Pixel Piracy: Avast, ye Scallywags! Loot, Pillage and Plunder as you lead your crew across the vast seas of Piracia on your quest to become a Legendary Pirate King - or die trying!
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Release Date: Apr 23, 2015

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February 19

1.1.27 Patchnotes

Performance and Bugfix update for your guys :)


  • Physics Engine performance boost
  • Average FPS Increased
  • You can now enable cheats
  • Fixed bug that caused some objects to bleed when they are not supposed to bleed
  • Fixed bug where pirate wants to attack even if you force move him away, pirate will still attack if he is attacked.
  • Fixed bug where intertable objects would cull badly and appear infront of sand tiles on newly generated islands
  • Added New Island Encounter: Crab Nest

Vitali out!

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February 10

1.1.25 & 1.1.26 Patchnotes

Yo, Vitali here.

Did some coding for pixel piracy and i have some patchnotes for you guys. Some minor stuff but i tried to work on the lag issue and i got alittle bit increase in FPS.


  • Fixed bug where cannoners would sometimes stop shooting at the enemies
  • Ship Explosion is more cooler now

  • Improved GPU performance and should improved gameplay
  • Base Dificulty of the game Improved and the later danger levels should pose alot of dificulty
  • Changed look of the world map

Hope you guys get more cool cheap games on the lunar steam sale!

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“"An open world pixelated pirate adventure game. Create your captain, build your ship, find your crew, and set sail finding treasure and plundering ships!"”
Just Good PC Games

“"A charming piracy sim rogue-like that will surely steal your heart! My gameplay video may help you decide to buy or not!"”
Paul Soars Jr. (YouTuber)

“Pixel Piracy "Bloomin' love this, me hearties! When we played it on the channel, it really swashed Simon's buckle! Took us ages to get the stains out of the carpet."”

About This Game

Live the life of a pirate captain! Recruit a crew of salty buccaneers, outfit and customize your ship, and then set sail on the open seas in search of treasure and infamy. Using a combination of aggression, diversion, and trade, will you become the next Legendary Pirate King and the most feared pirate crew in all of Piracia?
Pixel Piracy, the 2D Pirate Simulator, is back with a foundational rebuild that brings the game to its full potential! From items to stats, to islands and loot, to the brand new Sailor Mode and Tutorial - the entire game has been revisited over the past six months to provide you with the most polished experience we’ve crafted to date. With the help of our partners at Re-Logic (Terraria) we are proud to bring you an update that takes Pixel Piracy to a place worthy of its name.

Adapt your play style using the different difficulty settings - there’s something for everyone, from casual to experienced roguelike players alike. If you are a returning Pixel Piracy player, we’d like to invite you to try the game out again, as so much has changed that we don’t even know where to begin!


Current features:

Hundreds of man-hours have gone into a free expansion that includes widespread changes across all aspects of gameplay. This is the result of six months of work in secret hand in hand with Re-Logic. The baseline changes are:

Rebuilt A.I: Reworked from the ground up, the game’s internal A.I has been built from the ground up to provide smoother gameplay.

Code Optimization: Internal code has been revised to speed it up on even older computers. Expect a BIG step up in quality.

Revised Items/Stats/Loot/Enemies/Islands: We have revised each and every of these things painstakingly tweaking, balancing, and polishing to provide the definitive Pirate Sim.

Multiple Languages: The game is now available in English, Spanish, Finnish, Italian, Portuguese, and German.

Multiple Difficulty Levels: Gone are the extreme difficulty levels of the past, you can now adjust the game to your playstyle, from Sailor (casual) to Legendary Captain (Hardcore Roguelike Expert), there’s something for everyone.

Full Fledged Tutorial: One of the most asked for features, the Tutorial will show you the ropes and get you started in life on Piracia!

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.
Parrots, Pets and Plunder!!
Each playthrough will require around 20 hours to get through (with at least 4 playthroughs needed to see all the game has to offer)
Planned future updates/content

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

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.6 GHZ
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Pixel Shader Capable Graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: 10
    • Processor: Intel I-3
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Mixed (119 reviews)
Mostly Positive (5,983 reviews)
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( 18.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
When I first saw this game I knew it was going to be a blast. Who doesn't want to pillage islands and destroy enemy pirate ships?

