With Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag being released today, we're pretty psyched up. Not because of the whole assassin theme but because now they've thrown in pirates. After all, who doesn’t love being a pirate? There’s the sailing, the swashbuckling and the looting and plundering. Real life just isn’t as fun as that and the closest thing we can get to being a pirate, is selling bootleg DVDs, and that's not nearly as cool as the fantasized version.
So while we wait with bated breath for Assasin’s Creed IV: Black Flag to hit the stores, we took the time to scrounge up five other pirate games that’ll keep your looting hearts sated before the real fun starts.
Sid Meier’s Pirates! (1987, 2004)
What Is It? This can be considered the granddaddy of pirate games. Back in 1987, famed developer Sid Meier of the famed Civilization series thought it’d be a good idea to create a pirate sim and you know what? It was not just a good idea, it was a great one.
The game was a combination of action, trading and resource management with a good dose of pirate elements thrown in. In short, everything you needed to do as a pirate was thrown in. You could choose to do all manner of pirate-related missions since the Seven Seas was your oyster. Dig up treasure, create and break alliances quicker than changing pants, find long-lost family members, and strike up naval battles against your foes and the navy armada.
The series was popular enough to warrant ports to the Megadrive and SNES as well, and it didn’t stop there. In 2004, Sid Meier’s startup, Firaxis Studios did a remake of the game, called Sid Meier's Pirates! Live the life, with prettier graphics, a more enhanced naval battle system and a host of new additions including sword fighting and dances with the governor’s daughter minigames.
It still manages to retain its popularity till today with an iPad version launched in 2011.
Level Of Pirate-ness? 10 of course, With a title like Pirates how can it be anything less? On a more serious note though, every single game that focused on pirates after 2004 owes a lot to this longtime series, which is why we said that it is the granddaddy of pirate games.
With all the right elements, naval battles, sword fighting, some ship and resource management and most of all a good dose of pirate lexicons, It is THE definitive pirate game. Play it on iOS ($5.98) and Steam ($12.37).