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 (806 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!

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    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
344 of 372 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
34.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Sid Meier, why not remake this instead of Civilization next time?
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378 of 413 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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 The graphics are out of date, the controls are simplistic, and your crew will always get upset no matter how many famous pirates and ships you sink, steal, or scuttle.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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260 of 277 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
If you’re an older gamer, then you are more than likely familiar with Sid Meier’s Pirates. It was one of the first games to give you truly open-ended gameplay – you were free to sail under any flag, change allegiances, be a merchant or a pirate … the Caribbean was an open sea for you to explore. The gameplay was pretty straightforward, but it had an engaging quality to it that would cause you to lose yourself in the game for hours on end. Now the game has received a much overdue update and its basic design has withstood the test of time – the game is just as much fun as it ever was, if not more so.The premise of the game is simple: you’re a young buccaneer captain out to make your fortune on the Spanish Main. You’re also out to avenge the capture of you family and rescue them from indentured servitude, but it is really up to you whether or not you want to pursue their rescue. The game will rate your performance more highly if you do, but you can certainly simply concentrate on becoming a feared pirate and leave your family to fend for themselves. The game does not oblige you to do anything.Politics plays a large role in the game as it did in the Caribbean in the 17th Century. The four nations vying for dominance in the region constantly shift allegiances and move in and out of states of war. As an enterprising captain you need to take advantage of this and always be on the look out for new opportunities.The animations are detailed and you’ll see your sails react to the wind as you tack or come about, the wake kicked up by your ship, and even dolphins who come to play in that wake. While sailing the seas you’ll encounter other ships and as you approach you’ll see the flag of their nationality and the ship’s class. Battles on deck are abstracted to a sword dual between you and the enemy captain. You can select a rapier, long sword, or cutlass with which to fight, each of which is a trade off to some degree between speed and defense. You have three attack moves to choose from and a defensive move to counter each.The cities in the game are for far more than sacking. As you sail the Caribbean you’ll see the relative size of each city and be able to tell its relative wealth from the condition of the flag that flies above the town.When in town you have several locations that you can visit. Each town also has a shipwright who can repair your battle damage, buy your captured ships, or in some cases provide upgrades to your hull, sails, or cannons to aid your ship’s performance in battle. Speaking of treasure, it wouldn’t be a pirate game without buried treasure. At the lower difficulty levels maps are always complete and well-marked and it is simply a question of going to the right location and picking up your prize. At higher levels things get a bit trickier as you often have to make do with map fragments and must search for specific landmarks like an arched rock or a clump of dead trees to find the buried booty.Overall Pirates has that hard to pinpoint addictive quality to it that will keep you coming back. Hours will disappear as you strive to complete one more raid or get your next promotion. It’s a magical quality that’s missing in most games, and one that will keep you coming back to Pirates as other games come and go.
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143 of 155 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
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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146 of 164 people (89%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 16, 2014
Classic game! I'll review this game in sentence fragments:
Fight Pirates.
Battle ships.
Ransack towns.
Sail the open sea.
Get booty.
Get other booty.

10/10


Seriously, it is a really great game. If you're looking for the ultimate pirate experience, I wouldn't say this is it but it is pretty darn close. If you like pirates and/or you just like games in general, I would give it a try; you can't go wrong. Plus, it has the almighty Sid Meier name on the game so you know there's a quality game here.
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111 of 121 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
57.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Get it,

Oudated grafix? check
Arrrrgh and rum ? Check
Goveners daughters? Check
Spanish Galeons 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 its cute looks put you off of it as a kids game!

Yargh and Argh! Mateys!
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170 of 202 people (84%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
This sim game from 2004 could easily win a 10 from me if it had a couple of drunk wenches in the taverns and had less posh governor's daughters who ALWAYS criticize my dancing skill (yo hot mama, if you happened to be into the new style on da street, you'd see how hip I can be while you stand there hopping like a Harry Styles fangirl.)