Starting the game I took the time to design a pirate and give him a name. Then I selected a back story for him. I was on the right track! After about 15 minutes of playing I realized that my character I took the time to customize had died, and was replaced with a new captain! I thought this was odd, but decided to keep playing. Maybe it wouldn't affect the story. I mean, I can get over the trivial loss of my new favorite character and learn to love his replacement that I hired from a tavern.

After about 4 hours of pillaging and ship fights I decided it was time to get to business and get more involved in the story. I needed to find my objectives. It was then that I realized that there is no story. No quests. Not objectives, aside from achievements. It really sucked, but I decided that I bought the game and have already wasted about 4 hours playing. Why not finish?

I began recruiting crew members. Trained them. Leveled them. I made my way to the first legendary boss. Sure, things got rough, but I managed to pull through. The ship battles got even better when I figured out how to work cannons. I could take down an enemy ship before they even had a chance to board! I was untouchable! When I got to the first legendary pirate boss I was excited. Then I realized that this legendary pirate didn't have a single cannon on his ship. None. I was able to destroy him and his ship before the boarding phase of combat. It was a total letdown. Not only that, he and his crew had fewer hit points than other pirates I'd already faced. Not much of a legendary pirate if you ask me.

It didn't take long before I stopped visiting islands and just headed straight for the other legendary pirates. It was a wholly underwhelming experience.

The laundry list of bugs and design flaws were also more than a minor pain.

• Poop gets stuck inside the ship. It manages to get stuck BETWEEN the blocks of hull, making it impossible for your crew to clean. You also can't remove blocks around poop, so it has to stay there until you take the time to clear out your entire ship build and start from scratch. But then it just happens again 15 minutes later.

• If you are sailing to an area and cross paths with an enemy pirate you can choose to fight or flee. If you flee successfully you don't continue your trip, but instead have to open the map again and select your destination. This makes travelling long distances very annoying.

• If a crew member gets stuck while trying to perform a task (like picking up poop or loading a cannon) no other crew member will attempt the same task. Now you're down a crew member until you notice and tell him to move somewhere.

• Trying to make a pirate flee is near impossible. If you tell him to run away and he is hit, he will target whatever hit him and attack. This results in you trying to get him to run by constantly clicking, but he just ends up dying.

• The controls are inconsistent. In some screens you have to use the keyboard to pan the view. In others only the mouse can be used. You also can't use the mouse wheel to scroll through lists of items, and clicking an item will take you back to the top of the list.

• Crew frequently have trouble targeting enemies. You can send your entire crew down to attack some enemies, but once they kill the enemy half of them will stand around doing nothing until you give them a new target.

• Pirates must be part of your "Ship Crew" group to get them to clean or repair the ship, even if they're idle with nothing else to do.

• Vertical panning of the camera has been disabled. You can build your ship very tall, but you won't be able to scroll up to see it.

• Some sounds come from the wrong stereo channel. For example, a crew member can be training on the ship on the left side of the screen, but the sound effects will come from the right speaker. If you scroll far enough to the right it will eventually move to the left speaker.

• Massive frame drops when you build a large ship. There were times I went from 200 FPS down to about 3 while trying to build my ship.

• Pets don't seem to have any real benefit, and because the captain is the only one that can carry them they are too cumbersome to be used in a fight.

• The crew needs to poop CONSTANTLY. They always end up piled up around the toilets and food. The ship will be a ghost town except in the bathroom, where you will find 30 guys in about 5 blocks of space. They will even stop fighting to run to the bathroom if they're on the ship.

• If there's a captain's chair he won't do anything but sit in it. Well, except poop and eat.

• Scurvy sets in after about 10 minutes. The crew will eat 20 pieces of fruit before they even TOUCH another piece of food. Food sources that don't have vitamins will sit on the deck for ages being unused.

