Reviews for Sid Meier's Pirates! [Playfire]


Ultimate pirate game

Neonberry | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all Neonberry's reviews »

Pirates! is the remake of an early Sid Meier classic where you swashbuckle your way to the top in the Caribbeans. The game is composed of many stages and mini-games for different tasks such as dancing for winning ladies, duelling, ship battles and so on. It is great fun though I felt it getting a bit repetitive at points. The gameplay itself is smooth and easy to pick up and the game has a good, stylized and romanticized atmosphere. I found it lacking depth to some extent but still great for killing a few hours. If you are looking for a pirate game that is of lighter tone or just for some game that gives you a few hours of light entertainment this game definitely worths its price.


Great Ship Combat

mamberu | Sept. 13, 2013 | See all mamberu's reviews »

Even eight years after the release of Sid Meier;s Pirates! the game still holds up when compared to any other pirate game. The ship combat should be the biggest part to any pirate game, and this game clearly knew that. The fights are rather simple but are very fun. You need to keep track of the wind, which cannon shots you want to use, what type of ship you and your enemy have and more. The fighting while on an enemy ship is just as simplistic, its a paper, rock, scissors type of fight. You choose one of 3 swords, either a fast but less powerful, a slow but heavy hitter, or an all rounder. The attack system in this mode is more of a reaction style gameplay, duck certain attacks, jump other, parry, some, or attack before your opponent finishes readying their attack. Then theres also politics, a story of revenge and family, buried treasures to find, and much more to this game. I would recommend playing it if you can.



taytothief | Aug. 26, 2013 | See all taytothief's reviews »

It's not the most modern looking, but it's still a really fun game. I've sunk so many hours into this, there's so many options and different ways to play. Great sandbox gameplay.


Extremely Addictive

Crymson84 | Aug. 20, 2013 | See all Crymson84's reviews »

Sid Meier's Pirates! is one of those rare games that will consume hours by the bucketload. Though its gameplay is relatively basic and somewhat limited, it manages to avoid feeling repetitive, and is insidiously immersive. As a sandbox title, how you proceed is up to you, and the freedom that this produces makes for a game of surprising scope and replayability. In all, this is a title of the quality that we've all grown to expect from Firaxis Games. It is very certainly worth its price.


Pirate Sandbox done right

darkyhbk | Aug. 3, 2013 | See all darkyhbk's reviews »

Sid Meier's Pirates ! is the perfect pirate sandbox game. It gives you the command of a ship and the ability to do whatever your childhood pirate dreams consisted of. You'll explore the Caribbean Sea, plundering ships, cities, trading resources, hunting famous pirates and courting daughters of rich gouvernors. The ship controls are very intuitive and easy to learn, but hard to master. When in combat, you'll have to take into account matters such as ship size, mobility, number of cannons and wind direction. Quite a few things. Then, you can use special projectiles in order to rip apart the mast and slow the ship down, or you can use fire projectiles, which hurt the crew significantly. There's a loyalty system, depending on your actions for or against the factions (English, French, Spanish, Dutch), so you'll get benefits if you decide to play friendly with some and only plunder others. While not on sea, you'll be able to trade resources in cities, explore islands for treasure, or make use of a fun dancing minigame in order to court gouvernors' daughters, offer them presents and ultimately marry the girl of your choice. On the whole, this is a very enjoyable and fun take on pirating life, which will hook you in for hours and hours.


A Classic Reborn!

F4T4LV0iD | July 22, 2013 | See all F4T4LV0iD's reviews »

I remember picking up Sid Meier's Pirates! back in the mid-90's for DOS after hearing a lot of buzz from friends. I fell in love with this game instantly and sunk hours after hours into this game. This remake slaps a nice fresh coat of paint on this classic without stripping away anything that made the original great. The game is totally open-ended and you can amass your fortune how you wish, though there is a story in the game you can follow at your own leisure, but be warned, your health will fade over the years and injuries will pile up after ship battles and swordfights. If you want to sail around the Caribbean and sink trade ships and pillage their goods to sell at nearby ports, take up missions for your country to earn some gold and fame, or search for your long lost family members, it's totally up to you. One thing is for certain though, if you've ever dreamed of being a pirate of the high seas, this is the game for you.


