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Sail the Caribbean, marauding all on the high seas or ally your ship and crew as a privateer in search of riches - the life you choose is up to you. Face dogged enemies, raid unsuspecting villages, woo fair maidens, avoid capture or dig for buried treasure. Discover what it takes to become one of the most famous pirates in history!
Release Date: Jul 11, 2005

Buy Sid Meier's Pirates!

$9.99

About the Game

Sail the Caribbean, marauding all on the high seas or ally your ship and crew as a privateer in search of riches - the life you choose is up to you. Face dogged enemies, raid unsuspecting villages, woo fair maidens, avoid capture or dig for buried treasure. Discover what it takes to become one of the most famous pirates in history!

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows® 98/Me/2000/XP, Pentium® 1.0 GHz or higher, 256 MB RAM, 1.2 GB Free HDD, 64 MB video card* with Hardware T&L support, Windows® 98/Me/2000/XP-compatible sound card*, DirectX® version 9.0b (included) or higher
    * Indicates device should be compatible with DirectX® version 9.0b or higher.
Helpful customer reviews
113 of 127 people (89%) found this review helpful
170 products in account
8 reviews
4.6 hrs on record
Classic game! I'll review this game in sentence fragments:
Fight Pirates.
Battle ships.
Ransack towns.
Sail the open sea.
Get booty.
Get other booty.

10/10


Seriously, it is a really great game. If you're looking for the ultimate pirate experience, I wouldn't say this is it but it is pretty darn close. If you like pirates and/or you just like games in general, I would give it a try; you can't go wrong. Plus, it has the almighty Sid Meier name on the game so you know there's a quality game here.
Posted: February 16th, 2014
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76 of 97 people (78%) found this review helpful
601 products in account
26 reviews
11.2 hrs on record
i had 300 girlfriendss and retired at 50
it was nice
Posted: March 30th, 2014
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36 of 37 people (97%) found this review helpful
130 products in account
2 reviews
16.3 hrs on record
If you ever get the chance to buy this game at a reasonable price, for instance in the recent humble bundle sale or gamefly.co.uk sale, DO IT! This game is my childhood so perhaps I'm biased, but for the 2,50€ I paid for this game it's a steal.

Although relatively short, you'll finish it in around 15 hours if you don't waste too much time, Sid Meier's Pirates! includes a variety of era's to play (1600-20, 20-40, ... , 80-1700) each with a different twist to it.

As you progress your difficulty will be ramped up slightly if you want to, however for people who want a real challenge I dare you to try out swashbuckler without losing a ship.

Good aspects:
-Replayable
-Variety of Ships to take
-Ability to conquer cities and create your own 'world'

Negative aspects:
-Repetitive mechanics (Dancing, Fencing, Naval warfare)
-No 'endless' mode available
Posted: March 1st, 2014
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45 of 55 people (82%) found this review helpful
68 products in account
6 reviews
11.5 hrs on record
9/10 Fantastic Game
2nd favoirite pirate game only to AC4.
My only criticism is that dancing is pretty freaking hard.
Posted: February 13th, 2014
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
21 products in account
1 review
4.1 hrs on record
I downloaded this game with the Sid Meiers humble bundle. I wasn't originially very excited for it, because I had only bought the bundle for the civ games but after playing this game for a few hours, I'm happy it was included.

The game is a little confusing at first, but after playing for a little it becomes a bit easier to understand. However, I still have no idea what the main objective is besides the fact that you're a pirate looking to save his family (that much is clear from the intro). As far as I know you don't have to follow the main quests or any of that really, you can just plunder riches or charm governors daughter until retirement.

After about 3.5 hours, I'm still not bored with the pirate life. I still haven't fully discovered all of the game, but the parts I have discovered are what makes this game addicting. I fully recommend this to anyone who enjoys strategy or even just pirates.
Posted: February 19th, 2014
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158 of 185 people (85%) found this review helpful
938 products in account
4 reviews
17.3 hrs on record
This sim game from 2004 could easily win a 10 from me if it had a couple of drunk wenches in the taverns and had less posh governor's daughters who ALWAYS criticize my dancing skill (yo hot mama, if you happened to be into the new style on da street, you'd see how hip I can be while you stand there hopping like a Harry Styles fangirl.)

So it gets a 9 for the sword fighting mechanic, naval battle (obviously trivial to the latest AC title), and the excellent portrayal of a pirate's life without the STI.
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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