1654 AC. The Caribbean. A place of opportunities and mysteries. Take a role of Charles de Maure - a young French noble who arrived to the New World to assist his brother. What seemed to be a simple family matter, turned into a lifelong adventure!
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Release Date: Dec 2012

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August 9

Coming Soon - Flying the Jolly Roger DLC


Dear community,

First, let us thank you for all support and faith you devote to the game and to us. Sea Dogs is a game on an ancient engine and it's alive and kicking on Steam because of you. Thank you!

Lately we have been working hard on numerous expansions and improvements. One of them is almost here and it is a fresh new DLC called "Flying the Jolly Roger". And it's big.

What to expect:
  • Large quest line under a patronage of an infamous pirate baron;
  • New ship;
  • New weapon;
  • New locations;
  • New characters;
  • Your very own pirate lair.
This DLC is designed for skilled characters who have already finished The Dutch Gambit but haven't yet started The Pirate Saga.

DX9 is still under development, this engine is hard to manage, you can trust us there! :D
Good news for those who consider the game's tutorial too prolonged and unclear - we are working on a Quick Start option!

Expect more news, patches, announcements, also bug and localization fixes! We are just getting started.

Good luck in the sea and stay tuned!


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July 9

Message in a Bottle From the Devs

Is anyone still here?

We humbly ask your forgiveness for the recent lack of news. The team's vacation is ending and we've got a lot of work to do.

Expect a great number of exciting announcements soon and stay tuned.

Good hunting!

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English Version Coming 12.02

Coming soon! Please see an open letter from the devs for more details.

About This Game

Check this open letter from the devs to learn the story behind the series, the game and it's future:

1654 AC. The Caribbean. A place of opportunities and mysteries. Take a role of Charles de Maure - a young French noble who arrived to the New World to assist his brother. What seemed to be a simple family matter, turned into a lifelong adventure. This is a story of the noble idler who became the most powerful man of the Caribbean. Riches, titles, power, romance - the ultimate booty awaits, it is up to you how to get it all. Become a pirate and terrorize the archipelago, take prizes in the sea and plunder cities. Or try to keep hands mostly clean - trade both goods and information, work for the state and help the folk. Get a ship, arm yourself, gather a crew of your dream and find love. The New World is way too vast, too dangerous to explore it alone and there are always consequences for the choices you make!

Key Features

  • Naval warfare, both challenging and rewarding
  • Self-reliant and replayable story mode (over 70 hours of gameplay)
  • Remastered in-game art and improved visuals (textures, models etc.)
  • Challenging AI, crafting, trading, fighting, gambling
  • Freeplay mode, endless as an ocean
  • Hundreds of items and weapons

System Requirements

    • OS:XP
    • Processor: Intel Pentium IV or AMD Athlon 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics:128 mb video card
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:12 GB HD space
    • Additional: V-Sync must be enabled
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
108.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
If you manage to do the first quests that give you access to open world, it becomes the best pirates open world game ever! Awesome phisics and reallistic sailing for ships! Infinite posibilities to play as merchant, pirate, corsair, explorer, thief...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
I've read into this game, so it's a fan made version. I've played Pirates of the Caribbean (Sea Dogs 2) extensively and a bit of Sea Dogs 1. I never played Age of Pirates. This game is quite strange to be honest - the jungles on the first island (haven't worked out how to get off yet!) are like replicas of the Douwesen and Oxbay jungles from POTC. The text is FAR FAR FAR too small to read, and there's too much of it for me to be arsed to read it. That's the biggest downfall. But I do like it. There's a lot of pointless swearing in it, which is hilarious. At one point you get told "you'll turn into a worthless pile of crap" which made me laugh. The game is translated from Russian so there's some bits that don't make sense or have bad grammar/spelling (Just like POTC!!!).

I recommend this game ONLY because of the nostalgia from POTC - it is very similar to that game. Otherwise I would think it's crap to be honest. POTC is better purely because you get on your ship quicker and it actually looks like you're blocking when you do. On this game you just move your arm a bit down and wave your sword around.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
det er på russisk ikke så fedt med det storry bord,kunne ikke spille fuld skærm på w10
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Not recommending this game breaks my heart. I've been a fan of the series for over a decade but the inexperience of the team involved is painfully apparent.

Takes everything great about the Sea Dogs series and turns it into a tedious grind for no other reason than padding out a weak narrative that gets jammed down your throat. You could blame the poor writting on a terrible translation but when it's forced on you 80% of the first 10 hours of gameplay it cannot be ignored.... and the translation overall is pretty good so that just leaves terrrible writting.

An 8 hour tutorial that you need an online guide for kind of kills the point of having a "tutorial."

6-8 hours before you can even realize you messed something up either with game settings or stats.

