Discover what it takes to become one of the most famous pirates in history!

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Based on Sid Meier’s original masterpiece, Pirates! invites you to live the life of a 17th-century Buccaneer in this epic, open-ended seafaring adventure.

Test your skills as a privateer flying the Jolly Roger across the Caribbean. Duel enemy captains, exchange plank-shattering broadsides and seize valuable booty, woo fair maidens, dig up buried treasure, and of course plunder unsuspecting ports. As your reputation and skills grow, so will the size and quality of your crew, and your ability to take on larger enemy ships, raid heavily fortified ports, and locate ancient treasure. There’s a whole cast of interesting and dangerous characters to meet, mysteries to solve, and exotic island destinations to discover.

It’s a game of high adventure, where brave and skilled players battle for treasure and glory. Those who succeed achieve great fame and wealth – and those who fail rest forever in Davy Jones’ locker!

• Battle, overtake and command 27 different ship types, enhanced with assorted ammo, cannon and other upgrades.

• Take on various foes including merchant and military captains, ferocious pirates, evil gentry and even rival suitors; each with different skills and abilities.

• Engage in fierce naval battles fighting single enemies or multiple ships.

• Sneak into towns, escape out of prisons, navigate around adversaries and surprise enemy vessels.

• Dispatch landing parties of buccaneers in strategic battles to take over entire cities.

Important information regarding Sid Meier’s Pirates:

• If you require assistance, please contact our support team at

• You can find out more about the game on the Sid Meier’s Pirates! mini-site at

• Minimum System Requirements: Processor: 1.4 GHz, RAM: 512MB, Graphics: 64MB, Free Space: 1.4GB.

• This game is not currently supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive).

© 2005-2011 Take-Two Interactive Software and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. 2K Games, the 2K Games logo, and Take-Two Interactive Software are all trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Sid Meier’s Pirates! © 2005-2011 Firaxis Games, Inc. All rights reserved. Mac and the Mac logo are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Feral and the Feral logo are trademarks of Feral Interactive Ltd.

What's New

Version 1.1.2

Fixes a crash on launch that affects users running in Eastern European or Asian languages. If you do not run your Mac in any of those languages you will not see the issue and do not need to install the update.

Users running in English DO NOT need to install the update.

Ratings and Reviews

4 out of 5

80 Ratings

80 Ratings

it's ok.


For an older game, I tried to keep my expectations lower. I have to say I'm a bit disappointed and I feel the price on the game is a bit high. Remastering and backporting do not justify the cost for the title as the gameplay is rugged, at best; furthermore, the graphics and sound qualities are not very good either. As for plot and storyline - while there is a story line, there is no direction and no guidance. I understand the philosophy of open-ended games, but even with other titles that are considered open-ended, you are still given some "push" in a certain direction. With this title, you are thrown quickly into the game. You have a shoddy quest button that allows you to see what pirates and treasures are near, but other than that I have yet to find just what it is I'm supposed to be accomplishing, or where I'm supposed to be going.

That being said, if you have a quick 20 minutes to kill, this is the game for you - you can manuver your ship, attack and raid other boats to increase your loot, crew and fleet. The game runs fine on my MBA (base). I do not suggest paying this much for the title, however, if you insist on trying the title - I suggest you find another source, as the asking price is just too much for what the game is (just not enough "bang for your buck").

Worth buying, make sure you update for the new keymappings.


First off this is one of my all time favorites from childhood and I'm played/purchased virtually every version ever made and absolutely love the remake. the only complaint I had with it was the keymappings where for a keypad which of course most newer macs simply do not have... untill the latest update! yes even though they say you don't need to update it's worth it just for the new keymappings. Thanks again for an awesome port of a sid Meyer's classic!

Good game... bad port


This game is one of the better pirate video games you will find. I played it many years ago when it released (and even then it was a remake of an even older game), and grabbed it thinkning it would be great to play again. While the gameplay was enough to hold my interest I needed to complain about the visuals. Occasionally when speaking to a character in a city the visual will flicker and blink. This is not the way that any other version of this game handles. I hope they can fix it because the game is work playing.

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Feral Interactive Ltd
934 MB
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
© 2005-2011 Take-Two Interactive Software and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. Developed for and published on the Mac by Feral Interactive Ltd.


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