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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!
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.
Helpful customer reviews
48 of 49 people (98%) found this review helpful
135 products in account
2 reviews
18.0 hrs on record
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
Posted: March 1st, 2014
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108 of 149 people (72%) found this review helpful
619 products in account
27 reviews
11.2 hrs on record
i had 300 girlfriendss and retired at 50
it was nice
Posted: March 30th, 2014
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
27 products in account
9 reviews
17.8 hrs on record
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
Posted: March 27th, 2014
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
308 products in account
11 reviews
9.7 hrs on record
Still a ♥♥♥♥ ton more character than AC:Black Flag, move over kiddos, here's the real pirate's life sim. Best pirate game I've ever played and remains one of the greatest games of my early years of PC gaming.
Posted: March 26th, 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
203 products in account
56 reviews
20.2 hrs on record
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!
Posted: July 1st, 2014
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164 of 191 people (86%) found this review helpful
982 products in account
4 reviews
17.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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