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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!: Live the Life iPad Sailing towards the West.
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life Windows Exchanging cannonball rounds with an enemy ship
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life iPad You can customize your flag and sails, and can even import your own picture thanks to the iPad camera.
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life iPad Collecting pieces of a map leading to the famous pirate Jean Laffite's treasure.

Promo Images

Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life Screenshot
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life Screenshot
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life Screenshot
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life Screenshot


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 stressed (20738)
Excellent remake of a memorable classic Windows Cadorna (223)
Memorable, addictive, fun.. I love it Windows Arejarn (3715)
SET FULL SAIL!! Windows James Kirk (168)

Critic Reviews

Game industry News (GiN) Windows 2005 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gamigo Windows Dec 17, 2004 9.2 out of 10 92 Windows Dec 22, 2004 88 out of 100 88
PC Action Windows Jan 21, 2005 83 out of 100 83
Game Informer Magazine Xbox Aug, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Appletell Macintosh Oct 22, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Xbox Jan 01, 2006 6 out of 10 60
NintendoWorldReport Wii Oct 24, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Cubed3 Wii Feb 15, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50
GameZone Wii 2010 3 out of 10 30


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Apr 04, 2015



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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