Not an American user?


This is adventure #2 in Scott Adam's text adventure series. In this adventure, you shuffle between three locales: an unremarkable (at first) London flat and two islands littered with dangerous critters and people. The goal of the game is to find the two pirate treasures on the treasure island. You move about and use objects by typing one or two word commands such as NORTH, INVENTORY, or GET SNEAKERS. You only have to type the first 3 letters of a command or object for the parser to recognize it.


Pirate Adventure Commodore PET/CBM Adventure introduction
Pirate Adventure Commodore PET/CBM I'm in an alcove; some items here I may want to check out.
Pirate Adventure Commodore PET/CBM There's a wicked looking pirate here.
Pirate Adventure Commodore PET/CBM Suddenly I'm on a sandy beach.

Promo Images

There are no promo images for this game

Alternate Titles

  • "Pirate's Cove" -- Informal name
  • "Pirates Adventure" -- Commodore PET/CBM title
  • "Pirate's Adventure" -- Apple II title
  • "Pirate Cove" -- Misspelled VIC-20 cover title
  • "Baie des pirates" -- Qu├ębec French title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

There are no reviews for this game.

Critic Reviews

There are no critic reviews for this game.


There are currently no topics for this game.


Sinclair ZX Spectrum version

A Spectrum version was advertised (with graphics) but seemingly never released. It was however released at a later date in text only form in the Scott Adams Scoops compilation.

Source code

Scott Adams published the BASIC source code to Pirate Adventure in the December 1980 issue of BYTE Magazine (pp. 192-212); the code sets up the virtual machine for the adventure and then largely consists of DATA-statements, thousands of numbers plugging values into the virtual machine. With this (somewhat obtuse) reference, many text adventure fans among BYTE's subscription base reverse-engineered the virtual machine and used it to help get a leg up on advancing their own homebrew text adventures.

Scans of the pages in question can be viewed online here.

Related Web Sites

Pseudo_Intellectual (47892) added Pirate Adventure (Commodore PET/CBM) on Jul 31, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Trypticon (10743), S Olafsson (4848), Droog (460), Kabushi (163139), Xoleras (65926), Pseudo_Intellectual (47892), Terok Nor (23125) and me3D31337 (59143)