Easily the worst tutorial ever made

Will I stick with it?
Sadly, yes.
I've poured hundreds of hours into the series over the past decade but dread this being most peoples initiation into the series.

Please don't buy it unless you have already have experience with the series AND are ready to have 10 hours of possibly the worst/most frustrating gaming experience of your life for what COULD be 100s of hours of pirate bliss.

2/10 with the horrible tutorial and plot.
9/10 if they allow you to bypass the plot without cheating or using a trainer.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
This game has a ridiculously long and difficult tutorial. If you do not follow guides step by step you can waste hours of your time. Do not buy this game.
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78 of 86 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
480.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Perhaps, it is the best game about pirates at this moment.
Sea Dogs: To Each His Own is successor of Sea Dogs (2000), Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) and Age of Pirates: City of Abandoned Ships (2007).

Advantages: interesting storyline, various gameplay, very beautiful atmosphere of 17th century's Caribbean. Many quests, including story missions, have several variants of solution. For the first time at the Sea Dogs series appeared craft and alchemy.

Disadvantages: old graphic and restrictions of old game engine. Do not forget that it's an indi project of amateur stidio.

If you like games about pirates, where you need to think, not just swing a cutlass, if you like bright characters, historical accuracy (many characters are real historical people) - well then, it is a game for you.

9/10 (not 10 points due to old graphic)

P. S. I play Sea Dogs and Age of Pirates series during 5 years, and I hope, that this series of games will continue to evolve.
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45 of 50 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Very OLD Akella Pirates game player here when "dinosaurs ruled the earth".
I basically played the entire game in Russian before it was released in English offline.

The game series has been around since 2000. Developed by Akella. This is actually the SIXTH game in the series. Sea Dogs, POTC (Sea Dogs Modification, SD2, the bad disney production), Age of Pirates (AoP) , Tortuga - Two Treasures, AoP2:COAS (City of Abandoned Ships) , and POTEHO (SDTEHO). Black Mark Studios has most of the original modders and designs from the original games. SDTEHO has MANY of the same landmarks as COAS and similar quests. Personally, I am partial to COAS for many reasons, but predominantly the freedom to do whatever the hell you want very early.

There are several other distinct subset series mods as well both from Russian (Ukraine), and the the generated POTC Build Mod, Gentlemen of Fortune and "Eras" mods. The one that is most notable is the "Gentlemen of Fortune" (GoF) + Eras which makes the game even more massive in terms of gameplay, but "cryptic" terms of controls and difficulty.

In order to enjoy THIS game, a player has to be willing "take the pain up the bunghole", at least initially anyway.
It is rogue style, you die, you are DEAD.
You will die.
You will get frustrated.
You will get angry.
You will probably curse at your computer.
You will probably curse at Akella / BlackMark Studio developers.
You might even curse in Russian if you know the language.
Save your game, OFTEN.
I do mean A LOT.
You may even have to revert to an earlier stage because you missed something critical.
If you do not and end up on the main screen staring and saying "WTF!" because you just lost 10 hours of gameplay, it is YOUR fault.

I REALLY mean that.
This game can be incredibly unforgiving at times.
I was part of the design production team of the original English release of AoP2: COAS, but passed on the English translation of SDTEHO, because even the updated Storm Engine is not aging well and problems with the original English release. Currently the translation to English is absolutely insanely laughable at times, but most of us left that understand the game engine are probably not going to fix this game in the series this time round as Akella still has not learned their lessons. Additionally, the entire source is not available inside the game anyway as it is ENCRYPTED. Thanks Akella.

There are quests on this particular game that will give you more game rage that you have ever experienced in previous series. "The Gambit" comes to mind, sailing in "real time" and even with time compression is laborious. Most people have not seen the endings of the later games due to difficulty or just throw up their hands and go, "I quit".
"Silly gamers, SDTEHO is not for kids..."

Basically the gameplay provides a very solid RGP single player experience, but the controls are still ARCHAIC, graphics are aging (lack of intiial DirectX 9 support is UNACCEPTABLE this is 2016!), hit detection is average, and this game WILL NOT HOLD YOUR HAND.

There are no "arrows" to guide you.
You need to WRITE DOWN things in order to remember them.
You need to do some research on how to do things, because the game will not tell you how to do them even with the extra long tutorial.
There are a lot of game mechanic concepts that have to be understood UPFRONT.
Combat can be unfair and brutish for the unprepared.
Landmarks and graphics are RECYCLED from all previous games (with some small expanded list of new areas and features such as ships decks).
Items are GREATLY expanded, which magic and alchemy all over the place.
It adds a new twist to the game series.
There are NO FULL VOICE OVERS (that are unrelated to dialogue), so get used to it, or move on.
Failure to read dialogue can result in game failure, and some things are ONLY said ONCE!
You are not in a "Captain Blood" novel here.
You need to earn your place in order to be successful.
You will need to spend a LOT of time in order to build up your skills.
Once you master the mechanics you will have a great time, but that will require about 8-10 hours at least if you have never played the series before.

