Every activity in Puzzle Pirates is a uniquely fun puzzle: be it sailing, gunning, or hauling treasure, your own puzzling skill determines your success!
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Sep 14, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Puzzle Pirate: Dark Seas is a new take on a beloved MMO that's been sailing the seas for over a decade. This requires a lot of updates and input from players to help us create an exciting experience without losing the charm of a game they love.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We believe it's important to be flexible depending on our needs. However we anticipate that we'll be in Early Access for 6 months to a year.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The world of Puzzle Pirates: Dark Seas is large and has a lot of interconnected parts. The final version should include fully functional blockades and chances for flags (a collection of crews) to colonize islands and build an empire. We also hope to include more PvP elements to help track and reward those who take risks and have the most skill.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current Early Access version contains the core game. Blockades and island ownership are not yet operational, but we hope to implement them soon. You can create crews and flags, pillage, run shops, play puzzles, PvP, and increase your wealth while you prepare for the battles that are to come.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The game will continue to be Free to Play after Early Access with in game purchases. We currently do not expect in game purchases to change price. However the cost of items within the game may change price as we make balance adjustments.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Absolutely! Puzzle Pirates has a long history of using player feedback to improve the game. This is especially true for Puzzle Pirates: Dark Seas. We encourage anyone with feedback to post on our forums.”
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March 9

Springing into March

Seal and Monthly Reward:

Own a subscription that runs through March, or make a purchase of $9.99 or more this month to receive a Cat Plushie to pet. These purrrrfect critters make great friends, or enemies, depending on their mood.

Feelin’ lucky? Why not test yer skills in a few tournaments? Earn the March Seal o'Piracy by participatin’ in 4 tournaments!

Please Note: It looks like the cats colors are the reverse of the image shown here. Fitting that the cats would have a mind of their own.

March Limited Edition Box:

Spring Green Mystery Boxes arrive as a sign that warm seas and favorable winds arrrrr headed this way! Ye have a green light to celebrate the thaw n’ get ready to set sail!

This be yer chance to uncover Spring Simian and Vernal Parrot familiars, Emerald Tigers, Brown Sea Otters, Pot of Gold (chest furniture), spring green ships, and limited edition furniture. That’s not all, these boxes are also chock-full of spring green and emerald, clothing, chromas, 'n more!

From now until 3:00 PM PDT on March 19, 2018 you'll receive a free Spring Green Mystery Box for every $9.99 you spend on doubloons.

For more information about the full contents of the 2018 Spring Green Mystery Box, as well as the official rules, please click here. The Spring Green Mystery Boxes are only available for a limited time, so may the luck o’ the pirates be with ye!

March Limited Edition Ship:

The season be right for all things green me buckos, and it be high time for a new Limited Edition Ship to ride the waves! So here she is: the Bardic Class Sloop! What a thing o' beauty she is, with her elegant lines, intricate knotwork carvings and shades o' brilliant green!

A finer ship ye'd be hard-pressed to find, but alas: the Bardic Class Sloop is only available until 3 PM PST on Monday, the 2nd of April. So head to the shipwright and place yer order afore the banshee comes a callin' for ye!

Additional Patch Notes: Thar be a new ship sailin' These Seas!

  • Behind-the-scenes setup and preparation for the new War Galleon vessel type which will soon be added to the Ice ocean for testing and feedback.
  • The Trading Post has been updated with a new Wolverine Pet that can be purchased in exchange for Faction PvP trinkets. The special Crimson/Shadow colors have an increased cost.
  • From this point forward, faction trinkets will only be awarded in PvP sinkings if both vessels have an active bounty on them.
  • There is now a cool down period after a pirate receives a Faction PvP trinket, before they can receive more. This limit should very rarely affect pirates who are participating in legitimate PvP battles that require meaningful time and effort.
  • The vessel bounty icon will now appear in the voyages jobbing panel for vessels that are being hunted by the opposing faction.
  • Messages related to faction bounties will now be recorded in the vessel logs.
  • Island building records will now show when a shop is forced to close or allowed to reopen by the governor.
  • Bugfix for the text descriptions of the new PvP bounty trophies.
  • Bugfix to allow flagless vessels to pay the bribe in order to port at enemy faction islands.
  • Fixed a bug that would allow a sinking vessel to be repeatedly engaged before the sinking process completed.
  • Correcting the amount of labor required in the gold class war frigate and dark class war frigate recipes.
  • Added seasonal content for March.
Ye can always find the most recent patch notes here.
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February 2

Sailin' Into February

Seal and Monthly Reward:

Own a subscription that runs through February, or make a purchase of $9.99 or more this month to receive a Spider Statue to creep about yer ship. Consider yerself warned, if ye don’t swab those decks, they’ll be covered in webs.

X marks the spot this month. Earn the February seal by completin’ 2 different expeditions. So dust off the spyglass and set sail into uncharted waters.

February Gold Box:

Looks like this month's gold box is overloaded with lovely finds to impress the lass or lad in yer life! Sure, ye could buy a box of chocolates or a barrel of rum, but that’s hardly original. What says “I hearty ye” more than a rose colored creature?

Ye'll find heart-swelling treasures including Passion Parrots, Love Monkies, Be Mine Canines and Felines. Pirates may also stumble on golden pandas, furniture, ice blue chromas, and more.

Find Gold Boxes at yer island bank until February 12th at 3 PM PDT. Get the full list o' goods right here. Best act fast before yer ye forget the special day and are forced to walk the plank!

February Limited Edition Ship:

Looking for the perfect gift for that special someone* this February? Well, if that special someone happens to be a pirate, then the Cupid Class Sloop will melt their heart like chocolate left in the Caribbean sun!

The Cupid Class Sloop is only available until 3 PM PST Tuesday, March 1st, so grab one for you and your best hearty today!

* "That special someone" can be yourself. It's OK, we won't tell.

Additional Patch Notes:

  • Ships that have a faction bounty placed on them will now have a special icon shown in the sailing view, making them easier to identify (and pursue). There are 3 tiers of icon, based on how large the bounty on the vessel has become.
  • From this point forward, only vessels that have a faction bounty on them will be able to win faction trinkets for sinking enemy vessels. All sailors aboard the victorious ship will receive between 1 to 3 faction trinkets, based on how large their ship's bounty has become. This provides incentive for jobbing on a ship that has a bounty, despite the increased risk of being attacked by the other faction.
  • Adding new "Owl Eggs" that can be purchased at the trading post in exchange for Faction PvP trinkets (under the artifacts section). Opening the eggs will grant a non-tradeable Owl amiliar with a randomly chosen color.
  • In exchange for a larger number of trinkets, pirates can purchase a Crimson or Shadow owl egg, which will grant an owl familiar in the respective color (rather than one of the randomly chosen colors).
  • Adding 3 new "Dark" vessel designs at the Trading Post in exchange for faction PvP trinkets.
  • Faction bounties that have been placed on vessels will now slowly decrease over time, so that inactive vessels will eventually fall off of the bounties board.
  • Faction icons will now appear on the island overview page in YoWeb.
  • Exploit fix: greedy brigands will now only appear on brigand vessels that were targeting your own vessel.
  • Bugfix: clear any pending transfers for a vessel if the deed changes hands.
  • The "Slithery Keepsake" trophy will now be retroactively awarded to players who attacked the white Kraken head during the December team competition.
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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!
  • Intense PvP: Pick your side and fight Defiantly for honor, or lurk in the Shadows to infect and dominate the ocean.
  • 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, or later
    • Processor: 500 MHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 280 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: 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 RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 280 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Java version 1.5
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