Help Smilin Jack O'Hurlihan, Esmeralda, and Dr. Theopolis defeat Gruesome George, an army of undead, giant monsters, and the mysterious Red Widow! Featuring nail-biting boss battles, swashbuckling adventure, and a horde of undead buccaneers, Zombie Pirates will send a shiver right down to yer timbers!
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Release Date: Sep 1, 2010

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Help Smilin Jack O'Hurlihan, Esmeralda, and Dr. Theopolis defeat Gruesome George, an army of undead, giant monsters, and the mysterious Red Widow! Featuring nail-biting boss battles, swashbuckling adventure, and a horde of undead buccaneers, Zombie Pirates will send a shiver right down to yer timbers!

Jack's battles will take him from the Carribbean-like Buccaneer Bay to the savage Cannibal Isles, the mysterious Sargassum Sea, and the icy reaches of Polaris, battling zombies and nefarious boss monsters along the way.

Jack is joined by Dr. Theopolis and his marvelous gryocopters and submarines, Esmeralda and her all-gal crew of the Manta, and a number of other strange and amazing vessels.

Jack will need all the help he can get, for the Zombie Pirate fleets contain everything from Plague Ships to hulking Dreadnoughts to screeching flocks of Murder Birds! And behind them all is the captain of the undead, Gruesome George!


Key features:

  • A colorful, cartoon-style game with something for all ages
  • An engrossing story with a surprise ending - "The Curse of the Red Widow"
  • Colorful characters with numerous voiceovers
  • Dozens of unlockable friendly and enemy units, including numerous giant monsters

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS: Windows XP®
    • Memory: 1Gb RAM
    • Graphics: 3d graphics accelerator card (must support shader model 1.1)
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9
    • Hard Drive: 500 Mb
    • Sound: DirectX compatible Sound card

    Recommended:

    • OS:Vista® recommended
    • Memory: 1Gb RAM
    • Graphics: 3d graphics accelerator card (must support shader model 1.1)
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9
    • Hard Drive: 500 Mb
    • Sound: DirectX compatible Sound card
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Mixed (39 reviews)
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rotslayer
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 9
I almost quit this game after 5 minutes. Another TD game was frustrating me, this one seemed similar, and the reviews were mixed. It turned out to be not terrible. I stopped playing for the day but then gave it a second chance the next. Yes, it's worse than Plants vs. Zombies but as a lane defense game it's not horrendous. It all goes by fairly quickly and can present challenges without being excessively difficult. The people who complained about clicking all over the screen all the time woul clearly prefer to do nothing, even though that is most of the movement in the game once you have set up a row of defense ships.

I would give this game a neutral score for general gamers and say get it on sale if you like lane defense.

You might need to follow instructions on the discussion page for how to get it to work. That may have something to do with the negative reviews.
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<-GLD> Admiral Baconcakes
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: November 5, 2015
Let's be totally up front here; Zombie Pirates both looks and feels like a game designed by someone who has never made a video game before.

When it opens, it presents a quaint little opening where pirates destroy a person's ship and steals the owner's woman. Then, he rises from the dead because his love is too strong. Nothing special, but I understand - sometimes, you don't want to be too heavy with story. You just want a dumb little love story, and I can side with that. Our character has come back from the DEAD to save his love, because it's silly and this is a game about pirates and *zombies*. And then when you load the first level... you're playing as the pirates.

Wait, we're against the zombies? We're the pirates? We stole that guy's love, killed him, destroyed his ship, and now we're Chuck McPirateFace, ruler of the Seven Seas, killing off hordes of zombie pirate ships? ...Okay... I guess? The game only told us that the one zombie guy came back. Where did all these zombie ships come from?

And the gameplay. My god, the gameplay. There's an implied grid, and you sail your ship around it. When you get close to enemy ships, you fire at them. If they get close enough, they fire at you. You can't dodge the shots the enemy shoot at you, so your only option is to stay in a sweet spot range. Each enemy drops an item which can be helpful, but ultimately it's extremely difficult to downright impossible to utilize and use an item (in which at least one of them involves getting another ship to control, giving you a strategic advantage) and also keeping yourself in the sweet spot you need to be.

And then, the game rates you on the *number of ships you've lost*. Are you trying to make a strategy game? If this were turn-based, I could understand punishing me for losing ships. But it's real time. You can't punish someone for losing ships in real time, especially if you're already expecting me to control my main ship in real time as well.

Sew it all up with having to hear your main ship spit out dumb phrases ("These dead men are telling tales!"? Really?) over and over every time you move your character, and it becomes so sickeningly cheezy, and you're left with a sickly, amateur game that couldn't even keep me occupied for a friggin hour for me to review it in a serious manner. I'm disgraced to have this game in my library, and it is barely worth fifteen cents, let alone the fifteen dollar asking price.

