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Sid Meier's Pirates! (Windows)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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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! Windows Visiting taverns will allow for recruiting and purchasing some rare items
Sid Meier's Pirates! Windows Fencing!
Sid Meier's Pirates! Windows Firaxis marks the spot
Sid Meier's Pirates! Windows An audience with the Governor

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 Indra is here (19812) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
Excellent remake of a memorable classic Cadorna (190) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
Memorable, addictive, fun.. I love it Arejarn (880) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
SET FULL SAIL!! James Kirk (159) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

The Press Says

Just Adventure Aug 23, 2005 A 100
GameSpot Nov 29, 2004 9.2 out of 10 92
IGN Nov 19, 2004 9.2 out of 10 92
Gamigo Dec 17, 2004 9.2 out of 10 92
PC Zone Nov 23, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
GamesFire Dec 23, 2004 88 out of 100 88 Dec 03, 2004 17 out of 20 85
ActionTrip Nov 29, 2004 84 out of 100 84
GameStar (Germany) Dec, 2004 82 out of 100 82
PC Powerplay Dec, 2004 77 out of 100 77


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Title 3 Indra is here (19812)
Dec 14, 2014



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)
Zack Green (1013) added Sid Meier's Pirates! (Windows) on Nov 24, 2004
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