Pirates: Duels on the High Seas DS


Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
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  1. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    A pirate's life should never be a solitary one, and the game works much better when played with a group of mates. [Issue #24, p.74]
  2. Pirates: Duels on the High Seas is not particularly a bad game, it is just one that does not stand out.
  3. AceGamez
    It's a decent game that misses out on greatness due to a lack of thought in level design and a lack of variety in looks.
  4. The lack of online multiplayer really brings the score down for Pirates: Duels on the High Sea. With the repetitive gameplay in the singleplayer mode, an online multiplayer mode would really have made Pirates much more fun.
  5. 52
    The problem arises from the fact that it never tries to better itself as you progress.
  6. It's certainly not terrible, but then there's absolutely nothing special or interesting about it either.
  7. While it’s still a way off being a title to remember, it’s a massive improvement on KoD and shows promise for the franchise that appears to be on the up, addressing key areas like the difficulty.
  8. Suddenly, it’s not nice any more. It’s a joke. £25 worth of bland. It’s like buying a surprise celebrity and getting home to discover it’s Dale Winton.
  9. I'd suggest avoiding this one, regardless of how low the price point may be, and you'd be better off spending your time on something else.
  10. Pirates: Duels on the High Seas feels more like a game for mobile phones that you can pick up for a fiver than a twenty quid DS game. It shows very little imagination and no new ideas, as though the developers have drawn themselves a very small box and made no attempt to think outside of it.
  11. Competently delivered yet frustratingly unambitious, Pirates: Duels on the High Seas will leave most gamers cold. Best left to drift away with the flotsam and jetsam.
  12. The flat multiplayer mode cements Pirates: Duels on the High Seas as a mostly respectable technical effort that simply lacks the requisite dynamism and ingenuity to satisfy as a game based entirely on action.
  13. A bland experienced robbed of energy and excitement by identikit missions and limited level design.
  14. Nintendo Gamer
    A yo-ho-no. [Dec 2008, p.77]
  15. Using the wind and terrain to your advantage, firing the cannons at the perfect time to launch the perfect assault; it could have been amazing. Disappointingly, with poor A.I, little replay value and poor use of the systems trademark features it’s turns out to be as entertaining as scurvy.

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