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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 Xbox New "Even the Odds" Minigame.
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life Xbox Fast and furious multiplayer ship battles.
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life Xbox Sailing the Caribbean with the map overlay on.
Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life Xbox Not all pirating careers end with a bang.

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" -- Traditional Chinese spelling

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

IGN Jul 08, 2005 9.2 out of 10 92
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 18, 2005 9 out of 10 90 Aug 15, 2005 86 out of 100 86 Jul 22, 2005 85 out of 100 85
Game Informer Magazine Aug, 2005 8 out of 10 80
X-Power Aug 20, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Aug, 2005 7.75 out of 10 78
XBox Front Aug 07, 2005 78 out of 100 78 (UK) Aug 02, 2005 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Jul 20, 2006 B- 67


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Title 13 vedder (47098)
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)
DGackey (127) added Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life (Xbox) on Sep 08, 2005
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