Pirates of the Caribbean

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


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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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4 years ago
This is a very good Stern deck from the period in the mid-2000's when people say there was a lull in the industry. If that's true, games like this and Spider-Man helped rescue Stern and pinball. I really enjoy this game. It's got great theme and art, the playfield is really gorgeous. The ship(s) is fun to sink. Good multiball modes that are not always easy to get. I would have preferred more movie clips and quotes. They used voice actors to make what sound like generic callouts and I feel they missed out on tons of cool sounds and footage from the movies. Had that been better, this game would ooze theme. Instead, it's more a general pirate game than one based on the movies. That's how I feel anyway.

Fun game, good shots and long ball times make this a good game for family. Some shots are tricky, but overall it's not super hard.

UPDATE: I finally found a beautiful, HUO version and bought it. I do agree with most descriptions of this pin being stop and go, which is true. Several places to send the ball where things happen while you wait and watch. The Tortuga/Port Royal "cannonball chamber" which spins your ball around, the upper playfield which your ball is sent to by shots to the orbits, and the sinking ships and Kraken battles, of course. The sinking ship is just a fantastic toy. I wish the Kraken was more animated. But this pin feels quite different than the typical "fan" layout. Yes, it's more stop and go, but that's not a bad thing in this case. One of the best Stern pins of the 2000's. In an era often cited as a lull in the industry, Stern made TSPP, LOTR, this game and Spider-Man. Each is very well regarded since.
4 years ago
Love this game. The pirate ship sinking is cool and i love the games that have upper playfields
4 years ago
Great, great toys on this game. The ship is one of the best pin toys ever and my kids love sinking it. The monkey shot is tough and good, and the treasure chest is cool. Just wish the voices were from the movie.
4 years ago
This one I've held off on. I like the theme and the related artwork is pretty good ... could be better. Game play is important to me and it depends on how the game is setup or maintained as to how it plays. The ones that are kept up play with a lot of fun ... but there is a limit to that. Hitting the same few targets to get to the reward modes gets old after you have your first good game of the day on it. I would play this every time I see it on location a few times, and had it on my wish list for a while for a good filler pin that guests would really enjoy. I did come real close to buying one. However, now there is a similar POTC pin theme being released soon so this fell off my wish list. Changing out the lights to LEDs and adding some of the available mods really makes the look of the pin look great.
4 years ago
Very good game! The shots feel very good and always a challenge to play. I focus so much Tortuga and the Kraken that I forget there is the jack the monkey shot and the heart chest. The theme is integrated well into the game and I really lIke the toys
4 years ago
Update 12/20: The more I played it, I didn't like that the strategy always had to be the same each time. Skill shot, shoot for tortuga. Just got repetitive. Still a good game, not better than jersey jack's attempt though.

Simply one of the best Stern machines there is. Has not one or two toys, but three main toys. Also has an upper playfield that requires strategy to maximize it's effectiveness. This is a very difficult game to achieve the wizard mode on, I have yet to get to the four winds multiball. What you have to do to get to the wizard mode is very clearly laid out on the compass in the middle of the playfield though so you always have a goal to work towards. This game also lends itself well to LED's and could be beautiful when done up properly. Just a blast to play every time.

Things that need improvement are the callouts. I really wish they had used the actual actors voices or even clips from the movie. No, instead they cheaped out and it shows. Fortunately there are options to replace the callouts and songs with ones from the movie. This game has slightly imbalanced scoring if you want to score a lot of points. Not as bad as shooting one shot like some games, but short plunging and going for tortuga is where the points are at. I also wish the wizard mode were a little easier to achieve, as I prefer that in my games. If you like games with long ball times, set this one up difficult or games can go on for quite some time.

