Pirates of the Caribbean

Review

posted 10/24/2003 by Ben Zackheim
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One Page Platforms: GBA


Pirates of the Caribbean is an excessively fun and funny movie that came out of nowhere. I remember seeing the posters in theaters and being markedly unimpressed. A film based on an amusement park ride? Can someone please help me? Ugh.

So seeing the best romp of the summer unfold before my eyes when my wife forced me to go was a pleasant and humbling experience. Depp's performance made me a lifelong fan and I look forward to the sequel. It was with the same trepidation that I approached the Gameboy Advanced game of the same name. Could it continue the charmed life of the movie or would it be exactly as good as many expect a licensed game to be (i.e. not good at all).

Juggling a swordfight while changing the channel on the TV should be harder than this…

PotC starts well enough. You play the part of Pirate Jack, the cur from the movie. Beyond that, and a few other names like Barbossa, there are no similarities to the film. Considering I and many others love the film that's more than too bad. That's criminal. Walk the plank!

Though the graphics are a little bland they are certainly passable. The towns look nice and the skeletons are cool. The sound effects are also decent. At first, its fun to pull out your sword to take on the approaching soldiers and pirates. Shwing! But the game quickly falls apart as you find that all you're playing is another button-masher. See a bad guy? You can watch reruns of Welcome Back Kotter and just start pressing the A button. Don't worry, you'll win.

You have to get from point A to point B and collect as much treasure that just so happens to be lying around on the way. Unfortunately, there are 22 point As to point Bs total in the game so you get bored pretty fast. The story, as it is, is a nice distraction once in awhile and gives you the faint impression of immersion in the game, but only faint. Now, button mashers can be fun, don't get me wrong. I have a great time with Attack of the Clones. But AotC has a number of moves and attacks that give it some variety. Pirates only gives you a swift and slightly damaging attack or a strong swipe. Not exactly deep.
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