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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Release Date: Aug 31, 2011

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August 19

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From now until 3:00 PM PDT on August 29th, 2016 you'll receive a free Booch Box for every $9.99 you spend on doubloons, or every month of subscription time you purchase!



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August 5

The Pirate Summer Games!



Welcome Pirates!

The Quadrennial Feats o' Strength 'n Agility are upon us once again - The Pirate Summer Games 2016!

Compete against yer fellow pirates in one-on-one challenges or ship first t' third in PuzzleCompetitions t' earn points fer yer team - 'n a chance at Eternal Glory! Yer crew needs ye, so get out thar 'n show off yer well honed pirate skills.

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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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Very Positive (942 reviews)
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Kalona Wolf
267.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I am just speechless! The admin team is not very nice and say that your doing things that they don't want even if your not!
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Gremmlyn
237.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Be wary of people who want to take your spoils.
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Tacovendor
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
I've spent alot of my childhood in this game. Its community is sadly getting smaller and smaller but the game and the puzzles are still very enjoyable .....at least to me. I've made many long time friends in this game and im glad to see it found its way on steam. I dont play it as much as i used to but thats prolly more to changing tastes as i grow older. A game that promotes working together to accomplish goals and teaches leadership. I feel this is a great game for the younger gamers definitely more acceptable then a gta or mortal kombat. When i say younger im referring to under 10 but is still good for everyone. My hope is that even tho the community for this game may not be as big as it once was there is still a place for it to exsist.
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Hiriu
47.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
This was one of my first MMOs so a bit of bias might leak in.

This is a very entertaining game of swashbuckling, pillaging, co-op PvE entertainment, or even harsh PvP competition that will often challenge you to make you better with every attempt.
I'm not sure how much changed in the past 8 months I was unable to get back into the game, but it was very very addictive and entertaining as to how they made the puzzles, most were very easy to get into and seem strong at, but the higher difficulty works always left you challenged, and never seemed monotonous even after pillaging for weeks or longer!

Customization wasn't exactly a huge point to the game, but you definitely had to be rolling in a good bit of currancy/premium cash to get the nice house or the fancy garments, as well as to buy anything on your own..
But when you're in a good, friendly crew, willing to teach you, and help you pillage properly, well then making money is as simple as a monday night sport event, without having to clean up the beer!

The downsides though, was it depended on the community to keep you pillaging in the early bits of your pirate's lifetime, sometimes there was nobody doing public work, so you ultimately made little to no money with Naval Work, and sometimes forced you to land at islands that didn't have a proper ferry off the land.

Nevertheless, for a free game that you can play with many multitudes of players, have a couple of laughs over how someone bludgeoned your friend with a Tuna, or slaughter a few Skeletons with a meat Cleaver, I believe it's worth atleast giving a good few hours to attempt!

All in all, I think this game is worth an 8/10, not the best game, but it's definitely a good free game to try!
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flameraider1
130.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
This was my favorite game when the game was still building up 10ish years ago. The game now shows many signs of being dated and is no longer receiving regular content updates. The people running the game are recycling ideas month after month and are still running events that were popular when I first started. The game could use a major refresh and I hope to see this game become great once again.
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Consig
143.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
This is probably one of the best games i'll ever play, and it is extremely unique and the community is absolutely amazing. There is no game like it, and the people in the game will give you the shirt off their back which is rare in online games nowadays. I usually don't play the game through steam and have played for 6+ years, unfortunately the days of this game are numbered.

The game is abandoned and being bled for money, the only updates are those which contain items they sell for real life $. Outside of draining the game for money, there's no communication or hope for the game. Unfortunately it's your average story of an amazing game concept going to waste by an awful team behind the game. Unless the game gets sold off and a team that actually cares about the game steps up, the game is dead. Player base has dropped by 500%, communication has ended, and they're really just bleeding the games for money. Really a shame considering how much people loved and backed this game.
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CLOUT UP BOY
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
best pirate sim 10/10
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BOX
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
My last time playing this was when I registered through the browser and downloaded the client, which in all honesty it felt like it was years ago. I attempted to go back to see if I could have fun and just catch up with the fun.

All I can say is, this game has drastically lost it's super active community. It is beyond dead and in all honesty, I'm not even sure how the servers are even running or if the Devs even make any revenue from this dead game.
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Hectoncheir
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
The joy that I experience whilst playing Puzzle Pirates is ineffable -- no written dialect has the capability to portray it. No tongue to convey it either.
Despite my obviously limited hours playing Puzzle Pirates using the Steam client, I've been a decade-long patron to Three Rings; a few months shy of when ye olde Barnabas the Pale, the Widow Queen, Gretchen Goldfang (etc.) were released. Back when it was Ell Pollo Diablo, and not The Black Ship!

