Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Despite its flaws, Sea Dogs is the best game of its type since Pirates!. With superb graphics and music, and multifaceted non-linear gameplay, the title offers a lot to a variety of gamers.
  2. The most striking aspect of Sea Dogs is the 3D sailing and combat system. The feeling of being on board one of these 17th century vessels is almost perfectly captured, save for the lack of crewmembers being shown on deck.
  3. Frequent and unexplained crashes, constant lockups, myriad bugs, and an insane difficulty level mar what otherwise could have been an outstanding and addictive adventure on the high seas.
  4. The game is so addictive that it's difficult to put down—even though a bug could strike out at any moment, or the screen could turn black, locking up your keyboard and forcing a reboot.
  5. Though occasionally enjoyable, endless game crashing bugs, bouts of tedium and a few badly designed elements make it a miss.
  6. A very fun--yet flawed--RPG at sea with lots of gameplay to keep you sailing for weeks (if not months) on end.
  7. The RPG elements are far from groundbreaking, but they provide a very entertaining quest structure that serves as the game's backbone. After that, it's up to you how you want the game to play out, and it works very well. The total package is a lot of fun, and hell, you get to be a pirate.
  8. A potentially great game marred by bugs and funky play balance, Sea Dogs is still not a failure. Visually, sailing around is breathtaking, and the gameplay has moments of brilliance.
  9. More than the sum of its parts, and its effective combination of three genres makes for an adventure that can be enthralling despite its many problems.
  10. 77
    If you like genre-benders, sure. If you like naval combat games, definitely. If you get bored easily or don't care for the setting, save your money.
  11. 85
    An epic swashbuckling adventure that's sailing on mostly smooth, but sometimes turbulent waters.
  12. A surprisingly fun genre-bending pirate game, equal parts RPG and strategy. [July 2001, p.70]
  13. The sea battles are great, but they do take quite a bit of time, and it is a shame that the rest of the game does not live up to the high standards they set.
  14. After playing SD for what seems like an eternity, I can confidently state that it is one of the more enjoyable RPGs I've played in a long time, even with its plentiful bounty of bugs.
  15. Aome awfully big albatrosses around its neck in the way of major bugs, repetitive gameplay and interface nightmares weigh it down.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Nov 13, 2013
    One of the best games on the pirate theme even now. Feel like a corsair, rule ship and enjoy your game life in spite of age of the game.One of the best games on the pirate theme even now. Feel like a corsair, rule ship and enjoy your game life in spite of age of the game. There is no more game like this! Full Review »
  2. ThomasA.
    Mar 27, 2005
    Ignore the land based graphics and disfigured models, hopeless animations and many critical errors and you will be left with a truly excellent game.