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  • Summary: Age of Pirates – Carribean Tales is a naval game devoted to pirate adventures on the Caribbean seas of the 17th century. It models all the details of the pirate life and misses nearly no part of a swashbuckler's sword swinging adventures. Taking the role of reckless fortune-hunter Blaze or redheaded daredevil Beatrice – the player will navigate his sailor through the Caribbean, trade multiple goods, plunder merchant convoys, accomplish quests, build up his fleet, capture and rule colonies and much more. Following his lucky star he lives a life of high adventure, full of naval battles, bloody fights and treasure hunt, in a world of piracy and sea romance. In addition, the game can be played in 3rd person perspective, exploring your colonies and fighting side by side with your crew of loyal cutthroats and corsairs. [Playlogic] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 8 out of 23
  1. Tense, drawn-out battles ahoy! Combat at sea has never been such fun. [Sept 2006, p.96]
  2. 79
    There is no end, provided you don't die and don't grab all the ports. It's pretty much a pirate simulator, though things like health and your personal cash not in your way of sailing around sinking things.
  3. Clunky island controls and gameplay darken what is otherwise an extremely enjoyable action RPG that truly shines during its high seas adventures.
  4. From the unfriendly, baffling set-up screen, everything is unwieldy and cobbled together. [Oct 2006, p.79]
  5. The idea of a pirate RPG with naval combat and basic economic functions is such a good one, but here it's largely obscured by the awkward interface, strange design decisions, and poor attention to detail.
  6. A countless number of rough edges and some major bugs sap just about all the potential for entertainment from this overambitious, underdeveloped game about the pirates' life.
  7. A tedious, irritating waste of promising material. [Oct 2006, p.87]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Sep 23, 2013
    9
    Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales is set in the 17th Century Caribbean, and is in my honest opinion, the BEST offline pirate themed game on the market. The only reason I did not give a score of 10 is because the main quest of the game is flawed.

    You see, Playlogic didn't plan a main quest at all; It was added in shortly before release, as was the female character Beatrice, hence why she is treated like a man by many NPCs in the game. Any ways, the goal is to take over all the colonies of the Caribbean, however, through my experience playing the game, captured colonies have a hard time defending themselves. You need to take it very slow and only take one colony at a time and build it up to the max before trying to capture another one. A governor needs to placed in each colony who has good Leadership, Cannon and Accuracy skills. Leadership is the most important. Thus, after each colony is upgraded to highest level (Castle) and you have a good garrison of troops, the colonies will be able to defend themselves better, however, you still may need to aid in its defense.

    Furthermore, and as many have stated, the game is very buggy, but fortunately, with a mod called, "Supermod," most of those bugs have been fixed, as well as many various additions, such as access to banks, churches, brothels and islands. I believe there is even a buyable house in Guadalupe. Now, if only the creator, "CyberOps" would have fixed the colony defense. Oh well, perhaps someone will give us a patch one day, maybe even Playlogic. We can dream, right? Now, even with SuperMod, the game may still crash on occasion, but if you save often, it won't be a problem.

    So, despite the main quest being a bit broken, the rest of the game is incredible. The open sea scenery is jaw dropping, towns are well developed, and sailing through storms is so realistic, it's both scary and fun. You have your choice of two characters upon game start, Blaze Sharp or his step-sister Beatrice Sharp. Then, you have a second choice of which Caribbean Power to affiliate yourself with, England, France, Holland, Spain, or my favorite, the Pirates. You can receive missions from people on the streets, in the taverns, at the store, or from the governors. The pirate governor or "Pirate King" who is located on the Island of Isla Mona will only give you missions when you acquire a high enough reputation with the pirates. A high fame I believe also helps. Also, the missions are always available. They never end. So, if you get tired of sinking ships on the sea, trading, smuggling contraband with the pirates, or harassing the colony ports, there will always be a quest from someone you can grab. The game also keeps track of how many ships you defeat, be it through cannon fire, grappling, or surrendering. Replay value is high, because the game is open-ended, therefore allowing you to do something different each time, and from what I can tell, the trade goods which colonies import/export are also randomized upon game start, including illegal contraband. As your character levels up, there are many skills and abilities to learn. If you've ever played "Pirates of the Caribbean," the system is very similar. All in all, it's a fantastic and underrated game which everyone should give a try, again, despite its flaws and bugs. Great job Playlogic! 9/10.
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  2. BradG.
    Nov 20, 2006
    8
    The short review is based upon the fact that after about 10 hours I haven't experienced a single bug or crash. This game is Sid Meyer's Pirates! with 50% more depth. The hand-to-hand isn't quite as fun as the Pirates minigame but the ship to ship combat is incredible. It's like reliving the set piece battles from Master and Commander each time you head into battle. Clive D is right though, the main plot seems to be broken. Thankfully the free-form gameplay is fun enough on its own. Expand
  3. ChristinaH.
    Nov 30, 2006
    5
    It is so frustrating that they have not recreated Sid Meyers Pirates! Every pirate game that has come out since was only better in that it had great graphics, other then that the games have been dumbed down. What happened to convoys? Marriage to the govs daughter, etc? And though the original was pixelated and you had to change out the huge floppy disks, the game was great and addictive. This one has so many bugs, crashes constantly, and is almost unplayable. Shame on you play logic for not beta testing and leaving out some of the best parts of the original pirate game! PS: For those Sid Meyer's Pirate addicts out there, it is now public domain and you can down load it simply by searching for it on Google for a free download! even plays in windows instead of DOS! Expand
  4. JamesK
    Jun 29, 2008
    2
    Many many bugs big letdown the graphics are truly awsome and the same with geological layout such as vegetation and buildings. But the scripting is poor so many places you cannot go such as the bank,beaches and jungle's maybe im to much of a potc man, but it would improve the game significantly and so would a patch that would solve all bugs. Expand
  5. CliveD.
    Oct 21, 2006
    0
    This game is a total insult. The bugs and problems with the programming in this game are not just technical issues but a clear sign that this company has made no quality control effort at all. everything from crashes, strange bugs or the fact that they have not even bothered to finish putting in the main storyline missions. You will find you ships holds totally overloaded for no reason at all or you will find traders who's stores are too full and you cant trade goods. totally unplayable, should never have been released to retail in this state. which is sad because it shows some promise. Collapse
  6. MikeW.
    Aug 13, 2007
    0
    Being a big fan of Bethesda's Pirates of the Caribbean i was really looking forward to the release of this game. But there was so much wrong with this game that i took it back to the store for a refund a couple of days later and went back to POTC. Expand
  7. RobertT.
    Feb 10, 2008
    0
    It is advertised as being online. Maybe it was 3 years ago. I see posts in Forums where it has not been working online internet service by Playlogic or atari since 2006. So where are the games I ask? Expand