It's simple, fun, and full of things to do and see. All of this is done with a cartoonish overhead world map, and fighter style sword duals.
I literally started playing at around 6pm with the intent to play an hour or two with a full battery. Then I noticed my battery was gone and it was 10pm.
The real fun comes from trying to make yourself the richest most powerful, most famous pirate in history. This is done by shooting and looting ships from enemy factions, killing the top ten pirates of the day and finding their buried stash, courting beautiful (or ugly!) governer's daughters, finding your lost family members, becoming admiral in one of the four navys (British, French, Danish, Spanish) buying and selling cargo to differant ports, even helping the tavern wench fight off a drunken captain!
This game is truly a work of art, its simple nature is a disguise for a stuffed cargohold of great gameplay. (9 out of 10!!)
Very simple pirate plunder strategy and lot of fun to play.
You start with one ship and few satisfied crew and after that its up to you to keep em happy and to grow your wealth and crew. There are a lot of quests and mini games to keep you occupied, thou some of the quests are repetitious(catch one person over and over in various ports).
Interesting part is that you can't play it forever, because your character has a life span, so it depends on you how you end up at the end, as a governor or a pickpocket guy at the dock. So, lotsa ships to attack and plunder, captains to fight in a sword duels, governors ladies to dance with, treasure hunts, search for lost relatives and trading if thats your thing.
Good Times, defenetly worth playing and some might wanna keep it.
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If you like problem solving and hours intense video game play -- uh just replay San Andreas. This game goes by quick but it is still fun while it lasts.
I'm not sure why video game publishers have no moral objection to releasing games for the PSP when they are still full of annoying bugs. While playing the PSP version of Sid Meier's Pirates! (I sort of yell it when I say it out loud because of the punctuation!) you'll notice that enemy ships are able to magically cut right through solid islands but you are unable to follow them. Other bugs include sometimes not being able to turn your ship right or left and just for fun sometimes the game quits for no reason when you pause the game. When I say 'pause the game' I mean power off the PSP while the game is still running. Most PSP games let you power it off in mid-play and then later pick up right where you left off. Which is a feature I'd love to have for any game console.
If you can get past all of that -- Sid Meier's Pirates! is still enjoyable, mindless, piratey fun which includes: blasting enemy ships with cannons, plundering towns, romancing the governor's daughter at the grand ball and sword fighting on the decks of mighty clipper ships. AARRGH MATEYS!