RELEASED: July 2003
AVAILABLE ON: GBA
DEVELOPER(S): Pocket Studios
PUBLISHER(S): TDK Mediactive
Pirates of the Caribbean is very likely the most important and influential movie franchise of the century. Johnny Depp's role as the eccentric and so deliciously "off" pirate captain Jack Sparrow is hailed as one of the best and most consistent performances in the history of cinema. The first film in the series that recently spawned its fourth was Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which premiered in July, 2003. Slightly prior to its release, two different Pirates of the Caribbean video games were made. The PC and Xbox game simply entitled Pirates of the Caribbean came first, and featured an exclusive protagonist named Nathaniel Hawk on a series of piratey quests. The Game Boy Advance exclusive's named after the movie, but it has virtually nothing to do with it. Oh, and by the way: it sucks...
...Really bad eggs
Jack Sparrow is the captain of a pirate ship named The Black Pearl. His first mate Hector Barbossa arranges a mutiny against him and throws him overboard. Bent on getting his ship back, Jack goes on a treasure hunt across the Caribbean to gain the resources to confront Barbossa.
|Another town to plunder. Looks exactly the |
same as the last one, but who cares?
There are two kinds of levels. Usually you control "Jack" by foot in "different" towns and caverns, search for key items and treasures, and fight off some wild animals, British soldiers and smugglers if need be. Usually you have no need to do that. You can just force your way to your final destination, and the mission is complete even if you didn't kill one dude on the way. The open sea combat is ripped straight off The Curse of Monkey Island; all you need to do is blast ships into oblivion until the game informs you that you're done, and in time, you gain more efficient cannons. This is it, that's all there is. Your companions and employers send you out on fancy sounding quests, but they're all exactly the same! Also, it's almost impossible to die in this game up until you meet enemies with pistols. Your own pistol is efficient, but hard to use, and these guys can shoot you in the time it takes you to whip out your cutlass. Getting shot kills you instantly, by the way.
|Rumble in the jungle.|
If you still want to give the game a shot, please at least forget its name - then maybe you'll be able to enjoy it for more than five minutes. The game is pure mockery of the great Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and it isn't even a decent game in itself. What use does it have? I can't come up with a single one.
GRAPHICS : 5.8
SOUND : 4.0
PLAYABILITY : 4.0
LIFESPAN : 2.5
CONCLUSION : 3.7
a.k.a. Pirates of the Caribbean