By Christopher Healy,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Cartoony, but relentless violence amid co-op teamwork.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Putting aside the piracy, the weapons, the violence, and so on -- the main message of this game is teamwork and cooperation. Without working together, players will never make it to the end.
Positive Role Models
These pirates may be experts in teamwork and cooperation, but they're still pirates.
Ease of Play
This game was built for 4-player co-op action, and, unfortunately, the difficulty seems to be permanently set for four players. A solo player -- or even two -- may feel overwhelmed. One good aspect, though, is that the game allows you to retain any earned experience or money even if you don't make it to the end of a level, thereby allowing you to re-start any failed level as a better-equipped character.
Violence & Scariness
Pirates use swords, daggers, axes, clubs, and guns to fight through hordes of skeletons, living statues, fish-men, blue-skinned weirdos, and other assorted villains. Enemies who are hit fly backward onto the ground, sometimes getting up again. Special weapons may shock you (temporarily showing your skeleton) or set you on fire. The same can happen to villains. Enemies can also be battered by raining meat (don't ask).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while the violence in Pirates Plundarrr is over-the-top cartoony, there is quite a lot of it. The entire game revolves around fighting. However, it is designed for cooperative play and will force kids to learn to work together.
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What’s It About?
The buccaneers of PIRATES PLUNDARRR lose their newly acquired treasure -- a gold key with legendary powers -- to a thieving sea dog named Rudebelly and must pursue the villain across several monster-filled islands to get their loot back. Along the way, they use swords, axes, pistols, mobile cannons, and even huge hunks of meat to fight off strange supernatural baddies. The game is built for four-player cooperative play, but can be played with fewer people.
Is It Any Good?
When you've got four people button-mashing their way through Pirates Plundarrr the game can be exhilarating chaos, feeling like a side-scrolling version of Gauntlet. As a solo adventure, though, it is lacking. When playing alone the repetitive hack-and-slash play becomes tedious -- and sometimes frustratingly difficult. It could be a fun game for a pirate-loving 10-year-old's party, but its appeal is otherwise limited.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what it's like to play a co-op game. Is it difficult to be in sync with another player? How do you adjust your gaming style to help you get along better with your teammates?
Parents and kids can also discuss the violence in the game. Does the cartoony nature of the fighting make it more tolerable? Or is there still too much of it?
- Platform: Nintendo Wii
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Majesco
- Release date: June 21, 2010
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Mild Language
- Last updated: August 30, 2016
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