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Sid Meier's Pirates!

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Sid Meier returns to his roots with this remake of Sid Meier's Pirates!, his 1987 game about sailing the high seas in search of treasure. As in the original, you will plunder cities, sink enemy ships, and more. A plethora of different styles of gameplay will have you sneaking out of prison, dancing with the governor's daughter, engaging in real-time strategic combat, and a slew of others.

Sid Meier's Pirates! features a new 3D engine, but its style of stringing several minigames together to make a congruent game remains true to the original.


Sid Meier's Pirates! iPad Entering a tavern.
Sid Meier's Pirates! Windows Choose your weapon wisely before boarding the enemy's ship
Sid Meier's Pirates! iPad A sea battle against a Spanish ship.
Sid Meier's Pirates! iPad Plundering the defeated ship.

Alternate Titles

  • "大海盜" -- Taiwan spelling

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User Reviews

I for one look forward to more games like this...har...har...har Windows Indra is here (19699)
Excellent remake of a memorable classic Windows Cadorna (190)
Memorable, addictive, fun.. I love it Windows Arejarn (747)
SET FULL SAIL!! Windows James Kirk (159)

The Press Says

Game industry News (GiN) Windows 2005 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
IGN Xbox Jul 08, 2005 9.2 out of 10 92
IGN Windows Nov 19, 2004 9.2 out of 10 92 PC Gaming Windows Dec 17, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Dec 03, 2004 86 out of 100 86
1UP Windows Dec 08, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Action Windows Jan 21, 2005 83 out of 100 83
Game Revolution Windows Dec 05, 2004 B+ 83
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jan 26, 2005 80 out of 100 80
Console Obsession Xbox May 31, 2010 8 out of 10 80


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Some sound-effects/video in Sid Meier's Pirates were re-used from previous Civilization games., One example includes when your character swings on a rope aboard a ship. The yell he makes is actually the yell an Archer makes in Civ III when he gets promoted. Another example is one of the ballroom dancing pieces that's played. It happens to also be a track used in Civilization III: Conquests.


  • Computer Games Magazine
    • March 2005 - #2 Game of the Year
  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 2005 (Issue #249) – Arcade Classic of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2004 – #10 PC Game of the Year
    • 2004 - Old Skool Award (PC)
Information also contributed by PCGamer77

Related Web Sites

  • Addicted to Pirates! (A fansite containing various information about Sid Meier's Pirates!)
  • Hooked on Pirates! (A fansite containing many mods for Sid Meier's Pirates!)
  • Official Webpage (Mac) (The official product page for the Mac version of Pirates! on the publisher's website, which provides trailers, an overview of the various ships and skills within the game itself, desktop wallpapers, and purchasing information, among other such details.)
  • Plunder the High Seas in Sid Meier's Pirates! (An Apple Games article about the Mac version of Sid Meier's Pirates!, with commentary provided by Executive Producer Barry Caudill (October, 2008).)
  • Sid Meier's Pirates! (Official website)
  • Sid Meier's Pirates! (Firaxis' Official Site)
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