• The "Boarders" group doesn't seem to do anything. I have to manually command them to board an enemy ship once it is in range. And after I send them across, if I don't stop my "Gunners" group they'll blow up my Boarders while they're on the enemy ship.

I really wanted to like this game, and I looked forward to it from the time I saw early screenshots and videos. Being that it was released over a year ago and it still has these major flaws is very disappointing. This game has real potential.
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( 79.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
I have played this game from its first Alpha to its stable releae, and have loved watching this game grow into one of my most favorite pirate rpg games out there. I can not wait for their next adventure
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( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Waste of money, unfinished, and very underwhelming.
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( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
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( 53.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Game was abandoned in order to build another game that they likely wont finish either.
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( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Game is unplayable on linux, because only ranged weapons work. Because of this I can't even finish the tutorial.
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( 13.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Game was abandoned.
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Legendary Bpez
( 44.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
This is one of my favorite games to play.
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( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Has the dankest memes in the county.
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I can't belive azazfall
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
I wish i could recommend this game...
It's good for a few hours, but after a while the game gets boring and repeatable, there's nothing to do , ur just traveling from town to town, from island to island. from my opinion even a big feature the ship building is also not complex enough...
You may try Re Logic's other game Terraria wich is fantastic, if you like the developers Pixel Piracy is a good chance to donate them with some money.
So in a nutshell the game is boring and I DO NOT recommend buying it!
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34 of 45 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Let me preface this with I do not in any way shape or form, recommend this game to anyone at all.

This game is riddled with bugs most severe of which is a memory leak from just playing for 4 hours in one session.

I am a Game Design student and I decided to play this game which has been in my library for my Game Testing course.

Here's the list of all 31 bugs that I found
I snipped a few just to add a couple I really like that were cut off
I seem to have hit the character limit on a review

Title: Clicking around in the ‘Help’ menu will still move your character
Severity: Low
Reproduction Rate: 10/10
Load or start a game
Click on the help button
Anywhere on the window, left click
→ Captain should now move to where you clicked

Title: There are two parts of the tutorial notifications, if you pan left and right, those two parts will not move in sync.
Severity: Low
Reproduction Rate: 10/10
Start a new game
Pan left and right
→ Two layers of tutorial notifications will not move in sync

Title: Loading the game on a loss shows the ui again for a second before loading
Severity: Low
Reproduction Rate: Haven’t tested repro yet, currently testing Memory Leak
Description: ;

Title: Each crewmate says a line every once in awhile, those lines vary greatly in volume
Severity: Low
Reproduction Rate: 10/10
Start a game
Move crewmates around
→ Different voice lines should be different volumes.

Title: Cannot customize the ship while in transit/after a ship fight
Severity: Low
Reproduction Rate: 10/10
Description: This is the NAB, turns out that this is intended behavior as the ship ‘isn’t in dock’

Title: When fighting on a ship, characters are able to shoot others with their ranged weapon through walls
Severity: Medium
Reproduction Rate: 10/10
Start game
Move ship to a ship battle
Equip ranged weapon on character
Move that character to the enemy ship
→ That character should at some point shoot an enemy through a wall.
Might take more than 1 try just to get the enemy to be behind a wall or through a floor.

Title: Characters with the Cleaning/Ship Repair abilities will not use those abilities unless assigned to the Ship Crew role.
Severity: Low
Reproduction Rate: 10/10
Start game
Acquire Cleaning ability card thing or Ship Repair
Give a character the passive
Set character role to a role other than Ship Crew
→ Character will not perform the passive

Title: Characters cannot move sometimes upon getting on land
Severity: Medium
Reproduction Rate: To test
Description: ;

Title: Crewmates like to immediately go back to doing what they want to do when you’re in a fight if you move them away
Severity: Medium
Reproduction Rate: 10/10
Start a game
Start a ship encounter
Send a crewmate to the enemy ship
Have them attack an enemy
Send them back to the ship
Try to move your captain away from the enemy that should follow you
→ If the enemy is still alive, he will immediatly try to attack the enemy after reaching his destination

Title: Any character that leaves a ship do not save the command of what you want to do.
Severity: Medium
Reproduction Rate: 10/10
Start a game
Be on a land level
Pan to some point on the island
Click to move your captain there
→ The captain should leave the ship, and go to a predetermined point and wait.

