Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest DS

Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
Buy On
  1. 60
    Sure there are tons of moves and combos to unlock, but the enemies don't require any of these earned skills, which sort of defeats the purpose of seeking them out.
  2. Though Dead Man's Chest is largely competent, the sword fighting is too repetitive and the minigames are too few and too bland to get anyone particularly excited.
  3. The downer is that DMC doesn't support one cart play, so each player will have to own their own copy of the game.
  4. Not quite polished enough to be awarded pieces of eight, nevertheless Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest will happily buckle your swashes.
  5. Other than the painful boredom, there's nothing overtly wrong with the game, and the co-op mode might be of use to fans of the film, along with unlockable art, characters and weapons.
  6. 60
    Actual play is a letdown. Moving between alleyways and tropical isles, you'll endlessly hack away at zombies, natives, vultures, villagers, and guards, each a carbon copy of the next. Sadly, such brain-dead enemies prove little challenge, overwhelming through sheer numbers, not ingenuity.
  7. The single-mindedness of the gameplay makes it easy to get into, but in the long term, the game has less to offer.
  8. Nintendo Power
    60
    Three simple touch-controlled minigames add variety, but not enough to give a shine to this lackluster effort. [Aug 2006, p.87]
  9. 60
    Fails to keep your attention for longer than a few meager hours. This is too bad, as this license has personality to spare that could've made this a must-own.

Awards & Rankings

#52 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
#37 Most Shared DS Game of 2006
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Gemma
    Dec 28, 2006
    9
    I thought this game was fun but very short I finished it in a couple of days but that might be coz I was up playing it all night.
  2. Clay
    Jul 22, 2006
    6
    It's kind of like Final Fight with pirates...except it's much more repetitive. If it wasn't a pirate-themed game, this would It's kind of like Final Fight with pirates...except it's much more repetitive. If it wasn't a pirate-themed game, this would have got a 5 from me. Full Review »
  3. VladamirS.
    Jun 29, 2006
    8
    Fun and simple, just what you need when you want some action on the go. Critics are picking on it's simplicity and repetitiveness of Fun and simple, just what you need when you want some action on the go. Critics are picking on it's simplicity and repetitiveness of badguys, but it is just plain fun. Nice graphics on the DS too! Full Review »