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In Captain Silver, you play the role of Jim, a brave young lad with a taste of adventure. You embark on a journey to find Captain Silver's secret treasure hoard, which is rumored to be hidden on an island in the Eastern Seas.

There are six scenes in the game. During his travels, Jim will explore villages, fight his way on board ships, venture through caves, and wander around tropical islands. In each of these six scenes, Jim must use his sword to kill cats, rats, bats, witches, skeletons, and other creatures that are waiting for him. When Jim touches, or is shot at, by a creature, he loses one of his lives, but when he kills a creature, he can collect some gold that they leave behind, which can be used to buy items from shops. However, rather than getting gold, enemies leave behind some gold containing one of the letters that spell the word "CAPTAIN SILVER". If Jim manages to get all of these letters, he will be awarded an extra life.

Jim may only use his sword to start off with, but once he collects a fairy that floats toward him in every scene, Jim will be able to shoot stars at enemies, making his kills more efficient. The maximum number of stars that he can have is six. There are other power-ups that Jim can collect in the game. These include the "clock" power-up, which gives Jim extra time; the "boot" power-up which allows Jim to jump higher; and the "coffee?" power-up, which enables Jim to shield himself from creatures until he is hit by one.

There is a boss in each scene, which he must defeat in order to proceed to the next round. There is also a certain time limit, which Jim must complete the scene before it expires. If he does not, then he will lose a life.


Captain Silver NES Choose your weapon
Captain Silver NES Title screen
Captain Silver NES Ugly giant house cats fall out of the trees
Captain Silver SEGA Master System Boss

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Alternate Titles

  • "キャプテンシルバー" -- Japanese Spelling

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A good Master System pickup. IF it's the right version..... SEGA Master System Weston Sharpensteen (32)

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The Video Game Critic SEGA Master System Jul 11, 2007 A- 91
Game Freaks 365 SEGA Master System Feb 09, 2006 7.9 out of 10 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SEGA Master System Mar, 1989 8.8 out of 12 73
Retrogaming History SEGA Master System Apr 09, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA Master System Dec 10, 2003 6 out of 10 60
The Games Machine (UK) SEGA Master System Jan, 1989 49 out of 100 49
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Dec, 1988 47 out of 100 47
Joystick (German) SEGA Master System Jan, 1989 4.5 out of 10 45
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Master System Dec, 1989 18 out of 40 45
Power Play SEGA Master System Dec, 1988 41 out of 100 41


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Version differences

The two-mega European release of Captain Silver contains stages and enemies that don't appear in the U.S. release. It appears that the Canadian release was the full version, but before Sega/Tonka released the game in the U.S., they pared the game down to a cheaper one-mega cartridge. The resulting game contains only four levels (instead of six).

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