Reviews for Sid Meier's Pirates!


One of the best pirate games out there

Alexander452 | Aug. 1, 2015 | See all Alexander452's reviews »

The game is a bit old and that might/can cause some problems on newer pc's due to the age of the game. However, the game is superb and deserves the praise. The game is open world Pirate simulator with many things to do. For example you can raid cities, plunder ships and cities,wage wars on countries, and even dance with the governors daughters which even can lead to marriage. The game puts great emphasis on giving the player freedom to do whatever they want in the game. You're not required to follow the story and even if you complete the story it doesn't end the game. meaning that you will have free will do play the game however you want. The gameplay mechanics can change a lot, when you play different sections of the game. (For example the controls for the ship battles will be different from the controls when you're dancing) For the most part you're using your mouse, wasd or arrow keys to control your ship around, but you can also change it to use your Numlock controls. the numlock controls are used in minigames, such as dancing and raids. those games have their entirely own gameplay aspect. As dancing is based upon quick time events, and raids are turn-based strategy battles. For an older game you're not expecting amazing graphics based upon todays standards. Some even have said that the graphics look a bit child friendly. But that's up to the player to decide. They are still decent enough for the game. If you love pirate themed game you should definitely get this game.


Pirate sim

Duddel | July 28, 2015 | See all Duddel's reviews »

In this game you are very free, first you create a character, then you can do pretty much whatever you want. You can wipe out a whole nation by conquering all of their colonies, or you can follow the story and save your family from the some villain. I don't really know what it's about because i always start doing something else like marrying all the women. Or maybe conquering every ship you see. Well, the possibilities are endless. You can have lots of ships following you and have like 300 crew members or something. It's just really fun.


Good, but overhyped

sycomantis1991 | June 15, 2015 | See all sycomantis1991's reviews »

This may be a case of a game aging poorly, but I don't think this game is all that amazing. it's fun, the combat is ok, the humor is great, the story is pretty good and it's oozing with creativity. The navigation is terrible, the graphics have aged poorly (which I can forgive but it is worth mentioning), and it gets horribly tedious and repetitive. It's worthwhile but not amazing.


Still good after all these years

Blippity | March 10, 2015 | See all Blippity's reviews »

With a new look, Sid Meier's Pirates still manages to be as much fun as it was all those years ago. It's a great pirate game that let's you trade, battle, vie for governors daughters and take part siding with countries and take down other pirates to be No. 1. One of the best pirate games around and worth getting.


A Fresh Coat of Paint

F4T4LV0iD | Dec. 10, 2014 | See all F4T4LV0iD's reviews »

For anyone who had enjoyed the old DOS/Windows classic of Sid Meier's Pirates! Gold but wanted a nice fresh new colorful 3D look to it should be in for a treat with this game. It brings back all of the aspects from the original game and re-tweaks them to today's standards of modern gaming. One new feature however I am not a fan of is the "dancing" mini-game, which I found to just be completely unnecessary, yet I guess it was added as a means to "earn" the favor of courting a young lady. One feature in this game I rather enjoyed is that it is more story-driven, in that you are trying to locate your abducted family from evil pirates. It adds a nice goal to meet along with going at your own pace to amass fame and fortune. If I had any suggestion of what to add to this game and even it's predecessor it would be to be able to continue the game after you "retire", say as if you had a child with your wife in the game, when they grow up you could continue with them, but that is a minor gripe. The game surely keeps you coming back for more swashbuckling fun!



Furrek | Dec. 7, 2014 | See all Furrek's reviews »

You know what's important about being a pirate? Wood leg? Eyepatch? Booze? Sure, it's important, but I think most of people overlook one thing - FREEDOM. I'm a pirate, I want to do whatever I want. I want to kill, I want to rob, I want to explore all of waters in the world! Yargh! Sid Meier's Pirates! is in my opinion perfect game about being a pirate. You don't need to follow the story. You are free to do whatever you want. The game's end when you go for your retirement, which is amazing thing. Have you ever played original Pirates! from 1987? Then it's a must have for you. It's same mix of genres but in better graphics. Sadly for a games with pirates, there haven't been even 1 game that was good since Sid Meier's game, so if you want to play a real game about that, get Pirates! right now.


Swashbuckling Adventures!

YYS1995 | Sept. 21, 2014 | See all YYS1995's reviews »

Sid Meier's Pirates was one of the first RPGs I ever played, and it is still one of the best! An amazing, wonderfully lighthearted game that boasts an intoxicating blend of strategy and action, it promises to burn your time away. The game spots furious one-on-one sword fights and strategic warfare with cannons blazing -- interspersed with a test of ballroom dancing skills in which each click of our keyboard's keys translated into a deft move on the dance floor. Definitely fun and enjoyable!


An Absolute Classic.

DBOT187 | Aug. 10, 2014 | See all DBOT187's reviews »

The first and probably last pirate game (I haven't played AC4 yet) that makes you feel like a pirate of the seas. The only thing that can be a pain is the sailing (against a headwind sometimes you cant get anywhere you need to go for the missions) but worth multiple playthroughs to either loot as many ships as you can or be the best pirate you can be..........arrrrrr


Extremely underrated RPG

884okeoJ | July 12, 2014 | See all 884okeoJ's reviews »

Sid Meier's Pirates was one of the first RPGs I ever played, and it is still one of the best. You have an incredible amount of freedom to sail the seas, plunder, and trade. The graphics haven't aged very well, but if you can overcome that hurdle, you are rewarded with one of the most compelling RPG's ever. If you're tired of generic fantasy or sci-fi RPG's, Sid Meier's Pirates is a definite must-play.


Entertaining Pirate Adventure

cgrozar | May 31, 2014 | See all cgrozar's reviews »

I've played this game for hours. The graphics are pretty decent for its time. You are thrown into the Caribbean from 1600-1700 and pretty much given free reign. You can be a pirate, looting ships and sacking cities for wealth, or work as a privateer for one of the nations. You could even try to live as a peaceful trader carrying goods between cities. The fencing minigame is amusing, nothing too special, and their is turnbased tactical battles when you attack a city. I will say that the dancing minigame for wooing governor's daughters can be annoying but its optional. This is an amazing game and you really can't go wrong with it only being $9.99.