Welcome to the ancient North, once the cradle of culture and peace, but is now corrupted by magic and inhabited by nasty bandits sowing destruction in airships. Choose to be a vicious Buccaneer or an infamous Viking and take a glider to the skies. Your goal is to drop enemy vessels and secure dominance of the ancient North.
Release Date: Dec 5, 2012
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"Air Buccaneers delivers one of the most rewarding cooperative multiplayer experiences available"7.5/10 – IGN

"THE HOLY GRAIL OF MULTIPLAYER COMBAT"
9/10 – Pixels For Breakfast

"Team-based Air Buccaneers is all about manning a slow, lumbering battle-balloon, but it manages to be a lot more tense, exciting and funny than that might sound."
80/100 – PC Gamer

“There’s depth that I never expected when I first started playing, and, more importantly, it’s immensely fun.”
7.5/10 – Destructoid

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About This Game

Welcome to the ancient North, once the cradle of culture and peace, but is now corrupted by magic and inhabited by nasty bandits sowing destruction in airships.


Choose to be a vicious Buccaneer or an infamous Viking and take a glider to the skies. Your goal is to drop enemy vessels and secure dominance of the ancient North. Fire cannons, help others, board enemy ships or be the captain – whatever it takes to get your enemies out of the way. The success, as well as the bitter defeat, is solely dependent on how well you co-operate with your crew mates.


Finding the right kind of battle strategy is not self-evident in the merciless winds and twisted magic of the North...

Key Features

  • Multiplayer FPS for fans of co-op action
  • Intense air battles: airship armadas fighting in berserk frenzy
  • Heavy emphasis on teamwork. Solo players, time to team up!
  • Board enemy ships and take them over!
  • Four different types of ships: Battleship, Flying Fortress, Cog and Kamikaze
  • Selection of weapons: cannons, rockets, gunpowder grenades, blockers, swords
  • Persistent character development. Begin as a lousy low-life and rise in the ranks to immortal glory
  • Four specialization classes: Captain, Defender, Guerrilla and Cannoneer
  • Use Perks & Flaws system to build a character that always fits your playstyle
  • Find out what really happened in the darkness of the past!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP2
    • Processor:2.6 GHz Single Core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9.0c Compatible Graphics Card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:3.0 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9.0c Compatible Graphics Card with 1GB Memory (Nvidia GeForce GTX 260, ATI Radeon 4890)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
This game is dead. Only one other online player during a peak steam time
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Feels very unrefined. All mechanics resolve around multiplayer and that is completely dead - so is the game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Total rip-off. No updates, the developpers DO NOT CARE. The game's alright but there's only 3 maps!! This really sucks. It's SOOO expensive! Not a good deal, don't support the makers of this game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
No one plays it. ever
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
this game suffers from only a few problems
these problems are the lack of people. At the start when it was cheep there was alot of people but now there is none i only hope more people will eventually get this game.
problem 2. sence there is near to none servers. the NA servers have the more people but you suffer the lag.
problem 3 the price $15 for a game thats been out for over a year this is not good.
but there is good this game is 10/10 concepts with 10/10 ships and fights i felt as if i was captian killing people as a viking sailing the high winds (or sea's) this game if only it had more people playing it would be better i think the dev's should look at problems and fix them as this is a good gmae just needs more love
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
I'm going to give this a recommendation, because excluding the fact that the community appears to be dead, it's a good game! It's very fun as a very unique multiplayer 'shooter' in a steampunk setting with cannons and several secondary weapons available at your disposal, in a game that requires teamwork to survive. It has good graphics, fun gameplay and simple and easy to navigate menus (including a well thought out in-game tutorial). If you can get this on sale and you have a bunch of friends to play it with, go for it! I wholeheartedly recommend this title, just please note that the community is currently dead, it certainly needs a revival or a group (which I'm sure exists) to schedule a play session for you to be likely to see another player online. So yes, the game itself is great, but the community is non-existant - buy at your own risk!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Not very fun. I think I played it for a couple hours then it lost my attention. There isn't much to the game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Abandoned by devs, abandoned by players. AirBuccaneers is cool idea for multiplayer game but there is no sense in buying a online game to play it alone or with bots. It's waste of time and waste of money, so look around for a game that at least have some players to play with.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
AirBuccaneers is a slightly broken, clunky mess that combines "teamwork" and fps arena style combat, if you aren't looking for quality but enjoy from time to time an fps that could best be described "so bad it's good" you might actually find a little fun in AirBuccaneers...

