Sid Meier’s Pirates! now available for the iPad, well shiver me timbers!

Sid Meier’s Pirates! has just been released for the iPad and it is one of the games from that past that should bring a smile to the face of anyone over 30. Originally released in 1987, this was the first game to feature Sid Meier’s name in its title to attract fans of Sid’s other games; which were mostly flight simulators at that time. The iPad version released today has updated graphics but still has the great game play of the original.

All hands on Deck! Sid Meier's Pirates! is an exciting high-seas adventure that allows buccaneers to helm one of 27 fully customizable ships as they descend upon unsuspecting ports of call to amass a motley crew of seafaring bandits. As a fearless Pirate Captain you will collect hidden treasure maps, undertake daring missions and courageous rescues, and swiftly hand out pirate-style justice to local braggarts at every port. The wild call of the ocean will lure you back to sea where they'll encounter enemy pirates and engage in mind-blowing open sea battles unlike any other game before on the iPad.


  • Take the helm of 27 ships and customize them with assorted ammo, cannons and other upgrades
  • The classic adventure by renowned creator Sid Meier, re-imagined for the iPad to take full advantage of touch controls
  • Use the iPad's touch controls to parry, counter and effectively out duel your opponents into submission with lightning quick moves onboard ships, in taverns, and even in the exclusive Governor's mansion
  • Challenge and pursue the most famous pirates in history, including Blackbeard, Captain Kidd and Henry Morgan

The game is available for the iPad only. The iPad 2 also has some additional features; such as the ability to “Piratize” your own photograph, improved game graphics and additional video effects. This one is definitely the one to accompany me on my upcoming summer vacation!

[$3.99 – iTunes link]




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Sid Meier’s Pirates! now available for the iPad, well shiver me timbers!


Ahhh!!! I wish they made this for the iPhone. This is a classic and was done very well for the PSP. I'm sure they could do it justice on the iP4, too. C'maon, please!?!

I used to play this for hours on my Tandy 1000, those were the days! That and Gauntlet.

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