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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 Collecting pieces of a map leading to the famous pirate Jean Laffite's treasure.
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life iPad One of the minigames: bombarding a city.
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life Xbox New "Even the Odds" Minigame.
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life iPad Paying a visit to the local governor.

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" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)

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User Reviews

I for one look forward to more games like this...har...har...har Windows Indra was here (20921)
Excellent remake of a memorable classic Windows Cadorna (223)
Memorable, addictive, fun.. I love it Windows Arejarn (4421)
SET FULL SAIL!! Windows James Kirk (168)

Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GamesFire Windows Dec 23, 2004 88 out of 100 88
FiringSquad Windows Dec 07, 2004 86 out of 100 86
games xtreme Xbox Aug 16, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Jolt (UK) Xbox Jul 26, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
TeamXbox Xbox Jul 12, 2005 8.2 out of 10 82
Game Informer Magazine Xbox Aug, 2005 7.75 out of 10 78
Diehard GameFan Xbox Jul 20, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
NintendoWorldReport Wii Oct 24, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Xbox Mar 19, 2006 4 out of 10 40


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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)
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