• Publisher: 2K Games
  • Release Date: Jul 21, 2011
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jul 26, 2011
    100
    Absolutely stunning. This stands as one of my all-time favorite games for the iPad, considering the fact that there's so much to do and so little time.
  2. Jul 26, 2011
    100
    At $6.99 (currently) this game is real value and other developers should take note.
  3. Mar 3, 2012
    94
    Trade and economic growth are explored in a simple and deeply engaging way.
  4. Aug 1, 2011
    90
    It's deceptively deep, riddled with charming animations, colors, and characters, and offers a huge bag of things to do. It also runs well enough and is tuned well enough to recommend it on the iPad, which obviously is a huge plus.
  5. Aug 1, 2011
    90
    Replay value is terrific, as you can mix and match difficulties, factions, and abilities to create vastly different experiences when you play again.
  6. Jul 29, 2011
    90
    Pirates! on iPad is an excellent port that could easily be sold for much more than its sub $10 price. With near endless replayability, this ranks among the best investments any iPad owner could make.
  7. Jul 22, 2011
    90
    Brimming with content, eminently replayable, and much improved over previous iterations, Sid Meier's Pirates! is a must-have for any self-respecting iPad buccaneer.
  8. May 31, 2012
    80
    If you've historically been put off by the complexity of Sid Meier's other titles, this is a lovely action-simulation that will lead you gently into the genre. For strategy stalwarts, there's nothing to fear from this very different Meier game, because it really is a huge amount of fun regardless of your typical gaming preferences.
  9. Jul 28, 2011
    80
    A complex sim and one that demonstrates just how wondrous it was the first time.
  10. Jul 25, 2011
    80
    Yes, the battles do become repetitive, especially in regards to their presentation, but there is still a huge feeling of accomplishment when you defeat a ship through both great battle strategy and lightning gesture reflexes!
  11. Jul 22, 2011
    75
    Sid Meier's Pirates! is a classic for a reason, and the iPad version is excellent.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 30, 2011
    9
    Amazingly addictive little game. It's sandbox, so no two games will ever be the same. You're free to do what you want, however you want. It essentially revolves around four mini-games - sea combat, land combat, fencing, dancing. The downside of this formula is that it can feel a little repetitive after a while. Sid Meier's magic is there - making you juggle several balls at once which means that you quickly lose track of time. This game is easy to learn, difficult to master. Great escapist fun, although a little on the cartoon-ish side. if you want realistic, dark and gritty, look elsewhere. Full Review »
  2. Sep 8, 2011
    10
    Anything Sid Meier does should get perfect scores, period. The controls take a little getting used to, but then again translating this type of game to a touch screen must have taken a lot of work. Well done. Full Review »