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!
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (529 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 11, 2005

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"Best pirate game ever made. Old but very much recommended if you can get the past old looks and UI."

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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.
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
This is hands down, no lies or embellishments made, the best game I have ever played. Perhaps my experiences are colored by a long lifetime of loving this game, but I have never found something that interests me more, that I can just sit down and play a few hours of and craft a life-story for my character, an entire persona. It's simple really, you are a pirate and the wide open world of the 1600's Carribean is yours for the plucking. The graphics are out of date, the controls are simplistic, and your crew will always get upset no matter how many famous pirates and ships you sink, steal, or scuttle. You can't win, mainly because there is no victory condition. You can save your family, you can get married, you can become the deadliest and most notorious man on the high seas, it's all up to you what you do, who you become, which beach you get marooned on, I love it, I've lived years loving it, I can't recommend this game enough. It isn't for hardcore gamers, don't come in looking to get the highest score, play to relax, it'll work, you'll love it, just, just play the damn game.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
as far as i can tell, the pirates don't actually work for sid meier
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
This is a fun, casual game. It is not, by any means, deep, but it's still enjoyable to mess around with. You play the game as a pirate in the Caribbean pre-Johnny Depp. You can play the game during various historical settings which basically have the effect of changing how much variety there is in terms of the different national factions. The later you set the game, the more likely you'll see major French, Dutch, and English ports. By contrast, in the earlier settings, it's far more Spanish-dominated.

This can have an effect on how you play the game. With more factions, you have more ability to behave like a true pirate, sinking or taking vessels of various factions, and then doing the same to whomever they're at war with (and they're always at war with someone...). When it's just the Spanish, you have to try playing a minigame where you sneak into the Spanish port, risking imprisonment. Speaking of the minigames, they're generally good fun, if occasionally repetitive and annoying. The dancing in particular can get tedious, but at least you're usually well rewarded.

As I mentioned, the game isn't particularly deep. It's not as if you're running a wooden ship simulator. The game's graphics are dated, but acceptable. They were fortunately done in a "cartoony" style, so they age a bit better than supposedly cutting-edge visuals from the same era (2004), which now fall squarely into "uncanny valley" territory.

Anyway, it's a good game, and usually available on Steam for dirt cheap. You'll definitely get your $2-5 worth out of this title.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Nearly a decade of playing.
Still can't do the ♥♥♥♥ing dancing stages.
10/10 IGN
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Runs great on windows 8.1. Super fun game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Has just about everything you want in a pirate game. No brainer if you like swashbuckling.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Good Game
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Classic
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3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
This game does not have much competition on its genre and thankfully it is a timeless masterpiece. Good old casual fun when you want to feel like a pirate for just a few minutes. I can definetly recommend it to everyone.
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13.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Sid's Meier's Pirates! Has a place in my heart as being one of the first few games I have ever played on my old college laptop, I remember playing this game and having so much trouble getting it to run on a laptop (which doesn't have a keypad, everything was done with a mouse or scroller pad)

Anyway about the game, what can I say, it's a simple and linear game, but that's what makes it so likable I suppose, it's a game where your quest is set out for you early on, and you decide how long you want to take to pursue those quests. However there is a time limit as you age in this game (yes you age)

I have to say by today's standards, it's quite linear but for a game of it's age, I must say it certainly stood the test of time, and if you have some extra cash leftover, pick it up, simple clean fun that's just good for a casual gaming experience.

I'd recommend it for sure, but only if you'd like to try something casual for a change. 6/10
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9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
This game is awesome. It's crazy how long it has been since I originally played the game, but I still can get lost for hours just looting ships and sailing aimlessly.
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17.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Still the best Pirate game on the market without a doubt. I just replayed here in 2014 and compared it several others out on the market. They do not compare. If you have never played this game, do yourself the favor and play this game immediately. Simple but fun with a dynamic world that you influence. I hope Firaxis never forgets this title and keeps it current and fun.
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Recommend!
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7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Somehow, throughout all of the years since it's initial release, Sid Meier's Pirates has held up as my favorite pirate game. If you have any love for being a pirate, sailing the Caribbean on a piratey ship, blasting piratey and nonpiratey ships alike out of the water, stabbing people with pointy things, and hearing noises like "Ding Ding, Heeeeyyyyyyy-O!," you will most likely need to own this game. It is simple, addictive, and positively one of the best games I have ever played.
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1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Best pirate game out there.

The game is a remake of classic "Pirates!" and it is worth the title. While at first I had my doubts due to cartoonish graphics the game quickly won me over. It is a charming and addictive. The game consists of mutiple minigames (sword-fighting, sneaking into a city, dancing, sieging towns.) All of them are enjoyable even though they are really simple (not necessery easy though.) Your main goal is to travel around the carribean gaining wealth and prestige by acting as a coursair for 4 countries fighting over carribean. Additionally, you have famous pirates to defeat, family to rescue from cruel Baron SomethingSomething, hidden treasure to uncover and hidden inca temples to find. All added at the end in a score based system when you decide (or a forced at certain age) to retire.
It is a game I return for more every once in a while.

The only real problem with the game is its focus on using numpad, which you probably don't have if you play on laptop. External numpad might work but in my case (wireless logitech) it did not. You can change the keys in the ini file, but it is a rough start as you probably won't know what to bind it to without playing the game first.

Also I want a sequel. Firaxis! Get right on it.
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30.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I actually have played this game more than steam gives me credit for because I had a disk copy, then it stopped working.... but that is what steam is for! This is an excellent game that I would happily recommend to anyone.
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4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Love it! The fleet method is amazing, and I love to take over towns for the Spanish! Although the fact that the crew get mad when you don't give them their gold it annoys me.
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1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Ever wanted to be a pirate well with this FPS pirate game and native 1080p graphics it actually feels lik you are a pirate and all th deicions you make have a changing effect on the game Eg. mutiny aboard your vessel, starvation, the weight of your ship and if you get promoted trough the ranks and kill enough prodestants the spanish will promote you and you will get to brong a spaniard to the ball 10/10 i will take this over black flag anyday.
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57.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Get it,

Oudated grafix? check
Arrrrgh and rum ? Check
Goveners daughters? Check
Spanish Galeond full of gold? Check

It must be a pirate game!
It is a great remake of the classic although not as hard as the original still very enjoyable and addictive, don’t let is cute looks put you off of it as a kids game!

Yargh and Argh! Mateys!
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43.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I am still playing this game ten years later... or closer to 25 if you count the original...
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