Pirates of the Caribbean

Pinside rating

This game received 527 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.928 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #80 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.047

Artwork: 7.82

Sounds/Music: 7.435

Other Aspects: 8.006

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55 days ago
Good fun game. Simpler rules than modern Sterns, but very approachable for novices, but still challenging for the better players. A solid game.
65 days 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.
66 days 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.
3 months 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.
4 months 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.
4 months ago
Not in my favorite pins...The new one looks beter and is more fun
5 months ago
Another Stern that feels and plays cheap.
5 months 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.
5 months 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.
8 months 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.
9 months 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
10 months 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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Fun pin, I like the movies so it makes this pin fun and enjoyable. Lots of shots, fast action and challenging
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
This game is an absolute blast! Shooting the ball into port royal and watching it build the progress towards multiball on the back lights is brilliant. Also I like that this game doesn’t trap you into modes like almost all other “newer” games, that it is set out as a todo list and everything can stack makes it super fun and super replayable!
2 years ago
Fun game, glad that I have it, but it does get repetitive.
2 years ago
Very nice machine!
2 years 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.
2 years ago
There is a lot to do in this game, but sinking the ship takes the cake! It's a fun toy/gimmick.

The lighting and artwork are also pretty fantastic.
2 years ago
Great game! Maximize the outlanes (remove posts), set the slings “aggressive” and you have a challenging and fun game!
2 years 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.
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