developer: Snowbird Game Studios
publisher: Snowbird Game Studios
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Blood & Gold: Caribbean! is an open world action RPG for PC. It transfers the gameplay mechanics of the popular Mount & Blade series to the 17th century reality, namely the so-called golden age of piracy. Developed by Snowbird Games in cooperation with TaleWorlds (the creators of the original Mount & Blade), the game is an enhanced version of Caribbean! released at the beginning of 2015. The developers decided to introduce a number of novelties and changes suggested by the players themselves during the Early Access period as well as directly after the launch.
The story takes place in the Caribbean Sea, which is considered to be a den for all kinds of pirates and evildoers that sailed the 17th century waters. During the game, we assume the role of an adventurer who seeks his fortune in the new and not entirely charted world. We can join one of a few factions that determine the course of the story and the attitude of non-player characters towards the protagonist. However, Blood & Gold: Caribbean! is devoid of classical plot. Instead, it focuses on sandbox features and complete freedom of action. We may therefore undertake tons of various quests and activities and that way build our reputation in the New World.
The gameplay mechanics are based to a large extent on the solutions of the aforementioned Mount & Blade series. We get to freely explore the game world that consists of Caribbean islands (Jamaica, Cuba, Panama) as well as the southern coast of North America. We visit villages and towns, hire crew members, trade, gather equipment and take various jobs. Since the story takes place largely at sea, Blood & Gold: Caribbean! does not lack an extensive system of fleet management and development as well as exciting naval battles. Furthermore, our deeds build the reputation of the protagonist, who can be either a lawful and just person or a fearsome scoundrel.
In comparison with the original Carribean!, the gameplay was enriched with a whole lot of novelties. At the request of the players community, the developers introduced the native Caribbean faction as well as the possibility to create a female character. A number of previously unavailable locations — such as plantations, mines, monasteries or Aztec village ruins — were also added. Moreover, there are new special jobs to take, including murder contracts that often require silent and careful action. Contrary to the original, we may now freely roam the cities and do all kinds of things in taverns, for example: play blackjack. The game is complemented by an enhanced system of fleet and trade caravan management, completely remodeled land battle locations, as well as a number of minor modifications (for example: destructible fortifications and a new prison break system).
Unlike Carribean!, which allows for solo play only, Blood & Gold: Caribbean! for PC offers a previously unavailable multiplayer mode. Thanks to it, we meet not only AI-controlled NPCs in our travels, but also other players’ characters.
On the technical side, the game does not differ significantly from the original version. From among the introduced enhancements, the new 3D world map stands out the most. Blood & Gold: Caribbean!, similarly to its predecessor, is powered by an improved engine that was previously used in Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword, among other titles. Due to a large number of changes made in the gameplay mechanics, the game saves of Carribean! are not compatible with the new version.
Game score 7.1 / 10 calculated out of 55 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 4.4 / 10 calculated out of 12 players' votes.
age requirements: everyone
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz/AMD A8 2.5 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 560/Radeon R7 260X or better, 2 GB HDD, Windows Vista/7/8 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB Radeon HD 4870 or better, 2 GB HDD, Windows Vista/7/8 64-bit