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Plunder Pirates

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Familiar but fun strategy game makes you hurry up and wait.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The game does a good job of walking newcomers through the basics and doesn't deviate from the standard formula of similar games, so experienced players will feel at home. 

Violence

Players battle with swords, guns, cannons, and more, but, aside from the sounds of explosions and clanging steel, there's no violence.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Players can buy additional gold or grog for amounts ranging from $5 to $100. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the game's chief resources is grog, which (it says) is necessary to keep pirates happy. You also recruit a crew at the local tavern. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Plunder Pirates is a strategic game that follows closely in the footprints of several other games, including Clash of Clans. Although there's plenty of fighting, there's nothing to worry about violence-wise beyond sound effects. Alcohol plays a big part in the game, as players must create grog as a resource and spend a lot of time in the tavern recruiting a crew. The game also starts to push in-app purchases pretty heavily after you've played for a while.

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What's it about?

You'll spend your in-game cash on resources, such as cannons, shelter, and decorations, and then attack other fortresses and ships to gain money, which you'll spend to get more resources. You'll face both artificial-intelligence and human enemies in the game, though you won't interact with other players besides via gameplay. When real-world enemies destroy your village, you're able to watch a replay of the battle to observe their tactics and shore up defenses for the next attack.

Is it any good?

PLUNDER PIRATES doesn't do anything wrong, but it doesn't do anything to really knock your eye patch off. It will be instantly familiar to players of Clash of Clans, Boom Beach, or Star Wars Commander, but aside from the nautical setting, there's not a lot that's different here. 

There's a lot of hurry up and wait, even in the early parts of the game. That's meant, of course, to get you in the habit of using gems, which bring construction or long battles to an end. The problem is, once you're used to that and have run out of gems, you'll need to use real-world cash to buy more. Those who've never played this sort of game before likely will appreciate the graphics and the core gameplay, but if you've tried one of the many competitors, there's nothing here to hook you. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about budgeting and why it's best to sometimes wait to buy something you want. 

  • Families also can talk about pirates. Do you think they were really like the pirates in this game or in movies? Why did they behave that way? 

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