not sure what a swashbuckler is but it sounds like
something that holds up a swash's pants. Now I've
just got to figure out what the hell a swash is and
everything will make sense.
first glance Sid Meier's Pirates looks like a giant
conglomerate of mini games combined with an economic
sim. Frankly, that's exactly what it is but the way
that it's all tied together is pure magic. Pirates
enjoys the distinction of having a familiar feel while
remaining highly original. There is so much depth
and variety in this game that you'll be riding high
on the seven seas of adventure for weeks on end.
a young buckaroo you witness your family being kidnapped
by an evil gang of pirates led by Count Montalban.
In the following decade you have matured enough to
conduct a search and rescue for them as you take to
the seas in your ship. To locate your family members,
which are scattered throughout the Caribbean, you
will embark on an adventure which will include searching
for clues, collecting treasures, fighting, attacking
ships, plundering various ports and basically making
a name for yourself. The gameplay is open ended. There
is no shortage of ways to accomplish various goals.
There is always something interesting to do and you're
not forced to take up every side-quest that comes
can be a merciless pirate that takes on the likes
of Blackbeard or Captain Kidd, or a do-gooder that
defends towns against attacking bands of pirates.
You can be a businessman and just engage in trade
and commerce. Or you can do a little bit of everything
for a full-rounded experience. The gameplay is a great
blend of elements that include strategy, RPG, economic
sim and pure adventure.
of the battles are in real-time, such as the sword
fighting while others, such as land-based attacks
on ports, are turn-based. There's even a dancing game
which is a rhythm-based mini-game in which you will
win the favor of the governor's daughter if you do
well. Getting married to this fine maiden will make
you an upstanding citizen in the town.
the beginning of the game you choose which nation
that you want to represent. Choices include England,
Spain, France or the Netherlands. Depending on which
nation you choose and what nations you attack different
situations will arise. Expect tons of replay value
as you try your hand at all countries and altering
your gameplay style each time.
graphics are simple but at least there's no camera,
clipping or framerate issues. All the characters speak
in a Sim-approved gibberish. There is no cussing and
very little violence making this game perfect for
the entire family.
me, this game isn't sucky. It's fun, challenging and
very addictive simply because it's impossible to figure
out what happens next but you just can't go to bed
until you find out.