Sid Meier's Pirates! (PC)

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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A great adventure for families to explore.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

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Positive Messages

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.


Players can partake in duels and battle it out with other ships; however, characters are never shown being killed on screen.


Some of the barmaids and governor's daughters wear low-cut dresses.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Although the protagonist frequently goes to the tavern to speak with various characters, he does not consume any alcohol.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMr. Threepwood January 28, 2013

Arrrgh! ( A shout to parents out there!)

This game is wonderful. The graphics are great for a oldies, despite that it is a remake, and is loaded with historical facts. Great for those who want to let t... Continue reading
Parent of a 2, 4, and 4-year-old Written byFowlerFan May 14, 2011
My kids don't actually do much of the playing. When there are battles, they just fire the guns. But they do love hunting down Blackbeard.
Teen, 16 years old Written byApostle April 9, 2008

Worst game from Fiaxis Games.

Sid Meiers has brought Firaxis Games plenty of good games including Civilization, Railroads, Alpha Centauri, and Pirates. Lately, however, Sid has been updating... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byMystery_Penguin December 30, 2020


I have played this game 4 times in my life, and every single time I have loved this game. It features a captain you control and an expansive world you can explo... Continue reading

What's it about?

SID MEIER'S PIRATES! brims with adventure, action, and good-natured fun. This remake of the original game released in 1987 lets players traverse the Caribbean plundering enemy ships, rescuing governor's daughters and doing all things piratey.

The game offers an open-ended plot with lots of choices. Players start by attempting to rescue the pirate's family from an evil duke. However, players quickly realize there are many other things to do: For starters, there is buried treasure to be found, rival pirates to defeat, and even governor's daughters to be romanced. All of this leads to a game that has a lot of replay value.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the real pirates that the game describes. Also, parents may want to ask: Why are we so intrigued by pirates? Think of other books or movies that feature them; why do you think they glamorized -- or at least made to look fun-loving? Do you think this is the truth?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Atari
  • Release date: November 22, 2004
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Alcohol References, Suggestive Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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