Great remake of one of the Classic's

logicbomb | July 20, 2013 | See all logicbomb's reviews »

I remember play this on 5.25 floppy disk. It was the first computer game I ever play until my eyes hurt. The different adventures and ships in the game allow you the privilege of playing a multitude of different roles each time you play. The fencing I actually liked better in the original, but it's still well done and everything else is a huge step forward. Great game and hours of fun.



drafek | June 20, 2013 | See all drafek's reviews »

Eventhough I already got this game 4 years ago, I didn't really play it that much back then. The gameplay is enjoyable, the graphics are done well. You've a lot of freedom, this is because this game is a sandbox game. You can attack ships steal things, and even find treasures. The sound is done well. You can upgrade your ship by buying better equipment but I prefer stealing (a better) ship. I recommend this game, it's cheap and is playable at anytime.



DanielZo0 | June 12, 2013 | See all DanielZo0's reviews »

have been playing this game on and off for about five years now, and it I still love it. It's probably the second greatest RPG ever made. The story is pretty dumb, and the graphics aren't THAT great (but decent) and the sounds are fairly low quality at some points, but the sheer fun and addiction of the gameplay surpasses all of that. The main problem with the game however, is that is never really fresh. Once you have completed about three different quests or so, you've completed every quest in the game since every quest is practically the exact same thing.


Open adventure, ideal for a quick fix

cevana | May 26, 2013 | See all cevana's reviews »

Having heard so much about the original Pirates!, had high expectations heading into this game. With few exceptions they were met. You feel invested in your pirate crew, as you personalize your ship and sails, and determine your own course of action. Sure, there's a main quest, but it involves chasing down the same pirate across the map, and some incredibly dull exploration sequences. Much more fun is the opportunity to: besiege a port town with the help of some natives and sack it; create a massive fleet of ships, pleasingly lined up like ducks in a row;become a merchant, privateer, or explorer. The game won't fill in the lines for you, but with a little imagination you can have some compelling adventures. Pros: - Open-ended with many possibilities to pursue - You determine when you "retire." Good for a quick couple days of gaming. I've revisited it often. - The best of its genre Cons: - Underwhelming main quests - Even the most fun mini-games (swordfights!) become tedious. The worst (finding map pieces, dancing) become nearly unbearable - Some inflexible key binding makes it very difficult to play without a number pad


As fun as Civilization, but without the headache

draculrosu12 | March 5, 2013 | See all draculrosu12's reviews »

I have the Pirates for Mac version. I've had the Pirates for PC version as well. Both seem to work the same. The game is a lot of fun and the sailing graphics are beautiful. sailing around the sea is a pleasure because of the detail to waves, ships, cities, storms, etc. The game came out in 2005, so cranking the video effects to maximum offers no problem for a modern iMac (late 2009 in my case). I've played several versions of Pirates and Civilization over the years (decades). I've always liked Civilization but it does require a lot of thinking and hopping back and forth across lots of screens, analyzing all kinds of data. Pirates is more casual then Civilization (they are both from the same company). My only complaint is the game fills the screen; there is no way to play within a window. this probably made sense 5 years ago but today I have a 27" monitor


A classic

DukePaul | Jan. 15, 2013 | See all DukePaul's reviews »

This game from the creator of Civilization franchise is an inmortal title, for me, I play Pirates almost every year, maybe the graphics are very old even they weren't very good in his release, but the gameplay is fun as hell and the story is a great plot about revenge. You have a lot of freedom to explore the seas to find treasures, attack other ships and steal the loot and frenetic swordfights. It is a sandbox with endless replay value, every time you start a new game you can do things different. Sid Meier's Pirates! is very cheap and you can have one of the best games of the previous generation for a low price.


it was good then, it's good now too

pauljebe | Sept. 4, 2011 | See all pauljebe's reviews »

Pirates is a modern day remake of a classic game. In many ways this is important to consider as games have changed a lot of the years and this title tries hard to please fans of the original. It’s basically a collection of mini-games each with their own controls and tactics. The game is open ended, allowing you to gain fame and fortune by trading, searching for lost treasures, or sexing up the daughters of the nobility. Or you can win through warfare by winning naval battles, boarding and running off with ships full of loot, or bombarding towns and invading their warehouses. In the end this means you can focus on whatever makes you happiest and retire when you’re content. You get to advance your pirate by buying better equipment, steal better ships, and gaining new skilled crewmen. No two games will be the same, so replay value is high. Much of the game is simple, but when you put it all together it’s a lot of fun. Pirates is a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously and manages to be great fun in the process.


