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 (555 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 11, 2005

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"Remake of one of the greatest open world adventures ever. In this Pirate-Sim action, strategy, tactic and roleplaying elements complement each other. A+"

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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
14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
A timeless classic, one of the first open-world strategy RPGs. The Mount & Blade series was clearly inspired by this game; if you like one you are pretty much guaranteed to like the other.

Some of the new features in this latest version can be sort of annoying (the ballroom dancing and sneaking out of prison), but it's still a better game than 99% of the things created today.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
I played this through a couple of times on the Wii years ago... This is a faithful version of that game, on PC. It's the disney version of pirates, but the ship battles are fun if arcade-like, and hey you get to do some pirate style dance dance revolution while you are at it (never understood the point of the wife in every port, but then I was always mercenary anyway, with my chain of men of war and treasure ships following behind me...).

conquer cities, find treasures, its there, if simplified. near-casual game made a while ago, but still fun for the money, especially in a bundle.

8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
I played the original Sid Meier's Pirates! on Commodore 64 in 1985. I broke many-a-joystick trying to sail against the wind. Good times. This game brought back all of those memories in a massive flood. I thoroughly enjoyed plundering all sorts of ships, I like the land combat, and the storyline gave the game something to work towards rather than just a blast-and-hack pirate game. The nostalgia effect was strong, and for die-hard, long-time gamers such as myself, this is a must-have. Best three bucks I ever spent.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
this game brings back childhood memories though game runs better on the old xbox than on modern pc's
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Fall when I dancing with a girl
25/10 Will dance again
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Perfect game. You should pay any price for this game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
41.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
If you like the Commodore 64 Pirates game, you have to try this!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I dont think I need to tell you how awesome this game is, just that it is.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Fantastic Game. Lots of gameplay and great fun.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
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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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
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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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Like wenches?
Have rum for blood?
Buy this game.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Graphics may be out of date, but my imagination runs wild as a James Cameron epic. If your computer blows as hard as mine and you are as frustrated as I am at the inabilities to play Assassin's Creed "Black Flag", than this is your ticket to redemption.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
45.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
You should play this game.
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2 of 18 people (11%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Every five minutes my game crashes its very upsetting to pay 10 bucks for a game that wont work. this was one of my favorite games but it just wont work
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13.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Great update to an absolute classic game! MUST BUY!
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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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