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Pixel Piracy is a side-scrolling 2d, real time strategy/sandbox/simulation game created by indie developer Vitali Kirpu and produced by Alexander Poysky. In the game, the player leads the life of a pirate captain. Recruit a crew, outfit and customize your ship and set sail on the open seas.
Release Date: Nov 12, 2013
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What the developers say:

“Hello and thank you so much for deciding to check our game out!

While we initially had no intention of releasing the title on early access we have decided to due to the absolutely overwhelming amount of petitions to do so both in our e-mails and on Reddit.

It is thanks to you that we made it this far, thanks to you that we were voted into Green-light in under 13 days, and thanks to you we will finally realize our dream of producing a game that appeals to almost everyone who plays!

We are VERY hard at work on the game, with constant content patches and updates on a weekly basis, and feel that Early Access will only help speed things up. With the possibility of receiving your feedback in real-time , releasing to a broad spectrum of players from all over the world, and the prospect of having you enjoy it, we will be working our fingers to the bone!

As with every alpha project available, one doesn't want know what to expect. To make sure you actually enjoy the game before buying it feel free to use the available version of the game we have on our website www.piracysim.com for free! We aren't trying to cash in a quick buck here, so please, by all means play the game and make sure it's enjoyable to you prior to putting your hard earned money down!

The game is coming along in leaps and bounds, and we have a tentative final launch date of March or April, but that doesn't mean we will stop work on it. Once the game is at 1.0 we will spend two years updating it consistently, with new content being added every patch! Expect a VERY broad scope, an incredible amount of objects and loot, and a game life-span of around 40 hours by the time we are done.

We will be adding a factional warfare system, end-game systems and sub-systems that will let you run a pirate cove, trading, MANY quests, MANY unique abilities, traits, captains, and crew members, and fleshing out current systems so that they provide the best user experience possible.

During Early Access we will be launching with a 15 % discount as thanks for your continued support, and afterwards will always try to maintain a good pricing relationship. We feel around 15 $ is a sweet spot we would like to work with as a final price.

The steam community will be absolutely critical to the project's completion. We will rely on you to give feedback, support, advice, and even ideas to us. Remember, we have gotten this far with four hands, imagine how far thousands upon thousands more will do!

Once again we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. When we began we had no idea how much our choices would sway people, or how a single decision would deem us worthy of such overwhelming support. You are the heart of this project, and ultimately, whom we want to present it to.

Vitali Kirpu and Alexander Poysky”
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April 15th, 2014


  • Own ship now have lifebar, if lifebar reaches 0 then the ship will sink!
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed 3 BUGS that cause LINUX & MAC builds not function properly!

You guys take care! Remember to reinstall MAC and LINUX clients if they are not working :) (dont forget to opt to the linux/mac beta -> properties -> betas)

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April 7th, 2014


  • When starting a new game you can now change how fast hunger & morale decreases
  • Can adjust knokback ratios in the beggining aswell!
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed bug where cannon toggle broke some cannon actions.

i plan to tweak logic how boats sink next!

Linux & Mac Support will have to wait, having problems with getting proper office where i can have all tests machines.

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“Wow, a 10/10, but why?! Why? because this game managed to captured my heart immediately, with its excellent sound effects, cute, even if unpolished, pixel art and the ability to not only lead a pirate life, but do it with your own customized ship and crew. the promised features will make it from a 8/10 right now to the 10/10 it could be. should be. will be. this one is bound to be a classic, and not reviewing it as such would only make me look fool in hindsight.”
10 – Indiedb

“Pixel Piracy is a loveable game with its own barrel of charm the mood seems perfect and I can just forget all my other needs. I can't help but hear the sounds the pirates make every now and again even when I'm not playing. Very interested to see where this games goes down the line. The loss of my pirates may seem a bit unforgiving at the moment but I'l only try harder next time ! If you like a bit of randomness and the ability to design your own ship, assemble your crew whilst managing their needs then you might as well try this out.”
10 – Indiedb

“I don't give games a 10/10 that often, if not ever. But this game has so much going on for it, and it is under the radar right now. So, do yourself a favor, download the demo, have an awesome time, and then buy this game, cause it really is a gem. If you like pirates, and high sea adventure in highly randomized generated worlds, this is the game for you! It is very unforgiving, so you have to be very sure about your intentions when you play. One false planning and you have to start over from scratch (although there outside methods to save your game if you want to "cheat" save so do not worry). But the gameplay is fun, the art style, and sound effects are smarmy and swaggy. If you don't like this game, just walk the plank, because you don't enjoy fun things evidently :)”
10 – Indiedb

About the Game

Pixel Piracy is a side-scrolling 2d, real time strategy/sandbox/simulation game created by indie developer Vitali Kirpu and produced by Alexander Poysky.
In the game, the player leads the life of a pirate captain. Recruit a crew, outfit and customize your ship and set sail on the open seas. There you’ll use any combination of aggression, diversion and trade to become the most infamous pirate crew of the seven seas! You can raid, pillage and plunder everything in your path, divert and lie to get what you want or trade for a quick buck. Remember to be careful though, death is everywhere and quite permanent! Adventure awaits…

Current features:

Sandbox open world Pirate simulator.
Procedurally generated world that changes each new game you play. While not a Roguelike in the strictest of sense, it does strike of one.
Vast over-world map full of danger, loot, and people to prey on.
Comprehensive loot system, upgrade-able weapons and armor, special and secret loot to deck out your sailors.
Death around every corner, our permadeath system will have you tearing your hair out at each loss and shrieking in delight at each victory.
A good 10 hours of solid gameplay if you hit a lucky run
CONSTANT updates and content patches.