So it gets a 9 for the sword fighting mechanic, naval battle (obviously trivial to the latest AC title), and the excellent portrayal of a pirate's life without the STI.
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473 of 623 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
36.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
as far as i can tell, the pirates don't actually work for sid meier
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211 of 265 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Nearly a decade of playing.
Still can't do the ♥♥♥♥ing dancing stages.
10/10 IGN
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166 of 206 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
This is the game Assassin's Creed Pirate Edition wishes it was.
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122 of 146 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
43.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
I am still playing this game ten years later... or closer to 25 if you count the original...
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62 of 65 people (95%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2014
If you ever get the chance to buy this game at a reasonable price, for instance in the recent humble bundle sale or gamefly.co.uk sale, DO IT! This game is my childhood so perhaps I'm biased, but for the 2,50€ I paid for this game it's a steal.

Although relatively short, you'll finish it in around 15 hours if you don't waste too much time, Sid Meier's Pirates! includes a variety of era's to play (1600-20, 20-40, ... , 80-1700) each with a different twist to it.

As you progress your difficulty will be ramped up slightly if you want to, however for people who want a real challenge I dare you to try out swashbuckler without losing a ship.

Good aspects:
-Replayable
-Variety of Ships to take
-Ability to conquer cities and create your own 'world'

Negative aspects:
-Repetitive mechanics (Dancing, Fencing, Naval warfare)
-No 'endless' mode available
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63 of 68 people (93%) found this review helpful
67.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2013
This game is surprisingly fun as hell. It's easy to control, easy to pick up and understand what to do and where to go. The only iffy part is that the game is mostly controlled by the numpad keys, which is weird at first, but you get used to it as you go on.

The only part of the game itself that's also awkward, is the dancing segments you have to do to woo a Govenor's daughter. I would say definantly pick this up if you're itching to play a good pirate game that's been hard to find, and/or you're whetting your appetite for when Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag comes out in a few days.

Seriously, go grab this right now, it's cheap as hell and worth the $10 (or rather the $3 I paid).
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80 of 94 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
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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235 of 335 people (70%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 30, 2014
i had 300 girlfriendss and retired at 50
it was nice
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44 of 46 people (96%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
It's the best pirate game I've ever played. It's also one of the very few pirate games I've ever played, so I dunno if my review will count for much.

Surprisingly addicting open-world pirate game where you can go out and do random stuff, like rescue your family from this villain, go treasure hunting, attack other ships and/or settlements, acquire goods from one port and selling it at another port (trading), and even wooing (and eventually marrying) a random daughter of a govenor. There's fun mini games (although lots of people hate the dancing one) and you basically play until you grow too old to continue pirating. Keep watch of the morale of your crew at sea or they may end up deserting you!

Only bad thing I found with the game is that the main character whom you play as doesn't look manly enough for my liking, and while I like the dancing mini-games, it tends to go on for too long. If it was a shorter mini-game, it would've been much better.
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52 of 66 people (79%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2014
9/10 Fantastic Game
2nd favoirite pirate game only to AC4.
My only criticism is that dancing is pretty freaking hard.
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61 of 81 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
Yo ho ho!

+Pirates
+Sea Battles
+Sword Fights
+Hot Chicks
+Raid Towns
+Buried Treasure

-Dancing
-Ugly Chicks

A great game, a true classic. Even this version is quite old now, but I remember playing Pirates! Gold for many, many hours back in the day. This version is on par with the older ones. Some aspects, such as the swordfighting, were better in the other ones. Other aspects like the overworld view and sea battles I liked better in this version. No matter which version you try it's simply one of those games you must play.

It does contain a plot, but much like Skyrim it's up to you whether you follow it or not. You can choose to chase after your lost family or simply sail around looking for booty. It offers a wide selection of ways to achieve greatness, which makes it great.
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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 2014
Sid Meier's Pirates! is possibly the GREATEST game I have ever played.
For a 2004 game, this game drop-dead gorgeous. The soundtrack is just unexplainably brilliant.
The only thing that bothered me a little was the dialogues. It is just subtitles. No voice-acting at all.

Voice-acting does not matter when you are playing a game with such wonderful gameplay.
You can choose to follow the storyline of finding your kidnapped family members or play like I do, sail the high seas, sinking other ships, taking down notorious pirates and attacking settlements.

This game is very nearly perfect and my favourite game of all-time.
9.5/10
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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
One of my all time favourites - one of the only games I would rate 10 without hesitation for it is one of those few games where every playing moment is different - the sea of caribea feels alive and has always ships to plunge, resources to sell, towns to invade, hidden treasures to seek and even attractive governors' daughters to date with! These and numerous other quests await - Ya'harr!
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