun and will never leave, pirates or not.
1 year ago
My kids love this one the most out of all my pins. I translate that to "easy shooter" and "friendly theme". And you get to sink a freakin pirate ship!
1 year ago
The only review I have done without putting at least 50 games into the machine... reason being I was one shot away from completing this on my third game. Great value for putting coins in on location but if I owned this it wouldn't be for long. The game is fun. Sinking the pirate ship is a nice feature but the game seems to depend on the same couple of shots over and over again. Perfect game for beginners and again I will say... it is a lot of fun. Just lacks depth for anything other than a handful of games on location.
1 year ago
This game was my first my first Stern experience and it didn’t disappoint. Very exciting game play that doesn’t get old. The ship is a nice touch along with all of the other action. I am keeping an eye out for one to add to my collection.
1 year ago
Not in my favorite pins...The new one looks beter and is more fun
1 year ago
Another Stern that feels and plays cheap.
1 year ago
This game gets a bit repetitive, but as a beginner it is fun to play. It is the first real machines I was able to get to the "wizard mode" on.
1 year ago
Who doesn't love a pirate theme :)
A really good layout that still holds up against modern machines.
This and JJP version of Pirates are both worth a place in anyones collection.
1 year ago
This game is always going to pale in comparison to the JJP version. However, the Kraken & sinking the ship is certainly fun. I found the rebounds to be maddeningly frustrating, though, and a big reason why I wouldn't want to repeatedly play this game. Definitely worth a few rounds to sink the ship, though, and everyone can enjoy that. Long term, though, meh.
1 year ago
this game is a pleasure to play, you can find it for a decent price .if it doesnt have mods get them and enjoy getting familiar with the fun of pinball .if you cant afford the jjp consider this and enjoy the fun
1 year ago
Fun game but didn't have a lasting fun factor. The sinking ship is extremely cool and overall great family themed pin but just lacking to keep bringing me back for more.
2 years ago
I love the layout of the playfield in this game, it has a decent amount of shots Which feel good to shoot and all do something different with the ball rather then just generic ramps and loops that feed straight back to a flipper. The art package is not so great and the sound was abysmal on the one I played, which had taken a beating. Overall still a fun game with some neat gimmicks, I would probably pick one up if I found one available in good condition.
2 years ago
Fun pin, I like the movies so it makes this pin fun and enjoyable. Lots of shots, fast action and challenging
2 years ago
Have owned POTC for a few years. It is a fun machine that I still play for a casual game as a change of pace, but it is never my first choice. The shots are easy and repetitive and the rule set is shallow. But, that's the bad and really only applies to more serious pinball players. Now for the good... It is a great looking machine. The light show when you stack multiballs is really amazing. Stern did a nice job incorporating the theme. My kids and other casual players say it's their favorite! For the casual player, banging on the ship, killing the Kraken and popping the trunk are very rewarding (even if they become repetitive for an experienced player). So it's a great pin for a family of casual pinball players or as part of a collection for guests to play.

Update: Have upgraded my review slightly. I've come to realize my personal preference for pins that flow and are fast. POTC isn't a flow game. While there are plenty of shots they all hold-up the ball. I now realize I have a bias against this style and other players may actually favor it. Anyway, I upgraded my rating to try to remove my personal bias for flow vs single shot making.
2 years 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.

After playing way more.... Always on site. The game has to be dialed in very well to really be good. It drains easy everywhere. It's really floaty for a standard pinball game. It's a lot of fun when it's tuned and well kept. It isn't a game I want to play when its not tuned and not well kept.
2 years 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.
There are 299 ratings (that include a comment) on this game. Currently showing results page 1 of 12.

You too can add your own comment by rating this game! Click here to rate this game!

Over the years

Visualizing this game's rating and rank over the years

Hey there! Welcome to Pinside!

Donate to Pinside

Great to see you're enjoying Pinside! Did you know Pinside is able to run without any 3rd-party banners or ads, thanks to the support from our visitors? Please consider a donation to Pinside and get anext to your username to show for it! Or better yet, subscribe to Pinside+!