A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players can sack cities and towns, attack enemy ships to plunder them and betray friends and foes alike. However, the game takes a very light-hearted approach to all of these activities and appeals to the sense of adventure and action rather than dark, violent deeds.
Violence & Scariness
Players can partake in duels and battle it out with other ships; however, characters are never shown being killed on screen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the barmaids and governor's daughters wear low-cut dresses.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Although the protagonist frequently goes to the tavern to speak with various characters, he does not consume any alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that players battle it out with ships and swords, but there isn't any blood, guts, or gore. In fact, the cut scenes at the end of a battle show enemies either surrendering peacefully or jumping into the sea to escape. Barmaids wear skimpy clothes and some gameplay takes place in a tavern. The game even contains some educational elements that may spark your kids' interest in history.
Is It Any Good?
The game is deceptively easy, but it quickly becomes more challenging as play progresses. At the higher levels, the crews become mutinous more quickly, enemies are better swordsmen ,and the gold doesn't flow as freely as it once did. As time passes the player's character ages, making it more and more difficult to live the hardy life of a pirate.
All in all, this is a nearly flawless example of good family-friendly entertainment. You'll want to add this title -- or it's XBox counterpart -- to your booty of great games.
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