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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Very Positive (26 reviews) - 96% of the 26 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,547 reviews) - 94% of the 1,547 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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Soylent
34.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
So I was bored the other day and thought I might try one of the old classic piracy games. Port Royale has always been buggy (tbh I don't even know if it will work in Win 10 - I'll worry about that later) so I decided to fire up Pirates, forgetting that I had bought the remake and not the original 90's version that I used to play longer ago than I care to admit.

Imagine my surprise when I'm seeing 3D graphics rtather than still images! Detailed maps instead of pixellated blocks of green and blue! A Jolly Roger that actually looks like a skull and crossbones!

I was almost disappointed... Until I started looting the Spanish Main and became the second most feared pirate in the Carribean. Curse you Blackbeard, I'll have you yet!
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GolovA
2.8 hrs
Posted: September 18
No Depth. Such a style of game cannot go without depth. Not a Sid Meier title.
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Syeikh
9.1 hrs
Posted: September 18
Nice
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Duc Volpe
34.4 hrs
Posted: September 17
Nice
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Gryffenator
48.8 hrs
Posted: September 17
East? I thought you said Weast!
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jingle blob
6.7 hrs
Posted: September 9
do you love the idea of dancing? do you want to have that feeling ripped aawy from you? this game is for you.
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Patcharmy
18.8 hrs
Posted: September 9
Still the best Pirate game ever made. An absolute classic and is just begging for another re-make. Control the high sea's, upgrade and steal new ships, fight pirates, discover the new world and find treasure. Perfect.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
I was a sailor,
I was born upon the tide,
and with the sea I did abide,
I sailed a schooner round the horn of Mexico,
I went aloft and furled the main sail in a blow,
and when the yards broke off they said that i got killed,
but I am living still.....

Nuff Said, just like the song the game will be great forever.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Got this game when it originally came out on a disk, and then repurchased it here on steam, it's a neat and fun little game that can draw you in. Even if there isn't a great big storyline like a great big RPG, there is enough to keep you looking at this massive world that it's created, and most of the time, even if you have the strongest of ships, you'll still be able to find a challenge now and then, and there is always a buried treasure hidden around the corner. High replay value, and really good mechanics.

7.5/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Surprised this game isn't rated ARRRRRR
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
♥♥♥♥ing play this or kill your self because this is just the best pirate sim single player iv ever played
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
1,032 of 1,103 people (94%) found this review helpful
208 people found this review funny
Recommended
34.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 28, 2015
Sid Meier, why not remake this instead of Civilization next time?
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429 of 440 people (98%) found this review helpful
107 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2015
Take my starting ship and do battle with the Spanish Galleons. 8 cannons vs 40 cannons.
First 10 minutes of the game and you have one of the biggest ships in the game, dance with the governor's daughter, own your own estate and declare war on the whole Spanish empire.

A full game purely for the 'Pirate' genre. Not some half ♥♥♥♥♥ wannabe.
If you're not happy with any ships, pick a fight with them. Not happy because a port merchant ripped you off during trading goods, bombard the port and take it over. Governor doesn't want to let you see his daughter, control the port and change the governor. Unsatisfied because a country sunk your ship? No problem there, wipe their country off the map by conquering all their ports.

This is a game where skills can beat brute strenght. Wind, ship size, upgrades, tactics and rum is all that matters. Arrrrr!

One of the best, if not THE best pirate games of all time.
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391 of 426 people (92%) found this review helpful
43 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
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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549 of 615 people (89%) found this review helpful
556 people found this review funny
Recommended
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2015
-Sail into English port
-Meet with English governor
-Promise to raid Spanish ships
-Promptly raid English ships
-Sail into Spanish port
-Get promotion from the Spanish for attacking English ships
-Attack Spanish ships
-Remember the actual plotline of the game
-Ignore it and carry on attacking everyone becasue pirate

11/10 would betray England again
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463 of 525 people (88%) found this review helpful
405 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2015
>Be pirate and plunder ships
>Have 2 ships in tow
>Crew is unhappy and some leave, taking a ship
>Chase them down and sink it
>No survivors.

Yarr/10
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251 of 268 people (94%) found this review helpful
185 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
This is the best Pirate RPG I've had the pleasure of playing, and it's amazing in how it fools you desperately. You have this sort of "drive" to get a VERY good ship. So naturally, "Size Matters" kick in. You take your ♥♥♥♥♥♥ sloop, attack a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ galleas and voila you think! Your ship can now house 32 cannons with a 200 man crew (I believe.) So you take your Galleas, you name it something like "Josephine" and drive it around. You keep your sloop with you or discard it, perhaps even sell it and you feel like Captain Jack Freaking Sparrow. Then you go into a tavern and the lovely barmaid informs you that there's a War Frigate out to kill ya, so you capture that. You now have 50 cannons, possible 400 crew, cargo hold of 128 ton and feel invincible. Then you drive your ship around and feel like the King of the World. That's how it usually is, and seems to be how most people play this game.

It's the wrong way. You start out, you take your Sloop and find a War Canoe. They can be found amongst the savage natives of the Caribbean. You board it with your sloop and acquire it. The next thing you do is to go into town and sell your cannons and your sloop. And everything that's not food. You wont be needing it. You have your War Canoe. You then go to the tavern and recruit the 48 people wanting to join you. Voila, full crew. And you have your War Canoe. The War Canoe is in fact the best ship in the entire game. "But Sir, what about when the English deploy a Ship of the Line to take me out?" You board it. They shoot at you? Well guess what, I hope your Mother taught you how to weave, for you'll be weaving your way around the cannonfire into the Ship. You board it at once the fight starts. If it's too much for you or you take a hit or two, you're in the fastest ship in the game. Turn around, sail away. Nothing can catch up to you. Oh no you wont have cannons, who needs it? Sugar, spice, goods? With your crew of 50 whatever you plunder from the ships in gold is way more than what you'd normally be due. You take your War Canoe, which you'll name something like "Arrow" or "Emma" and ram that thing into whatever comes your way. It's the best ship. Here's why:

-You can bypass ship battles. This means more gold for you. And I personally found them tedious
-Boarding is more manly
-Your ship is the fastest in the game. Get a quest to escort a Governor from Mexico to Florida? Takes you 4 minutes.
-Hunting some ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ that keeps your family hostage? Like hell he can outsail you.
-Smaller Crew means fewer mouths to feed, and more gold for you when you divide the plunder.
-With a big ship, you'll either shoot something dead while taking damage or see them board you without difficulty. Why be the prey?

10/10 game would make my own War Canoe.
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