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Xbox Live - Sid Meier's Pirates raids the Windows Phone Marketplace

It’s time to put on your black caps and eyepatches, Windows Phone gamers. Sid Meier’s Pirates! from 2K Games is now available on the Marketplace.

In Pirates! gamers play as the son of a man whose family was unjustly imprisoned by a nobleman in the 1600s. The path to rescue them is fraught with peril, as he’s forced into the life of a pirate. From there, players must form alliances with some nations while warring on others, collecting treasure, upgrading their ship, and hiring new crewmen all the while. Pirates! is ostensibly a strategy title, but it packs a wide variety of gameplay, including ship battles, sword fighting, city bombardment, and even dancing. How else are you going to romance those ladies?

We noticed last week’s Xbox Live title, Civilization Revolution, which is also a Sid Meier property from 2K Games, suffered a noticeable visual downgrade during the transition from iPhone to Windows Phone. Still an awesome game, but that’s beside the point. Pirates! comes to Windows Phone straight from iPad, having never materialized on iPhone for some reason. Thankfully this version’s visuals are quite clean and attractive, with no aliasing problems to speak of. It looks and plays like a faithful port of the 2004 Xbox version. Pirates! is also a whopping 225 MB download, thanks in part to several FMV sequences taken from its big brother.

Sid Meier’s Pirates! costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Set your sails toward the Marketplace and grab it here. Thanks to Jimbob73 for the tip!

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

  • Grabbing it now! Love this game :D  Now we just need Monkey Island for the pirate circle of WP7 to be completed!
  • Loving the game so far! I have only found a few wierd bugs. The only one that is a bit annoying is ships sailing through land.
  • Sailing through land bug has been in the game since it first came out. Had same issue on PC & PSP version.
    I like that it has never been fixed, its one of those bugs that makes the game even more fun =P
  • Loving the game all over again!!
  • I dont know how about you, but i hate the loading times. You just wait in this game
  • I did notice they're a bit long. We'll be sure to mention it in our review.
  • Game is a blast!
  • And does anybody know how do i make quests appear in the current quest table?
  • Tons of waiting, tons of lag, choppy cutscenes, blurry graphics again. 
    Love the game, hate it on WP though.  Going to dust off my PC copy and play there instead. :(
  • Hmm, I think the graphics  are definitely on par with other Windows Phone games. The load times do get old though.
  • Hmm, I think the graphics  are definitely on par with other Windows Phone games. The load times do get old though.
  • - horrible loading times
    - game keeps crashing every couple of minutes (titan)
    - some top 10 pirates keep changing ships. whenever you catch up with them it's just another normal ship. no pirates on board. - you should be able to collect more than one treasure map, family member, ancient treasure etc at the same time. otherwise you're just zig-zaging all over the ocean to try and get mondalban before your crazy '10 years or you're way too old to fight him' deadline.
    - the menus and stats for this game should be better.
    e.g. where is there a stat that tells you how many cities which nation has? lots of things as simple as that...
    where is an overview of hotties in each city with nationality? theres only a list sorted by how advanced your courtship is. but it's missing the most vital: nationality! 8( and so on. i could go on for hours. but once you play it for a couple hours straight, you'll know what i mean.
  • one thing that has to be in the review: how unpractical those menues are.
    why do i have to switch screens so much??? e.g. when i capture a ship, why do i have to first go right, choose to sink the ship, then go back left and select the cargo i want.
    why do i get cannons when i say 'take all'? there should be an option to fix the number of cannons to your flagships max nbr of cannons and when you select 'take all' it should only fill your cargo with food and (maybe not even) other goods until you're full.
    i've been cruising the caribbean with a mail runner. it only carries 12 guns and up to 18 food units. every couple of days i have to board another ship to get more food and then discard all the items i don't actually need.
  • a filter on the map would be wonderfull as well. to find jesuit missions and different size settlements or cities so you know which jesuit mission is closest to get an easy location of raymondo or wich smaller city to attack when you need to for the path of revenge.