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Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves

Action 20 March 2018

An action adventure game focusing on multiplayer, set in an open world filled with pirates, treasures and exotic lands to explore. It is a work of the experienced studios Rare – creators of such classic series as Donkey Kong and Banjoo-Kazooie. Players take on roles of corsairs taking part in countless adventures, both on land and open sea. Gameplay revolves around exploration and searching for legendary pirate treasures, though there is a lot of fighting against monsters, as well as epic naval battles of competing groups. As can be easily noticed, Sea of Thieves takes a lot of inspiration from classic tales of pirates, but depicts it in a very humorous way, which is emphasized with its cartoonish visuals.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Action 29 October 2013

The fourth major installment in a bestselling TPP action-adventure game series. The game was developed by Ubisoft Montreal in cooperation with other Ubisoft’s inner studios. The main story in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is set in 18th century. You meet a pirate captain Edward Kenway (the grandfather of Connor Kenway from Assassin's Creed III), who gets entangled in the age-long conflict between The Brotherhood of Assassins and the Order of Templars. Interwoven in the story are authentic places and historical events, as well as famous figures (including Edward Teach, Benjamin Hornigold, and Anne Bonny) related to the so called Golden Age of Piracy. The sandbox gameplay model offers the players the complete freedom of exploration and undertaking various missions. Complimentary to the solo mode, the game features an expansive multiplayer with a number of diverse maps and playable characters.

Risen 2: Dark Waters
Risen 2: Dark Waters

RPG 24 April 2012

A continuation to a 2009 action RPG. Risen 2: Dark Waters is the work of Piranha Bytes, a German studio that gained substantial popularity through their Gothic series. The game is set 10 years after the events of the first installment. The Nameless Hero is approached by Patty, the daughter of Steelbeard; the girl ask for help in her pursuit of a powerful artifact. Meanwhile, the Inquisition tasks the hero with infiltrating a pirate gang on the island of Puerto Sacarico. As befits a typical action-RPG production, the fun in Risen 2: Dark Waters consists mainly of exploration, questing, and dispatching enemies. Compared with the preceding title, significant changes were introduced in the combat mechanics, and a more attractive audiovisuals were provided.

Naval Action
Naval Action

Simulation 13 June 2019

An online sailing simulator developed by the Ukrainian developer, Game-Labs, whose members worked previously on the STALKER and Total War series. The action of the game is set between the sixteenth and the eighteenth century - a period within the so-called Age of Sail. The gameplay focuses on the exploration of the enormous game world, where the players can trade, take assignments, and participate in realistic sea battles. The game features faithfully recreated weapons from the period, including various types of cannons, mortars, and carronades. One of the game's characteristic, and very realistic, features is the ship handling, as the player can control each sail separately and the crew management is also rather complex. The visuals are powered by the Unity engine, which makes the game look better than one could expect. Also, the creators' dedication to recreate the ships as authentic as possible deserves praise.

Skull & Bones
Skull & Bones

Action 2020

A pirate tactical action game developed by a Shanghai-based studio working under Ubisoft. Skull & Bones takes place during the golden age of piracy on the waters of the Indian Ocean. The player assumes the role of a corsair who commands his ship while gradually building up his reputation and amassing more loot. At the beginning, the player has only a single ship, but as he progresses through the game he obtains an entire fleet of various ships that differ among each other in agility, firing range, and durability. Each ship can be customized with additional parts that change its looks and combat effectiveness. The game takes place in an open world in which the player competes with artificial intelligence and with other players. During the battles it is important to take advantage of water currents, prepare proper tactics, and to cooperate with allies. It is also important to select adequate ship for the type of task the player intends to complete.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game

Action 10 May 2011

Another installment in the popular arcade action games series by the British studio Traveller’s Tales that re-imagines famous pop culture universes as LEGO bricks. This time around, it is the Pirates of the Caribbean movie saga. Plot-wise, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game covers themes from four movies dealing with the adventures of captain Jack Sparrow, starting with The Curse of the Black Pearl and ending with On Stranger Tides. The well-known events are presented with a light sense of humor that is typical of the series. In the title, around 70 characters with various skills make an appearance, including Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann. There are also more than 20 levels full of arcade sequences (platformer levels, combat) and simple logic puzzles. Each stage is focused on certain events from the movie original and enriched with cinematic cut-scenes. One of the novelties of this installment is the possibility of visiting one location multiple times in search of additional treasures. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean can be played either solo or in cooperation mode with another player on a split-screen.

Tales of Berseria
Tales of Berseria

RPG 18 August 2016

The 16th installment in the popular jRPG series by Bandai Namco, which was originated in 1995 with the release of Tales of Phantasia on SNES. Tales of Berseria is also the first game in the franchise in which the main protagonist is not a male – the player assumes the role of a female character. She is a young pirate named Velvet Crowe, who lives in the fantasy kingdom of Midgand. Interestingly, the location had previously appeared in one of the earlier installments of the series – Tales of Zestiria – but the action of Tales of Berseria takes place much earlier. The Kingdom is composed of a few larger pieces of land and a number of little islands, so traveling through the world often requires sailing. Just like former installments of the Tales series, the title offers a complex combat system based on unique abilities and combos. Players observe the action from the third-person perspective and during fights they can control other members of the team. Tales of Berseria makes use of fully-3D graphics, but the game is still kept in an anime comic book style.

