Every activity in Puzzle Pirates is a uniquely fun puzzle: be it sailing, gunning, or hauling treasure, your own puzzling skill determines your success!
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Very Positive - 86% of the 36 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date:
Sep 14, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Puzzle Pirate: Dark Seas is a new take on a beloved MMO that's been sailing the seas for over a decade. This requires a lot of updates and input from players to help us create an exciting experience without losing the charm of a game they love.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We believe it's important to be flexible depending on our needs. However we anticipate that we'll be in Early Access for 6 months to a year.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The world of Puzzle Pirates: Dark Seas is large and has a lot of interconnected parts. The final version should include fully functional blockades and chances for flags (a collection of crews) to colonize islands and build an empire. We also hope to include more PvP elements to help track and reward those who take risks and have the most skill.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current Early Access version contains the core game. Blockades and island ownership are not yet operational, but we hope to implement them soon. You can create crews and flags, pillage, run shops, play puzzles, PvP, and increase your wealth while you prepare for the battles that are to come.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The game will continue to be Free to Play after Early Access with in game purchases. We currently do not expect in game purchases to change price. However the cost of items within the game may change price as we make balance adjustments.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Absolutely! Puzzle Pirates has a long history of using player feedback to improve the game. This is especially true for Puzzle Pirates: Dark Seas. We encourage anyone with feedback to post on our forums.”
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November 10

November Update

This month the air is cooling and the colors are changing. As we recently announced, we're preparing for blockades! There are a couple of event blockades that will happen before we open islands up for ownership. This is so we can test blockades before we have something as valuable as island ownership on the line. Check out the announcement linked above for more information.

Stock up now mates and start talking with the other flags in your faction. It's time to determine how much are you willing to risk.

This month we're making the Harvest Class Cutter available the entire month of November. Hop into a shipyard today to order your very own floating feast. Additionally we have recently made the following changes:

  • You will no longer see the change log on the notice board when you log in. The wall of text is now gone. Don't worry, you can still access it by clicking on the change log image on the front tab of the notice board.
  • Winning PvP battles against the opposing faction will now award everyone aboard the vessel an untradeable faction trinket. These trinkets will be used to purchase faction-related equipment at the Trading Post in the future, so start stockpiling now!
  • Added and initial set of trophies related to Faction PvP. The conditions will need to be discovered by players!
  • A black market was added to Point Venture. There you can purchase specialized items. Black Boxes will not award Sea Monster maps for currently disabled Sea Monster zones.
  • Small decrease to the average value of Greedy Purses in preparation for Trading Posts.

This November, savor the bounty of the Puzzle Pirates Vineyard in the Wine Mystery Box! As yer well aware, only the finest libations come in box form. Sailin' the high seas, ye need to pack yer hold with efficiency so as to maximize yer trade profits. Ye also want to make certain yer cargo is secure in the event ye encounter flying cannonballs, whirlpools or rocks on yer journey. Just tip it and discern Wine Sea Otters, Merlot Macaws, Syrah Snake, and more.

From now until 3:00 PM PST on November 20, 2017, you'll earn a free Wine Mystery Box for every $9.99 you spend on doubloons, or every month of subscription time you purchase!

For more information about the full contents of the 2017 Wine Mystery Box, as well as the official rules, please click here. Tip the box back and make the best of wine time, before it's gone for the season!

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November 1

Blockades Are On The Horizon

Ahoy mates!

Blockades are looming so ye best be ready to sail!

Unlike openings in the past, you pirates will chart the course for the first island openings. Which island will open first will be based on the results of an event blockade. It's up to factions and flags to decide how much they're willing to risk to determine with which island opens first.

Please be aware that once the first island is opened we will be opening the 3 shipyard shoppes for player orders of larger ships. This gives other players an opportunity to order larger ships for looming battles.

Every blockade is sinking unless otherwise stated.

Ye can find the discussion thread in Parley, here .

11/18/2017 - Event

  • Type: Non Sinking
  • Time: Noon game time.
  • Rounds: 3
  • Prizes: Charm items!
    1st - Sleeping Cat with a Sleeping kitten - Grey with white paws
    2nd - Sleeping Cat - Grey with white paws
    3rd - Maroon jeweled chest
    The top 3 flags will also receive a modest flag hall to place them in (if the flag already has a hall we will give the monarch 10,000 PoE and 10 doubloons). The charm item(s) will be placed where the monarch chooses in the flag hall (as long as it's possible to place an item there).
  • Details: Given we're still in early access, this event will allow us to test blockades before we open islands. It's also possible we need to run additional event blockades.
  • Note: It's possible (but not currently intended) that the charm prizes may appear in the future on LE ships or as furniture in promo boxes.

12/16/2017 - Event

  • Type: Sinking
  • Time: Noon game time.
  • Rounds: 3
  • Prize: The winning faction will determine which island will open first, Magpie Island or Loggerhead Island. If the Defiant side wins, Loggerhead Island will open first. If Shadow wins, Magpie Island will be the first to open. The winning faction is determined by the winning flag. Thus, it's in a faction's best interest to work together to ensure the faction is the winner.

01/06/2018 - Island Opening

  • Type: Sinking
  • Time: Noon game time.
  • Rounds: 3
  • Note: Opening of Magpie Island or Loggerhead Island depending on who won the event blockade. The island will be placed under BK control and the two flags must not only contend with each other, but also a brigand king. Winning flag will claim ownership of the island.

01/20/2018 - Island Opening

  • Type: Sinking
  • Time: Noon game time.
  • Rounds: 3
  • Note: Opening of the remaining island, Magpie Island or Loggerhead Island. As above, the island will be placed under BK control. The winning flag will claim ownership of the island.

**Due to the nature of this ocean's Beta status, details may change. When possible, we will provide advance notice of changes.**
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About This Game

Brace yourself for swashbuckling puzzle action as you pillage your way to glory across the briny deep! Create and customize a pirate, collect booty, and join a player-run crew of cutthroats! Every activity in Puzzle Pirates is a uniquely fun puzzle: be it sailing, gunning, or hauling treasure, your own puzzling skill determines your success!

Key Features

  • Co-operative Piracy: Sail the seas with your friends and pillage brigands and merchants aboard your very own pirate ship!
  • A Plethora of Puzzles: Play more than 20 puzzles and mini-games, representing various piratey exploits, such as Swordfighting and Sailing!
  • Sail to Adventure: Explore a living world filled with thousands of other players! Hunt dangerous Sea Monsters and voyage to lost treasure-filled realms, such as the Haunted Seas!
  • Intense PvP: Pick your side and fight Defiantly for honor, or lurk in the Shadows to infect and dominate the ocean.
  • Booty: Customize your pirate with a bounty of different clothing items and equipment!
  • Player-Run Economy: Run your own shop and produce weapons, ships and other goods for sale. Band crews together under a mighty “Pirate Flag” and become governor of a pirate haven.
  • Free to Play: Puzzle Pirates is free to play, no subscription is required to enjoy everything the game has to offer!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 98, ME, or later
    • Processor: 500 MHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 280 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Java version 1.5
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • Processor: 500 MHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 280 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Java version 1.5
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