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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The word "pissed" appears in written dialogue. The only female character is referred to as "Pirate Wench."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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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.
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.
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