Planned Features:
Over 40 hours of content PER PLAYTHROUGH (*dozens of playthroughs required to see the whole game)
In-depth and varied encounters driven in a randomized world, all linked together in an epic factional war.
Run your own Pirate Haven
Attack Trade Lanes
Ransack, pillage, enslave!
Metagame, find your old ship!
Mac compatibility
Linux compatibility
Online multiplayer(*No we will not discuss how or when!)
Faction System
Quest System

For more details on the game visit or follow us @pixelpiracygame or @alexpoysky or visit www.piracysim.com

PC System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.6 GHZ
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shader Capable Graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space

Linux System Requirements

    • OS: UBUNTU
    • Processor: 1.6 GHZ
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
415 of 484 people (86%) found this review helpful
357 products in account
4 reviews
56.8 hrs on record
Pixel Piracy is a new take on the roguelite genre where you hire a crew of pirates, build your ship and sail off to battle other pirates or raid islands for all their gold and treasure. You can even steal other ships if you want to. As you progress and level up your crew you will be able to increase the size of your boat and crew and plunder more dangerous areas for even greater rewards. There are also other things to consider while playing such as food for the hunger of your crew and paying your crew to increase their morale and upgrading your crews gear.

Overall this is a very fun and enjoyable game, the music is also great and I would highly recommend you purchasing it!
Posted: December 12th, 2013
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120 of 142 people (85%) found this review helpful
65 products in account
2 reviews
8.1 hrs on record
Pixel Piracy can be a tough, unforgiving game. There are bugs, and you should expect from an Early Access game, but most of these can be avoided. When you begin a new game, you start on an island with everything you need to get started: a tavern to hire people; a weapons shop to buy better weapons; a food shop to buy some basic food; and a ship building shop where you can buy blocks to be used for your ship. You also start with enough blocks to build a small raft, which will be your ship for until you want to spend the money for more blocks (or by pillaging conquered ships). Using your first small raft, you and your early crew will pillage islands and ships to gather gold and supplies, which can be used to hire more crew, buy food, etc. While you explore the seas, you will come across inhabited islands that have services you can buy from (these islands are identified by a special icon). These islands will often have materials you couldn't find on other islands; for example, a cannon can't be bought on the starting island, but a few other islands may have some for purchase. The same applies to foods, parts, weapons, and crew members. There are various professions that crew members may have. Sailors are needed to keep the ship clean; fighters have bonuses when attacking; cooks prepare raw foods into better quality foods; first mates will take over the ship if the captain dies, allowing you to keep playing if you die; and there are many more, all having unique abilities that will keep your ship running and the gold coming in. Each crew member also has special traits that affect their strengths and weaknesses; some traits are good (loyal, gunslinger, etc.) and others aren't as helpful (traitor, weak, etc.). Each crew member, including yourself, have an inventory that consists of an item slot (where you can add armor, extra ammo, self-destruct bombs, etc.), a weapon slot, where you can add one of the various types of melee weapons (cutlasses, short swords, spears, etc.) and another slot for an additional weapon, either an extra melee weapon or a ranged weapon (pistol, throwing knife, etc.). The crew is also going to be one of your main problems: you need to pay them. And some crew member will require a lot of pay to keep them happy. But by pillaging enough ships and islands, you should be able to keep up with the expense. Just keep in mind that this game is unforgiving: if the captain dies, the game is done, and you need to restart from the beginning (though a recent update at the time of this review added a mode where dying doesn't delete the save).

I would rate this game an 8.5/10.

+ Lots of fun to be had.
+ The graphics complement the feeling of the game.
+ Customizable ships and crew.

- Some bugs, but this isn't really a bad thing, this being an Early Access game.
- Could be very frustrating, depending on your attitude.
Posted: December 22nd, 2013
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119 of 158 people (75%) found this review helpful
367 products in account
1 review
3.5 hrs on record
At this time (very early alpha) even though the game is barren and unbalanced (which is to be expected) it has a good core, and i have no doubt this game will grow to become great.

That said, in Pixel Piracy you are a captain with a small pouch of gold coins to hire a crew/purchase supplies and some materials to build your first ship.
Sail across the ocean and pillage and plunder to your hearts desire, but with the world filled with powerful opponents and dangerous creatures this will be no easy task, and let us not forget your crew, they need to be fed and paid or they will either die or turn on you.

Do you have what it takes to survive, is the pirates life for ye?
Posted: December 13th, 2013
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95 of 130 people (73%) found this review helpful
288 products in account
4 reviews
16.6 hrs on record
your pirate drinks and murders savages and animals with ease but has to be taught to know to not poop where he eats

Posted: March 12th, 2014
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125 of 184 people (68%) found this review helpful
38 products in account
6 reviews
12.4 hrs on record
Fun game still has a bit of work to be done theres a fair amount of bugs. Has a very steep learning curve I had to look up on youtube to figure out how to get basic commands to work.
Posted: December 13th, 2013
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