Age of Pirates Words of Wisdom: "Rewards come to those that are patient".
Can you pass the test?
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32 of 41 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
139.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
The game is boasting that it's from 2012. Well it was completed that year but don't be fooled! The game can be traced back to Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) a. k. a. Corsairs 2 or Sea Dogs 2 and manages to look and feel much worse. TEHO in essence is a stand-alone DLC for Corsairs 3 a. k. a. Sea Dogs: Caribbean Tales (2006) which also was a huge step back compared to PotC. The developers tried to make a joke with game's abbreviation: PO:TEHO (PO standing for Pirates Odyssey) which looks like a transliterated russian word "fun" but it only makes them look even worse 'cause this game is anything but fun.
The first quest is atrocious. I couldn't leave the starting island for 6 bloody hours! And that's after playing the previous 2 games for at least a thousand hours. In PotC you can complete a similar tutorial and learn all the basics in 5 minutes or skip it and learn the game as you go. In TEHO they make backtracking a key game mechanic. You will be going the same paths for hours in a series of lazy uninspired fetch quests.
Naval battles are ridiculously brutal. You start with such low stats that it may take a couple of hours to capture the weakest ship. And let's not forget about "glitched" ships that you can only sink by aiming manually or by boarding. I'm pretty sure that it was easier to become a real pirate than play this game. It kicks in after about 100 hours once you reach decent skill points in Navigation and Cannons and becomes more playable but those hours will chase you in nightmares.
Music is a huge disappointment. I still listen PotC soundtrack sometimes but TEHO's music is the most generic and annoying thing I've heard in years.
Overall TEHO is a bug infested mess with hugely reduced playability to make it more "realistic" - yeah, good luck making it to another island in time while the wind is blowing in opposite direction. Also you could choose a female playable character in Corsairs 3. In SD: TEHO you can't, which is a pity 'cause you're stuck looking at guy's rear for many hours.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
For all of you who don't know it yet: this is the fifth game in the Sea Dogs series (originally named "Корсары").
The previous games are titled as follows:

Sea Dogs 1: "Sea Dogs: An Epic Adventure At Sea" (2000)
Sea Dogs 2: "Pirates of the Caribbean" (2003)
Sea Dogs 3: "Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales" (2005)
Sea Dogs 4: "Age of Pirates: City of Abandoned Ships" (2009)

Back in the day, "Pirates of the Caribbean" (which got the license of the Disney film) was my favourite pirate game of all time. I had played the classics "Pirates!", "Sea Legends", "Big Sea", "1869: History Experience" and many many more before that, but "Pirates of the Caribbean" was the one to keep me entertained for... well... years, actually. It just had everything: sailing, naval battle, exploration of many different areas of the isles on foot, trading, raiding forts and much more. The soundtrack was absolutely enchanting and while the game had a bit of a console feel to it (and a few bugs), it was just amazing. The two "Age of Pirates" games were great as well, but they had no real main story (at least not to the extent of the predecessor) - instead you could create your own character and just be free in the caribbean. Sounded nice on paper, but playing the game felt a bit redundant.
(My REAL problem with those games was the atrocious StarForce copy protection on the disks. I just don't like rootkits on my PC, so I installed them both exactly once and when I grew tired of them, I uninstalled them, never to turn back to them again. "Better go back to Sea Dogs 2", I thought for many years.)

It's been SEVEN YEARS since the last instalment in the series and now there's finally a brand-new game! And thankfully, it offers everything the great "Sea Dogs 2/Pirates of the Caribbean" offered. Here, we FINALLY have the good old feeling of being back in the caribbean. There's only one character to choose, just as in Sea Dogs 2, and it's great because it comes with a strong story hook (no pun intended).

Of course, the game's engine feels exactly like the one from 2003.
Yeah, the voice acting is borderline silly. And yes, apart from SOME(!) high-res textures, the graphics seem like they are from 2006 or something.
And yes, instead of video sequences that tell the story, you get most of the exposition by dialog boxes (almost like in those anime visual novels).
HOWEVER: This really *IS* what the perfect pirate game should feel like. It's a bit wonky, yes, but it's worth every second of your time, without a doubt. Here's why:

Want to sail your ship from island to island with the possibility of switching to real-time every second? You can!
Want to buy and sell ships, freight, loot and other items, equipping the best weapons and armor to improve your stats? Then do that!
Want to explore all the different islands on foot and discover exciting areas? This game has that, and it's gorgeous!
Want to engage in exciting naval battles with the option of boarding enemy ships, attacking the enemy sailors with swords and guns, advancing to the captain's quarters in order to finish him and take over the ship? That's what this game is best at!! :)
Want to raid cities/forts the same way - by attacking them with your fleet and then finishing them off with swords and guns? Heeeell yeah, go for it!!