I find it funny that up above, in the game description, it seems to end with 'Zombie Pirates will send a shiver right'. The cut-off sentence just sounds like a question, and a good one. Will it send a shiver? Sure, but not from horror. Pastels do not lend themselves to horror. I shivered from the very idea that someone, somewhere spent the kind of money that could feed someone for a few days, or buy something objectively more interesting on this pile.

tl;dr Avoid this game. It is not worth either your money or your time. If real-time strategy or tower defence is what you're after, there are better, cheaper games (read: Plants vs. Zombies, Sanctum).
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Salarn
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: October 31, 2015
https://youtu.be/C52dLrGdlAk
Yarr! Brains?
It should be a safe bet to combine zombies and pirates to make a good game, but with controls rougher than a stormy sea makes this game run a ground.
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PersonalYisus
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20, 2015
Too expensive for what it does, it could work as a $1 game on mobile, but having a default $15 price tag you can just figure that devs aren't good at putting 1 and 1 together. This can't compete with most $15 DECENT games (so I'm not even considering games that got avg Metascore of 80+).
It's not the worst thing on Steam, but you don't want to bother with it, it is forgettable, barely inspired, and plain simple, it is the archetype of a mobile game, not as fun as it should thou.
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Fuzzy Weasel
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 5, 2015
Pretty good game. Similar to PvZ in style. Well polished and worth the price I paid on sale. Nothing spectacular, but I spent a good 20ish hours on it.
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yuru
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 15, 2015
Unskippable mspaint cutscenes up the rear. extremely boring game, click to move ship, ship autoaims and fires, watch the game play itself or just leave it be
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Rammsteniako
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 30, 2014
Avoid like the plague, good thing I got it for free :D
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Elminiature
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 2, 2014
No speed/difficulty, setting options screen consist of music. sound. and windowed ... the difficuly ramps up fast with tons of ships you are meant to destroy before they reach left side of screen.I dont see this as tower defence as there are no lanes just right to left.Seems they add new enemies and units to combat those enemies every round. I by no means play this type of game often and it seems from other reviews this maybe isnt the best one to base an opinion on the genre. It is very challenging at least to me a little too challenging. The Gfx are what you would expect cartoony ,The story well there is one maybe ill be bothered to read it next time, That is the key next time .... its not bad or great somewhere in the fair range i would say. Worth $12 no bloody way.... but on sale for $3 or less yeah thats ok look at the time other people have put in it take out the crazies 60 hrs really !!! and the haters .1 hr people and you get 5-16 hrs avg so people that get mad and quit at 8 hrs put no on rec. there is alot of enjoyment people recieved from this game ( at least I did)
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DONK_Theurgic
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 17, 2014
Great game for people who don't have alot of time to play a long game. Its also really fun in a way to.
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-- ExotixisT -- (ĕks-ŏt'ĭ-sĭst)
( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 2, 2014
Fun little casual Tower Defense game with moveable, upgradeable ships and a silly pun-laced story.

Not especially ground-breaking or challenging but enjoyable nonetheless.

Recommended on sale.

- Skinny from the Fat B*stard (curator link)
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chrissszy
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: August 29, 2014
Even at a buck and a half, this game doesn't work. It should not be compared to Plants vs. Zombies, since that is a much better game. That had strategy. Zombie Pirates is basically killing zombie ships and furiously clicking what they drop before it disappears. A dead ship drops a parrot, which can purchase ships, grop, which heals one ship, or a bomb which can blow up an area and may destroy several ships. It's just too hard. Try moving ships and using strategy in your spare seconds. While you're clicking on loot, you may miss healing a ship and it sinks, very easily. Or you miss picking up everything, and even if you do, you may not get a strong enough fleet. The worst are the birds which come out in flock to sink your ships, yet drop nothing. You run out of bombs, grog, or parrots and there's nothing to do but wait for another long load screen to try again and again. You can purchase upgrades, but they are so expensive, it takes a ton of grinding to earn enough gold, which is a sick attempt to extend the length of the game. It's too hard and frustrating and I quit halfway.
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dacarnix
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: March 24, 2014
If you enjoyed Plants versus Zombies, then you will enjoy Zombie Pirates. The gameplay is very similar, but your plants can sail around the battlefield once they're placed.

The next time you see this game for 75% off, pick it up. For less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks, you really can't go wrong.
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Hans
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22, 2014
Eh, it's an okay Tower D game, but there are much better ones out there.
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Han[PL]
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 10, 2014
Well basically Zombie Pirates is one big mini game where waves and and waves of zombie ships come from right side of the screen to attack you and you have to defend yourself using various items like powder kegs, parrots and other ships.


