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Encyclopedia > Sid Meier's Pirates!
Sid Meier's Pirates! (1987)
Developer(s) MicroProse
Publisher(s) MicroProse
Release date(s) 1987 (PC/C64/Apple II)
1988 (Mac/CPC/Apple IIGS)
1989 (Atari)
1990 (Amiga)
1991 (NES)
Genre(s) Action/Adventure/RPG
Mode(s) Single player
Platform(s) Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIGS, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Macintosh, Amstrad CPC, NES, PC booter
This article is about the videogame released in 1987. For the 2004 edition see Sid Meier's Pirates! (2004)

Sid Meier's Pirates! is a computer game created by Sid Meier published by MicroProse in 1987. The game is a simulation of the life of a pirate (more accurately, a privateer) in the Spanish Main in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Image File history File links Pir_cover. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... MicroProse Software, Inc. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... MicroProse Software, Inc. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Video games are generally categorized into genres. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... The original Amiga 1000 (1985) with various peripherals The Amiga is a family of personal computers originally developed by Amiga Corporation. ... The Apple II was one of the most popular personal computers of the 1980s. ... The Apple IIGS, the fifth model inception of the Apple II, was the most powerful member of the Apple II series of personal computers made by Apple Computer. ... The Atari 520ST Atari 1040STF with SC1224 color monitor The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ... The Commodore 64 is the best-selling single personal computer model of all time. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... The Amstrad CPC was a series of 8-bit home computers produced by Amstrad during the 1980s and early 1990s. ... “NES” redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2004 version of the game features a high-end 3D engine, a feature impossible to deliver with the original 1987 release. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Sidney K. Meier (born 1954 in Detroit, Michigan) is a renowned American programmer and designer of some of the most commercially and critically successful computer strategy games of all time. ... MicroProse Software, Inc. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up pirate and piracy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A privateer was a private ship (or its captain) authorized by a countrys government by letters of marque to attack foreign shipping. ... The Spanish Man was a name given to the Caribbean coast of the Spanish Empire in mainland Central and South America. ... (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ...


The game was widely ported from the original Commodore 64 version. It was ported to the Amiga (1990), Apple II (1987), Apple IIGS (1988), Atari ST (1989), Macintosh (1988?), Amstrad CPC (1988), Nintendo Entertainment System (1991) and as a PC booter (1987). In computer science, porting is the process of adapting software so that an executable program can be created for a computing environment that is different from the one for which it was originally designed (e. ... The Commodore 64 is the best-selling single personal computer model of all time. ... The original Amiga 1000 (1985) with various peripherals The Amiga is a family of personal computers originally developed by Amiga Corporation. ... The 1977 Apple II, complete with integrated keyboard, color graphics, sound, a plastic case and eight expansion slots. ... The Apple IIGS, the fifth model inception of the Apple II, was the most powerful member of the Apple II series of personal computers made by Apple Computer. ... The Atari 520ST Atari 1040STF with SC1224 color monitor The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... The Amstrad CPC was a series of 8-bit home computers produced by Amstrad during the 1980s and early 1990s. ... “NES” redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In computing, booting (booting up) is a bootstrapping process that starts operating systems when the user turns on a computer system. ...


The Atari ST version featured a copy protection scheme requiring the player to identify the first privateer ship they encountered by their flag. The Commodore 64, Amstrad, Apple IIGS, PC and Amiga versions also used copy protection, in which the player had to confirm the timing of the different treasure fleets by referring to the game manual. The Amiga and Atari ST versions featured the best graphics and audio of any of the original versions. The Atari 520ST Atari 1040STF with SC1224 color monitor The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ... Copy prevention, also known as copy protection, is any technical measure designed to prevent duplication of information. ... The Dannebrog, national flag of Denmark. ... The Commodore 64 is the best-selling single personal computer model of all time. ... The Amstrad CPC was a series of 8-bit home computers produced by Amstrad during the 1980s and early 1990s. ... The Apple IIGS, the fifth model inception of the Apple II, was the most powerful member of the Apple II series of personal computers made by Apple Computer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The original Amiga 1000 (1985) with various peripherals The Amiga is a family of personal computers originally developed by Amiga Corporation. ... Copy prevention, also known as copy protection, is any technical measure designed to prevent duplication of information. ... The original Amiga 1000 (1985) with various peripherals The Amiga is a family of personal computers originally developed by Amiga Corporation. ... The Atari 520ST Atari 1040STF with SC1224 color monitor The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ...