A fantastic update of a great old game

ETank | Sept. 3, 2011 | See all ETank's reviews »

Sid Meier's Pirates! is an amazing title that, despite its relative age, still holds charm and ambition. The basic premise is that you must rise through the ranks of seaworthiness by finding treasure, attacking enemy ships, and even wooing ladies with your swashbuckling charm. The game's open-ended approach to how you "win" brings it in line with titles such as Mount & Blade, wherein you get to play in a sandbox for as long as you want, but unlike M&B (at least, unlike the original M&B), there are win conditions in Sid Meier's Pirates!, which means that it can have a finite goal to chase after. Despite its age, this title is worth playing, and definitely worth loving.


Cool simulator

newn | Aug. 12, 2011 | See all newn's reviews »

I liked this game from first sight. The first thing that caught m eye was that it's the best simulator for being a pirate, maybe even the only one of such kind. The story of this game is quite interesting - your initial reason for going to sea is that you want to get revenge on an evil Spanish nobleman who wronged your family. After that - it's up to you if you will want to be a treasure hunter, a privateer, a trader or an explorer. You can do a lot in this game - you can sail the Spanish main, fight in swordfights, trade with other ships, search for buried treasures, dance with governor's daughter or sneak into hostile towns. Your life goal is to get as much from your life, as possible until you retire. So basically you can do whatever you want and go whereever you want and whenever you want. Though you have two limitations - food and morale of your men. For food you can steal from other ships, and for morale - you have to be a good captain. By all that said - I think that it is a very free game with a lot of features which is worth every cent, and even more. It's probably 5€ because it's an old game, I could pay up to 15€ for this nice game. It will consume countless hours and cause many sleepless nights!



Lamcia | Aug. 9, 2011 | See all Lamcia's reviews »

Arrr! Don't be afraid of scurvy my mates, if you ever wanted to be a pirate, this is the best opportunity to be one! This not-so-fresh-remake-of-the-older-game is still THE BEST pirate sim ever made by human hands arr! This game have everything you ever wanted, beautiful daughters of the governors, city raids, seafights, sneaking to the enemy fortresses, AND LOADS OF GOLD AND RUM, ARR!


Arrr! Fun!

Rice77 | July 28, 2011 | See all Rice77's reviews »

Try Pirates!.The combination of ideas and experiences it contains easily make it one of the most original games of 2006. It may not depart much from the original game but, truthfully, it simply doesn't need to. Unless you hate fun, you'll love it.



Muzicjohn | June 21, 2011 | See all Muzicjohn's reviews »

Colorful graphics, nice sounds, enjoyable sea fights, duels, even dancings! This game is really fun to play, and it's for people in age 3-99. If you want to be a pirate (but you don't like to see pools of blood), this is the best choice, really!


A Modern Classic

niniendowarrior | June 5, 2011 | See all niniendowarrior's reviews »

Sid Meier's Pirates is a game about plundering the seas, chasing down pirates and finding romance all wrapped up in a colourful and entertaining package. The music is simple but lively. Each character exudes a certain charm that captures the hearts of young and old from the art direction down to the very Sim-lish grunts they bark. This is a game that rewards players the more they sail away, whether that's hearing news of the next treasure, or chasing down the next notorious pirate. There is always a target and the game never fails to give you a new one to chase once you complete it. While in the cities, governors may also give you quests to fulfill, or you may also end up whisking away the governor's daughter in dancing mini-games that the game effortlessly slips in without losing its charms. It also has a strategy game that is a welcome diversion from the strategic ship combat, its treasure hunting mode and its other modes. Sid Meier's Pirates takes the essence of the original and makes it a modern masterpiece. It has that rare quality of rewarding players at every turn, showing enough surprises to keep them interested to see just what's waiting in the corner.


Let's go back to the 80's

nurz | May 17, 2011 | See all nurz's reviews »

Almost perfect remake of one of the milestones in gaming history. Sea battles, sword fights, treasure hunting, even dancing (in QTE form) will fulfill your pirate life in the Caribbean. Despite of many things you can do, the game is simple and fun to play. Visuals are cartoon-type so they are not very outdated and you can have a lot of fun playing this one.


Arrgh I be a pirate

robertification | May 12, 2011 | See all robertification's reviews »

As probably one of the most famous ( and one of the few ) pirate games, sid meiers pirates is a hell of lot fun, except for the dated graphics and the gameplay, that is not that great. There are lots of battles, gambling games, quests and minigames that make this game still fun to play. It's a game that's not for everyone, so just take a good look at the game if you know someone that owns it before you buy it.