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Posted 2006-02-20 by Tony Walsh
Pirates Are the New Black—Now Even More Piratey!
Image from Dogs of the Seas.
I had a chat late last week with author pal Liam O'Donnell, who informed me that kids are now meant to love the pirates. Yes. It's all about the pirates. Forget Harry Potter and Narnia--wizardry is no match for a bloody sabre, at least in terms of children's books. Judging by some upcoming and recent game titles, the game-o-sphere is about to get substantially more piratey, too. I've updated this list based on suggestions from n0wak.

Dogs of the Seas: Pirates, massively-multiplayer RPG style, built for web browsers with the Flash plugin.

Pirates of the Burning Sea: Less dogs, more burning. Massively-multiplayer pirate action, currently in beta-testing. Windows-only, I believe.

Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates: Cutesy, bloodless, multiplayer pirate game involving puzzle metaphors for crimson slaughter. A shame, really, but at least it's available for Mac OSX as well as Windows.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Apparently not at all based upon the Disney movie of the same name. Which is probably why this Xbox and PC game will walk the plank.

Pirate Battle: Coming out for the Nintendo DS and GBA, and involving fantasy elements such as monsters and the walking dead.

Sid Meier's Pirates!: Pirate strategy set in the 17th century Caribbean. Includes hot captain-on-captain action.

Tropico 2: Pirate Cove: Rule a secret 17th century Caribbean island full of Sea Dogs. Is there an echo in here?

Evil Stevie's Pirate Game: Invented by tabletop game overlord Steve Jackson. In his words: "This is a game, involving elements of both roleplaying and tactical combat, in which grown men and women sit on the floor and push toy pirate ships around, going 'Arrrr!'" First published in 1998. Obviously, ahead of its time.
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Comment posted by n0wak
February 21, 2006 @ 4:06 am
You forgot Orbital Media's "Pirate Battle"

as well as the Sid Meier's "Pirates" remake and Tropico 2: Pirate Cove. There's another game that I am forgetting, similar to Pirates but with more shipping and trading. Can't remember what it's called.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
February 21, 2006 @ 9:28 am
Ah, very good! Not forgotten--overlooked. I'll update this post with these additions as soon as I'm done my morning coffee :)
Comment posted by gatmog
February 21, 2006 @ 11:08 am
Are you talking about the expansion pack to 1503 A.D., Treasures, Monsters and Pirates?

I only played the original game (which is indeed a lot of shipping and trading between settlements), but from the sounds of it the "pirates" aspect of the expansion is simply another element you must consider when navigating the high seas with your trade galleons.
Comment posted by liam
February 21, 2006 @ 12:13 pm
And for the little kiddies and pirate-challenged, there's this fun flash-based time-waster: Sea Pirates

Comment posted by n0wak
February 21, 2006 @ 8:12 pm
Remembered two more big ones:

Uncharted Waters Online - Koei's pirate MMORPG
and the much ballyhooed Galleon

Still not the game that I am trying to remember, though. Maybe it exists only in my head...
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