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 (922 reviews) - 80% of the 922 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 31, 2011

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June 17

A Barrel o' Fun!




Must've been a shipwreck out at sea, because barrels of goodies are washin' ashore! We're hearin' reports o' mates findin' Ruffian Barrels, assorted barrel furniture, ghost octopus familiars, chocolate sloops, chocolate hedgehog pets, an' more!

For more information about the full contents of the Barrel Box, as well as the official rules, please click here. The Barrel Boxes won't last forever, so pry 'em open and make off with th' goods while ye can!

From now until 3:00 PM PDT on June 27, 2016 you'll earn a free Barrel Box for every $9.99 you spend on doubloons, or every month of subscription time you purchase!

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March 11

Spring Forth!




Put some spring in yer step, mates, for this month's Spring Green Mystery Boxes are full of fresh greenery! Spectral cat pets appear in this box, along with spring green / emerald musketeer parrot familiars, spring green trinkets, ships, chromas and furniture!

For more information about the full contents of the 2016 Spring Green Mystery Box, as well as the official rules, please click here. The Spring Green Mystery Boxes are only available for a limited time, so leap on your chance to get one today!

From now until 3:00 PM PDT on March 21, 2016 you'll earn a free Spring Green Mystery Box for every $9.99 you spend on doubloons, or every month of subscription time you purchase!

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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!
  • 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

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP and Vista, 7
    • Processor: 500 MHz
    • Memory: 256 MB
    • Hard Disk Space: 100 MB
    • 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
    • Hard Disk Space: 100 MB
    • Java: Version 1.5
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Overall:
Very Positive (922 reviews)
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Jamie
( 947.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I've dedicated 8+ years to this game and I regret nothing! This game if played correctly becomes a way of life, you get to earn your place in a community of pirates and work your way to the top to reap in riches and rewards. It's based around a series of mini puzzles which contributes to your surroundings in ways like enabling your ship to sail or fixing damage. You can PVP other players or head to the inn to do some casual gambling, join a crew and make friends.. I would recommend this game to anyone and everyone and highly suggest everyone give it a good hard go. The more time you put into understanding it the more you understand the simple-yet-intricate mechanics of the game and the more fun you can have!
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gopackers95
( 36.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This is a great game to play for all ages and contains many fun, puzzle-oriented minigames that help pass time quickly. However, the game is more than a decade old now and suffers from a lack of active players. After playing on and off for many years, it's kind of sad to see how much the active population has dwindled over time, but I would still recommed playing it for the sake of the entertaining and interesting minigames.
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Professor Severus Snaper
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Since I was a baby I wanted to become a pirate. Now, 18 years later, I finally am a pirate!
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hac999999999
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Nostalgia is dead...dont even try
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Cinged
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
This game was aright, though a bit annoying. When I selected a puzzle, it would take me to the house it was located in, then I would have to wander around until I found the right area. When I was playing a puzzle I enjoyed, the duty pop up is ANNOYING. I just decided to delete it.
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Rous
( 43.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
Doubloon exchanges just to pick up clothing. Doubloon costs to buy labor, seamonster, and every other badge, which last a finite number of days. If you want a mobile cash-grabbing game that you can play on your computer, this is it. It's really sad, too, because other than the pretty blatant money-sinking, its a cute game.
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Loaye
( 15.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
This is by far one of the best games I have ever played. I have been playing for about 10 years now and it bring backs so many memories.
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New Mad Hatter
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
I had played Puzzle Pirates since about 2005, shortly after it was released. The game is now 13 years old and it's age has shown. Puzzle Pirates was released in the early days of MMO's, and for many years kept me interested for its involving fun puzzle gameplay and live econemy that was effected by the players. It also helped that for the years of WoW's massive popularity, every other MMO in existence was a WoW clone or so it seemed.

The game offers a wide variety of fun puzzles, both single player and multi player, and a large amount of missions such as tournaments and raids to profess your puzzling skill.

