Port Royale PC

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. A detailed trading sim for merchants, but too much budgeting and not enough buccaneering to recommend to pirate fans.
  2. PC Gamer
    71
    "SimCity" elements tend to bog down the fun factor, but if you don't mind some biz sim with your strategy, you'll find this game pretty entertaining. [Sept 2003, p.77]
  3. The adventure is too buried under the business sim, which is a bit too inelegant for its own good, and the strategy is hobbled by a really lame combat system. At least it's better than Bethesda's recent "Pirates of the Caribbean."
  4. Computer Gaming World
    70
    Offers a great blend of combat and economic strategy. [Aug 2003, p.79]
  5. Port Royale’s concept itself is rather flawed. I really can’t see a relatively uneducated pirate creating an empire, since most historical pirates were brutish men who had short, violent careers that ended either hanging from the yardarm or lunch for the squid.
  6. I wouldn’t recommend Port Royale unless you’re looking for a slow-paced game that challenges your brain more than your reflexes, and unless you’re only planning to play an hour or two each night. If you play any more than that, the game will get too repetitive and too boring too quickly.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. TanBoonC.
    Sep 26, 2004
    9
    Best game I have ever played before. Consume a lot of time to make our company grows and grow. Pirates should be more aggressive to level upBest game I have ever played before. Consume a lot of time to make our company grows and grow. Pirates should be more aggressive to level up the difficulties. Full Review »
  2. RyanC.
    Jul 26, 2003
    8
    It would be even better if the company would come out with a patch for the US version quick! it freezes on autosave....definitely a pirate fan though!
  3. D.Pogue
    Jul 8, 2003
    7
    While this game is fun, it has a steep learning curve, and, in my opinion is very difficult. I have spent many hours playing and trying out While this game is fun, it has a steep learning curve, and, in my opinion is very difficult. I have spent many hours playing and trying out various missions, which are difficult in their own right. All an all a decent title, quite similar to Pirates of the old days. However, i find it to be missing something. Full Review »