Sid Meier's Pirates!
Sid Meier's Pirates!

Adventure 22 November 2004

Sid Meier’s pirates! is a new version of the classic from the 80s. Similarly to the original version, it is a mix of features of action games, adventure games and cRPGs. The game takes place during the age of the pirates in the Caribbean.

Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean

Action 01 July 2003

An action-adventure game with RPG features. It is based on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Except for the title and the presence of some common motives (most of all the Black Pearl ship), the game has little in common with the movie. It was at first developed as sequel to Sea Dogs, another similar game created by studio Akella, but the popularity of the movie caused the change of the title. In the game the player assumes the role of an independent ship captain who is caught in the middle of a conflict between 17th century sea empires: England and France. The protagonist must gather a crew and complete a series of mission for the selected empire. As time passes, the protagonist gathers experience, becomes a better captain and warrior. Sea battles, including artillery combat, boarding, and sword fighting are an important part of the game.

ATLAS
ATLAS

Action 2019

Ambitious pirate MMO, which was created by developers of ARK: Survival Evolved. Players play on a huge map of the world, designed for a maximum of 40 thousand people. The adventure begins with building the first ship and selecting the crew to gain control over the territory. Fighting for influence with other groups of players is the main premise of the game.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Adventure 22 May 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is an action adventure game that uses themes depicted in the second and third parts of the movie series Pirates of the Caribbean. Developers from Eurocom Entertainment decided to show the story from the perspective of Captain Jack Sparrow, however players also get the opportunity to play as both William Turner and Elizabeth Swann. This installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean game series includes many elements previously depicted in the motion picture series such as the characters themselves, locations they visit on their adventures and iconic scenes that illustrate their fantastic stories. The game focuses on exploration, best accomplished by embarking on various quests and solving simple puzzles. Apart from that, players have to fight numerous foes. During combat, one can use a variety of skills distinctive for each of the playable characters, as well as special attacks and finishing blows. Moreover, nothing stands in player’s way to utilize objects found near the combat area. The licensed motion picture soundtrack accompanies the player all throughout the game.

Europa Universalis IV: Golden Century
Europa Universalis IV: Golden Century

Strategy 11 December 2018

Golden Century is the next expansion to the Europa Universalis IV strategy game. The production focuses on the development of mechanics connected to overseas colonies, and elements relating to activities on the seas and oceans. The possibility of leading a pirate nation has also been added.

Captain Claw
Captain Claw

Arcade 12 May 1998

Two-dimensional platform game with attractive cartoon graphics. As Captain Pauzr's cat pirate, we set out to search for the mystical artifact, the Nine Existence Amulet, and the jewels needed to launch this artifact. During the adventure you have to defeat dozens of traps and hundreds of enemies. There is a sword, a pistol, several dynamite sticks and magical spells at your disposal.

Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants
Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants

Strategy 03 May 2012

Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants is the third installment of the popular economic strategy series from Kalypso Media. The game takes place in the 17th-century Caribbean where Spain, England, Netherlands, and France fight for influence. We play as a young captain who desires to make a fortune and create his own empire. His career depends on our choices. As we play, we can take part in dangerous journeys, become pirates, or focus on trade and development of our settlements. The game also offers sieges and sea battles. Maintaining relations with local powers plays an important role in the game. It is up to us to decide who will be our ally and who our enemy. The game offers both single player and multiplayer modes. Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants has eye-pleasing 3D visuals.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3

Action 26 March 2015

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 is another installment of the third-person action game series that mixes the mechanics from the cult Japanese hack-and-slash Dynasty Warriors with the world of the popular One Piece manga. The game was developed by Omega Force and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The protagonist of One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 is a pirate named Luffy whose biggest dream is to become the Pirate King. To achieve that, he has to gather a group of swashbucklers similar to himself and face the enemies that stand in the way of his dream coming true. Story Mode is made of a series of missions during which Luffy visits many places and meets characters known from the original manga. Like in every proper hack-and-slash, combat is the game's primary objective. We take part in epic battles with tons of enemies during which we use various cold steel weapons and magic. From time to time we will have to fight bosses, which will require from us a more tactical approach.

Caribbean!
Caribbean!

RPG 20 February 2015

Caribbean! is a sandbox action game utilizing the mechanics and the engine of the popular Mount & Blade series. The game was created by Russian studio Snowbird Games and Turkish company TaleWorlds. The production is set in the so-called golden age of piracy (early 18th century). You play as an adventurer, who travels around the New World in search for fame and riches. The protagonist may end up as a captain of a ship or an admiral of a fleet, which allows you to participate in spectacular sea battles. The game has no plot, but instead gives your complete freedom to explore locations and complete challenges. The visuals of Caribbean! were created with the upgraded engine from Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword.

Age of Pirates II: City of Abandoned Ships
Age of Pirates II: City of Abandoned Ships

RPG 28 November 2007

City of Abandoned Ships is a role-playing game created by the Russian group Seaward.ru. The production published under the banner of the Akella corporation, like many other titles with the company's logo, deals with the life of 17th-century sailors.

