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Sid Meier's Pirates!

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Sid Meier’s Pirates is an action-adventure strategy game, a remake of 1987 game of the same name. It’s set in an open world around the Caribbean islands. The game features numerous activities, including sailing and exploration, ship battles, trading and diplomacy.

The core gameplay of the game is sailing among the islands, cities and colonies. Every tip on the map provides great opportunities for both economic issues and fights, as you can attack ships and capture cities; some battles include sword fighting mini-game. Completing different quests, you will gain diplomacy points of one of the in-game factions. This will reveal additional options, such as dancing with a governor's daughter at a ball. The game also features AI historical pirates, such as Henry Morgan and Blackbeard.

While the story aspect is not in focus of this game, there’s a little background of the hero you play as. After customizing your character, you start as a sailor under the command of a very harsh captain. One day the riot begins, and you become the new captain. Since then you can explore the world and do everything you want together with your crew.

Release date
2K China
Full Fat Productions [PSP]
Feral Interactive
2K Games, Atari, Feral Interactive
Age rating
Not rated

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System requirements for PC

Minimum: Windows® 98/Me/2000/XP, Pentium® 1.0 GHz or higher, 256 MB RAM, 1.2 GB Free HDD, 64 MB video card* with Hardware T&L support, Windows® 98/Me/2000/XP-compatible sound card*, DirectX® version 9.0b (included) or higher
* Indicates device should be compatible with DirectX® version 9.0b or higher.
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Last Modified: Oct 22, 2019

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Sid Meier's Pirates! reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
I think the Game is great. I Used To have PIrates! Gold played on PC and this Reissue has some good Improvements. If you like to spend a Few Hours in the Caribbean as a freeholder and Pirate, you can't get around this Game. For this I also have an extra "Pirates! Explained in 90 Seconds "video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8RjNyAoZQw
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Fan of the first hour of the games of SID Meyer (long live the beginning of the years ' 90, it does not get younger:-)) "Pirates" was one of my favorite games with colonizations and Railrod Tycoon. I no longer count the many hours spent on these games. I bought this new version almost 1 year ago now, but I did not dare to play it for fear of being disappointed... well it's just the opposite that happened. The game is sublime and the addition of some humorous notes makes it ancore more appealing. A real success!!! Pirate or merchant, fight for a nation or even, listen to rumors and look for treasures or family members, visit large ports or small colonies, abbeys or pirate hideout, many adventures await you. In addition, the game will offer you a challenge more and more in relation to your level (each time you share your jackpot with your crew, you will have the possibility to climb/descend in difficulty. Yes, for me it is a great pleasure to be able to replay this splendid game!
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Pirates! is a video game legend. At the same time action game (but no need to be a virtuoso to win a sword fight), game of piracy/trade and adventure game, we are allowed to embark in the Caribbean Sea to make a fortune. Few things have changed since the first game of the series, the General frame and the possible actions remain the same, if this does not ESY some minor additions (dance scenes, discretion to penetrate the enemy cities, etc.), this will appeal to fans, can be that others will find it insufficient. Not much scripting in pirates if it's a red wire where we have to regularly attack some ships or go to some cities to confront our enemies and thus deliver our loved ones (Yes, we have a big family, and the bad guys have decided to take them all hostage seems he does). It will be a benefit to fulfill various missions for the various powers that share the region, accumulate gold and land, and possibly marry. The goal of the game, type "sandbox", will be to achieve the best score, better to finish Counselor of the King than beggar after a busy pirate career, right? An addictive game, which really has personality and an atmosphere. Not the deepest game in the world, but it really deserves to be tried.
As a regular kid, I was always fascinated by pirates. Unfortunately, there weren't many games about them in the early 2000's. Sea Dogs and Pirates of the Caribbean, which were actually parts of the same series, had been released by the time Pirates! came out, but both didn't live up to my expectations.

Sid Meier, in his part, brought the pirate gaming experience to a whole new level. Pirates! had moderate graphics even for those times, for sure, but at the same time it offered endless freedom in a vast open world. And as each Sid Meier's game, this one tricked you into doing just one more turn, conquer just one more city, dig out just one more chest with gold.

By this day, I think that Pirates! is still an unsurpassed example of sea adventure games. If you enjoy Sea of Thieves or AC IV: Black Flag, then you must have a look how great pirate games started.
«Just one more turn»
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