Even as a defender of random licensed games, this is a weird one for me to be playing. I'm not a fan of the Pirates series of movies. I've actually never even seen one. I just don't have any interest to be honest. But I was recently going through an old Nintendo Power which had reviewed the GCN, DS, and GBA versions of this game (all different games, by the way) and they had a lot of good things to say about the GBA version. Namely, they compared it to the GBA Castlevania games. So that had me intrigued.
So yeah, I grabbed a cartridge for a couple bucks and was excited to play a sort of Castlevania knock-off that I can't remember anybody ever really talking about. Well, I mean... it's KIND OF like that. But, eh.
I'll say off the bat that this is not a BAD game. But it's not really good either. And in my mind, at least a bad game is interesting. A mediocre game is just kind of a waste of time. That's what this feels like.
So the stages themselves do feel like of Castlevania-y. You have a sword and sub-weapons. You gain new moves from collecting enough gold. So I can see it. But it's not exactly challenging, nor are the levels all that interesting. After a while, I started to wonder why I'd want to keep playing.
It feels pretty aimless too. You go to an island, play some levels, someone tells you to go to another island. You do it all over again. The controls aren't super responsive either. It has that Prince Of Persia issue where you lose some reflex because of animations. I don't like that.
But what really got me was the boat sections. See, between islands you need to sail and undoubtedly you will encounter other boats you need to fight. It's sooooo tedious. I hate these sections.
So yeah, I played MAYBE two hours of this and that felt like more than enough to know that this game isn't great and I doubt I'll stick with it.