Most hardcore gamers instantly distrust any product based on a film property: There have been so many examples of Hollywood trying to make a quick buck with a substandard game that it's almost a cliche. It's therefore a pleasant surprise that "Dead Man's Chest" is generally well-made and entertaining.

Most hardcore gamers instantly distrust any product based on a film property: There have been so many examples of Hollywood trying to make a quick buck with a substandard game that it’s almost a cliche. It’s therefore a pleasant surprise that “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” a PSP game based on the boffo sequel, is generally well-made and entertaining.

The story loosely follows the plot of the movie: Captain Jack Sparrow, voiced by bigscreen star Johnny Depp, attempts to save his soul from supernatural sailor Davy Jones. Depp’s vocal work adds a lot to the proceedings, and the animators have captured the character’s continually drunken gait nicely.

He fights pirates, cannibals and zombies with weapons ranging from swords and pistols to bottles and kicks in the groin. There is almost too much fighting, however. Although the fighting and characters are visually fluid, and the sound effects of clanging swords are evocative, the battle mechanics are a bit on the repetitive side.

On the plus side: The puzzles are reasonably difficult and the look colorfully lush — an especially impressive achievement on the compact PSP.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Production

A Buena Vista Games presentation of a game developed by Amaze Entertainment for the PSP, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance. Reviewed on PSP.
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