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Sid Meier's Pirates! (1987)

Average Rating: 7.92/10
Video Game Rank: 183
Amiga Rank: 8
Commodore 64 Rank: 3
NES Rank: 5
DOS Rank: 20
Macintosh Rank: 72
Atari ST Rank: 4
Windows Rank: 113
Apple II Rank: 3
Amstrad CPC Rank: 1
Linux Rank: 33
PC Booter Rank: 1
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Sid Meier's Pirates! (1987)
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Windows/Macintosh/Linux Downloadable edition
Rel Date: 2012-07-27
Publisher: Atari, Inc.
Linux, Macintosh, Windows
Developer: MicroProse
Media: Downloadable Content
Region: 
Rating: ELSPA: 3+, USK: 6
English, French, German
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European DOS edition
Rel Date: 1994-00-00
Publisher: Kixx
DOS
Developer: MicroProse
Media: CD-ROM
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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North American NES edition
Rel Date: 1991-10-00
Publisher: Ultra Software
NES
Developer: MicroProse
Media: Cartridge
Region: North America
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Pirates!
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English/European Amiga edition
Rel Date: 1990-00-00
Publisher: MicroProse
Amiga
Developer: MicroProse
Media: 3.5" Disk
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Pirates!
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English/European Amiga Kixx edition
Rel Date: 1990-00-00
Publisher: Kixx
Amiga
Developer: MicroProse
Media: 3.5" Disk
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Sid Meier's Pirates! (1987)
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English/European Atari ST edition
Rel Date: 1989-00-00
Publisher: MicroProse
Atari ST
Developer: MicroProse
Media: 3.5" Disk
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Sid Meier's Pirates! (1987)
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North American Macintosh edition
Rel Date: 1988-00-00
Publisher: MicroProse
Macintosh
Developer: MicroProse
Media: 3.5" Disk
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Pirates!
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English/European Amstrad CPC edition
Rel Date: 1987-00-00
Publisher: MicroProse
Amstrad CPC
Developer: MicroProse
Media: 3" Floppy Disk
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Pirates!
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German DOS Edition
Rel Date: 1987-00-00
Publisher: MicroProse
DOS
Developer: MicroProse
Media: 5 1/4" Floppy Disk
Region: Europe and Oceania
Rating: (Not Rated)
English
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Sid Meier's Pirates! (1987)
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North American Apple II edition
Rel Date: 1987-00-00
Publisher: MicroProse
Apple II
Developer: MicroProse
Media: 5 1/4" Floppy Disk
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Description Edit | History

"Sid Meier's Pirates! is a computer game created by Sid Meier and published and developed by MicroProse in 1987. It was the first game to include the name "Sid Meier" in its title as an effort by MicroProse to attract fans of Meier's earlier games, most of which were flight simulators[1]. The game is a simulation of the life of a pirate (more accurately, a privateer) in the Spanish Main in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

Pirates! is a single-player game. The player receives a letter of marque authorizing service as a privateer for Spain, the Dutch Republic, England, or France in the Caribbean. The player's loyalties may change over the course of the game; he may also hold rank with multiple countries and may turn to piracy at any time. Gameplay is open-ended; the player may choose to attack enemy ships or towns, hunt pirates, seek buried treasure, rescue long-lost family members, or even avoid violence altogether and seek to increase his wealth through trade. The game also has no predetermined end, although as time goes on, it becomes more difficult to recruit crew members. Also, as the player character ages, fighting becomes more difficult, and deteriorating health will eventually force the character into retirement. The game ends when the player retires, at which point he is given a position in his future life, from beggar to King's adviser, based on accumulated wealth, land, rank, marital status, and other accomplishments.

The game tests a wide range of skills: hand-eye coordination during the fencing sections, tactical ability during the land and sea combat phases, and strategic thinking, for everything from choosing a wife to deciding when to divide up the plunder. Moreover, each game is likely to take a different course, as most events in the game are random, including the economic and political systems, and early in the game these can greatly affect future strategic options. "

Source: Wikipedia, "Sid_Meier's_Pirates!," available under the CC-BY-SA License.

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This game was later revised with better graphics and sound and some enhancements to gameplay as Pirates Gold released in 1993.

A further complete reworking of the game was completed with Sid Meier's Pirates! (2004).

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Statistics
Video Game Rank: 183
Amiga Rank: 8
Commodore 64 Rank: 3
NES Rank: 5
DOS Rank: 20
Macintosh Rank: 72
Atari ST Rank: 4
Windows Rank: 113
Apple II Rank: 3
Amstrad CPC Rank: 1
Linux Rank: 33
PC Booter Rank: 1
Num Ratings: 209
Average Rating: 7.92
Standard Deviation: 1.59
Num Views: 3642
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.4
Fans: 10
Personal Comments: 19
Users Owning: 160
Users Wanting: 4
Users Trading: 1 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 1
Want Parts In Trade: 0
Price History: View
Total Plays: 5
Plays This Month: 0
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