In case ‘ya didn't check the tags out, Puzzle Pirates is a massively multiplayer online game where its fundamental gameplay aspects are based on... Well, puzzling! Should you board an in-game piracy vessel akin to any 17th century vessel, you'll find a broad variety of puzzling games to indulge yourself to your heart’s content, ranging from hoisting the sails and adjusting your pulleys as you catch every forceful gale to sail your ship from island to island, league to league; or maybe you're the on duty officer and you're the one at that’s set the course of the vessel! With your hands on the ship's wheel and your eyes flickering between gazing beyond the bow, then up to the stars as you align them to your wheel for none other than smooth sailing! Or you want to be the ships temporary carpenter. With both hands hammering and nailing away at the deck and hull in an effort to keep the ship in tip-top shape as you repair the hull breach your sloop just sustained from enemy cannon fire. Maybe you're the one filling the ship's cannons as your on duty officer engages in 'fair' piracy naval combat with graceful Atlanteans as your crew invades the antediluvian's outpost in an epic ship-versus-sea monster warfare with your boot-licking lazer pirates hauling the glistening rewards right out from the waters about your vessel, all thanks due to your captain's warfare supremacy against the water-dwelling beasts.

Puzzle Pirates primarily focuses on voyages about the ocean, about battling and boarding other Brigand or Barbarians as you pillage their ships to your heart’s content, or if you could board other player vessel’s if you so choose! You can organize a renowned 7-man assembly of players to traipse into some Cursed Isles. Disembark from your sloop as you invade the cultist’s beach, engaging in a fierce brawl with the insane homunculus’s and zombies and (hopefully!) subduing their forces so that you’re granted an ample amount of time to forage for their caches!

'Course, Puzzle Pirates isn't all about ye olde harr-ty yarr-ty ship-based puzzling! Well, 99% of Puzzle Pirates is… Puzzling. On land, you've got a plentiful amount of relaxing activities to engage in. This includes: Chatting with your fellow Puzzle Pirate’s, managing your very own shoppe, governing your own island, defending the shores of an outpost from a fray of haughty skeletons as you and your posse of friendly pirates engage in an act of team oriented swordfighting puzzling... Oh, and some minigames!

You've got the opportunity to play a few carousing games, ranging from one-on-one sword fight duels against another player -- you with your ever-glorious stick, and them with their blue and yellow enamored dadao, or one can play a relaxing and genial game of Spades or, Hearts. Alternatively you can have some stakes up and running with if you’re feeling lucky enough with those. And then there’s the pinnacle of gambling in Puzzle Pirates: Texas Hold ‘Em. A parlour game where players use their hard earned pieces of eight after a long days worth of pillaging in an attempt to double, triple, quadruple, or lose entirely their dosh.

Now, if you’re the one with a fire in their eyes, the type for some competition among your fellow pirates, then hone your skills in an attempt to raise your Puzzling Standing, a system put in place to keep track of a certain player’s proficiency in a puzzle! As you become more efficient in your methodical practices in a certain puzzle, your Puzzle Standing will rise, and so too will your work output aboard the vessel or shoppe.

Marvelously, the Puzzle Pirates’ community is tremendously forgiving for those new to the game, and are always willing to lend a hand, or… Hook, to those in need of tutoring in certain puzzles. There’s no sense of obligation to improve your bilging standing beyond renowned, but you are rewarded for pushing forth and developing your tricks of the trade(s) to reach the ‘ultimate’ puzzle standing for that in-game trophy for recognition, proof of dedication, and the general sense of accomplishment. And if attaining the ultimate puzzle standing wasn’t enough, there’s a leader board set up for those who also have the ultimate puzzle standing as they cheerily climb over one another to reach that #1 ultimate standing for the entire server (Known as an ‘Ocean’). There’s a plethora of in-game trophies readily waiting for you to obtain as you simply play and enjoy the game at your own leisure that aren’t all about competition, of course!

With so many puzzles readily available for the player to, well… Play, one would think that there’s a puzzle that plays out similar to another, right? Mmm-mmm. Three Rings did a gorgeous job on keeping each puzzling game within Puzzle Pirate’s unique from one another. Rigging is entirely different to sailing, patching has no correlation to carpenting, and sea-batlte navigation is a whole different minigame in itself compared to regular navigation. And let’s not get started on that golly-gosh-darn distilling puzzle!