Game is quite fun in small doses (like 10 min ) since it's very repetitive and can get boring really soon.
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Miss Andri
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 31, 2013
The game would only register one keyboard stroke until it ceased allowing any keyboard input. When I finally gave up trying to get the keyboard to work and started a game, I found out that I was going to be called "he" throughout the game despite being a custom named, (assumedly?) faceless captain. Yeah, no thanks.

Maybe this is a good game for men who can actually get it to work properly on their computers. Not so much for me.
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Spang
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 15, 2013
Tower Defense Game.
It's like most of them. Casual but quite stressful on later levels. Since you deploy ships instead of towers, you of course can move them around. This makes the strategy a little bit different.
There's a cute kind of humour and cartoon-style graphics. The controls are very easy to understand - You just use the mouse. If you like Tower Defense games you will probably enjoy this game. Although I think the price is a bit steep. 13 euro is too much. If you can pick this up at a sale with 50% discount or more - I'd say: Go for it.
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Tuong
( 57.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 27, 2013
Help Smilin Jack O'Hurlihan, Esmeralda, and Dr. Theopolis defeat Gruesome George, an army of undead, giant monsters, and the mysterious Red Widow! Featuring nail-biting boss battles, swashbuckling adventure, and a horde of undead buccaneers, Zombie Pirates will send a shiver right down to yer timbers!

Jack's battles will take him from the Carribbean-like Buccaneer Bay to the savage Cannibal Isles, the mysterious Sargassum Sea, and the icy reaches of Polaris, battling zombies and nefarious boss monsters along the way.

Jack is joined by Dr. Theopolis and his marvelous gryocopters and submarines, Esmeralda and her all-gal crew of the Manta, and a number of other strange and amazing vessels.

Jack will need all the help he can get, for the Zombie Pirate fleets contain everything from Plague Ships to hulking Dreadnoughts to screeching flocks of Murder Birds! And behind them all is the captain of the undead, Gruesome George!
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Iron Chef Lucas
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: September 20, 2013
This is a pretty terrible game, I highly recommend you avoid it.
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Posted: March 9, 2013
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2013
Tower Defense Game.
It's like most of them. Casual but quite stressful on later levels. Since you deploy ships instead of towers, you of course can move them around. This makes the strategy a little bit different.
There's a cute kind of humour and cartoon-style graphics. The controls are very easy to understand - You just use the mouse. If you like Tower Defense games you will probably enjoy this game. Although I think the price is a bit steep. 13 euro is too much. If you can pick this up at a sale with 50% discount or more - I'd say: Go for it.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: March 24, 2014
If you enjoyed Plants versus Zombies, then you will enjoy Zombie Pirates. The gameplay is very similar, but your plants can sail around the battlefield once they're placed.

The next time you see this game for 75% off, pick it up. For less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks, you really can't go wrong.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Fun little casual Tower Defense game with moveable, upgradeable ships and a silly pun-laced story.

Not especially ground-breaking or challenging but enjoyable nonetheless.

Recommended on sale.

- Skinny from the Fat B*stard (curator link)
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2011
Surprisingly fun casual game. It's a sort of a defense game where you set up your ships and defend/defeat the zombie enemy onslaught. The difficulty was perfect in my opinion; it was really hard to achieve diamond rank in some levels, but not impossible. The variety of ships and characters were entertaining. It has a comic story line and feel which makes it fun to play. I recommond it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2015
Too expensive for what it does, it could work as a $1 game on mobile, but having a default $15 price tag you can just figure that devs aren't good at putting 1 and 1 together. This can't compete with most $15 DECENT games (so I'm not even considering games that got avg Metascore of 80+).
It's not the worst thing on Steam, but you don't want to bother with it, it is forgettable, barely inspired, and plain simple, it is the archetype of a mobile game, not as fun as it should thou.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
Even at a buck and a half, this game doesn't work. It should not be compared to Plants vs. Zombies, since that is a much better game. That had strategy. Zombie Pirates is basically killing zombie ships and furiously clicking what they drop before it disappears. A dead ship drops a parrot, which can purchase ships, grop, which heals one ship, or a bomb which can blow up an area and may destroy several ships. It's just too hard. Try moving ships and using strategy in your spare seconds. While you're clicking on loot, you may miss healing a ship and it sinks, very easily. Or you miss picking up everything, and even if you do, you may not get a strong enough fleet. The worst are the birds which come out in flock to sink your ships, yet drop nothing. You run out of bombs, grog, or parrots and there's nothing to do but wait for another long load screen to try again and again. You can purchase upgrades, but they are so expensive, it takes a ton of grinding to earn enough gold, which is a sick attempt to extend the length of the game. It's too hard and frustrating and I quit halfway.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2011
fun but short and easy
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2015
Let's be totally up front here; Zombie Pirates both looks and feels like a game designed by someone who has never made a video game before.

