Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Aug 4, 2011
    70
    If you are a big enough pirate fan and willing to overlook Pirates of Black Cove's faults in favor of its charm, there is enough fun to be had to make its budget price a barrrrgain. Should such pirate puns lead to haemorrhaging in your brain's language centers, however, then this might not be the game for you.
  2. PC Gamer UK
    Oct 8, 2011
    65
    It's certainly never short of ideas, but inept execution sends Pirates of Black Cove toppling off the gangplank. [Nov 2011, p.134]
  3. Oct 3, 2011
    62
    Overall, Pirates of Black Cove is a difficult game to recommend. It looks nice enough, and the voice acting is better -- and more prevalent -- than you might expect from a budget title, but everything else is second rate.
  4. Sep 4, 2011
    60
    Let down by the poor combat and the long, tedious segments on land, Pirates of the Black Cove struggles to stand out from the crowd.
  5. Aug 11, 2011
    60
    If the developers had stuck to just sailing and ship-combat, Pirates would be a charming game. Unfortunately, it's only half of one.
  6. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 10, 2011
    57
    Thumbs up for Pirates of Black Cove being a pirate themed strategy game, thumbs down for oversimplified gameplay, boring missions and way too slow tempo. [Oct 2011]
  7. Aug 26, 2011
    55
    Pirates of Black Cove brazenly copied Sid Meier's Pirates! but can not put the individual gameplay-elements together into a successful whole. The game lacks depth and repetitive gameplay bored after a few hours. Rather play the great 1987 original, because it's much more fun than this uninspired infusion.
  8. Aug 16, 2011
    55
    Aside from its uninspired combat and limited scope, Pirates of Black Cove is an endearing game at times. I wanted to love it, and kept diving back in hoping that something would click. It didn't.
  9. Aug 12, 2011
    55
    The charming style and the fun battles at sea will keep you entertained for a while but the fun reaches a low during fights on land and the random crashes that you'll encounter in this game. Pirates of Black Cove had a lot of potential but unfortunately doesn't do much with it.
  10. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 4, 2011
    50
    Action pirate strategy offers arcade playability and easy-to-learn concepts but suffers with technical issues and poor A.I. of your ship's crew. [Issue#208]
  11. Aug 26, 2011
    50
    Although it's a pirate-game with a glimpse of freedom, it's choking on its bad story. You will be entertained for couple of hours by upgrading of your own ship, sea battles or by island-raiding. However, after that the entertainment disappears under a surface like a holey sailboat. Pirates of Black Cove cast anchor more to younger players than to the old ones.
  12. Aug 14, 2011
    50
    Enjoyable during the first hours of playing, Pirates of Black Cove shows very early its casual gameplay, badly developed.
  13. Aug 10, 2011
    50
    It just never offers more than a middling gameplay experience for its price. That on its own might satisfy the casual freebooters, but when you couple that mediocrity with abysmal NPC pathing, inexplicable bouts of lag, and the game's tendency to crash at key moments, even they may find themselves tossing this one down in Davy Jones' locker for good.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Aug 7, 2011
    10
    Oh what a beautiful pirate game in the spirit of Sid Meier's Pirates! The story is well written and funny, and the game is full of hilariousOh what a beautiful pirate game in the spirit of Sid Meier's Pirates! The story is well written and funny, and the game is full of hilarious pirate jokes. You sail the Caribbean seas with a mission to unite all the pirates (pirates, buccaneers and corsairs) and defeat the evil Black Covians. You can setup your ship with various special weapons, such as human cannonball, which shoots a willing sailor to another ship in order to capture it. Another big part of the game is light-RTS style land combat, where you try to accomplish several different missions on some 50 or so different land levels.

    On the release day the game was a bit buggy but these are now fixed with patches that I recommend everyone to install. After patching I had no trouble to complete the game. It took some 15 hours to complete so the amount of content was good. I will try again with a rifleman so I can try some different approaches to land combats..

    GRAPHICS
    The world looks stunning, especially the water. Towns are also well made. Game's unique style can be seen everywhere from loading screens to buildings in towns. Generally the game is a bit heavy on the PC but graphics can be toned down from the options so you should be good to go even with a bit older machine. SOUND
    Voice acting varies a bit from ok to great, but it's generally good. Music reminds me of Pirates and really helps to set the mood.
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  2. Aug 4, 2011
    2
    SLOW!>>> It takes far too long to do a whole lot of nothing. I was hoping for a sid meier's pirates meets magicka. There is very little RPGSLOW!>>> It takes far too long to do a whole lot of nothing. I was hoping for a sid meier's pirates meets magicka. There is very little RPG elements involved and the combat is boring. Full Review »
  3. Aug 31, 2011
    3
    Everything in this game seems like a very poor attempt to copy Sid Meyer's Pirates, but it fails in every respect. Ship Battles are dull, dueEverything in this game seems like a very poor attempt to copy Sid Meyer's Pirates, but it fails in every respect. Ship Battles are dull, due to the fact that the game ignores all the physics (like wind and tides) which would make them interesting. Land missions are stupidly easy and boring. Not worth the money. You should play the demo before you shell out your money on this title. Full Review »