Pirates of the Caribbean

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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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9 years ago
One of my favorites. I will keep this machine for a long while. Of course my son and I love the movie so that probably sways our thinking of this pinball. Sinking the ship is great. Very nice machine.
9 years ago
I personally hate the Pirates franchise, but this pin was a pleasant surprise. Decent flow, great toys and a very unique slingshot! If I owned this one, I would remove the ugly plastic ship protector!
9 years ago
Love the Pirates Movies, one of Depps better performances, the pinball machine is almost equally as good. One of Sterns better machines, love to sink the ship!!!!
9 years ago
Love the sinking ship. I like the highly visible playfield and it's artwork. Not a fan of the backglass.
9 years ago
I really was looking forward to this game when it came out but having played it many times it just is boring to me. Especially the lack of pace on the game. It seems the ball has no real movement throughout the game. To me there are just no real fun ramps or shots in the game.
9 years ago
I like the dead man's chest shot and the skill shot to drop the ball in the hole after it's plunged. I sank the ship, but the mech was not working. Shots are well lit, so it's clear what you have to do during play.
9 years ago
Nice fun machine with the ship being a truly unique toy. Artwork is great along with the sounds and is a blast to play, even though a bit on the easy and repetitive side.
9 years ago
Owned it for a while, definitely a one trick pony or should I say ship. Gets old fast took a pretty big hit since I purchased NIB.
9 years ago
I was surprised by this game. I really don't like the layout but I Love the sinking ship. I like the theme and art. It plays pretty good for an oddly laid out game. I didn't think I would like it but after 20 or so games in a small pub in the middle of nowhere...I kinda liked it. Even if it was the only pin for hundreds of miles.
9 years ago
I admit that I love me some gimmicks in pinball machines - and the ship in POTC fits the bill. It's a great eye-catcher and you immediately know you want to smack and sink the ship. But given time, you start to realize new strategies to maximize multiballs/scoring. The game has a lot of stop and go, which I like. I enjoy being able to figure out what my next shot is going to be, and most of the returns to the flippers are predictable and controllable. EXCEPT for the pirate targets - good GOD do I hate those suckers. They're placed in a way that you could easily hit one and drain SDTM. Still, savvy players will stay clear of them and learn to hit Tortuga, Ship and Chest. Many complain about the call outs (Johnny Depp impersonator), but I seriously don't notice it. The music is well done, the gimmicks are fun, and any machine with Keira Knightly on the backglass can't be all bad.
9 years ago
Fun game, I play it at chuck e cheese when the kids are in the tunnels.. lol
I wont seek this one out but I'll play it when I see it.
9 years ago
Another poor Stern Machine. Annoying game.
9 years ago
I have never owned a POTC, but I would love to add one to my collection. I have played it on location many times including many hours on a game in a bar on Duval St. in Key West, FL. The toy ship that actually sinks into the game is the best toy since the dinosaur on Jurassic Park. The spinning rubber disk that holds up to 3 balls is very cool and adds a lot to the game. The layout of the playfield including the compass inserts is appropriate for the game and adds a touch of class. Like Terminator, I am not sure it can stand the test of time as a theme, but a fun players game for all ages.
9 years ago
I really enjoy POTC. IMO it's one of the uglier sterns and that's saying something (I own WPT) I also hate the theme as I walked out of POTC. But inspite of all that I really enjoy the game and have really had a blast when I've played it.
9 years ago
Had a great time with this machine. Its a nice balance between deep and fun. Ship and Kraken are solid. Liked the rules. Different feel (close shots) but I thought it worked well. Sure it is stop and go, and you wait for the ball to return more than other games, but it was a winner for me.
9 years ago
I don't care what any one says, I like it.
9 years ago
Pretty fun game, especially the ship.
9 years ago
A fun game with lots going on. One thing I like about new stern pins is how approachable they are, but there's depth that will keep you interested. It makes up for some of the quality loss, most noticeable is the playfield surface.. it's no Williams.
9 years ago
One of the worst of the newer Stern machines. I really don't like this machine and I'm a fan of the movie series. Boo!
9 years ago
Another Stern I would love to own, need more space and more money! Great game, well executed theme, great overall!
9 years ago
Fun game. Love the ship sinking. Backglass is a turn off.
9 years ago
Simple game, cute, fun tricks. Nice game if you like the theme, which I do. Nevertheless, I don't look at this as a keep it to my grave pin.
9 years ago
Good pin for newbies and kids to play. I use it to entertain guests. The rules and shots are straight forward and easy to explain....."shoot the ship", "shoot the monkey", "shoot the chest" over and over. The ship is a very cool toy and people love it. I play it when I want to take-a-break from deep rule pins.
9 years ago
The ship is a cool toy. Love the way it "sinks" into the playfield. The "sneeze guard" is pretty annoying though.

Killing the Kracken is fun, with good sound effects. The playfield art is excellent. While there are some cool shots on this pin, some of them get a bit monotonous too (constant banging on the ship for example).

Of the pins that I've owned, this is still probably the overall favorite of my non-pinhead friends and family.

A fairly fun pin, but not a lot of staying power in a small collection.
9 years ago
Not a big fan of this pinball. didnt get me excited and gameplay was slow.
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