Many things feel terribly dated and strange compared to the way game are played today, such as the way we move around islands (you could click to walk to areas for no reason or simply teleport to important areas on the map). Large raids could be very difficult to pull off as finding 50 people online to sail into Atlantis could be vastly difficult.

If you are a fan of puzzle games, you could have a lot of fun here. The game has aged heavily, and it shows. No amount of updates and polish could save it in that regard unfortunately. It comes down to how you rate a game. Rating this for its time I give it a hearty 5/5, and for today, I could reccomend it only to puzzling fans and more casual gamers. How I dream for a modern re release of this game..
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HMS Boatfucker 69
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
All praise our old pirate overlords.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
All praise our old pirate overlords.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
229 of 273 people (84%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
Fact is...
its better then CoD Ghosts.
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96 of 114 people (84%) found this review helpful
70 people found this review funny
Recommended
870.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015
Made pirate. joined crew. made money, left crew. joined new crew. got scammed. left crew. joined old crew. made loadsamoney. left crew. made my own crew. allied with old crew. lost money. got members in my crew. made money back.
lost social life somewhere in between all that.

11/10 would lose social life again
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52 of 55 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
358.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2015
Puzzle Pirates is an excellent MMO puzzling game that is past its prime, yet still very playable and a good way to amuse yourself for hours. It is also a game I have played on and off for over 9 years now.

You get to be a pirate, and you perform your tasks(Sailing, carpentry, navigation, swordfighting and many more) by playing puzzles. The puzzles done interact with eachother, making it a unique challenge to run a functional ship together with others. While you can play it for the social aspect of puzzling together and having a great pillage among friends, it is equally possible to just puzzle on your own, or to join easily accessible pickup groups('Jobbing') just for the puzzling.
Sadly, due to its age it is now unlikely that you'll find a large amount of people - An issue in any social game.

With your rewarded or pillaged money you can buy outfits for your pirate, customising your pants, hat, shirt and boots with plenty of different clothing and colour options - As well as allowing you to buy a fancy house, paint it, furnish it, and just have yourself a humble abode, a shack, or a magnificent mansion. The customisation in the game is excellent, with many years of content to keep you busy furnishing, clothing, painting and customising every bit of your pirate, house and if you have the money even your ships.
But sadly, you won't be able to do too much with it, as the ingame economy has almost wrecked itself. This game has a very good economy model, with supply and demand, freight trips, and commodities being produced and moved all by players, fashioned into their end products by players, and bought by players. However, to deliver anything but the most basic of goods you need to pay a delivery cost. There are two currencies, Pieces of Eight(PoE), and Dubloons. PoE are the money of the world, you get PoE from your pillaging, from working for the navy, and as payment for labour(Also a puzzle!), and Dubloons, a currency you can only buy with physical money from your own wallets outside of the game.

Of course, nothing is ever truly fully free, is it? There are two kinds of servers for Puzzle Pirates. The first is a subscription ocean, where you have to pay a monthly fee to have access to just about anything(But you do get to play and puzzle for free as an unlimited trail), the economy on there is actually pretty decent, but if you aren't subscribed and do not plan to subscribe you will be locked out from a large amount of content. The other is dubloon oceans, where you are free to play - But you need dubloons to deliver anything more fancy than a broken crate and a bedroll, and you need to buy badges with dubloons to unlock content such as anything rank based in your crew(Read: Pirate version of a guild/group), Sea Monster Hunting, and playing some of the puzzles and parlor games(All shipboard working puzzles are always free. On-shore labour and parlor games are free only a few days a week depending on the specific puzzle).
Luckily, dubloons can be bought using PoE in a market system, so you can technically get everything without ever paying anything for a dubloon but your ingame currencies. Sadly, this means that you will need to spend -A LOT- to get them. As demand for them is set incredibly high, with almost everything of any note costing you dubloons and a large part of the remaining playerbase being rich their prices have gone up to nearly 4000 PoE. To give that some context, you gain about 20 for an average performance with the NPC navy for one league point, on a trip that lasts 20 or so minutes. At this rate, you have korean MMO levels of grinding just to be able to afford the basics for your pirate, and it is not at all uncommon for an item's cost in PoE to be negligible compared to the dubloon costs. Dubloon costs for everything has sunk the economy for all but a few, but at least the puzzles themselves are enjoyable, even if the MMO part of the game is a mess.
As long as you have your expectations right this is not a problem, with well designed puzzles you can surely find ways to enjoy yourself
Edit: I wrote a guide to help you enjoy the game, all the way at the bottom