Title: Some item icons are big enough to overlap into other icon slots
Severity: Low
Reproduction Rate: 10/10
Start a game
Acquire enough weapons to have a second row when looking in the melee weapons list
Acquire an Odachi
→ The Odachi should overlap vertically with other items

Title: People who can man cannons will attempt to fire a cannon behind enemies and subsequently get hit and drop their cannonball and explode friends.
Severity: Low
Reproduction Rate: 10/10
Start a game
Get a character with the Cannon ability
Put a cannon towards the point that characters grapple onto/off of the ship
Make sure that the there are cannonballs on the ship
Get into a ship encounter with quite a few enemies
Get an enemy to board you.
→ The cannoneer should attempt to reload the cannon and get attacked by the enemy and drop the cannonball and it should explode.

Title: Gunners do not grab the closest cannonballs to the cannon they just fired
Severity: Low
Reproduction Rate: 5/10
Start a game
Have a cannon and a few stacks of cannonballs around the ship. Make sure one is right next to the cannon
Get in a ship encounter when you have a gunner who can man cannon.
→ Cannoneer should fire the cannon and when he reloads he will not go to the closest cannonball pile.

Title: Scrolling or pressing the keys bound to Vertical (+/-) while in a menu other than crew will swap to the crew menu.
Severity: Low
Reproduction Rate: To be done
Description: ;

Title: In the options list that appears before the game the option ‘Pan the camera down’ Is incorrectly listed as a double ‘Pan the camera up’
Severity: Low
Reproduction Rate: 10/10
Launch the game
Click options
Scroll down until you see Pan the camera up
→ There should be two, the second is supposed to be Pan the camera down

Title: Destroyed parts of a ship only let cannonballs pass but let characters walk on them
Severity: Medium
Reproduction Rate: 10/10
Start a game
Get cannons/cannonballs/cannoneer
Get into a ship encounter
Fire upon the enemy ship
Board the enemy ship when part is destroyed
→ You should be able to walk on the destroyed part

Title: When you have cannons, ship encounters start with a 30 second ‘cannon fire only’ mode in which you cannot board the other ship. It will tell you that ‘The ship is not on a boarding range’. This should be ‘The ship is not in boarding range’
Severity: Low
Reproduction Rate: 10/10
Start a game
Get cannons
Get in ship encounter
Attempt to board
→ Should say ‘The ship is not in boarding range’ at the bottom right.

Title: There is a point below the Crew and Animal buttons in the pause menu in which if you mouse over a small part below the button it will oscillate between it’s ‘moused over’ and ‘not moused over state’
Severity: Low
Reproduction Rate: 10/10
Start a game
Mouse over a small part below the Crew or Animal buttons
→ Should oscillate states.

Title: Placing a block on the ship causes slight frame lag. Can spam build to kill the frame rate
Severity: Medium
Reproduction Rate: 10/10
Start a game
Be at an island/town
Edit ship
Place block
→ Frame rate should suffer. Especially if you build a lot

Title: I mixed #26 and #28 around. The way that text is handled and changed for females does not respect spaces and instead just does a default .Replace method on the string text to show. As such the words ‘this’ and ‘the’ become ‘ther’ and ‘tshe’, however the word man and him do not change.
Severity: Low
Reproduction Rate: 10/10

Title: When the game is lagging due to the memory leak, a single cannon can be shot multiple times in quick succession, making every fight really really easy.
Severity: High
Reproduction Rate: 8/10
Start a game.
Induce the memory leak
Get in a ship battle
Have a cannon fire
→ It should fire more than once in a second completely annihilating a ship. Multiple cannons work

Title: During the memory leak, it is possible for some cannonballs to pierce through the hull when they shouldn’t
Severity: High
Reproduction Rate: 3/10
Start game
Have memory leak
Get in ship battle with cannon
Fire cannon
→ Should respect walls and hit the first one it encounters, sometimes doesn’t and ignores a wall
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Abandoned by the devs, game breaking bugs, fps issues, gameplay bugs, and many more.

