Tempest: Pirate Action RPG

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a game by Lion's Shade
Platform: PC
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Tempest: Pirate Action RPG
Tempest: Pirate Action RPG
Tempest: Pirate Action RPG
Tempest: Pirate Action RPG

Fans of the series Sid Meier’s Pirates! have been searching for the next big pirate game for years. Sadly, Tempest Pirate Action RPG won’t fill that void for fans. What it does do is provide a decent experience for those wanting to sail on the go.

Who Needs a Tutorial?

Tempest throws you right into the action from the start, deciding to use a ship battle against a Kraken-like creature as a tutorial for ship battles. Your ship is eventually taken down, but you survive. Your life goal is now to avenge your crew by finding and taking down that sea monster.

After that quick, barebones tutorial and introduction to the main plot of the game, you’re thrown into the world of Tempest. You have a weak ship and an inexperienced crew, although you’ll be leveling those up soon. I’m sad to report that there isn’t much hand-holding after this. Most of my knowledge of how the systems work was by simple trial and error. This might throw some players off, but I can assure you it’s not too difficult of a system to learn.

Sail, Plunder, Upgrade

The systems in place for Tempest are what make it an RPG. Your ships and crew are pretty barebones at first, but that changes quickly as you complete missions and take out enemy pirates. There are no complicated missions with unique endings or stories, but there are ample opportunities to level up with what’s available. You’ll be asked to deliver goods or a message to another port, in which you’ll then travel to that port – fighting and/or avoiding pirates on the way – to complete the mission. Pretty basic stuff!

Since your goal is to improve your ship and crew, you’ll find yourself doing these missions often. They feel very repetitive and you’ll learn this after going on only a few journeys. It’s a bit sad as they are the main way to grow your pirate legend, so you’re forced to do these often.

Once you have enough gold, you’ll be able to upgrade your ship. This includes extra defenses like walls to prevent boarding or upgrades to your sails so sail faster. You also have a plethora of different cannonballs that do various status effects such as the ability to slow the ship’s movement.

Another major feature of Tempest is the crew building. I found this to be a welcome feature as it adds another layer of RPH mechanics. You’ll recruit new crewmates at ports and after battles with enemy ships. You then place your newly recruited pirates onto three levels of your ship: the cannons, the deck, and the sails. Since each pirate has unique stats, you’ll want to make sure you place them on the right level of the ship to increase your ability to win battles. You’ll also be upgrading these crewmates, so there is certainly some depth to the mechanic.

Ready the Cannons.. Again!

The real meat and potatoes of any pirate game should be the ship combat, right? Well, you might not find what you’re looking for here while playing Tempest.

The ship combat is very bare-bones. You’ll maneuver around ships, waiting for your cannons to reload before you can fire again. There isn’t much strategy involved to be completely honest. After a little trial and error, I was destroying ships with ease. You can even choose to auto-battle as if even the game knows it’s not too difficult (or fun).

Adding to the layers of a battle is the hand-to-hand combat. Your pirate will pull out his sword in third-person when a ship is boarded or you land on an island to explore. It’s even more simple than the ship combat, although it’s a nice change of pace. You have a standard and special attack at your disposal, with the ability to block attacks as well. Without this addition to the game, you could argue there isn’t much action in this RPG, but it’s very welcome.


Overall, I believe Tempest Pirate Action RPG is a decent experience for those wanting to live the life of a pirate. It came out on multiple platforms in 2017, so you have your choice of what to play on. If I were you, I’d choose the mobile phone as it’s a game that is much more enjoyable on the go.


  • Pirates through and through – sail, fight, and plunder
  • Multiple RPH mechanics that allow a lot of customization


  • Sort of boring as far as story and immersion go
  • Very repetitive as you get further into the game
  • Obviously built for a mobile device, so PC and console players might be disappointed

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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