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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Guy LeDouche
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
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squirrelfire
( 52.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Great game. Bought it for the nostalgia factor, and put a bunch of time on it because it was still fun. However, since upgrading to a laptop with a 1080p resolution I just can't make it work.

If you don't have a full HD screen and can get this game on sale for a couple bucks, it's well worth it.
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Brodom
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
very nostalgic, still fun to this day
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johnnyb
( 42.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
A fun remake of the 1987 classic game! All of the elements of the original are present and updated. It's easy for beginners to play immediately, and the difficulty can be adjusted for seasoned gamers.
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Barbarossa Bey
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
A classical marvel.
I prefer a lot more pirate games than this.. I must be honest & say that Sid Meier's Pirates is quite overstated & overrated.
However it has a lot of fun.

Gets boring after several hours though.

I feel sorry for commie pinkos who try to do something similar to this but end up doing crap and instead of fixing or innovating they rather downvote Steam negative reviews just because they are commie pinkos. =)
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TheKarlsberg
( 80.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
If you like games with open world and almost no plot at all, this game is just for you! I got hooked on it immediately. There are a lot of possibilities what you can do and the difficulty levels make the game really rewarding.
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Samsara
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
rocksolid
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brthrgrim
( 47.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Disappointing. I really want to like this game but it has some issues. There are some bugs that can pop up and make life annoying, such as getting stuck different places in your ship. For example, I was captured and then bribed my way out of Havana. My ship ended up on the opposite side of the island, glued to the shore. No way to get off the beach. Only thing to do is go to last save point. I've also been trapped near towns with sand bars near, having to constantly answer the pop up "do you want to anchor or sail away?" while attempting to navigate away in the split second allowed. Game is really, really simple. Kind of surprising, given Sid Meier's other games. Overly simple/devoid of features in many ways. Can't do anything with land you're granted. Can't invade enemy towns unless they have a garrison. Can only attack convoys with one ship at a time, no matter how many ships you have. Convoy gets all ships. You can accidentally sell the cannons off your ship and end up defenseless. If enemies capture a ship of yours, you can't capture it back, it just disappears.
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Bone Scott
( 26.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
It'S an oldie but a goldie. If like me you played this back in the olden days and enjoyed it... guess what it's still a lot of fun today. Sure depth wise it has it's limits, but I still greatly enjoy trying to conquer the whole map or Roleplay as some famous Pirate or what not.

Good Game, imho timeless.
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Esoteric Wombat
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
A joy to play. The main plotline is long and tedious, which is why you ignore it and go muster an armada to beat up the French. That's what being a pirate is all about!

Pirates! is an experience, but don't go in with high expectations. Gameplay is a series of minigames, which are fun but ultimately shallow. The sooner you accept the mechanical flaws, the sooner you can go back to raiding port towns and dancing at social balls, AKA the good things in life.

Note: The default resolution is crap, but it's possible to hack in HD http://www.wsgf.org/dr/sid-meiers-pirates-2004
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Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
One of my favorite games of all time. I played this version of the game back when it came out in 2004 and have had nostalgic memories of it since.

It's a simple enough formula, you control a ship, and can sink other ships to acquire currency resources, and more ships. You can engage enemy captains in duels, dance with governor's daughters in ports, and there's some simple mechanics revolving around turn based strategy and sneaking into enemy towns at night. There's actually quite a lot of nuance to this formula as well such as rare items you can collect to improve your abilities. Dangerous criminals to track down, treasure to find, and a decent buy low-sell high in-game economy.

All of this you go through with the intent of building as much wealth and prestige for yourself as you can, because eventually, you will have to retire from your life of piracy, and when you do, you want to retire with the most land, the most titles, and the prettiest wife.

The downside to the game would be it's relative simplicity I guess. Although that's also part of it's appeal. In addition, if you put in more hours than I did, you may start to find the game being quite repetitive. It's a game where you have to set your own goals, and rewards players for taking that initiative.
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Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
better than AC4
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Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
I can't give an honest review of this game. I'm so blinded by nostalgia I can almost read braille. Still enjoyable, though somewhat more difficult than I remembered ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
So, I originally bought this game on sale during one of steams sales. I must say, I am very impressed by the game in a lot of different ways. Being from 2004, the game has aged well, and being a pirate on revenge in this game is still as fun from when I played on the Xbox years ago. I will go over pro's and con's of the game now:

Pros:
-Different countries involved in the game (English, Dutch, Spanish, and French).
-Other famous pirates from history are in the game (Such as Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, Captain Kidd, etc).
-Sea ship battles! (Why would this not be in a pirate game?)
-Sword fighting!
-Different quests (such as finding family members, finding lost cities, treasure hunting, etc).
-And so many other pro's!

Cons:
-Daughter beauty rating (the game rates the governor's daughters off of their beauty. In my opinion, they should not be rated at all).
-Crew unhappiness (this is tough to deal with in harder difficulties).
-Dividing plunder (you shouldn't have to divide plunder several times throughout the game; I believe it should be a one time thing).
-Getting to the city of Gran Granada (you should have to walk to get to this city. It should be accessible by water).

As an overall, this game is a really great game and I highly recommend anyone who enjoys open world games and pirates to try out this game.
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Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
A joy to play. The main plotline is long and tedious, which is why you ignore it and go muster an armada to beat up the French. That's what being a pirate is all about!

Pirates! is an experience, but don't go in with high expectations. Gameplay is a series of minigames, which are fun but ultimately shallow. The sooner you accept the mechanical flaws, the sooner you can go back to raiding port towns and dancing at social balls, AKA the good things in life.

Note: The default resolution is crap, but it's possible to hack in HD http://www.wsgf.org/dr/sid-meiers-pirates-2004
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Yarr! Ye ready to be a Pirate, matey?! Sid Meier's puts you on the helm of your own ship while you engage in swashbuckling adventures in this epic classic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Dq6MLkanT0
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Recommended
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
It'S an oldie but a goldie. If like me you played this back in the olden days and enjoyed it... guess what it's still a lot of fun today. Sure depth wise it has it's limits, but I still greatly enjoy trying to conquer the whole map or Roleplay as some famous Pirate or what not.

Good Game, imho timeless.
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Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
easy difficulty (Forced)

starting ship

sees #1 pirate henry morgan

boards and defeats

op boats forever.

10/10 would board again
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