DescriptionIn Treasure of Cutlass Reef, the player takes control of a pirate ship as they battle through twelve stages and a seemingly unending armada, to reach Cutlass Reef and claim the buried treasure. There are three difficulty levels in all, each with their own varying degree of difficulty. Each stage contains a certain number of enemy ships (usually about a half a dozen to begin with) with the last ship being a flagship, more powerful than the rest.
Regardless of the difficulty setting, as the levels progress more ships will be added to each level and more will show up on the screen at once as the levels progress. The ships range from small schooners to the more larger war galleons, which mostly are the flag ships at first, but as the game progress, more and more larger ships will appear. There are also enemy pirate ships with more fire power than the flagships, making them more dangerous.
The gameplay consists of using the arrow buttons to steer the ship and pressing the space button to fire upon enemy ships. There are two ways to destroy enemies, the safest way is to fire upon enemies using the ships cannons while the riskiest way is to approach enemy vessels at close range, engaging in close quarter battles. Players can also learn about their enemies with their stats on the screen, showing how much gold is on the ship, their armor, how many cannons are on the ship and how many men are on the ship.
Destroying enemy ships will drop gold into their floating wrecked hulls, where the player can simply sail over top of them to collect it. The amount of gold depends on how much the ship was damaged (i.e. if the ship was bombarded with an endless cannon assault, the gold will decrease while on the other hand, a close quarters battle will have more gold then shooting at them).
Players can use this gold to purchase upgrades such as more cannons, crew, more armor (which will make the ship larger after each upgrade), faster reloading, more damaging shots and have the ship turn and run faster, making their ship more powerful over time. Players can also have more upgrade levels with a higher difficulty setting.
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