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 (808 reviews) - 82% of the 808 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 31, 2011

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October 2

Ferocious Gold Boxes!

The leaves are changing, pumpkins are everywhere, and fall colors have arrived in Gold Boxes! Toucan familiars are sporting brown, yellow, orange and maroon. Gemstone Sea turtle pets are shiny diamond and ruby. Ye'll enjoy the warmth added by chocolate chorma and trinkets.

The new Brigand King furniture for October features the Widow Queen! Furniture items and statues of the Black Veil will allow you to establish a lair of yer own. Cast fear into the heart of yer enemy with yer ferocious collection! Don't miss a second chance at the new gold box furniture and four new gold box trinkets to collect.

Find Gold Boxes at your island bank until October 12th at 3 PM PDT. Ye can find the full list of prizes, right here.

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October 1

tAStee bRaaiNs!

As the nights begin to lengthen, strange stories have been heard by the fire or over a pint of rum at the local inns. Whispers of a ghostly ship drifting just off shore; a strange green glow in the waters near the ship; a strange new zombie outbreak. Are ye confident enough to join a band o' brave pirates and venture aboard the abandoned ship to investigate?

The ship looks deserted, but ye'd be foolhardy to think there's not a soul aboard. If ye can escape the horror of the main cabin, be on the lookout for the nefarious Baron Zomedi. What abominable plan does he have for these oceans? Below deck ye may find more clues. Take the shortcut through the graveyard to his secret lair - that looks safe, right?

Oh, the horror! Shamble toward yer local shipyard as quickly as ye can. The Undead Class Sloop is only available through November 1, 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

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
37 of 38 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
357.6 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
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

Edit2: A guide by me on how to make the best of a dubloon ocean
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
61.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Too bad its free because i cant Puzzle Pirate it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
103.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
This game is my childhood, I met a few really great friends on here.
I still enjoy playing this from time to time, it doesn't really ever get old. :D
-Ashten, Hunter Ocean veteran
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Was good when i was 10 years old.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I wouldn't recommend this version for steam.
Go to their website instead and download it there.
Then it will work, and I will continue to recommend it.
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