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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 Windows Exchanging cannonball rounds with an enemy ship
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life Windows We're engaging a Spanish Fast Galleon.
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life Windows Checking the status of your game
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life Windows Choose your weapon wisely before boarding the enemy's ship

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 was here (20706)
Excellent remake of a memorable classic Windows Cadorna (223)
Memorable, addictive, fun.. I love it Windows Arejarn (3728)
SET FULL SAIL!! Windows James Kirk (168)

Critic Reviews

IGN Xbox Jul 08, 2005 9.2 out of 10 92
Games4Mac Macintosh 2008 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Dec 03, 2004 86 out of 100 86 Windows Dec 03, 2004 17 out of 20 85
PC Powerplay Windows Dec, 2004 77 out of 100 77 (UK) Windows Dec 06, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Nintendojo Wii Oct 28, 2010 B- 67
Worth Playing Wii Oct 06, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65
GameSpot Wii Oct 12, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Cubed3 Wii Feb 15, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50


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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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