As you might tell from the economy bit up there, it is not very friendly to newcomers, mostly thanks to the prices becoming impossible. Aside from that though, it is a very friendly game and easy to pick up. Easy controls, easy to learn but difficultt o master puzzles and an appealing artstyle are part of the draws. The population on server is friendly, helpful, and tries their best to enjoy a good game, but without reaching for your wallet it is unlikely that you will ever get far these days - And if you plan to make your own crew you are out of luck as this is one of the most expensive (in dubloons) things one can do. In addition, if you do not buy dubloons or subscribe, you have around 6 weeks since your last login to come back. Else your pirate will be deleted.

As amusing as the chatfilter is with pirate-y-fying your swears, and as amusing as the puzzles are, as friendly as the community on server are, and as satisfying it is to build up your home and move somewhere bigger over countless pillages, Puzzle pirates is on a straight track to the cliff of abandonned old games and nobody seems to know if the developer has plans to slow down and save it, or given up hope to just let it fall while hoping to get some final payments out of it for dubloons.
If you do join the game, please get on the Emerald Ocean, it's getting lonelier by the day

Edit: A guide to get you started
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=115409864

Edit2: A guide by me on how to make the best of a dubloon ocean
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=495957446
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60 of 68 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
166.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
The game stays fun even after years playing the game
The minigames challenge you in a very enjoyable way
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47 of 50 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,132.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
Thoroughly enjoy the puzzles - and have my favorites. Join a pilly and earn PoE so you can buy yourself new outfits and swords. Careful though - it is easy to lose hours to this game
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42 of 45 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
this game is pretty damn fun you can get your own crew and/or shoppe and even conquer islands and things like that.
It looks very childish, but it's all about them booty. I once owned a blacksmith and got mad booty.

Also, everything in this game is done with minigames. Brawling is bubble shooter, swordfighting some kind of variation on tetris, but oh man, everything is so fun.

Gotta get some friends though.
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53 of 63 people (84%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2015
First of all, let me state by saying that I used to love this game. About ten years ago or so, I played this daily, was part of a nice crew (Eowyn's crew, in case anyone remembers those days of old), and I puzzled my weekends away. For those days, this MMO was one of the best to play on old computers, there was always tons of stuff to do.

Nowadays though, islands and ships are deserted.

I always felt that after they introduced Poker, the game just got worse. You had some people winning millions with poker and if you went on a Sea Monster Hunt for hours in a row, you would be lucky to get 5K and a few nice items (that were probably old...)

I really enjoyed the puzzles though. I was amazing at Carpenting, pretty decent at Bilging and Sailing too. I sucked at Navigating though and never got more than a "good" on that puzzle.

To me it just feels like the economy of the game has been completely messed up after Poker was introduced, and I'm not surprised that hardly anyone is playing this anymore.

It was a GREAT game though. If I had a dozen friends who would play with me, I might go and try again, so that we could fill up a sloop and plunder. But on your own, it's hard to find a good crew. *sighs*

I am sad, cause I used to love puzzling in this game, but it just feels like a big waste of time nowadays.
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38 of 40 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2013
This game is for everyone who enjoys puzzle games with an actual kind of progress. You can create a guild, buy bigger and better ships, huge team puzzle fights, conquer islands and even own small businesses. All in all, I personally enjoy this game and I warmly recommend it :)
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