When it opens, it presents a quaint little opening where pirates destroy a person's ship and steals the owner's woman. Then, he rises from the dead because his love is too strong. Nothing special, but I understand - sometimes, you don't want to be too heavy with story. You just want a dumb little love story, and I can side with that. Our character has come back from the DEAD to save his love, because it's silly and this is a game about pirates and *zombies*. And then when you load the first level... you're playing as the pirates.

Wait, we're against the zombies? We're the pirates? We stole that guy's love, killed him, destroyed his ship, and now we're Chuck McPirateFace, ruler of the Seven Seas, killing off hordes of zombie pirate ships? ...Okay... I guess? The game only told us that the one zombie guy came back. Where did all these zombie ships come from?

And the gameplay. My god, the gameplay. There's an implied grid, and you sail your ship around it. When you get close to enemy ships, you fire at them. If they get close enough, they fire at you. You can't dodge the shots the enemy shoot at you, so your only option is to stay in a sweet spot range. Each enemy drops an item which can be helpful, but ultimately it's extremely difficult to downright impossible to utilize and use an item (in which at least one of them involves getting another ship to control, giving you a strategic advantage) and also keeping yourself in the sweet spot you need to be.

And then, the game rates you on the *number of ships you've lost*. Are you trying to make a strategy game? If this were turn-based, I could understand punishing me for losing ships. But it's real time. You can't punish someone for losing ships in real time, especially if you're already expecting me to control my main ship in real time as well.

Sew it all up with having to hear your main ship spit out dumb phrases ("These dead men are telling tales!"? Really?) over and over every time you move your character, and it becomes so sickeningly cheezy, and you're left with a sickly, amateur game that couldn't even keep me occupied for a friggin hour for me to review it in a serious manner. I'm disgraced to have this game in my library, and it is barely worth fifteen cents, let alone the fifteen dollar asking price.

I find it funny that up above, in the game description, it seems to end with 'Zombie Pirates will send a shiver right'. The cut-off sentence just sounds like a question, and a good one. Will it send a shiver? Sure, but not from horror. Pastels do not lend themselves to horror. I shivered from the very idea that someone, somewhere spent the kind of money that could feed someone for a few days, or buy something objectively more interesting on this pile.

tl;dr Avoid this game. It is not worth either your money or your time. If real-time strategy or tower defence is what you're after, there are better, cheaper games (read: Plants vs. Zombies, Sanctum).
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12 of 25 people (48%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2014
Eh, it's an okay Tower D game, but there are much better ones out there.
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10 of 21 people (48%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 10, 2014
Well basically Zombie Pirates is one big mini game where waves and and waves of zombie ships come from right side of the screen to attack you and you have to defend yourself using various items like powder kegs, parrots and other ships.


Game is quite fun in small doses (like 10 min ) since it's very repetitive and can get boring really soon.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2013
This is a pretty terrible game, I highly recommend you avoid it.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2012
It's just a casual game, unfortunately extremely overpriced. It may be worth 2€, not 12,99€
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: March 9, 2013
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2013
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Avoid like the plague, good thing I got it for free :D
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
Unskippable mspaint cutscenes up the rear. extremely boring game, click to move ship, ship autoaims and fires, watch the game play itself or just leave it be
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4 of 13 people (31%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2013
This is total crap. Don't bother. No seriously. Don't bother.
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18 of 52 people (35%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2013
The game would only register one keyboard stroke until it ceased allowing any keyboard input. When I finally gave up trying to get the keyboard to work and started a game, I found out that I was going to be called "he" throughout the game despite being a custom named, (assumedly?) faceless captain. Yeah, no thanks.

Maybe this is a good game for men who can actually get it to work properly on their computers. Not so much for me.
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11 of 69 people (16%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Help Smilin Jack O'Hurlihan, Esmeralda, and Dr. Theopolis defeat Gruesome George, an army of undead, giant monsters, and the mysterious Red Widow! Featuring nail-biting boss battles, swashbuckling adventure, and a horde of undead buccaneers, Zombie Pirates will send a shiver right down to yer timbers!

Jack's battles will take him from the Carribbean-like Buccaneer Bay to the savage Cannibal Isles, the mysterious Sargassum Sea, and the icy reaches of Polaris, battling zombies and nefarious boss monsters along the way.

Jack is joined by Dr. Theopolis and his marvelous gryocopters and submarines, Esmeralda and her all-gal crew of the Manta, and a number of other strange and amazing vessels.

Jack will need all the help he can get, for the Zombie Pirate fleets contain everything from Plague Ships to hulking Dreadnoughts to screeching flocks of Murder Birds! And behind them all is the captain of the undead, Gruesome George!
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Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Great game for people who don't have alot of time to play a long game. Its also really fun in a way to.
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