Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Modern reinventions of classic games have rarely gone so well. Pirates! retains the spirit of the original and has charm and enthusiasm of which most games can only dream. A bright, bold adventure which, though essentially relatively simple, has enough to keep anyone happy for a considerable while.
Conclusion: is a tight design that, instead of going with an everything including the kitchen sink design, is tightly controlled to distill the game down to it’s essence. Another fine game from Firaxis Games and worthy of stuffing in the stocking of any gamer.
Excerpt: I haven’t played the original (even if I actually owned a C64 computer), but as people say it was pure addiction. Sid Meier’s Pirates! was first released in 1987 and is still famous for its addictive gameplay, which included elements of strategy, action and role-playing genres. You got yourself in some quite nice piracy adventures and treasure hunting… The remake of the game is a creation of Firaxis and Atari.
Pros: Charming visuals, great gameplay, relaxing and entertaining
Cons: Monotonous music, replayability lost after many hours of gameplay
Excerpt: Pirates are great, aren’t they? The thirst for adventure, sea battles, wooden legs, sword fighting, parrots, eye patches and, of course, the lingo make up the persona of a pirate that we seem to love so very much. Ask anyone what the first thing they think of when the words ‘treasure’ and ‘rum’ are mentioned and it’s bound to be ‘pirates’ every time.
Excerpt: Games romanticizing the lives of pirates have been popular since the first release of
Pirates! developed by Sid Meier for the Commodore 64 in 1987. Over the last 20 years, other titles such as
Port Royale, Sea Dogs, and even the space-based Freelancer have attempted to capture the romance and excitement of being in control of a warship, answering to no higher authority, and exploring vast areas in search of booty and fame.