Sid Meier's Pirates! [Download]

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  • Experience the dangerous life of a pirate in this action-adventure game
  • Play a Pirate Captain in the 17th century Caribbean, amassing fortune and fame
  • Engage in fierce naval battles; battle, overtake, and command 27 ship types
  • Explore the high seas and exotic ports in a richly detailed 3-D world
  • Multiple quests through non-linear, open life timeline; enhanced sound effects

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Platform: PC Download

Originally released in 1987, Pirates! received unprecedented critical acclaim for crossing multiple game genres to offer unique, unrivaled gameplay options. Pirates! set the industry standard for innovative game design with its unique blend of open-ended role-playing, real-time adventures and thrilling action sequences.

Now it's time for Sid Meier and Firaxis Games to bring this pioneering action-adventure game into the 21st century. An entirely new game engine will deliver updated gameplay, stunning new features, spectacular 3D graphics and enhanced sound effects, so players can fully experience the intrigue, adventure and danger of life as a pirate on the Spanish Main.

In Pirates! you take the leading role of a Pirate Captain in the 17th century Caribbean amassing fortune and fame in an attempt to seize your rightful place as one of the most revered (and feared!) pirates in history. Test your skills as a sea captain exploring the high seas and exotic ports in a richly detailed 3D world. Overtake the enemy and seize valuable booty. Exchange plank-shattering broadsides in fierce naval battles, and engage in duels with worthy opposing captains.

The new Pirates! carries on with the great gameplay and design simplicity tradition of the award-winning original, while adding more challenging and exciting battle options. It offers a deeper and more varied role-playing experience that includes multiple paths to a wealthy retirement. This and many other features and additions make this gaming classic one of the most highly anticipated releases of this century!

Game Features:

  • Experience an all-new story built upon the most fun and compelling features of the original Pirates! game
  • Live out multiple quests through a non-linear, open life timeline where every decision poses distinct challenges and possibilities
  • Witness the consequences of your actions in current events throughout the Pirates! world
  • Battle, overtake and command 27 different ship types, enhanced with assorted ammo, cannon and other upgrades
  • Take on various foes including merchant and military captains, ferocious pirates, evil gentry and even rival suitors -- each with different skills and abilities
  • Confront enemies on board ships, in seedy taverns, on the ramparts and even at the Governor's mansion Wield weapons -- or anything within your reach -- as you fence against foes
  • Engage in fierce naval battles fighting single enemies or multiple ships
  • Sneak into towns, escape out of prisons, navigate around adversaries and surprise unsuspecting vessels Dispatch landing parties of buccaneers in strategic battles to take over entire cities
  • Increase your riches and impress the governor's daughter with your charm, fame, heroism -- even your dancing abilities
  • Collect items (swords, spyglasses, armor, hats, coats, etc.) that improve skills or provide other new benefits and view them in a new inventory system Enhance your gameplay experience with downloadable content including flags, sail emblems, character skins and more

Since its initial release, Pirates! has sold more than a million units worldwide, and received numerous awards:

  • Action Game of the Year
  • Computer Gaming World Magazine
  • Historical Game of the Year
  • Compute Magazine
  • Best Fantasy/Role Playing Game
  • Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design
Having been inducted into the Hall of Fame by both Computer Gaming World and GameSpy, and voted one of the top 20 all-time games by Computer Gaming World Magazine, Pirates! is recognized as one of the greatest games ever created.

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Product Information

Platform:PC Download
Release date July 25, 2005
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There's a LOT of game in this box.

There are enough delightful aspects to make it worth a geezer gamer's time and enough light-hearted and simple action to be fun for any kid old enough to enjoy _Treasure Island_. For the hardcore I imagine it's just a romp.

Pirates! is a beautifully-rendered set of minigames stitched together as a story-construction kit packed with yer basic pirate tall-tale elements, plus an extra or two just for fun.

We got the swordfighting part, the ship-jacking part, the town-pillaging part, the pirate-treasure part (complete with fragmentary clues).

