Every activity in Puzzle Pirates is a uniquely fun puzzle: be it sailing, gunning, or hauling treasure, your own puzzling skill determines your success!
User reviews: Very Positive (778 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 31, 2011

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July 17

Sweet Plums of Summer!


Summer is in full swing so come enjoy some sweet and juicy Plum Mystery Boxes! Who can resist a plum raven familiar, a plum dog pet, or a copper monkey familiar with a plum tricorn hat? Ye'd be plum crazy to pass up the opportunity to collect plum furniture, trinkets, chroma and ships!

From now until 3:00 PM PDT on July 27, 2015 you'll receive a free Plum 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 2015 Plum Mystery Box, as well as the official rules, please click here. The Plum Mystery Boxes are only available for a limited time, so pluck some up today!

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July 14

Mount Olympus Awaits!

Long have the Greek deities watched over the oceans for amusement and to ensure justice. Now, the pantheon grants ye pirates a token of their favor. A sloop crafted to reflect the plenitude of Mount Olympus based on the design by Pixelpixie of Cerulean.

Wherever ye roam on the ship, enjoy the opulence favored by the deities and heroes of ancient myth. Recline in the main hold as ye enjoy fresh fruits and the finest of wines. Share tales of yer grand quests with yer hearties. There's no duty stations here to disrupt yer merriment.

When ye needs some quiet relaxation, retreat to the cabin. Soak away the stresses of the day in the lavish bath.

Send the workers deep into the hold. From there, they won't disturb yer revelry. Keep yer treasures safe from thievin' pirates with a beastly labyrinth. If they successfully navigate the maze, they'll be unlikely to survive the dreadful gaze o' the Gorgon!

May Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, guide your journey, and reward you with riches and epic tales of adventure! The Olympus Class Sloop will be available from yer local shipyard through August 31, 2015!

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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
Helpful customer reviews
67 of 83 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
779.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
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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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
343.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
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

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
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30 of 47 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
795.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
This game was alright I guess.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
122.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Game from my childhood, still fun today
Obviously very different to a lot of MMOs
Familar games, can get a bit repetative; but there are so many games its still worth it.


Its easy to start and really addictive... like heroin
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
108.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
If you are looking for a game that kills time and meet great people, this is the game you should try.

All puzzles are unique and are challenging/fun, i have MUCH more hours on this game off steam, ive played it twice in the past and it is still a great game with a strong economy.

You can play puzzles that help out during pillages that include Bilging, Carpentry, Sailing, Rigging, Navagation (or Battle Navagation),Gunning (CAUTION: Really hard to get used too), and the new Patching

There are puzzles outside the sea, Crafting skills include: Blacksmithing (My Fav puzzle!), Tailoring, Distillery, Shipyard, Alchemy and more!

Also during pillages you may find treasure islands which contain the Foraging Puzzle, depending on what island it is you can forage for treasure or forage for Gems, you can also find sunken ships which contain the Treasure Haul Puzzle, the more you haul the better the loot.

Also Some awesome PvP Puzzles like: Swordfighting and Rumble (Combat Puzzles); Poker, Spades and hearts (Usual Card Games); and some funny puzzles like Coin Drop or Drinking Game, all of these can be found at all Taverns

The community on this game right now is really friendly, Crews are a great way to interact with other people if you manage to find/make a good crew, though there are some unfriendly players. they are rare to see around.

There is ALOT more to this game then you might think, i say give it a try and see what puzzle you may be great at!
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