Sid Meier's Pirates!

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Sid Meier’s Pirates is an action-adventure strategy game, a remake of 1987 game of the same name. It’s set in an open world around the Caribbean islands. The game features numerous activities, including sailing and exploration, ship battles, trading and diplomacy.


The core gameplay of the game is sailing among the islands, cities and colonies. Every tip on the map provides great opportunities for both economic issues and fights, as you can attack ships and capture cities; some battles include sword fighting mini-game. Completing different quests, you will gain diplomacy points of one of the in-game factions. This will reveal additional options, such as dancing with a governor's daughter at a ball. The game also features AI historical pirates, such as Henry Morgan and Blackbeard.

Visuals and other features

While the story aspect is not in focus of this game, there’s a little background of the hero you play as. After customizing your character, you start as a sailor under the command of a very harsh captain. One day the riot begins, and you become the new captain. Since then you can explore the world and do everything you want together with your crew.

Release Date

Nov 22, 2004

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Play Time

11 hours


Everyone 10+: Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Mild Violence, Suggestive Themes

System Requirements

  • CPU: Pentium 1.0 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • GPU: 64 MB video card with Hardware T&L support device should be compatible with DirectX version 9.0b or higher.
  • HDD: 1.2 GB

Interesting Facts

  • The gameplay remains similar to the original game, though it features a 3D game engine (NDL’s Gamebryo).
  • Pirates is separated into several mini-games requiring different skills, as well as an overall “sailing map” mode where the player navigates around the Caribbean, looking for things to do.
  • The majority of the game is spent sailing from destination to destination around the Caribbean islands.
  • During the course of the game, the player can acquire large amounts of resources from ships captured, including cannons, food, supplies, and trade goods.
  • Another important tactical decision is the choice of shot types.
  • Several events in the game will trigger a sword fighting mini-game in which the player fences an opponent in one-on-one combat.
  • Pirates! also has land battles in which the player fights battles in a turn-based system on a grid map, much like in Civilization.
  • There are nine computer-controlled historical pirates.

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Cheats support


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Third/First Person

Third person

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Protagonist sex


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