We got ripe chaos in the colonies, bad men, good women, and you.

Oh. Did I mention there's dancing?

The action is in sailing, sea battles, sword fights and dancing. The controls in all of them are simple enough that the games are almost instantly immersive, and the acting is never bad, sometimes outstanding, with a lot of rewarding attention to detail. I'll mention the tavern maid after she whacks a lout with a bottle and the exulting Spaniard captain.

The pace is fast enough that you start out busy trying to keep up, the controls simple enough that you can definitely learn how, and about the time you do learn, the depth and detail of the game starts seeping in around the edges.

The Caribbean political and economic situation is constantly changing. Everything about a colony except its existence depends on what comes in or out, by sea. The ships in the game are merchants and smugglers and immigrants and invasion fleets and raiders and garrison troops and couriers. And pirates, of course. You can, ahhh, interfere with this traffic, with consequences.
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This game is undoubtedly one of Sid Meier's best. The game is easy to learn, fun to play, has GREAT graphics, and several different difficulty levels.

"Pirates" also has an interesting (if innaccurate) historical aspect. Nine famous pirates can be tracked down and defeated in the game, including Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, L'Ollonais, and Jean Lafitte. History buffs like myself will of course know that Lafitte and Blackbeard were about 115 years apart in history, but it certainly doesn't take any fun out of the game.

There are several different modes of play that keep the game interesting- sailing the seas, battling between ships, duels between you and various opponents (Ship Captains, Military Officers, Wanted Criminals, and other Pirates), tactical attacks on cities (my personal favourite), and dances with governors' daughters. Each mode of play features fast paced yet simple gameplay and excellent graphics.

When you aren't sailing around the world collecting loot, you can also play the storyline. This includes hunting down the evil Baron Raymondo to gather information about your family who was kidnapped when you were a child, followed by daring attempts to rescue them based on the info you gather. Even more important and dramatic is the search for the notorious Marquis Montalban, who had kidnapped your family in the first place due to a debt they owed. Another major game villain is Colonel Mendoza, who will kidnap any fair lady you are on the verge of marrying.

The scale of the game is also impressive. There are dozens of cities and settlements to visit, each one either allied to the French, English, Dutch, or Spanish. There are also Pirate Havens where you may be asked what city is most vulnerable to attack.
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This is my favorite game. There are so many cities it's almost impossible to remember everything so it feels much like a new game each time you play. Sometimes the sea travel seems slow but they did speed up the ship battles in the last patch. There is no lewd behavior or language, no blood and guts, and no death so I think that this game is pretty family-friendly.
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While there should be little doubt that this game is a reissue of the original pirates game of the 80's, and some parts seem dated at best, it is still hours of fun. The drawbacks of the game are dated graphics, some repetitious fight scenes, and rather generic quests but there is just something about Pirates! that is somehow addicting. Hardcore strategy buffs might not care for the game due to its limited choices and micromanagement but for those of us who grew up with the original, it is a wonderful re-release of a classic, and a more than a fair gaming value.
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Recently I bought Pirates for my son who is now at the age where he can enjoy computer games more and who has shown great interest in anything pertaining to pirates. Originally, I was going to play the game myself without high expectations of enjoying the game and then show him how to play. However, I've enjoyed the game a great deal!

There are five levels of difficulty, ranging from Apprentice to Swashbuckler and certain skills (fencing, medicine, romance, etc.) your pirate can possess.

Your pirate is able to earn "fame" scores through: promotions, wealth attained, pirates defeated, enemies avenged, pirate treasures recovered, and perhaps other means too.

The graphics are great and another good thing about the game is that your strategy is open-ended based on what you want to be (a romantic, plunderer, wealth accumulator, etc.).

Highly recommeded for both kids and adults (sometimes as in my case it may be hard to differentiate which one I may be when it comes to fun games!). The game manual is extremely well-written and very helpful!!!

Play and enjoy yet another great title by Sid Meier.

By the way Sid, when will you make some other Civil War real time games and make your Gettysburg game compatible with Windows Vista?
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