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!
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Release Date: Jul 11, 2005

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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!

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.
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Nutters22000
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I dont normally play this type of game but have to say its good.
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OneDeadLombax
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
If there was ever a game that needed another reboot, it's this one! The game is a fantastic trip down memory lane, but after a decade, Pirates! shows its age. A combination of losing my adolescent imagination and technological advancements means that the game doesn't feel anywhere near as immersive as I once remember it feeling. 12 year old me could play this game for hours on end and feel like a Pirate on the Spanish Main - 24 year old me can only take a few hours before I find myself bored.

The truth is though, the ambitious Pirates! never was immersive. The game is fun, but the charm and novelty wear off far sooner than they should. Within just a couple of hours, you'll have likely done everything the game really has to offer aside from finishing the main storyline of finding your missing family members and eliminating the other pirates.

For the price, you cannot go wrong. However, the game doesn't have enough diversity in its mechanics, is not at all challenging and simply doesn't offer enough to keep you interested for dozens of hours like other Sid Meier games do.
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BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Well, it's not the same game as first pc DOS version i loved. This one seems much more easier. Hate to say this - casual piracy. I can easly attack and sink at wish spanish galleons at very beggining. Still, it's a good game thou.
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Rebby
( 25.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
NOSTALGIA HOLY FFFFF- .Just killed Three pirates in a row. I've missed this game.
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JakeOmega
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I've played this a bunch before steam, and it is quite fun. Casual, pretty relaxing, and fairly replayable. Don't expect anything mindblowing, but Sid Meier's Pirates! is a solid game.
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Guy LeDouche
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
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squirrelfire
( 52.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Great game. Bought it for the nostalgia factor, and put a bunch of time on it because it was still fun. However, since upgrading to a laptop with a 1080p resolution I just can't make it work.

If you don't have a full HD screen and can get this game on sale for a couple bucks, it's well worth it.
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Brodom
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
very nostalgic, still fun to this day
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johnnyb
( 42.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
A fun remake of the 1987 classic game! All of the elements of the original are present and updated. It's easy for beginners to play immediately, and the difficulty can be adjusted for seasoned gamers.
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Barbarossa Bey
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
A classical marvel.
I prefer a lot more pirate games than this.. I must be honest & say that Sid Meier's Pirates is quite overstated & overrated.
However it has a lot of fun.

Gets boring after several hours though.

I feel sorry for commie pinkos who try to do something similar to this but end up doing crap and instead of fixing or innovating they rather downvote Steam negative reviews just because they are commie pinkos. =)
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
I can't give an honest review of this game. I'm so blinded by nostalgia I can almost read braille. Still enjoyable, though somewhat more difficult than I remembered ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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22 of 38 people (58%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
better than AC4
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
A joy to play. The main plotline is long and tedious, which is why you ignore it and go muster an armada to beat up the French. That's what being a pirate is all about!

Pirates! is an experience, but don't go in with high expectations. Gameplay is a series of minigames, which are fun but ultimately shallow. The sooner you accept the mechanical flaws, the sooner you can go back to raiding port towns and dancing at social balls, AKA the good things in life.

Note: The default resolution is crap, but it's possible to hack in HD http://www.wsgf.org/dr/sid-meiers-pirates-2004
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
So, I originally bought this game on sale during one of steams sales. I must say, I am very impressed by the game in a lot of different ways. Being from 2004, the game has aged well, and being a pirate on revenge in this game is still as fun from when I played on the Xbox years ago. I will go over pro's and con's of the game now:

Pros:
-Different countries involved in the game (English, Dutch, Spanish, and French).
-Other famous pirates from history are in the game (Such as Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, Captain Kidd, etc).
-Sea ship battles! (Why would this not be in a pirate game?)
-Sword fighting!
-Different quests (such as finding family members, finding lost cities, treasure hunting, etc).
-And so many other pro's!

Cons:
-Daughter beauty rating (the game rates the governor's daughters off of their beauty. In my opinion, they should not be rated at all).
-Crew unhappiness (this is tough to deal with in harder difficulties).
-Dividing plunder (you shouldn't have to divide plunder several times throughout the game; I believe it should be a one time thing).
-Getting to the city of Gran Granada (you should have to walk to get to this city. It should be accessible by water).

As an overall, this game is a really great game and I highly recommend anyone who enjoys open world games and pirates to try out this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
It'S an oldie but a goldie. If like me you played this back in the olden days and enjoyed it... guess what it's still a lot of fun today. Sure depth wise it has it's limits, but I still greatly enjoy trying to conquer the whole map or Roleplay as some famous Pirate or what not.

Good Game, imho timeless.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
easy difficulty (Forced)

starting ship

sees #1 pirate henry morgan

boards and defeats

op boats forever.

10/10 would board again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I've played this a bunch before steam, and it is quite fun. Casual, pretty relaxing, and fairly replayable. Don't expect anything mindblowing, but Sid Meier's Pirates! is a solid game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
NOSTALGIA HOLY FFFFF- .Just killed Three pirates in a row. I've missed this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
A fun remake of the 1987 classic game! All of the elements of the original are present and updated. It's easy for beginners to play immediately, and the difficulty can be adjusted for seasoned gamers.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Well, it's not the same game as first pc DOS version i loved. This one seems much more easier. Hate to say this - casual piracy. I can easly attack and sink at wish spanish galleons at very beggining. Still, it's a good game thou.
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