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 (686 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 31, 2011

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March 1

Monthly Reward and March Mania!


Own a subscription or make a purchase of $9.99 or more in March to receive a tabletop model grand frigate! This is the last ship in the model ship series.


Organize yer brackets, pick yer favorite puzzle and join the mania of March with more tournaments than ye can shake a stick at! Ye don't need to win, but to earn the March Seal o'Piracy ye must participate in 4 tournaments!

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February 16

Celebrate the Year of the Sheep!


Celebrate the Chinese New Year with portraits, trinkets and a Golden Sheep! Talented player arrrtists have created 2 new portrait backgrounds for this Chinese New year: Greylady's Year of the Sheep and Inghlid's Calendar Alley. Find a portrait easel to paint a portrait with these and other seasonal backgrounds. If ye don't have a portrait easel lyin' around, whisk on over to an island with a palace, where ye can use those easels anytime!

Visit the Palace Shoppe for Lucky Feast furniture and Chinese New Year trinkets! Ye'll be able to host a fine celebration feast for yer crew and hearties. Furniture and trinkets will be in the Palace Shoppe until March 7.

To commemorate this Chinese New Year, we have Golden Sheep available in the Palace Shoppe through February 23rd!

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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
60 of 81 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
i have lost complete control of my life
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30 of 42 people (71%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
My childhood
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
311.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
This game sure is unique. A MMO game where just about every task you do is a puzzle game. Of course being a game about pirates, there are plenty PvP puzzles as well. Don't let the cartoon-like graphics fool you, it really isn't a game just for kids. But speaking of the graphics, there are quite dated... But that's understandable with the game being so old. All things considered I think the game is worth a shot. Especially if you enjoy puzzle games. Afterall, it's free. There are micropayments but noone is forcing you to spend real money on this game.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
342.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Please... Help me.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
87.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
The world is run by the players and filled with addictive and fun puzzles, despite how god awful I am at all of them except bilging. Good, free, and on dubloon oceans you can easily make money without having to pay a drop of your real shekels.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
75.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
I have 500+ hours of Puzzle Pirates played outside of Steam, and every single one has been well spent. It's an engaging puzzle game with a pirate theme, but it is also so much more than that. The game world and economy is largely driven by the players, and there is a huge metagame with crews, alliances, royalty and other social structures if you get tired of just puzzling. Eventually you can buy your own ship to go pillage with, form your crew with other captains under your command or even gain control over an entire island with an alliance. It's free, so try it out!
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
795.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
This game was alright I guess.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
If you want to grind dull minigames for cash to play poker you're in the right place.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
It is pirates and puzzles, two things I enjoy. :) The only thing I would want to change is that personalized items (clothes) seem to wear out and break so that you have to get more money to buy a new set.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Oh, this is such a good game. I played it for hours and hours with a few friends about five years ago. I decided to hop on this week for the first time in a long time. It's still a wonderful game with so many good puzzles and fun to be had in multiple ways. But there's next to nobody playing. It's really upsetting to be honest. Understandable - it's an eleven year old game now. But there are so many fewer ships running compared to the old days.

Still give it a go, there are people playing it - but the heyday has passed.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
One of my first MMO experiences. Still going strong on Steam.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Can't stop playing
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
66.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Pluses:
- atmosphere
- variety of puzzels
- music
- graphics
- wide map
- lots of achievement's, trophys, customizable items
- you can own pets! Multiple!

Minuses:
- a fee in Doubloons for most of items you can buy (see the last paragraph)


At first I installed it for the puzzles. When I first opened the game, I couldn't stop myself from whistling along to the intro music. And then it was only better.
The atmosphere of the game is admirable. The music and sounds are nice and not distracting, graphics are nice to watch. The world is wide and there's plenty to do - you can sail on different kinds of voyages, run a workshop, take care of your house. Things are generally cutomizable, starting at your clothes and ending at your ship, when you earn enough for one. The variety of puzzels is wide enough not to get bored. Your character is constantly developing and you can see the progress as your reputation and trophy board grow. And last but not least, people. There are gamers of all ages and from all corners of the world, so for kid's sake there are some manners enforced, but not to the point where it could destroy the "piratness" of the atmosphere. Players are generally helpful, newbies can ask any question and get a solid answer.

The only minus are doubloons. In game you earn Pieces of Eight which are used to buy things. Problem is that you also have to pay a fee in doubloons, which is usually 3-4 times higher than the prize of an item itself. You can exchange PoE for them, but the course is really high - about 3000:1, when on an average pillying you earn a bit less than that. Or... you can buy them for green cash. So if you decide to start the game, be prepared that either you'll pay, or spend the first week of playing on earning for a decent bed. Despite that, you can still play quite freely if you're just there for the puzzels and sailing.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
51.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Played this when i was in primary school, got back in to it.... definetly a good game
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
204.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
I've Been playing for 200 Hours and i Get banned for BOTTING????? Im good at the game 3 Rings! Why did i have to be banned for something i didnt do! ALSO My friend got banned for asking "What is botting?" REALLY 3 RINGS?!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
33.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
loved this game back in 2005 when the internet was still a healthy place. one of my last time machines to reunite with my preserved youth.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
Had a bit of fun but it got old fast and unfortunately some of the puzzles are color based.
Being partially colorblind, that's kind of a deal breaker.
Wasn't a fan of the art or UI either, tbh.
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14 of 27 people (52%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
The game features are usually locked behind some kind of paywall. That said, you can still do some of the basics without paying. But BE WARNED: the company requires you to pay money to them or have your account deleted after 6 weeks of inactivity, no matter how many ships and items you have on your character. I paid and was still deleted, lost an entire clan and ships.

Overall, I can't recommend this game for the following reasons:
- Account uncertainty
- The need more microtransactions
- The pure repetitious gameplay
- Questionable community

The first is explained above. The issue with microtransactions is that they are around every corner. Some things can be purchased with in-game currency but not much and the amount of grind to just get a "badge" for 30 days saying you can play a feature in the game is ridiculous.

Which leads into my next point: repetition. In order to get anywhere you need to up your skills, which in turn means you are playing the exact same tetris puzzle over and over and over again. It's so mind numbing it actually starts to become physically painful. You get the idea.

Finally we have the community. If the repetition and wallet-poking don't run you off, you might be ok with the community. The players in game are an odd mix, comprised of the following demographics:

a) Those that will talk to you and try to recruit you
b) Those that ignore chat or are too stupid to use it
c) Trolls
d) Jerks and all-around unreliable people who take up a slot on your crew and then disappear


I'm sorry guys, I love pirate games and sandbox games but this isn't worth the trouble. It's garbage for many reasons. I don't even know why I bothered writing a review for it, you can easily install it and find out for yourselves. Good luck.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
Excellent game with progression and end game, you can trade in game currency for paid currency and have your own ship with your own crew. You sail by each crew member playing a different puzzle game and from trading, going to port to port you gain money. Initially you work as a deck hand because you won't have your own ship, you can pay real money to get one right away though. It's a great game to play with friends, you can create a sort of pirate crew with your friends that has benefits. You're able to customize your pirates appearance and upgrade them and your ship through purchases made on the mainland. You can leave mid trip and enter mid trip so don't worry about leaving someone hanging or having to finish the voyage before you can stop. One of my all time favourite F2P games it's definitely worth atleast giving a try.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
71.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
It's a nice game, good for relaxing
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