Definitely pick POTC up if you see one for sale. It's a lot of fun and I don't think it will ever be leaving my collection.
4 years ago
Played this game a lot in an arcade in Italy. Great music, cool shots and a lot to see and do. By far the best feature is the sinki äng ship, but i also like the whirlpool in the upper left corner and the big treasure chest on the right. Play this game if you are a fan of the series, you won't regret it
4 years ago
Great theme and very easy to follow rules. The game that my guests always say is their favorite. Challenging for pinheads but fun for newbies as well
4 years ago
This is a fun game with a unique layout. Overall, the cab artwork and playfield artwork are great. The translite artwork is decent, but it's the weakest part of the art package. If you're a fan of the theme and/or Disney, it's hard to be disappointed by the way this machine looks. The callouts are fun and the music fits the theme perfectly. My wife is a huge Johnny Depp fan and she has no idea that call outs are from an impersonator.

If you're a fan of flow heavy and fast playing games, this probably won't ever be your favorite pin. However, the layout is unique and there are lots of really fun shots to hit. This pin is all about catching the ball and aiming for the shots to set up huge jackpots. It's pretty intense and rewarding when you max out your jackpots and playfield multipliers and then start one of the 3 multi-ball modes. The code feels polished and there's a decent amount of depth to it. Achieving the wizard mode is a bit of feat and does require some grinding. The ship toy is executed perfectly and it's easily one of my favorite pinball toys ever. Watching the ship sink into the playfield always impresses guests.

All in all, this is a really fun game that feels very polished and has a unique feel. Fans of the theme or fans of slower/methodical playing games will not be disappointed.
4 years ago
Great game with great toys! Definitely some unique features in the play field. My only complaint is that it plays a little slower than I normally like.
4 years ago
always fun to play, toys are really great.
4 years ago
I like this game. Owned it a few years back. Hitting the ship is the highlight of the game. It takes a beating. Went thru 2 while I owned it. Although I do like this game, it does get very easy after awhile. I would absolutely play on location, but after owning it for a couple years it got a bit boring. Overall it is fun though.
4 years ago
Great theme. A good game for everyone. Sinking the ship and the multiball modes are all well done. Game can be set up tough so game times don't get too long. Who doesn't like Pirates with attitude.
4 years ago
For every rating category, I just kept coming to the rating of "Decent 4/6". It's a decent pin, even better if you're looking for a title that can be enjoyed by all ages. It didn't have staying power for me since it seems a bit plodding and methodical rather than fast & full of flow.
4 years ago
Ball times are too long.
4 years ago
Great game, some of Sterns best playfield toys and the JACK ramp is such a sweet shot/ramp to hit especially backhanding it from the right flipper.
4 years ago
They really nailed the pirate theme with this one. The sinking ship is awesome and one of the best toys I've ever seen. There are a lot of shots to hit and lots to do. The more I play this one the more I enjoy it (and I don't even like the movies)!
4 years ago
Very nice artwork and one of the best toy: the ship i fantastic! But it's not my pin: a lot of stop and go, and no flow. A good theme thrown away
4 years ago
Love mashing that ship!!! Really nice game with a lot to hit.
4 years ago
Very underrated game. Ship is an amazing mech. Very well conceived in total. Can get a bit repetitive once you are familiar with it.
4 years ago
good deep rule set, nice layout, fun toys. overall a great family pin. Ball times can be long or very short, not a particularly easy game to get through, but it's definitely possible and a ton of fun trying. Theme integration is done well.
5 years ago
I played it several times on location, and... It didn't work on me. It's quite an interesting machine, and many people seemed to enjoy it, but to me, nothing worth emptying my pockets.
5 years ago
Really like the theme and the ship. It's pretty fun to play. The only bad thing in my mind is that the flow isn't as good as my highest rated pins. Nevertheless, I wouldn't mind having this in my collection.
5 years ago
I purchased this game specifically because of the slower pace, anticipating pointing beginners in the game's direction. While it does have a different feel as far as speed goes, it has turned in to a very entertaining, zero anxiety purchase. This game is played full spectrum in my home -- 8 years to 52 years. POTC has definitely been seeing as much playing time as Lord of the Rings.
5 years ago
not bad, not good,no special feeling with this pinball
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