Parents' Guide to

Sid Meier's Pirates! for iPad

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Classic swashbuckling adventure fun and engaging on iPad.

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Absolutely. SID MEIER'S PIRATES!, the classic swashbuckling adventure from 1987, has been reborn on the iPad. Once again you set sail as a 17th-century pirate captain in the Caribbean. You'll hire crew and take on daring missions, engage in fierce naval battles, search for treasure, and plunder fortified ports. And what pirate game would be complete without sword duels with other captains?

But it's the deep economic and political elements of the game that'll likely keep you glued to the screen. While your pirate captain ages and gains experience and possessions, you can view the Status screen at any time for current standings, such as age, health, career status, skills, crew happiness, and more. Even if you’ve never heard of the original Sid Meier’s Pirates!, this iPad version features an engaging story, pick-up-and-play accessibility, and best of all, enjoyable gameplay (with high replayability) that lets you approach the adventure however you want.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Release date: July 21, 2011
  • Category: Adventure Games
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Version: 1.0.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
  • Last updated: August 22, 2016

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