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Sid Meier's Pirates! (2004) (PC cover
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Sid Meier's Pirates! (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.

Adventure | Pirates | RPG elements | ships | action adventure

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Sid Meier's Pirates! for PC, PSP and etc. is a remake of the classic game from eighties’. Similarly to the original game, the new version is a mix of features present in action games, adventure games and cRPGs. It takes place during the age of the pirates of the Caribbean. The players receive an unusual opportunity to become one of the pirates and leave their mark in history.


Similarly to the original Pirates!, the developers (including Sid Meier himself) provided an open, almost unlimited world (the game ends once the players decide it’s time for a retirement). It is possible to sail a ship or a whole fleet in any direction the players want. They can plunder cities, sink trading convoys or even offer services to colonial empires: England, France, Holland or Spain.

Sid Meier’s Pirates! is a title that consists of several mini-games that make the game a very unique experience among other pirate games. Among the features included in the game there is an option to control a ship or a fleet to avoid storms or escape enemy ships. Players can stop in ports to replenish supplies, recruit crew, repair ships, sell loot, listen to local gossips or accept quests (all of that can be done through a special menu).

It is also possible to visit influential governors and increase protagonist’s social status, to participate in naval battles including ship maneuvering, shooting at enemies and boarding, to participate in melee combat by using sables and many special attacks or to escape prisons by avoiding guards and by moving through the labyrinths of alleys in the port (the player is taken to a prison after he or she loses a naval battle).

Other activities available in the PC, PSP and etc. version of Sid Meier’s Pirates! include looking for legendary, buried treasures by collecting pieces of old maps, leading pirates during an assaults on ports and cities (this activity features a simplified RTS interface) and conquering the hearts of governors' daughters (for example by performing heroic acts or dancing).

The game features special items such as better sables or a barometer. They improve the protagonist’s combat efficiency or skills of navigating the ship during harsh conditions. Players can also encounter specialists that can be recruited to the crew and increase combat efficiency or the ship’s parameters. Another feature in the game is the option to look for lost family members and to fight against an evil pirate responsible for the death of protagonist’s parents.

Technical aspects

The new version offers the same content as the original title, although it was expanded and the gameplay was polished. The biggest change is the new, three-dimensional graphics engine. The visuals are aesthetical and good-looking. The game’s world imitates the seventeenth’ and eighteenth’ century, although it uses a slightly cartoonish style. Ships look authentic, and people are wearing clothes typical for the times.

Last updated on 07 February 2018

Game mode: single player  

Media type: 2 CD

User score: 8,5 / 10 based on 5323 votes.

PEGI rating Sid Meier's Pirates! (2004)

Age rating. The PEGI rating considers the age suitability of a game, not the level of difficulty. Game contains depictions of violence.

Sid Meier's Pirates! System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

  • Recommended:
  • Pentium III 1 GHz
  • 256 MB RAM
  • graphic card 64 MB
  • 1.2 GB HDD
Microsoft Xbox


  • Uses:
  • Xbox Live
PlayStation Portable

PlayStation Portable

  • Uses:
  • memory card 32 MB
Nintendo Wii

Nintendo Wii

  • Uses:
  • WiiWare
Microsoft Xbox 360

Xbox 360

  • Uses:
  • Xbox Live
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