Sid Meier’s Pirates! (iOS) [Review]


As the mobile gaming market continues to pick up with the presence of the App Store, more major developers and publishers are seeing its great marketing potential. This port of the 2004 remake of the classic Pirates! by the famed Canadian game designer Sid Meier is one of them, and is definitely legitimate.

The concept of bringing a classic simulation game into this mobile platform has been done with games like SimCity, The Sims, and Civilization. Other simulation games have also become popular titles for the iOS, namely Game Dev Story and others made by Kairosoft. These facts alone make a strong case for Sid Meier’s Pirates! for the iOS, and it does not disappoint at all.

The story is that of a boy who swears revenge against the debtors who abducted his family. At the start of the game, you enter your era, name, nationality, and skill. You set sail for the Caribbean as an 18-year-old upstart with only a rotten tub and no money. Your work is definitely cut out for you, so you must sail across the waters and build up a formidable screw of sailors with grit and cunning to become the greatest pirate in history.

It’s a classic tale of adventure common to such a title, and some may see it as a tired out narrative. Much of the fun in the gameplay is found away from your main quest of seeking vengeance for your family as you pillage and plunder everything in your path, transforming the main character from an innocent lad to the scourge of the seas swigging rum and swashbuckling until he can swashbuckle no more.

There are also factions that you can align or antagonize in the game. Whether you choose to be an arm or a thorn to a certain faction, it changes the dynamics of the game. You do have to poke around though in order to understand everything that’s going on as it always is with any other simulation games. Most would complain that things aren’t obvious enough during the first time around, especially for casual players. However, this air of mystery is appropriate for games where adventure is the key narrative element.

The open-ended nature of the game provides a multitude of possibilities during gameplay that may sometimes take you from behind. Pirates is essentially a simple game in concept, but gets quite deep in execution. Ever since its first release in 1987, players have touted it as a groundbreaking achievement in game design. While more advanced games have flooded the market more than 20 years later, it’s still being played in various platforms and is now considered a classic.

This iPad version includes a quick travel feature that lets you skip out most of the idle sailing and gets you straight to your destinations. There are also a lot of other additions included for a new generation of fans. Sid Meier’s Pirates! for the iOS is set to become one of the marquee titles in the App Store. You can get it for your iPad for only $6.99, which is a bargain considering the calibre of game you’ll get in this title.


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