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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 6 people (83%) 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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Surprised this game isn't rated ARRRRRR
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Do NOT be fooled by my 12 hours of gameplay. I used to play this game endlessly after it came out.

If you love games that are all about player choice, then this is absolutely for you.

Want to be a swashbuckling badass and go about destroying the caribbean in a hellfire of cannonshot and steel? Want to be a simple trader, escaping your past and aiming to lead a simple life of commerce? Want to be a hero, save your family, get the girl, and slap about the hapless spaniards? Do it, do it, and do it.

Naval battles, sword fights, dancing, stealth, trade...it's all here and you can do whatever the b***h you like. The game's aesthetic is less "reality" and more "disney cartoon" which makes the atmosphere of the game that much more delightful to partake in however you please.

Super replayable, full of player choice and a delight to both look at and immerse yourself in; this game has aged incredibly well. I want to join the throng that cries for an HD remake but...this game is a masterpiece as it is. No need for a newer version.

TL;DR Player choice, high replay value, excellent and varied gameplay.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
51.5 hrs on record
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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4 of 8 people (50%) 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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1,033 of 1,105 people (93%) 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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mech619
28.8 hrs
Posted: September 26
Fun game for traveling the sea as a pirate. Attack and plunder ships from different nations, only use care not to continously attack the same nation vessels/cities, otherwise they will attack you on sight for some time. If you get in good with the local mayor, you can begin courting his daughter based on a game of pressing the keys in time with her dance movement. This dancing is similar to combat in the game, only with the combat, you want to press the key that counters the pirates attack, not the same attack.
Also, if you court the daughter enough times, you can eventually marry her. There are three levels of "hotness" for each daughter. You should be able to tell which daughter of a town/city is the hottest and which one is mediocre (the amount of cleveage is a good indicator [except for one version of the Dutch daughter, you just have to look at her face and breast size to verify if she is the hot one or not]).

When you obtain enough portions to complete a map, you can search the land for buried treasure or a missing family member. You can also assault a town/city like this, switching to a strategy game of moving your troops around a grid.

One problem I had with this game is the pirates you recruit for your ship. They constantly become demanding for more and more goods. If you hold on to the goods for too long, sailing from one location to another without constantly plundering goods, they may mutiny on you and take off with one of your ships. This usually requires splitting up the loot and recruiting more sailors, which eats up time in the game and lets your character age more quickly.
The second, and much worse problem, in the game is the game becomes too redundant. You go to a port town, sell off your goods, recruit new sailors, plunder ships, and search for your missing family and buried treasure. At first it is fun but does lose its appeal about half way through.

I still enjoyed this game overall and would recommend playing it, especially if you can purchase the game with a Steam special sale price.
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hamfish86
24.5 hrs
Posted: September 25
Very enjoyable classic game. You get too sail around attacking pirates and or other nations (and even your own) ships as you please. You might even annoy a nation enough to attack you on sight, forcing you to fight the town you were trying to buy some food supplies from and install a new governor.
If you dont feel like sinking every ship you see there is also dancing with governors daughters, sword fighting (both in the tavern under some circumstances, and on the deck of the ship if your ships get too close during a ship battle) and Trading.

You can build up a fleet of powerful ships, you can hunt down the pirate captain that has taken your sister... you can be left stranded on some rocks for months on end...

For a game of it's age it does not dissapoint, is very entertaining and has more elements to it than expected. The graphics are not bad and you can sink a lot of hours into it without noticing!

Highly reccomended to everybody
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HippiePuncher
13.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
A game I honestly wish I would have played sooner, and I wish this game would get more sequels like the Civilization series.
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Kasuya de Sade
13.9 hrs
Posted: September 25
still the best around.
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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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