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Sid Meier's Pirates!

MobyRank MobyScore
PC-98
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4.3
Amstrad CPC
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4.0
Apple IIgs
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4.5

User Reviews

One of the greatest games in PC gaming history. PC Booter Rick Jones (108)
The most timeless game I have ever found Commodore 64 Peter Brady (4)
ABsolutely awesome game, even in 2004 Commodore 64 stvrich (3)
Admit it, you want to be a pirate. PC Booter Yeah Right (57)
A legend in computer games. PC Booter Raphael (1160)
This game needs a 21st century update NOW! PC Booter J Cavender (1)
My second best game of all time! PC Booter ^^Snoop^^ (33)
An example of what a PC should strive to be. PC Booter Entorphane (369)
Screw the Gold edition play this one! PC Booter woods01 (154)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 23 4.1
Amstrad CPC 3 4.0
Apple II 7 3.6
Apple IIgs 2 4.5
Atari ST 11 3.7
Commodore 64 23 4.1
DOS 8 3.8
Macintosh 5 4.0
NES 10 3.7
PC-88 3 4.3
PC-98 3 4.3
PC Booter 104 4.0
Combined MobyScore 202 4.0


The Press Says

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100
AmigaComputer Gaming World (CGW)
A genre break-through, this is a fascinating simulation of the Age of Piracy. This reviewer's initial impression was somewhat muted, in that he did not know if the product had "legs," but it stands up far better than most computer simulations.
100
MacintoshComputer Gaming World (CGW)
A genre break-through, this is a fascinating simulation of the Age of Piracy. This reviewer's initial impression was somewhat muted, in that he did not know if the product had "legs," but it stands up far better than most computer simulations.
100
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
A genre break-through, this is a fascinating simulation of the Age of Piracy. This reviewer's initial impression was somewhat muted, in that he did not know if the product had "legs," but it stands up far better than most computer simulations.
100
Commodore 64Computer Gaming World (CGW)
A genre break-through, this is a fascinating simulation of the Age of Piracy. This reviewer's initial impression was somewhat muted, in that he did not know if the product had "legs," but it stands up far better than most computer simulations.
100
Apple IIgsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
A genre break-through, this is a fascinating simulation of the Age of Piracy. This reviewer's initial impression was somewhat muted, in that he did not know if the product had "legs," but it stands up far better than most computer simulations.
100
Commodore 64All Game Guide
Pirates! is a great game in every regard. Ship, land, and sword battles are all exciting. Reading maps and locating treasures adds another dimension to the game. You can even take over a town and give it to any country you choose. Game length will vary depending on your success. Retire at any time you choose at which time you will be given a point total and an overview of your career.
100
Commodore 64GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
If Pirates! II is one tenth as good as the original, I'll be glued to it for months. I'd give Pirates! an eleven out of ten, but they won't let me, so it gets a ten out of ten. If you get a chance to play it, don't pass it up. It was released on several platforms including the NES, and was later released as Pirates! Gold for the PC and the Sega Genesis. Any version is great, but I'll always be partial to the C64 version.
90
Commodore 64Commodore User
In terms of realism, historical accuracy, gameplay and fun, Pirates has it all. it is a hundred times better than the other so-called 'swashbuckling simulations' I've seen and if anyone else was planning to cash in on the current passion for pirates the'd have to go a long way to beat this.
89
AmigaPower Play
Fast drei Jahre durften die Amiga-Besitzer auf "Pirates" warten; aber das Warten hat sich gelohnt. Der Piraten-Klassiker ist mit völlig neuen, exquisiten Grafiken und stimmungsvoller Musik ausgestattet.
88
Atari STST Action
Put a stuffed parrot on your shoulder, slap on an eye patch. Get ready for realism on the seas as you've never experienced it before. Pirates is so realistic you may even be seasick.
88
AmigaAmiga Joker
Das alles ist nur ein kleiner Ausschnitt dessen, was Pirates! so zu bieten hat – jedes Spiel verläuft etwas anders, für Überraschungen ist stets gesorgt. Den vollen Durchblick über alle Möglichkeiten und Zusammenhänge des komplexen Strategie-Adventures bietet die Lektüre des umfangreichen und stimmungsvoll geschriebenen englischen Handbuchs. Apropos Stimmung: Pirates! hat so viel davon, daß es eine wahre Pracht ist! Dafür sorgen neben dem excellenten Spielprinzip die starken Grafiken und der tolle Sound. Es wird nicht lange dauern, bis dieses Game sämtliche Amiga-Charts geentert hat – schon deshalb, weil “unsere” Version die mit weitem Abstand beste ist!
87
Atari STPower Play
Die Piraten-Simulation hält sich hartnäckig seit 22 Monaten in der POWER PLAY-Hitparade und hat auch nach fast zwei Jahren kein bißchen Staub angesetzt.
85
NESTotal! (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!
85
Commodore 64Power Play
Mit Pirates kann sich jeder den Geruch von Seetang und Kanonenpulver ins eigene Wohnzimmer holen. Spielerisch bleiben keine Wünsche offen: Fechten mit Kapitänen, Städte plündern oder sogar handfeste Feuergefechte mit anderen Seglern. Selbst das Navigieren nach dem Stand der Sonne wurde nicht vergessen. Einstellbare Schwierigkeitsgrade, ein riesiges Seegebiet und ausgeschlafene Computergegner versprechen langfristige Spielfreude. Die Grafik gut und der Sound stimmungsvoll.
