Parents' Guide to

Sid Meier's Pirates! (PC)

By Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

A great adventure for families to explore.

Game Windows 2004
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

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 their kids have fun AND learn at the same time. Happy Pirating!
age 4+

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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

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.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Atari
  • Release date: November 22, 2004
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Alcohol References, Suggestive Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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