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Pirates! is a single-player game. The player does not in fact take on the role of a pirate at the start of the game, but rather that of a privateer, in the service of Spain, The Netherlands, England, or France (though his loyalties may change over the course of the game and he may turn to piracy at any time). Gameplay is open-ended; the player may choose to attack enemy ships or towns, hunt pirates, seek buried treasure, rescue long-lost family members, or even avoid violence altogether and seek to increase his wealth through trade. The game also has no pre-determined end, although as time goes on, it becomes more difficult to recruit men for your crew. The game ends when the player retires, at which point he is given a position in his future life, from beggar to King's Advisor, based on his wealth, land, rank, marital status, and other accomplishments. Look up pirate and piracy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A privateer was a private ship (or its captain) authorized by a countrys government by letters of marque to attack foreign shipping. ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Beggars in Samarkand, 1905 Begging includes the various methods used by persons to obtain money, food, shelter, or other necessities from people they encounter during the course of their travels. ...

In this Macintosh version, graphics like terrain were painted with special glyphs in a custom font.
In this Macintosh version, graphics like terrain were painted with special glyphs in a custom font.

The game tests a wide range of skills: hand-eye coordination during the fencing sections, tactical ability during the land and sea combat phases, and strategic thinking, for everything from choosing a wife to deciding when to divide up the plunder. Moreover, each game can take a different course, as various events early in the game can greatly affect future strategic options. Screenshot from Macintosh version of Sid Meiers Pirates!, from 1987. ... Screenshot from Macintosh version of Sid Meiers Pirates!, from 1987. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... For the origin and evolution of fonts, see History of western typography. ... Look up coordination in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Fencing advertisement for the 1900 Summer Olympic Games This article is about the sport, which is distinguished from stage fencing and academic fencing (mensur). ...


Like many Sid Meier games, Pirates! is fairly educational by computer game standards. Reading about naval tactics in the age of sail is one thing. In the course of the game a player may try to tack in a frigate in order to run down a smaller and faster pinnace, but was fortunate enough to have the weather gage. This may give the player a unique perspective on the challenges of naval combat during the era. Sidney K. Meier (born 1954 in Detroit, Michigan) is a renowned American programmer and designer of some of the most commercially and critically successful computer strategy games of all time. ... The age of sail is the period in which international trade and naval warfare were both dominated by sailing ships. ... Tack is a term used in sailing that has different meanings in different contexts. ... For the bird, see Frigatebird. ... A pinnace is a light boat, propelled by sails or oars, formerly used as a tender for guiding merchant and war vessels. ... The phrase to have the weather gage (or gauge) describes the favorable position of a sailing vessel relative to another with respect to the wind. ... Naval warfare is combat in and on seas and oceans. ...


Pirates! was a groundbreaking game in its era. Although other open-ended games had already been released (such as Elite in 1984), the style of player-directed game-play in Pirates! led it to be the spiritual predecessor of countless others since, both by Sid Meier himself (Civilization, Railroad Tycoon) and many others, notably Will Wright (SimCity, The Sims). Not surprisingly, Pirates! won many awards at the time of its release, being named game of the year in its genre by at least three gaming magazines. Pirates! won two Origins Awards, Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Computer Game of 1987 and Best Screen Graphics in a Home Computer Game of 1987. It has continued to earn accolades ever since, having been voted one of the top 20 games of all time by Computer Gaming World Magazine. Elite is a seminal space trading computer game, originally published by Acornsoft in 1984 for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron computers. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sidney K. Meier (born 1954 in Detroit, Michigan) is a renowned American programmer and designer of some of the most commercially and critically successful computer strategy games of all time. ... Civilization is a computer game created by Sid Meier for Microprose in 1991. ... Screenshot from Railroad Tycoon Railroad Tycoon is an economic simulation and computer strategy game. ... Will Wright (born January 20, 1960) is an American computer game designer and co-founder of the game development company, Maxis. ... SimCity is a simulation and city-building personal computer game, first released in 1989 and designed by Will Wright. ... For games beginning with Sim, see List of Sim games. ... The Origins Awards, presented by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design, are presented at the Origins International Game Expo for outstanding work in the game industry. ... Computer Gaming World Computer Gaming World (CGW) is the oldest video game publication still in continuous circulation. ...


Settlements featured

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Other Pirates! Games

The 2004 version of the game features a high-end 3D engine, a feature impossible to deliver with the original 1987 release. ... Pirates! Gold is a 1993 computer game, a sequel to Sid Meiers 1987 release, Sid Meiers Pirates!. MicroProse developed this 256-color version for MS-DOS, Macintosh, Mega Drive/Genesis, Amiga CD32 and Windows 3. ...

External links

  • Sid Meier's Pirates! at MobyGames
  • OpenDirectory entry on Pirates!
  • Original NES Theme Music (this link doesn't work; it will cause a 403 error. You will have to click on a link on the 403 error page to actually download or hear the MIDI file)

 
 

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