85
Commodore 64Happy Computer
Allein die Idee zu diesem Programm ist schon eine Klasse für sich und die Ausführung übertrifft noch alle Erwartungen. Pirates bietet eigentlich für jeden etwas: Es ist Action-, Taktik-, Abenteuer-, Handels- und Strategie-Spiel in Einem. Das Programm ist auch erfreulich einfach zu bedienen.
84
DOSPower Play
Mit Pirates kann sich jeder den Geruch von Seetang und Kanonenpulver ins eigene Wohnzimmer holen. Spielerisch bleiben keine Wünsche offen: Fechten mit Kapitänen, Städte plündern oder sogar handfeste Feuergefechte mit anderen Seglern. Selbst das Navigieren nach dem Stand der Sonne wurde nicht vergessen. Einstellbare Schwierigkeitsgrade, ein riesiges Seegebiet und ausgeschlafene Computergegner versprechen langfristige Spielfreude. Die Grafik gut und der Sound stimmungsvoll.
83
DOSThe DOS Spirit
Forutenom å være intuitivt, lærerikt og nyskapende for sin tid, satte Sid Meier's Pirates! seg som en milepæl for andre spill i senere tid. Lydsiden er god for å være sent 80-tall, og grafikken er også kurrant. Spillets sterke side er derimot hvordan det eksemplarisk klarer å "uskadeliggjøre" den tilsynelatende ondskapelige sjørøverlivet, og heller retter det ut som en slags utopi for hva som er en god spillopplevelse. Som allerede nevnt, det er sjelden pirater har vært så morsomt og godt gjennomført som akkurat dette. Vi har ingen tvil, dette kvalifiserer til vår "Golden Dos Spirit"-utmerkelse.
82
NESMegablast
So bunt gemischt und spannend das Echtzeit-Gameplay daherkommt, so überzeugend und seriös wirkt die Handhabung: Städte präsentieren sich als Menüscreens, auf denen Kneipe, Kaufmann oder etwa ein Gouverneursbesuch zur Auswahl stehen, unterwegs sieht man sein Schifflein aus der Draufsicht und dirigiert es per Richtungskreuz übers Weltmeer. Bei den verschiedenen Actioneinlagen (etwa Fechtkämpfe oder Seeschlachten) kommen schließlich sämtliche Knöpfe und Hebel des Joypads zum Einsatz - ist aber nicht halb so schwierig, wie es sich anhören mag. Die teils nett animierte Optik reizt die Möglichkeiten der Hardware recht gut aus, auch der Sound mit flotter Titelmusik, einigen Zwischentracks und ein paar nicht sehr einfallsreichen FX geht insgesamt in Ordnung. Alles in allem ist Pirates! somit auch am NES ein echter Klassiker, der in keiner Seemannskiste fehlen sollte!
80
Atari STTilt
La version ST est correcte mais n'exploite pas réellement les capacités de la machine. Une simulation prenante cependant.
80
AmigaZzap!
Although Pirates! runs the risk of becoming repetitive, the few hours of play I experienced on the Spanish Main were very enjoyable. All graphics are excellent, sound is good and gameplay exciting. The many options available both before and during play provide a vast (or should that be avast) arena in which to experience the life of a hero with at least three ears (explanations next month, if required) and his buckles swashed to perfection.
76
NESNintendo 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.
76
DOSACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
The game's been fleshed out a little since it first appeared on the C64, with the addition of several extra pictures. Your ship is slightly easier to control and seems to be a bit nippier on the PC than on the C64. This improves the game slightly and makes it fun to play for a while.
74
Atari STST/Amiga Format
At first glance Pirates seems nothing more than a simple strategy game with a nautical flavour, but extended play get you involved and you'll soon find that you just can't stop playing. Climbing through the ranks will take a long time and that helps to keep you glued to the deck. Eventually you'll want to retire and live a life of luxury on a desert island, but make sure Sue Lawley didn't get there first.
74
AmigaAmiga Format
MicroProse have a nerve to bill this as a simulation but it is still lots of fun to play. After a while it becomes a bit repetitive but it certainly appeals to the greedy nature in most of us as it is hard to resist going out and plundering a bit more to make some extra money. If the gameplay had been deeper and more complex, it could have been better.
73
Commodore 64ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
The game does have its moments and is enjoyable enough for the occasional voyage. The packaging is excellent, too, with a nicely produced map of the Caribbean and a booklet filling you in on the historical background. But it is not the kind of game that will either make you jump around in excitement or grip you by its deep and complex gameplay.
67
NESThe 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.
60
Apple IITechtite
Fans of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride never had it half as good. Buried treasure, ship battles, sword fights, and even just plain mayhem, was all part of this classic strategy game. When you consider how much game was on one mere floppy disk, it's truly amazing. The finale of the game could be at any time you wished --just retire your character-- and often left him with his own land, wife, and happiness ever after. Sure, most pirates are now at the bottom of the Ocean --a fate which might even happen to your game character, if you're not careful-- though this game let you have your cake and eat it to, no matter how unlike history it may be. In short, Pirates! was a great, classic moment in multimedia, that is even one of Techtite's choices of 50 Best Multimedia Classics.