Become a Patron to help us improve MobyGames!

Sid Meier's Pirates! (NES)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

There are no reviews for the NES release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Overall MobyScore (10 votes) 3.7

The Press Says

MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
Total! (Germany)
Es ist also einiges los auf den sieben Weltmeeren, und man muß kein Freibeuter sein, um zu wissen, daß „Pirates“ seinen Beutezug auch auf dem NES fortsetzen wird, denn um es in einem Satz zu sagen: Das Game ist einfach genial!
Nintendo Power Magazine
Ahoy, me'hardies! Ultra Games and the programmers at Rare Ltd. have brought the PC classic from Micropose to the NES for all you would-be swashbucklers and privateers.
The Video Game Critic
Patient gamers will relish the layers of strategy, which include opportunities to spread your influence, betray treaties, marry a wench, and discover lost treasure. Less patient gamers like myself however, are likely to lose interest over time due to the sluggish sea battles and repetitive nature of it all. The cartridge allows you to save your place, and wouldn't you know, my used copy still contains a bunch of old saves! Wow, those old batteries must be pretty powerful. Subsequent editions of Pirates incorporated additional features and eye candy, but its basic gameplay has always remained the same. Strategy-minded gamers will do well to track down this golden oldie, but casual players will only find it mildly amusing.