The entire “Pirates of the Caribbean” series is more or less defined by one thing – Captain Jack Sparrow. So it should come as no surprise that the good Captain takes center stage in the game version of the movie. Dead Man’s Chest does a good job of capturing most of Jack’s mannerisms and look. While his walk isn’t as… well, let’s say “dainty” as it is in the movies, the game still manages to capture aspects of the character. The more noticeable of these mannerisms is the greedy look he gets before opening a chest.
Aside from Jack’s character, Dead Man’s Chest looks good graphically. Most of the graphical pop comes from the game’s style, which captures enough detail while still keeping an almost cartoon-like feel. Story sequences are told through movie stills which look good, especially when considered against other movie-based GBA games. Variety is the game’s only visual downside. Sure everything looks good, but after you’ve seen the same pirates, soldiers and natives in every level, it gets boring.
Some of Dead Man’s Chest’s best audio happens at the most awkward of times. For instance, a few parts of the movie’s score show up in the game. Unfortunately, the movie’s most well-known and exciting pieces play during one of the game’s most mundane times – the inventory screen. Meanwhile, during areas where you would expect to hear more upbeat music, you’re stuck listening to a sleepy tune that doesn’t match up.