NEW REVIEW IN PROGRESS DUE TO 1.0 RELEASE!
Okay, I know some people will whine about my opinion, but let me state my responses to your issues..."You only have a couple of hours on the game."
How many negative reviews do you read? You'd be surprised by the number of people who have less hours on games and make extremely valid points."The game is still in Early Access, Way to be helpful."
Well aware of that. I see a pretty bright future for the game."Welcome to the world of Roguelikes/Roguelites."
Sorry, did you check to see what games are in my library?"Whine whine whine whine whine and whine."
Erm, was that really needed?
Alright, here we go. Here goes my rant...
Pixel Piracy is being published by Re-Logic, the devs behind one of my personal favorite Indie games: Terraria. Do they get cut slack because I love Terraria so much? Nope. The gameplay is a bit repetitive, even for a roguelike. I'm a big fan of roguelikes and enjoy playing them a lot. However, this one isn't that good. The exploration thing is alright, but it could've used more detail. Managing your ship is a pain in the ♥♥♥ due to being overwhelmed with food, crewmembers, poop, ship upgrades, health, and more. It overwhelms me even more than FTL does. The graphics are average at the most, and there isn't much to it. YES, I understand this is pixelated graphics, but to the people out there who lack intelligence, I DON'T LIKE THE WAY THE PIXELATED VISUALS WERE USED. There.
The audio, oh god, the dang audio. It is so ANNOYING listening to "Me hardy har!" every three seconds. Yes, I'm well aware of this thing called 'mute' and it ruins the game, too.
The game, which I do understand, as it is in Early Access, has very little content. If it were the full game, I would rate this lower, but seeing that it isn't, I won't even bother with that. However, on the bright side of this, Pixel Piracy does have a pretty good future ahead, but it wouldn't be one of the greatest roguelikes of recent memory, like Dungeons of Dredmor and FTL. Also, for an Early Access game, I discovered little to no bugs. I've played many Early Access games, and this one was probably the best running of all of them. One other thing I saw is that it does have quite the replayability, and that it is one of those games that you dislike, but you can't help but play it anyway.
So, in conclusion, I understand the game is in Early Access, but I've played better games that came out with less content, more bugs, etc etc. If you buy it and like it, then great. I'm happy for you that it was worth it. However, I would approach this game with caution. I'm afraid that I cannot recommend this game.
+Runs well for Early Access
+Lots of replayability
-Far too overwhelming
-Poorly done 8-bit graphics
EDIT: New Review in Progress as of 7/31/14
So far, based off of what I've played, it is much, much better now. The audio is much better, however the loops are very plain. The quality is much better, and the game runs great. However, the gameplay didn't change and the replayability lost it's spark. The exploration didn't change much but isn't as linear anymore. The overwhelming aspect of the game was organized much more now due to the new UI that is similar to FTL's. The devs are also very dedicated and seem to be very friendly compared to other devs out there. Kudos to them for releasing the game. And for the bright future part, looks like I was right. Most of the flaws I had with the game were fixed. Expect a positive review coming out soon.
Appears to be much more rushed than I thought. I encountered a few bugs and began disliking the game again. Forget what I said earlier about the positive review stuff. This one's staying negative.