Console port botched and left for dead after lies by dev team for cash grab.

Do not purchase, you will regret. (unless it's an uber sale deal for massive discount)
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Pixel Piracy was quite the unexpected experience when I started playing it, and in a good way. I expected some crappy little game with barely anything to it other than steam trading cards, but boy was I wrong.

Pixel Piracy is actually quite fun and entertaining to start and learn. You are essentially a captain of a pirate ship that you control and want to kill the 4 notorious pirates in the end. There are a plethora of things to do, abilities to learn, and items to obtain in this game. The game is a lot more in depth than I thought and they even including certain little things such as pooping and cleaning up the poop. Speaking about poop, some people even have the trait that makes them poop more Kappa. Further things included are ones such as map reading, scurvy, swimming, treasure maps, and more. Honestly, this game has just so much in it. I have even been murdered by my own crew before in this game very soon. Furthermore, the music and graphics for this game fit well enough and the gameplay is fun.

Although I liked a lot about this game, I did get annoyed a bit by the voices in the game as they are always speaking with these really annoying little voices.

Rating: 7.9/10
Recommend Price: $2 or under
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
My gosh this game is plagued with bugs. Thus far, I haven't even been able to play a single game for an hour without game-breaking, yes, game-breaking bugs. Sometimes my crew gets permanently stuck when getting off the ship. I can reload and go somewhere else instead, but that's just a waste. Just now, I started making improvements of my ship and lo and behold I get some bug telling me that a point was unreachable. I thought "Okay, I'll just delete that point". Ended up deleting the entire ship and once I put on a single cube, it's unreachable. Ridiculous. And my ship was completely flat before, too! How's that unreachable? -_-. While I wish I could give this game a good review, these bugs make it impossible. Truth is, I like the game... when I can play it.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
114.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
It's a great game. Let me start out by saying that. My only gripe is I feel like it was forgotten. At least give us a one final patch or an occasional seasonal patch or something. I get a glitch where crew memebers will wait right on the edge of an island and not move, then when I try to manually move them onto the ship they jump into the water. Very upsetting. The ship builder is hard to use because you have to delete and create 1 block at a time, gets more lag the larger your ship is.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 17
Abandoned :' (
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Buggy, developers have abandoned the game so don't expect anything to be fixed/improved
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Its a great game, BUT there are a ton of bugs with it and the most notable one being that once your ship gets big enough and you have a ton of crew hands, the whole game gets really laggy and slow. The performance of it all just drops by about 80%. Hopefully this gets fixed in the near future. If it does, will change my thumbs down to a thumbs up.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Disclaimer: I'm going to assume that you know what the game is about, and like in this review.

I would describe this game with the following sentence: an amazing idea that falls short because of bugs. This game in concept and excecution is amazing, but is littered by bugs, glitches and a couple of design flaws here and there that inhibit it from reaching it's true potential. For one, the framerate dips, especially when you have a bigger boat and more crew members, later in your play through. Another issue that comes with more crew members is poop (literally). Your crew members poop a lot, and poop manuals to teach pirates how to clean them are scarce. This means that your boat will always be a poopfest, and you'll have to keep on stealing other pirate's boats to keep a clean boat. Furthermore, scurvy. Scurvy is a status that a pirate gains when it doesn't eat enough lemons, fish, etc.. This wouldn't be a problem if these foods were easy to find. However, you have to travel all accross the world just to find a measly lemon, and that doesn't even fix it all, because you'll need way more. This makes your crews stats decrease, which affects the gameplay.

Although the game has many, many flaws, it's still very fun and I still recommend it due to the sheer enjoyment I got out of the gameplay, and creating fictional storylines with the events that occurred to me in my travels. Get this game, or wait till they fix the bugs. I would get it now because most of the flaws come in the late game, and you'll already have around 6 hours of enjoyment out of it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
53.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Game was abandoned in order to build another game that they likely wont finish either.
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