Well you could if there was anyone still playing it. I personally think this is a real shame as there is fun to be had from this game. I really suggest to the developers to switch this game over to a f2p mmo model. AirBuccaneers still has life left in it.

Don't buy this game and hope it's devs or another studio pick it up and make it a f2p.
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
boring
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Sunday's prime-time and there's no players on game servers at all!!
I spent almost 10 dollars on this game and you offers me to play with a bunch of bots?!
Return my money!

Guys, don't buy this game!
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
AirBuccaneers is different than your usual first person shooter fare. That scores it bonus points in my book for innovation alone. An interesting idea alone doesn't make a good game but AirBuccaneers is executed, not flawlessly mind you, but well enough to make for a very enjoyable gaming experience. It has come a long way since it started as an Unreal Tournament mod in 2003.

Before I go into the details I have to tell you my main gripe I have with this game, it will most likely be a dealbreaker if you're considering a purchase. It's multiplayer only and the community is pretty much dead, if you login today you will most likely find all servers empty. A problem far too many old, indie or non-mainstream multiplayer games face.
Try it with a group of friends or join a Steam group that is dedicated to organizing AirBuccaneers sessions.

AirBuccaneers pitches two teams of air-balloon crews, "Vikings" and "Buccaneers", against each other in exciting ship-on-ship battles. Each player assumes a role of his or her choice, a role that can be switched fluently during the game. Pilot a ballon and order yor crew around as a helmsman, man a cannon as cannoneer, repair damage done to your balloon, engage in ranged or melee combat (yes, enemy ships can be grapple-hooked onto and boarded), set up floating mines or support a teammate (for example one of the cannoneers to allow him to fire at a faster rate).

Cannons are far from accurate, so skill in this regard doesn't matter as much as in many other first person action games and if you consider your aim still not good enough that's not a problem either: Just assume another role that suits you better.

As you may already have guessed, teamwork is everything. The fact that you're totally dependent on your fellow crew members simply doesn't allow to play as a lone wolf and leads to almost organically developing teamwork very fast.

The only persistent element of the game are the skill trees, a different one for each role. Which path you take is not entirely up to you but progression is assigned automatically depending on your actions during matches. To me, this feature feels superfluous, I never had the feeling that it influences the outcome of a match at all. Maybe that's because every perk is evened out with a debuff and that's probably better than having new players start at a disadvantage.

Instead, the game allows for imbalance in another way: Since players can switch teams any time they want in absence of an autobalance system it leaves it entirely in the hands of the participants to form evenly sized teams.

In conlusion, I'd recommend AirBuccaneers to everyone if it weren't for the lack of a player base. It certainly is a game that deserves to be revived, I still hope that it will at some point but wouldn't hold my breath.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Interesting concept, but it gets boring quickly. It is multiplayer only, and there is hardly ever enough players online to make a fun game. Waste of money.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Only buy this on sale AND if you have friends already playing.

This game seems like it has a few interesting ideas at its core (the ideas in the game title that made me buy it in the first place) but:

* There are almost no players around, except just after a sale.

* The graphics are rather terrible

* There's no tutorial or anything to explain how the game works. Kinda looks like Russian company developed this and never really bothered with anything English beyond the very basics.

If you have a friend playing the game already, you could get a handy explanation + someone to play with. Otherwise, you should skip it.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
I don't think this game gets enough credit. It's unique, inspires team play, is kinda funny, and it's enjoyable. It's downfall is that it's entirely PvP and not enough people play it. Good fun, if there are enough players.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
its hard to play about the game ...i played it a little bit becouse all servers are empty and noone plays this game so i coudnt properly enjoy it and its multyplayer only
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Even with limited players this is great fun. For best results two teams of two or more is desireable.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
A sloppy mess of a tactic-less nonsense. I'm sure if a bunch of the air ships teamed up and organized their attacks better there might be more fun in it, but in all the servers I played there was nothing like that happening.

Don't get me wrong either - I had some fun. It was fun for about an hour or so and then I was tired of it. Kept telling myself to go back and give it another try, but it's simply just not that enjoyable of a game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Fun but hard to find more than 2 players online to play with. Fun but dead, a shame.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Jumped out of enemy ship screaming Piru Paratkoon, catching another enemy ship.
Everytime getting killed with a cannonbal when im captain (y).

11/10
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