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Sid Meier's Pirates! (Windows)

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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 Choose your weapon wisely before boarding the enemy's ship
Sid Meier's Pirates! Windows After many a season of sailing, you may want to cash your earnings and retire. Here's an example of a "not so successful" pirate career!
Sid Meier's Pirates! Windows Approaching a Jesuit settlement
Sid Meier's Pirates! Windows Customizing your ship's flags

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 (19699) 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 (747) 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

Game Vortex Jan 23, 2005 98 out of 100 98
GameSpot Nov 29, 2004 9.2 out of 10 92
IGN Nov 19, 2004 9.2 out of 10 92
Boomtown Jan 11, 2005 9 out of 10 90
PC Zone Nov 23, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
Gamesmania Dec 22, 2004 88 out of 100 88
PC Gamer UK Jan, 2005 86 out of 100 86
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jan, 2005 72 out of 100 72 May 04, 2005 4 out of 20 20


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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)
Zack Green (1015) added Sid Meier's Pirates! (Windows) on Nov 24, 2004
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