Set in the golden age of pirates, this is your chance to become pirate king and conquer the Caribbean. Join, champion, and unite the three pirate factions: Pirates, Corsairs and Buccaneers. You must ultimately leverage this unity in all out war against the evil Pirates of Black Cove.
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Release Date: Aug 2, 2011

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Set in the golden age of pirates, this is your chance to become pirate king and conquer the Caribbean.
Join, champion, and unite the three pirate factions: Pirates, Corsairs and Buccaneers. You must ultimately leverage this unity in all out war against the evil Pirates of Black Cove.
Manage and develop parts of three strongholds and visit them to pick up faction and storyline missions. Visit the Alchemist to find out what special ingredients are needed for the wacky potions and embark on adventures to find and collect them.
Unite the three Pirate factions to gain access to their hero units and ultimately take down the Pirates of Black Cove and become King of all the pirates. If you have what it takes that is.

Key features:

  • Roam the open World with your Pirate crew and pick up missions as you sail the seas.
  • Notoriety and fame brings you closer to your ultimate goal: the King of All Pirates
  • Battle it out with the forces of Black Cove and other colonial nations on both land and sea
  • Select your character from several different Pirate Captains, each with their own unique skills and features
  • Make creative use of some of he wackiest land and sea based weapons ever to grace a Pirate world
  • Varied units and weapons allows You to carry out the battles as You see fit

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Core Duo or equivalent processor
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 4 GB hard disk space
    • Video Card: GeForce 8600 or equivalent Video Card (256 MB of dedicated memory with support for pixel shader 3.0)
    • DirectX®: 9.0
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0 Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers
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98 of 113 people (87%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 11, 2015
I want to love this game, I really do but this has to be the worst game I've ever played due to a lack of support, bugs, glitches and a very lacking game in general.

When I first started this game up I had no idea what to expect never having played a pirate themed game before. The first problem was the voice over's. Terrible.

I got into the game and found it rather basic but did enjoy it's subtle charm. I realise that the land missions were a bit dated but honestly the sailing around I had no problem with at all. Once I had the hedgehog (best ship in the game IMO) my enjoyment went up even more. Unfortunately this is the only good thing I'll be saying about this game.

When I hit the half way mark I realised some of the achievements were buggy and had not unlocked for things I had gone for. After multiple attempts some of them unlocked. I realise achievements aren't for everyone but if I can grab a couple while I'm playing and enjoying a game I see it as a "misc quest" of sorts.

Shortly after this issue I came across another. When I opened the menu in game and tried to save my game I would CTD. I played around with it for an hour trying to fix the issue by reloading, going to new areas, etc and nothing worked. I never needed to use the in game load option but that also bugged out and caused a CTD.

I discovered during my testing that at least the game auto saved when leaving land so I had an annoying way to at least progress to finish the game.

The I came to worst problem I've ever come across in a game ever. The final mission is broken. So badly that even if you get past the first bug or issue there are another 4 waiting for you. I re loaded and tried multiple things multiple times and nothing worked. Oh and this issue, it's been un answered and around since 2011. Everywhere I looked all I found was more people with the same issues and a lucky few, had issues beyond where I was up to in the final mission. All in all I found 5 different common game breaking bugs with the final mission. I cannot get past the second out of the five of them.

Overall I wanted to love this game, I forgave its poor design choices on the land maps, I got use to the terrible voice over's and surprisingly I even got use to having to use the auto save feature. The fact that the final mission is that much of a problem for so many people is unacceptable. Especially since nothing has been done about it for so long and the game is still available for purchase. 0/10
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62 of 78 people (79%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
I like this game! Its very colourful, its not meant to be a historical recreation of pirating & its addictively fun!

Your character starts off with a ship, a crew & a pirate base to sail from. The game is mostly quest-driven, the goal being to complete quests for the different factions in the game (there are three), which rewards you with gold & reputation with that respective faction. The ultimate goal is to unite the three factions in order to take on the dreaded Black Cove Pirates & then become the Pirate King. Your character gains experience & reputation along the way, which unlock new skills. Your ship can be upgraded to become ever more powerful & you can recruit a pirate army to help you plunder colonies around the Caribbean. I found that the game mechanics were quite intuitive & its not a game you need to spend hours poring over a manual or practicing detailed tutorials just to play.

Sea combat is very easy & basic, but I have found it to be less cumbersome than the mechanics in "Sid Meier's Pirates! Gold". If this game were only about sailing around, fighting other ships & plundering gold from their wreckage, it would be a boring game. But it isn't. Its about questing, accomplishing missions, gaining rewards & experience, & following a storyline. That keeps it interesting & fun & not too serious, enough to hold the player's attention. There are loads of corny pirate jokes to be picked up in bottles floating in the sea so you might even get a laugh out of it. I think the developers have done a lot of work trying to make the game as least serious as possible, to make it a fun game to play rather than a simulation.

At the price that its being offered on Steam, in my opinion it is worth the money. Its becoming one of my most enjoyable games to play :)
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Enjoyable but a pale comparison to Sid Mier's Pirates in my opinion. I was entertained enough to play it and complete it though. It has a wiry sense of humor. The sea battles are enjoyable particularly with the different ordance you earn at different pirate ports but the land battles are a little tedious. Not overly so but they could have used some refinement.

If you enjoy Pirate games, this one is for you. If not, I would likely skip this one.
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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2015
Pirates of the Black Cove is game that tries to be many things but it fails in every aspect.

