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 (839 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.
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532 of 573 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 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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220 of 268 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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51 of 52 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
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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43 of 48 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
168.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Amazing openworld gameplay, the sword duels are a bit meh but the sea battles are FANTASTIC. The storyline is repeatitive, but not terrible. 9/10
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36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
60.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
★★★☆☆

Sid Meier's Pirates! is a light strategy pirate adventure game. After a mutiny that put you at the helm of your own ship, you and your pirate crew arrive in the Caribbean to find fortune as you seek to avenge your family from those that did it wrong.

Pros: Every tropes you ever saw about pirates are there: build your reputation and ranking with the four European factions, while also dealing with the clergy, the natives and the pirate community, compete against the most notorious pirates in history while using pieces of maps to find their buried treasure or the lost cities of gold, do ship-to-ship combat against raider, merchant, military or other pirate vessels, flirt with the governor's daughters by impressing her in the ballroom. The game is easy to pick up regardless of difficulty level, navigating, ship-to-ship combat and swordplay are simple. 27 different type of ships sail the sea, any of which can be captured, each with different storage and crew capacity, optimal wind angle, speed and turning speed. Ship-specific upgrades are available at various ports, capturing ships might get get you permanent specialists for your crew, a variety of items can be purchased in taverns. The graphics are bright and colorful and animations are smooth.

Cons: The graphics are showing their age. Sid Meier's Pirates! borders on the casual game, as it's basically a collection of multiple mini-games: fighting, dancing, ship-to-ship combat, swordplay, city sacking, all mini-games with little depth. City conquering strategy is extremely simplified, and the game lacks any realism of the hardships of being at sea. Capturing ships will become repetitive after a few playthrough. The map is always the same, varied only by the chosen timeline or occasional city conquest of a rival European faction.

Verdict: Overall, this is a fun game, and that's all it aims to be: fun. It isn't a seafaring simulator, it isn't an action swordfighter, it isn't a trade simulator and definitively not a strategy game. If you're looking for a nice, easy and fun game worth its price, then I'll recommand you give Sid Meier's Pirates! a try!
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
I used an "Indian War Canoe" to take a massive galleon, then sold the galleon at Havana, romanced the governor's daughter, then used the same war canoe to take Havana.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
Beyond the nostalgia I feel for this game, it is genuinely an incredibly well made game for its time. Open world (ocean) exploration, controll over your fleet and what kind of ships are in it, as well as multiple quest lines and missions to do (become the most notorious pirate, get with a governors daughter, save your long lost family etc). The combat is easy to get the hang of (it's basically just timed events, but with combos) but if you pick a more difficult playing mode it legitimately can be excruciatingly dificult, so you can't get bored with it really as long as you keep yourself on a game difficulty that works for you. I deeply recommend this game, especially when it's on sale.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
>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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27 of 40 people (68%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
I was the worst dancer but the best fighter
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
had this game when I was younger. got it again.

Still just as delightful as ever to wipe out the filthy spanish

10/10
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31 of 48 people (65%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
hey why do pirates take a while to learn the alphabet.... they spend years at c. hahahahhah
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Best pirate game of all time.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
I don't know if it's more impressive or sad that this game is 10 years old and is still the best pirate game around.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
childhood....
of course 10/10
the best pirate game by far!!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
7.8/10 Too much water - IGN
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Literally one of the best games I have ever played. Not even ♥♥♥♥ing kidding. The combat is very good and the open world is revolutionary for 2005-era games. And it's quite cheap. ESPECIALLY ON SALE! PRAISE GABEN!!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
While I don't have many hours clocked on steam for this game, I played hundreds of hours of it a decade ago. I basically bought it in case I ever have kids, or run into people who for some friggin reason haven't played this jewel. Aspects of it haven't exactly aged well. It's incredibly male-centric, you can't play some rockin pirate queen and romance the mayors of towns or their sons - and that's a shame.

The game could use some basic mod tools to open it up for a new generation - especially since a ground-up remake is unlikely.

STILL - the gameplay itself is perfect. Each aspect of the game is deep enough to mesh with the other elements, and it gets surprisingly complex at the meta level. Watch a gameplay video on youtube, if it looks delightful to you - buy it - at any price. If it looks like something you wouldn't enjoy playing, give it a pass.

Regardless I consider this to be THE definitive pirate game. (as of 2015)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
One of the first games i ever played and saw my brothers play. this is probbaly one of the best games out there for the genre
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Fun game. Dancing boring.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
An entertaining and highly addictive pirate simulator. You won't believe how much fun it is.

Most of the game is played in a top-down mode where you control a ship that can travel between ports buying and selling goods and engage in naval combat with other ships. Wind speed and direction play a role, but you can generally travel into the wind without the need for tacking. Your ship has up to three weapons which target the enemy ship's hull, crew, and sails. There are about 10ish ship upgrades, which you can buy at specific ports. You can capture extra ships and build a fleet, but you only ever control the flagship and the remaining ships just add extra crew and cargo.

The rest of the game consists of a number of minigames and dialog trees.

- There is a sword fighting minigame that plays like a very basic fighting game. You mainly play this against enemy captains to capture their ships.

- There is a dancing minigame where you must react to a sequence of quicktime events in order to win the hearts of maidens. This is not much fun and is the worst part of this otherwise excellent game.

- There is a buried treasure minigame where you walk about on land looking for buried treasure.

You need to divvy up your loot with your crew periodically, at which point you lose your fleet and most of your gold and crew. You'll advance via the items you acquire and your quest progression, but much of the rest of your possessions will come and go over the course of the game.

There is a plot about rescuing your kidnapped family, but this isn't really a story-driven game. Most of the actual gameplay is about capturing ships and searching for treasure.

Yaar!
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