Battle pirates and win glory and treasure in this unique turn-based tactical strategy game. Manage your fleet, spending your gold carefully to build new ships and hire new crew. Enlist captains to train your crew and develop deeper tactics. The ocean is yours for the taking if you're brave enough!
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Apr 24, 2018

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January 3

Pirate Code 1.6.0 Released!

The Ocean Awaits!
This latest update to Pirate Code revamps the world map, changing it from a bland, boring ocean to a magnificent pallet of blue and greens! My goal with this update was to make the ocean a place that was worth exploring. Now you can find unique islands sitting in an ocean that is different colors in different places. Those annoying island circles are gone. Instead you simply land on the beaches to enter the island menu. There's also random pillars and objects occasionally sticking out of the water. Clouds pass overhead and storms are more dynamic. Give it a try!

Other Changes
'There weren't many. I fixed a few typos. There was also a bug fixed on the victory screen. Apparently the gold and exp were switched! I'm surprised nobody noticed.

Final Thoughts
The new world map is actually quite a bit faster then the old one despite having a lot more objects on the screen. There's also now two loading bars when the game starts up, but don't worry, they go faster as well. As with any major update, I have done my best to ensure this is bug free, but if you find anything that seems wrong, please post to the forums and I will fix it as fast as possible. The update is live for Windows. The Mac update will follow this weekend. Enjoy and thanks for playing Pirate Code!

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November 3, 2018

Sneak Peek for Pirate Code 1.6.0!

A Brave New Ocean
I constantly work to improve Pirate Code, focusing on the parts that I feel are lowest quality. Over the last month or so, my focus has been on the world map. The existing ocean is a bland place. It serves it's purpose, allowing the player to travel from one place to another and find battles, but I want it to be so much more. My goal with this update is simple: I want the ocean to be a fun place to explore! To accomplish this goal, I had to create an ocean that looks different everywhere you go. This is actually very hard to do. I had to use a noise generator to generate different ocean depths and temperatures then modify an animated tile map to gradually change between the colors at every point. The results though, are stunning.

The Islands
The next step was the islands. As you can see from the screen shots, I've done away with the rings around each island and you can now interact with them directly. The islands themselves will have a variety of tiles (hexagons of course) that will help you recognize an island when you find it. The beaches on the island allow you to land on the island (similar to contacting the ring before). Again my goal is to make a place worthy of your exploration so when I'm done there should be a wide variety of islands. So far the look is rather limited to jungles and mountains but hopefully you get the idea.

Coming Soon to an Ocean Near You!
So the big question is, when will this be released? Soon. As an indie developer, I don't set release dates. But, I expect this will be ready in November or early December. The update is beautiful and I frankly can't wait for you to try it!

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About This Game

Take command of your rag-tag fleet to defend your island from blood-thirsty pirates! Engage in deep tactical decisions, balancing attacks with repairs while keeping your morale high. If you survive, then set sail for distant lands! You'll need to manage your gold and cargo carefully to build your fleet, choosing between ships and crew. Explore the sea for exotic places with strange mechanical vessels and bizarre contraptions built to travel under the water. You'll need to take on dangerous missions with valuable rewards if you hope to stay one step ahead of your enemies and uncover their dark plans. Many will join their ranks, claiming that you are pirates—that you should be stopped! But you know the truth. Follow your code to protect the weak and remain fearless as darkness falls over the sea. There will be no one else to stand against it.

  • Design your fleet with ships from four classes, each with strengths and weaknesses!
  • Hone your tactics to beat an ever-growing pirate threat and discover their dark purpose!
  • Win treasure like pirate gear and clockwork contraptions and sell for a profit or save to entice crew to join!
  • Unlock amazing new ship designs, each with unique stats and weapons!
  • Liberate dozens of islands spread across a vast ocean, unlocking new opportunities to advance your fleet!
  • Take on dangerous missions to hunt notorious pirate captains!
  • Design your own flag and choose the colors for your fleet!

Chose Your Tactics Wisely

Each fleet is made of ships from four classes, each with unique abilities. Some ships can withstand any attack, some move quickly, and some have great range. Which ships you use will depend on your strategy. Will you hold back and launch a counter attack or will you attack before they have a chance to load their cannons?

Liberate the Islands

The ocean is divided into territories, each of which has islands. As you fight pirates in a territory, you gradually liberate the local islands, which unlocks new locations on each island, new items to buy, and new crew to hire. Just don't spend your gold too quickly.

Complete Missions

As you explore you may find someone who offers you a mission. Completing missions will unlock locations, unlock new ship designs, or reward you with gold. There’s always a primary mission that will move you closer to unraveling the plans of your enemies.

Hire Your Crew

Occasionally you will find someone willing to join your crew in exchange for gold or items. As your crew grows you can use more ships in combat or choose to use bigger ships, if you’ve discovered their designs.

Collect Items

There’s hundreds of items to find scattered across the ocean! You can sell items for gold or hold on to them to hire potential crew. You might even be able to find a store that will offer you more gold for a certain type of item.

Customize Your Look

Some items allow you to change the look of your fleet, such as fleet color, flag designs, and flag emblems. You can then edit your flag and fleet colors at any island to make the perfect look for your fleet. Or, save your gold to buy ships.

Grow Your Fleet

Ships can be purchased once their designs are discovered. Once you own a ship you can start teaching it new actions by assigning a captain to the ship. Each captain teaches the ship a different action. Actions can gain levels and become unstoppable.

Stop to Fish

You can’t fight pirates all the time! Fishing and botany are both available to help you relax while gaining some valuable items to sell. Mythical fish and plants are out there to discover and are worth a lot of gold. Finding them won’t be easy though.

One Last Thing

Pirate Code is mostly the work of one bearded programmer. If you have suggestions, I will be listening. Now, shouldn’t you be loading the cannons?

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL or DirectX compatible GPU
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 180 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible
    • Additional Notes: Pirate Code will most likely run on older machines but we don't have access for testing.
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia or ATI accelerated 3D video card
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 180 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible
    • OS: MAC OSX 10.7+
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia or ATI accelerated 3D video card
    • Storage: 180 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible
    • OS: MAC OSX 10.7+
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia or ATI accelerated 3D video card
    • Storage: 180 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible

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