The high point of the game is ship fighting but that isnt that great since you can only choose a few special weapons to diversify the combat but it is mostly just firing canons with no boarding to speak of besides the special catapult that you put in your ship to throw men in order to capture ships which isnt very fun to be honest. The ships also sail very slowly which can make traveling in the game world quite painfull only later in the game you get faster ships that becames a little more bearable.

The game also forces you to play ground combat to progress the story but there isnt exp or anything like that and the only viable tactic if you can call it that is jut select all units and focus on an single enemy. So most of the times you get ground combat you just wish that ends quickly because it is torture. There is unit variety but you can only have 3 diferent sets of unit per captain and the game doesnt give controls to select diferent groups of units so really your only choice is selecting everyone and defeat a enemy one by one.

The story is just bland and the voice acting is quite bad. The game tries to be funny but it is just dry jokes that are delivered by bad voice acting or by pieces of test you find in the game world. There is 3 diferent starting captains that you can choose from but the lines are all the same just perfomed by diferent actors, the characters have diferent background stories in text but in game the story is all the same.

Overall the game is just painfull to play, I finished the game but it just felt like torture after awhile, the ship fighting was bearable but the ground combat is just awfull.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
Game is slow paced. I found it fun, about 8-10hr of story missions. No Side missions other then collecting Jokes and Blueprints. Crashes form time to time.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
So long as you know what your getting, this game is decent. The story line is simplistic, the dialgue cheesey, and the voice acting comically bad. Gameplay can be a touch repetitive and isn't particularly complicated, but its a fair way to spend a few hours playing pirate without having to commit to an exceptionally in depth game.

Fun, simple, and pretty easy. Not sure I would pay full price for it, but if you pick it up on sale I doubt you will regret it.
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2011
one among the best pirate games on steam so far , yarrrrrr
- both land and sea battles
- heros , can hire more units + build buildings
- story
the bad part
- poor optimization , bugs
- no multiplayer
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
As you start a campaign the first thing to smack you in the face is the horrific voice acting. If you choose Walker de Planc (side note, expect several puns of dad-quality throughout), you will get an immediate front-row seat to just how little the developers cared about who they hired to voice act. To his credit, I could tell he was trying to pull off an Irish accent. He's immediately joined by a forgettable side character that also made me want to pull my hair out. I barely made it out of the first ten minutes of gameplay.

With that out of the way, the rest of the game is actually pretty well done for what it is. PoBC is a silly little arcade game that never attempts to take itself seriously, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Sea navigation/battles are compelling, though weather and day/night cycles are sorely missed. Land navigation/battles are unremarkable, but passable. A.I. leaves something to be desired, especially when one or two of your men somehow manage to get stuck behind a pillar, resulting in their death in the event of a retreat. The story is only as good as the voice actors sell it, so as things go, it's not great.

It's a below average game, but it's definitely a fun way to pass a few nights playing. Well worth the $2.49 I paid for it on a Steam sale.
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20 of 33 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2014
this game like a torchlight II + a ship battle game, nice
but without the complex of equipment, it just about hiring crew, upgrade your boat/buy a new boat, captain's skill
lack of hotkey, what you will do is just click and clicking
fun enough, not too challenging

pros : casual rpg, nice graphic, nice sounds, good storyline, large free roam
cons : lack hotkey, no equipment for heroes, overprice ships
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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Dont buy this game, its broken on Windows 7 64 bit.

Had a game freeze after beating Montezuma, tested it on 2 PC's, same results.

with that slow movement, no time acceleration so you wait nearly 3 minutes that your troops run back to start entrance...
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7.0 hrs
Posted: July 24
A great ship combat game with good missions in the sea. But as soon as you are on land the combat sucks. still i enjoyed this game!
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Judah Ben Hur
1.9 hrs
Posted: May 6
the must-play title for all steam pirates
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20.5 hrs
Posted: April 1
Buy this game!

Do it you dogs or its you we load the cannons!
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15.4 hrs
Posted: March 31
No......just no.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: March 16
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127.6 hrs
Posted: February 15
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Judge Fudge
18.5 hrs
Posted: January 29
Game was fun while it lasted, it is like Sids Pirates and has a good campaign to follow.
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3.0 hrs
Posted: January 9
First off this is more of an ok game, then an I hate it game.

I was really hopeing for something more like sid meier's pirates.
I found the land battles pathetic.
The ship battles were ok, but I was left wanting.

After playing this I just loaded sid meier's pirates again and relived the glory days.
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mad rabbit
0.5 hrs
Posted: December 8, 2015
Purchased this game hoping for a modern and improved experience similar to that of 'Sid Meier's - Pirates'. Like other negative review comments for 'Pirates of Black Cove' I wanted to like this game. However the overall game, especially the gameplay (e.g. ship-to-ship battles) itself, feels 'sluggish'.

Whilst I did not experience any performance problems (note: make sure you switch the game to use your dedicated GFX card if you have an Optimus laptop!), it seems to me a lot of effort went into graphical improvements, without any of these improvements contributing anything beneficial the overall gameplay experience = waste of computer resources.

I believe any further develpoment of this game will NOT have any benefit, as it's 'core' gameplay has been taken in a complete 'dull' direction.

If like me you enjoyed 'Sid Meier's - Pirates', stick with that classic and avoid 'Pirate of Black Cove'.
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