Trust in me when you read this, but Puzzle Pirates is an astoundingly complex and intricate game, but only if you choose to live the life of an esteemed conqueror! The process to govern an island is an arduous journey – Form a crew, make a flag, earn enough PoE (Acronym for Pieces of Eight, the in-game currency) for a warbooty, decide which player-controlled island you wish to blockade, declare war on the govener’s flag, schedule a blockade… Then blockade! Or you could manage your very own apothecary and concoct paint for ships, houses or furniture; or potions to whisk you from one island to another; enamel jars of varying colours for blacksmiths or furnishers. The commodities required to produce these goods don’t appear out of thin air, though! You’ve got to plan on how to acquire the commodities – Do you play the longer but cheaper route of placing bid tickets at an island’s market, then transport the goods to the island your shoppe is located? Or do you play the faster, more expensive option of buying what you need on the island your shoppe’s located? Either way, you’ll be putting your back into whatever relevant puzzle is required to produce labour required for your orders to be… Well, worked on!

Now, Puzzle Pirates is indeed free to play with the purely optional choice of spending Earth-ly dollarydoos (Talkin’ about $$$ here, yo.) to obtain in game doubloons, a secondary currency that can be obtained via in game means through trading with other pirates, or going to an in-game bank and converting your pieces of eight into doubloons.

And then there’s the Subscriber Oceans, where doubloons are a nonexistent concept and it’s solely pieces of eight. Players are free to do what they like, but there are restrictions put in place that prevent free to play pirates from engaging in a good portion of the game’s content. This restriction is uplifted once you’ve purchased (With dollarydoos of course) a subscription! And it’s… Just like how it sounds. It’s… A subscription. (For comparison’s sake, exactly like Runescape’s Membership. Weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual fees etcetc.)

There’s so much for you to do, and oh is there so much time!

TL;DR

AMAZING GAME. Play it. Ten/Ten. Puzzle on, people. Puzzle on. Recommended for everybody. Please play this game. The more the merrier, and Puzzle Pirates could use with a bountiful influx of players!
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♤♈☯LordAperion☯♈♤
130.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
I started Puzzle Pirates around 2005-2006. At the time, sloops were around 20-25k and dubs were around 500-1k. The game had a flourishing community and I happened to live on Aim Island where the population kept growing. Through many battles, explorations, flotilla attacks, and puzzles..I was having a blast.

Things back then were very affordable and if you were good at SF, Rumble, Hearts, Spades, or TD, you could easily make enough to buy a manor and a boat.

A lot of expansions happened between now and then. LE Boats were a lot of fun to own, I enjoyed the continued competitions, I liked collecting gold box items, and I really got into SMH and CI/CIT'S.

A fatal problem occured, however, when Poker was released. The economy was a spiral that nothing or no one could stop. At first, it didn't really effect things too drastically. Dubs had gotten to an all time high of 2k but it was overlooked. Months and years went by as the community decayed and the pirates I knew for years quit. Things became too expensive and I knew I had to do the same. What was once an innocent and engaging game became a festival for botting and gambling.

Of all the years invested in this game, I will miss those were apart of my pirate story. Though the puzzles are still fun today, the game itself is a rotted corpse of what used to be an actual experience.

Do not play it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
143.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
This is probably one of the best games i'll ever play, and it is extremely unique and the community is absolutely amazing. There is no game like it, and the people in the game will give you the shirt off their back which is rare in online games nowadays. I usually don't play the game through steam and have played for 6+ years, unfortunately the days of this game are numbered.

The game is abandoned and being bled for money, the only updates are those which contain items they sell for real life $. Outside of draining the game for money, there's no communication or hope for the game. Unfortunately it's your average story of an amazing game concept going to waste by an awful team behind the game. Unless the game gets sold off and a team that actually cares about the game steps up, the game is dead. Player base has dropped by 500%, communication has ended, and they're really just bleeding the games for money. Really a shame considering how much people loved and backed this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
My last time playing this was when I registered through the browser and downloaded the client, which in all honesty it felt like it was years ago. I attempted to go back to see if I could have fun and just catch up with the fun.

All I can say is, this game has drastically lost it's super active community. It is beyond dead and in all honesty, I'm not even sure how the servers are even running or if the Devs even make any revenue from this dead game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
130.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
This was my favorite game when the game was still building up 10ish years ago. The game now shows many signs of being dated and is no longer receiving regular content updates. The people running the game are recycling ideas month after month and are still running events that were popular when I first started. The game could use a major refresh and I hope to see this game become great once again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
267.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I am just speechless! The admin team is not very nice and say that your doing things that they don't want even if your not!
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237 of 286 people (83%) found this review helpful
14 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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102 of 123 people (83%) found this review helpful
73 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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56 of 59 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 70 people (86%) 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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57 of 67 people (85%) 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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48 of 54 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,142.2 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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