Pirates of the Caribbean

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This game received 530 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.931 /10


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This game ranks #78 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.05

Artwork: 7.823

Sounds/Music: 7.426

Other Aspects: 8.007

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2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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+++
2 years ago
Game is a blast to play. Always have loved shooting the ship. Liked the game so much that I bought one.
2 years 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
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Great game and challenging, never gets boring sinking the ship, well paced, top notch game
3 years ago
I enjoy playing this game in fact I want to add this to my collection one day.
3 years 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.
3 years 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
3 years 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.
3 years ago
fun pin, good shots, great theme, Awesome toys, just wish the playfield had better artwork.
3 years 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
3 years ago
Top 20 in my opinion. Great Pin lot to do .Nice Ramps.The Ship is uniqe. Spinning Compas great.The only minus its a Stop and go Pin perfect for Starters or Kids .Perfect Pin for Mods. Long Ball Times.
3 years ago
Super cool, gimmick loaded layout. Great toys. It's a long game and gets a little repetitive for me in the end.
3 years ago
Very fun family themed game with a great variety of shots. Sinking the ship never gets old and may be the best toy in pinball. The multiballs are great and there are plenty of them to get. Not a very deep rule set, and I am not a fan of the wizard mode. Myself and guests really enjoyed this one while I owned it.
3 years ago
Fun pin with a variety of shots however the plexiglass cover in front of ship is a little off putting. Overall a solid pin worth a second look.
3 years ago
This game has a lot of great things going on, but it's one of only a handful of games I'd call "too easy". I put $2 into the machine and walked away after 30 minutes with the same number of credits I started with...and I'm a mediocre player. Perhaps in a home setting it could be set more difficultly. There are a lot of fun shots on the game, but if you're looking for flowing combos there much better options. This game is more hit your shot, pause, hit your shot, pause, etc. Having said all of that, I did enjoy my time playing the game. I would even still own one in the future. I think it's a game my family would really enjoy.
3 years ago
Love POTC. Think it is a machine that is under appreciated.
3 years ago
I like the variation of modes and the layout of the pin. Lots to shoot at. Sinking the ship is super cool. Well designed pin. Not sure why its not rated higher.

Ownership update: This game represents an era before stern started to cheap out on their designs. The spinning port royal/tortuga ball locking toy is awesome and super satisfying to make. Sound design is great. Ramp is fast and flowy. Has a chest that opens and closes. Jack the monkey shot is super fun. The ship is the best toy since the MM castle. The modes are sometimes imbalanced when it comes to ease of completing the compass missions but still challenging enough to keep you going. Great game for home use and for a variety of new and experienced players.
3 years ago
Great game. Has some interesting shots. You can be punished by those posts if you miss your shots. Completing the compass is not too easy. Jack the monkey can be tricky, heart super jackpot and finishing Davy Jones can sometimes be challenging. Sink the ship, swordfight and all pirates are quite easy to achieve

Jack the monkey is a cool ramp. Like the chest en heart multiball. Compass and tortuga multiball is cool. Sinking the ship is great fun too and battle the krakken. The ship that sinks into the playfield is a great toy.

Pretty decent, that makes a lot of fun. It's pretty looking too me. If you like modding, you can do a lot with this game in the Pirate theme.
4 years ago
This review is of a fully working POTC, which is very hard to find on location unfortunately.

Theme implementation is king with this one. It's got the Disney license to attract new players, but works as a Pirates came even without the films. Sinking ships to battle the kracken, with all the kooky pirates feels reminiscent of castles in Medieval Madness, and that ship toy, on days went it is working, is one of the best toys in pinball. Other features such as the chest and the spinning compass are well implemented and fun to shoot at. The top right playfield is a little pointless, but it doesn't spoil the game. Rules are deeper than first thought as you have to complete the compass which is no mean feat! All in all, a fun game that is only ruined by operators failing to maintain it. Soundalikes could be better, but the cheeseyness of the Depp one actually adds to the fun of the machine so it's almost a positive in that regard.
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