Up until now, this game hasn't had all that much of attention (let alone media coverage), which is an absolute shame because it clearly deserves it! These developers DESERVE to finally have real success with their creation! So even if it's a pirate game: don't pirate it! Support these guys!!

If you've ever thought "A pirate I was meant to be, trim the sails and roam the sea...", THIS is the perfect game for you!
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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
102.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
Do you like pirates? Becauseif you do, you should get this game ASAP.
Yes, the graphics are old, but other aspects are awesome!
Let`s go down the list:
1) Great, and realistic sea combat - you can use different types of ammo to deal damage (bombs can begin fire, shrapnel will tear crew apart )
2) Ground combat mechanics are unique - it`s challenging at first, but when you get used to it, you will ask yourself "Why nobody did this before?"
3) Great role-playing system - It`s got character stats, character perks and ship perks
4) ALOT of micromanagement!
5) Awesome quests, great characters, great artstyle
6) Massive open-world
And a lot more!
And finally devs made english translation! (It took pretty long time)
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Barbarossa Bey
113.8 hrs
Posted: October 26
Will keep re-writing reviews until those commies stop supporting each other.

In a nutshell, Age of Pirates 2 was a better open world atmosphere. Sea Dogs is a closed game with not as much fun as AOP2. Not to mention you need to finish stupid overly-difficult missions to be "free" in the Caribbean. Even that and you still can't capture any ports.

Trade convoys are repetivie and not as interested as in AOP2.

Developer's support is absolute minimum with no wiki available.

The only thing "improved" is less chance of crashing than AOP2... minus the fun open world Caribbean atmosphere which you can't enjoy as much as in AOP2.

Better download the original AOP2 from torrent sites, then for more spice download the Gentlemen of Fortune mods from ModDB.
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3.3 hrs
Posted: September 18
This is a RPG adventure set in 1565 and the graphics are made at that time you mostly have no clue what to do in this game no tooltips or anything to help you out which is quite annoying sure there is a short tutorial but it doesnt help you much and together with bad graphics makes this game so offputtingly i can NOT recommend it
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31.0 hrs
Posted: September 14
Same engine as POTC. If Played POTC (Sea dogs with POTC name) then know that game is the same with updated graphic of like 2010, also game is literally using same areas and sound effects/similar system. Nostalgic as helll
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Edward Teach
10.3 hrs
Posted: September 10
Avoid this game. The Sea Dogs/Age of Pirates games are fantastic. This however, was developed by masochists with no families or jobs.

First of all, you have a tutorial that takes around 6-8 hours with a guide, I say with a guide because without a walkthrough you will find yourself emerging from the tutorial island with no money and a trashy ship. A certain quest needs to be started early on, and then finished right before you buy your first ship, so you can have enough money to do much of anything. Also, be sure to do quests in order, and in a timely fashion, should you fail to do so, you will hurt yourself for the early game.

The tutorial island doesn't teach you anything, it just holds you back and forces a challenging scenario like in Age of Pirates 2 CoAS. However, once you emerge from said island... it doesn't get any easier.

Your ship is crap. Rats eat most of your weapons and cargo. Pirates are not only much more plentiful than previous games, but incredibly aggressive. The later quests put you on a time limit, and suffer from the tutorial islands' godawful style of playing things in order, on time. Miss a mission and you miss a companion or useful weapon. Take to long doing what you want, and you can FAIL the main campaign.

This isn't an open world sailing game at all. Somehow the developers managed to turn what was an open ended sandbox, morrowind-esque sid meier' Pirates! clone into a game where you have to figure out what the developers are forcing you to do. Really, its not much different than something like Myst at the end of the day.

Basically, this is by far the worst in the series. Is it worth ten dollars? Not really. Go to Gamersgate.com and spend twenty dollars to get Age of Pirates 2 City of Abandoned Ships. Far superior, and with the Gentleman of Fortune mod, infinately replayable. Or, head over to Pirates Ahoy! forums and learn about your options regarding Sea Dogs 2: Pirates of the Carribbean, which is old, but excellent, and with the New Horizons mod, easily the best in the series.

TL;DR: Developers are the descendents of people who where given a potatoe, and a rifle with one bullet, and told to charge across a river and die. Only masochists should waste their time here. Go get Age of Pirates 2 City of Abandoned Ships instead.
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84.1 hrs
Posted: September 7
Does not work prorerly, very disapointed. Keyboard does not work.
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