• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Dec 5, 2013
Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Dec 11, 2013
    95
    Assassin’s Creed Pirates isn’t some cash in on Assassin’s Creed 4, it is a damn good game that stands right up on its own. It is epic, engaging, and most of all fun. It doesn’t wear out its welcome with bloated mechanics or unnecessary plot. It distills the essence of what we loved about the naval battles and puts it at your fingertips.
  2. Dec 7, 2013
    85
    Stepping away from the path of the main series, Ubisoft brings a complete mobile game that looks great and plays better, and becomes a good choice no matter if you’re looking for a complementary experience for AC IV or an individual one.
  3. Dec 9, 2013
    80
    Assassin's Creed Pirates is surprisingly addictive, with its cool battles and all its side-missions that let you upgrade your ship.
  4. Dec 5, 2013
    80
    Want to wreak havoc all over the high seas? Then Assassin's Creed Pirates is a great way to do so, Assassin's Creed fan or not.
  5. Dec 5, 2013
    80
    The story is interesting and moderately compelling, and lasts a decent amount of time to boot. The missions can feel a little bit easy and overly repetitive, but when you’re just playing it in 30 – 60 minute chunks, it doesn’t feel as bad as it otherwise might.
  6. Dec 5, 2013
    78
    Assassin's Creed Pirates is overall a nice, sometimes questionable spin-off for the main series, based on the naval battles and explorations.
  7. Dec 9, 2013
    75
    Assassin's Creed: Pirates is a very silly game, but it's a great distraction if you're left wanting more after Black Flag. With a host of content, tons of customization and fast-paced combat, there's hardly a dull moment in Pirates. The fact that there's no money-grubbing microtransactions to ruin the experience is the cherry on top.
  8. Dec 5, 2013
    75
    Assassin’s Creed: Pirates is a sharp-looking collection of pirate-themed activities that never quite becomes more than the sum of its parts.
  9. Dec 5, 2013
    75
    A unique new approach for the classic Ubisoft saga designed exclusively for iOS and Android systems. Good fun and intuitive controls.
  10. Dec 20, 2013
    70
    The Ubisoft Assassin's Creed mobile spin-off starts out well, and then became an Infinity Blade with galleon, failing to convince most of the players.
  11. Dec 17, 2013
    70
    Assassin's Creed Pirates is about shallow sea combat and fast boats. A simple, but entertaining snack.
  12. Dec 13, 2013
    70
    One could certainly argue that there’s a far amount of monotony in other Assassin’s Creed titles as well, but at least those have large open worlds to provide some variety. That key is missing from Pirates and keeps it from being a better offering.
  13. Dec 12, 2013
    70
    There’s a massive sense of reward in eking out every resource and collectible from a given region before turning to raze the next, and there's plenty of opportunity to do it. An unfortunate lack of freedom just makes that return on your time a diminishing one.
  14. Dec 9, 2013
    70
    With fun exploration and beautiful visuals, Assassin's Creed Pirates skirts close to greatness, but settles for being an enjoyable diversion.
  15. Dec 9, 2013
    70
    A mobile version of the great game. It is magical because of its debugged controls, fast-paced missions, and neat graphics. However, it struggles in its narrative, battles, and hardware requirements.
  16. Dec 5, 2013
    70
    A big silly game full of repetitive combat and simple missions, Assassin's Creed Pirates somehow still manages to be fun.
  17. Dec 5, 2013
    70
    Pirates is a game of lots of little pieces that combine to form a patchy but largely coherent slice of pirate life. Could it stand to be a little more in-depth, a little less piecemeal in the way it hands out tasks? Certainly. But if you just want a solidly entertaining pirate game that you can dip in and out of, safe in the knowledge that there are hours of gameplay ahead with no paywalls, this is definitely worth downloading.
  18. Dec 12, 2013
    60
    We all love games based on a pirate's life (well, maybe Ninja doesn't) but we need the right amount of challenge in it. Assassin's Creed: Pirates is blessed with stunning visuals, lots of things to do and fun naval battles, but it gets repetitive too early and is not challenging at all.
  19. Dec 11, 2013
    60
    Naturally, it isn’t as attractive as its console cousin, though zoom down to eye level during its majestic sunsets and the shanties belted out by your crew make for a reasonable facsimile of the console game.
  20. Dec 10, 2013
    60
    Sailing around the ocean and discovering treasure is fun, but the ship battles that make up a majority of the experience wear thin quickly. And with a mostly uninteresting story and thin connections to the Assassin's Creed series proper, Assassin's Creed Pirates is just floating dead in the water.
  21. Dec 9, 2013
    60
    It’s a pity that such a fun, arcade adventure requires grinding so early on, because it serves no other purpose than to hinder progress. Pirates is an enjoyable jaunt played in short bursts, but one that promises a little more than it actually delivers.
  22. Dec 12, 2013
    55
    While Assassin's Creed Pirates manages to capture a bit of that sea-faring magic, it never quite delivers the pirate experience I wanted.
  23. Dec 12, 2013
    50
    Pirates isn't a terrible game, but its pedigree means it needed to aim higher. Black Flag's ship combat was extremely refined, but Pirates comes off as a shallow imitator, and will undoubtedly leave players wanting.
  24. Dec 11, 2013
    50
    Assassin’s Creed Pirates has no wind in its sails making it one to skip despite the high profile nature. There’s a big name, deluxe graphical design, but extremely simplistic and repetitive gameplay, which sinks this ship.
  25. 50
    Great open world, tons to do, amazing visuals, naval battles and a solid soundtrack. Sounds great? It would be if not for the total lack of any challenge. The simple fights never propose anything close to danger and the feeling of repetition soon sets in. Assassin’s Casual yaaaar. So much potential wasted.
  26. Feb 12, 2014
    40
    At least turning the ship's wheel with your finger is a pleasantly tactile experience. [March 2014, p.76]
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 5, 2013
    10
    Great Game. Incredible graphics for a mobile game. The sea battles are the main part of the game and the details are remarkable. ChangingGreat Game. Incredible graphics for a mobile game. The sea battles are the main part of the game and the details are remarkable. Changing weather conditions make everything so real. Runs perfectly on Note2. GG UBISOFT Full Review »
  2. Dec 6, 2013
    10
    Fantastic graphics as showcased in the screenshot. Real breakthrough for a mobile game, a step ahead after Infinity Blade 3. But the gameFantastic graphics as showcased in the screenshot. Real breakthrough for a mobile game, a step ahead after Infinity Blade 3. But the game itself is just great. As a "moderate" AC fan, I found this mobile spin-off clever and tremendous, with a highly entertaining naval combat gameplay. The storyline is very catchy, faithful to the AC semi-realistic tone. In a nutshell, great adventure as few (if any) other mobile games offer. And an wonderful open-world to explore, with easy hop-on, hop off, either to follow the main story or launch any side mission.
    Only hope is that Ubisoft will keep this game growing with updates and additions. It deserves it.
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