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
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.