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 (521 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 11, 2005

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"Best pirate game ever made. Old but very much recommended if you can get the past old looks and UI."

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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 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 25
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
as far as i can tell, the pirates don't actually work for sid meier
Posted: October 6
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Nearly a decade of playing.
Still can't do the ♥♥♥♥ing dancing stages.
10/10 IGN
Posted: October 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Best pirate simulator on the market. This is a surprisingly lacking field of which Pirates does a good job of filling.
Posted: September 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
An exlent masterpice truly best thing to come out of sega though somtimes rage induesing it's an overall exelent game
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.2 hrs on record
This is a fun, casual game. It is not, by any means, deep, but it's still enjoyable to mess around with. You play the game as a pirate in the Caribbean pre-Johnny Depp. You can play the game during various historical settings which basically have the effect of changing how much variety there is in terms of the different national factions. The later you set the game, the more likely you'll see major French, Dutch, and English ports. By contrast, in the earlier settings, it's far more Spanish-dominated.

This can have an effect on how you play the game. With more factions, you have more ability to behave like a true pirate, sinking or taking vessels of various factions, and then doing the same to whomever they're at war with (and they're always at war with someone...). When it's just the Spanish, you have to try playing a minigame where you sneak into the Spanish port, risking imprisonment. Speaking of the minigames, they're generally good fun, if occasionally repetitive and annoying. The dancing in particular can get tedious, but at least you're usually well rewarded.

As I mentioned, the game isn't particularly deep. It's not as if you're running a wooden ship simulator. The game's graphics are dated, but acceptable. They were fortunately done in a "cartoony" style, so they age a bit better than supposedly cutting-edge visuals from the same era (2004), which now fall squarely into "uncanny valley" territory.

Anyway, it's a good game, and usually available on Steam for dirt cheap. You'll definitely get your $2-5 worth out of this title.
Posted: October 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Runs great on windows 8.1. Super fun game.
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
It may be a bit dated, but still a fantastic game! In fact it was one of the first PC games I ever played, to find it again, and updated (even if it was in 2004) was great!
Posted: September 28
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Has just about everything you want in a pirate game. No brainer if you like swashbuckling.
Posted: October 11
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Good Game
Posted: October 18
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Classic
Posted: October 10
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5.9 hrs on record
An extremely fun game. It is all about sailing the carribieans, doing ship battles, maintaining your crew's happiness whilest searching for your lost family.
You will be losing many hours playing this game, but they will be well spent.
Posted: September 27
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3.2 hrs on record
This game does not have much competition on its genre and thankfully it is a timeless masterpiece. Good old casual fun when you want to feel like a pirate for just a few minutes. I can definetly recommend it to everyone.
Posted: October 18
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13.4 hrs on record
Sid's Meier's Pirates! Has a place in my heart as being one of the first few games I have ever played on my old college laptop, I remember playing this game and having so much trouble getting it to run on a laptop (which doesn't have a keypad, everything was done with a mouse or scroller pad)

Anyway about the game, what can I say, it's a simple and linear game, but that's what makes it so likable I suppose, it's a game where your quest is set out for you early on, and you decide how long you want to take to pursue those quests. However there is a time limit as you age in this game (yes you age)

I have to say by today's standards, it's quite linear but for a game of it's age, I must say it certainly stood the test of time, and if you have some extra cash leftover, pick it up, simple clean fun that's just good for a casual gaming experience.

I'd recommend it for sure, but only if you'd like to try something casual for a change. 6/10
Posted: October 17
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9.3 hrs on record
This game is awesome. It's crazy how long it has been since I originally played the game, but I still can get lost for hours just looting ships and sailing aimlessly.
Posted: October 17
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17.3 hrs on record
Still the best Pirate game on the market without a doubt. I just replayed here in 2014 and compared it several others out on the market. They do not compare. If you have never played this game, do yourself the favor and play this game immediately. Simple but fun with a dynamic world that you influence. I hope Firaxis never forgets this title and keeps it current and fun.
Posted: October 11
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0.2 hrs on record
Recommend!
Posted: October 3
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7.3 hrs on record
Somehow, throughout all of the years since it's initial release, Sid Meier's Pirates has held up as my favorite pirate game. If you have any love for being a pirate, sailing the Caribbean on a piratey ship, blasting piratey and nonpiratey ships alike out of the water, stabbing people with pointy things, and hearing noises like "Ding Ding, Heeeeyyyyyyy-O!," you will most likely need to own this game. It is simple, addictive, and positively one of the best games I have ever played.
Posted: October 5
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121 of 130 people (93%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 22
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