Tempest
Tempest

RPG 22 August 2016

An action RPG with simulation elements and pirates, developed by a Russian developer – Lion’s Shade. In Tempest, we assume the role of a pirate, traveling the seas and oceans in search of fame and fortune. During the gameplay we traverse a game world separated into three vast areas, exploring succeeding seas and continuously building our pirate legacy. On our journey we come across merchant vessels as well as other bloodthirsty corsairs, mysterious cultists and legendary sea monsters. The gameplay focuses on typical pirate activities, such as searching for treasure or sea battles. The game doesn’t include the ability to traverse the land, constantly following the action from the perspective of our ship. Other highlights include perks, acquired during the travels, experience system for the crew, and a wide range of modifications affecting the appearance and the armament of our ship.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Freedom Cry
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Freedom Cry

Action 17 December 2013

A standalone expansion to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag developed by an in-house Ubisoft studio. Unlike the base game, this time around, the player doesn't assume the role of Edward Kenway, but of his former quartermaster – Adewale, an emancipated black slave who joined the ranks of Assassins. Fifteen years after the events shown in the base game, the main protagonist sets off on a mission to retrieve a package from the hands of the Templars, however, as a result of an accident, his ship crashes near the city of Port-au-Prince, where Adewale encounters his enslaved kin. He does not linger for long and decides to rescue all of them as well as to take his revenge on the white torturers. In Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Freedom Cry the gameplay revolves around the formula developed for the sake of Edward Kenway’s adventures – the expansion offers nine elaborate missions constituting a story mini-campaign. Moreover, players can also enjoy new weapons, such as blunderbusses, bombs, and machetes.

Tales of Monkey Island
Tales of Monkey Island

Adventure 07 July 2009

Tales of Monkey Island is an adventure game with a classic point & click interface, produced by Telltale Games. The player directs pirate Guybrusha Threepwood, who together with his wife Elaine is looking for a way to defeat the accidentally released magic of Voodoo. The creators remained faithful to the atmosphere of earlier editions of the Monkey Island series, modernizing the audio-visual setting and introducing a number of new elements of the gameplay.

Raven's Cry
Raven's Cry

RPG 30 January 2015

Raven's Cry is a pirate-themed action game featuring elements of sailing simulation. The initial developer team, Finnish studio Octane Games, was replaced by Reality Pump during development. The game's protagonist, Christopher Raven, is a man obsessed with a burning desire for bloody revenge on the pirates who murdered his parents many years ago. The dark plot of Raven's Cry is greatly influenced by the player’s choices. The production is a combination of a sandbox action game and a sailing simulator. During the game we get the opportunity to engage in dueling, using both pistols and melee weapons, explore the vast world, and even take command of a ship during spectacular naval battles.

Sea Dogs
Sea Dogs

Action 02 December 2000

Sea Dogs is an action adventure game in which players have the opportunity to taste the life of a 17th century pirate or a brave British sailor. The title was produced by Akella studio. The game combines elements of adventure, cRPG and even real-time strategy. Its advantages include a non-linear plot and an over 60-minute soundtrack recorded by Moscow Philharmonic Orchestras.

Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales
Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales

Action 09 December 2005

Age of Pirates is another marine game by Akella, which is in fact an expanded and prepared for the international market version of Sea Dogs III. The action of the programme takes place in the Caribbean Sea basin, in the turbulent 17th century.

Vendetta: Curse of Raven's Cry
Vendetta: Curse of Raven's Cry

RPG 20 November 2015

A revised and extended edition of Raven's Cry, an action RPG sandbox set in the golden age of piracy, developed by Polish studio Reality Pump. Plot-wise, the game is no different from the original and its hero is an eighteenth-century pirate Christopher Raven, seeking revenge on the people who killed his family and cut off his hand. Since the original version of the game met with a huge wave of criticism due to numerous shortcomings and bugs, creators focused on improving all key elements of the mechanics such as character development, trading system, orcombat system (both onshore and offshore). At the same time the game features some novelties, such as new story missions or previously absent alchemy skill. Additionally, authors implemented new cutscenes and video clips, as well as re-recorded the English dubbing. The entire new content was made available as a free upgrade for all buyers of the original.

Tropico 2: Pirate Cove
Tropico 2: Pirate Cove

Strategy 08 April 2003

Abandon Ship
Abandon Ship

Strategy 2019

A sandbox naval strategy game set in golden age of sailing ships. Players assume the role of a captain who leads his crew for far away expeditions. An open world lets them decide which missions to take and how to develop their career. There is a main storyline to discover, in which the players try to foil the plans of a mysterious cult that wants to bring the apocalypse. Abandon Ship offers a system of tactical, real time battles that require usage of various maneuvers and skillful crew management. Players’ character and their crew gain experience, and the ship can also be upgraded. However, it is impossible to recover a sunken ship, meaning that a captain of such a vessel must build his position from scratch, of course if he survives – otherwise the players must start from the beginning. Abandon Ship uses an interesting visual style, resembling oil paintings of the 19th century.