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Ahoy there, matey! Sid Meier (personal computer game programmer par excellence) is heading up the gangplank for his Genesis debut with a new version of a Micro-Prose classic, Pirates!
Slap Pirates! Gold into your Genesis and set sail across the Caribbean in search of buried treasure and plunder. It's the 16th century, and you're a young swashbuckler in search of fame and fortune in the world's most dangerous profession. Although there may not be enough hard-core hacking 'n' slashing for some gamers, this one-player graphic adventure captures the thrill and danger of being a pirate, without the risk of scurvy.
Thar be three modes of play in this beauty. During normal game play, your goal is to advance in rank and solve the Ten Great Pirate Quests. As any old salt of the sea can tell you, your object is to retire with lots of land, lots of money, and a wife. The second mode is Command A Famous Expedition. In these mini-scenarios, you're a powerful pirate on a quick quest. In Fight A Duel Mode, you practice, what else, your dueling skills.
You can vary the scenarios with a veritable treasure trove of challenging options. You can change historical-periods, nationalities, difficulty levels, and special abilities. The special abilities range from the mundane (Gunnery and Fencing skills) to the exotic, such as Wit (the ability to impress Governors, crewmen, and young maidens).
A Pirate's Life for You
When the game begins, you journey across land doing what pirates do. In cities, you recruit crew members, buy supplies, charm the Governors (and their daughters), and bank your gold doubloons. Once you're at sea, you search for other ships and cities to attack to increase your plunder. The Ten Great Pirate Quests include standard swashbuckling fare, such as rescuing kidnapped relatives and looking for a bride. There's a great deal of depth and complexity to this game, including a few history lessons.
- Attack an enemy that is at war with two nations. Then, visit the governors of the two allied nations. You might get land and promotions from both of them for helping to defeat their common enemy.
- When the Governor speaks, you should listen. If you complete a secret mission for him, he'll reward you handsomely.
Those familiar with the original Pirates! will notice a few changes that may or may not shiver their timbers. The Genesis version has less text and more animated graphic interfaces than the original PC game. The graphics, though, have maintained a "PC feel" that'll appeal to most players, although the animations are more limited than those found in other action/adventure-style role-playing games. Toe-tap-ping sea chanties add to the ambiance, as do digitized pirate voices.
The controls are simple, logical, and easy to learn. However, maneuvering your boat at sea and during combat is frustrating at first. You're apt to go left when you want to go right.
Dead Men Tell No Tales
Adventurers who enjoy thought-provoking gaming will get hooked on plundering the Caribbean in Pirates! Gold. Those lacking patience for this style of gaming will feel like walking the plank. But, aye, a visit to Davy Jones' Locker may be just what you need.
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- Manufacturer: Microprose
- Machine: Genesis
- Theme: Action
Ahoy, Matey! Microprose has struck gold on the Genesis with their new swashbuckling action game, Pirates! Gold.
Brandish your sword for grueling duels on the decks of enemy ships from all across the globe. Back on shore, stop by the local tavern to recruit other scavengers and get valuable information. Select your crew from six different time periods and set sail for high seas terror!
Another involving RPG game! As a pirate of the high seas, you do everything: engage in ship battles, get food and provisions, select your crew, even engage in sword fights. The password function is a must with this kind of game. The graphics are excellent, but the control on the sword fights is choppy.
This game gets points for an original theme but falls short in overall play. The action can be fun when sword fighting with other ship captains and even exploring the high seas. Pirates can be a bit complicated for the younger crowd, but for those who like to sit and think when playing games, this could be a good one.
Here's an old favorite from the computer with better game play and improved graphics. The game is basically a mix of pirate role playing and adventure. There's a lot of involvement is raiding the other boats and finding towns that are safe to stay in. The sword fighting scenes could have had a bit more interaction to them.
This is a cool sort of adventure game. You get to be a swashbuckler who is the captain and hero. It combines action with adventure and strategy in all-out action game. The graphics are crisp and colorful and the fighting is very easy to get used to. Complete with passwords, this is a game worth getting into and exploring.
Shiver me timbers, here comes Pirates! Gold by Microprose. Take to the high seas in search of gold and other booty while doing battle with the ships of other countries.
Sporting an impressive list of playing options including an incredible sword fight mode, this cart is a treasure chest of swashbuckling fun. Relive tee days of the skull and crossbones with Pirates! Gold. Yo-ho-ho!