Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. There just isn't enough to this title to make it worth 1000 points, and if you need a frenzied shooter fix, you could do a whole lot better than Pirates: The Key of Dreams.
  2. Ironically, KoD sums itself up in its own lacklustre ‘Yar’ sound effect, which becomes annoying from the very start. That’s just what Pirates: KoD is; lacklustre.
  3. A game where there's fun to be had, but it has a very finite shelf life.
  4. Games Master UK
    Zack and Wiki remain the only pirates worth dealing with on Wii. [Oct 2008, p.84]
  5. games(TM)
    Demands a very different strategy from practically any other kind of shoot-'em-up. [Aug 2008, p.119]
  6. 47
    The game looks good and holds promise, but that promise is never kept – single player just drags on and on with very little challenge, and multiplayer just doesn’t have enough to it to extend it beyond a short diversion. And that’s only if you have three buddies to play with you.
  7. For a first shot at a WiiWare title, it’s not a horrendous effort from Oxygen, though it is overpriced. It can be good fun, but that feeling just doesn't last long enough.
  8. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    The single-player sinks, but the multiplayer battle mode floats our boat. [Issue#24, p.24]
  9. Nintendo Gamer
    Misfires with its repetitive gameplay and ships that handle like ice skaters. [Sept 2008, p.67]
  10. If you're looking for a single player game, you will come away severely disappointed. It's just not long enough to warrant the high price tag of 1000 Wii Points, it’s too repetitive, short lived and there is no reason to go back to it. If you're looking for a multiplayer game, then the battle mode is actually relatively decent.
  11. A short single-player mode makes the 1,000 Wii Points price tag a little on the high side, but the multi-player mode makes up for it. A solid start into what will hopefully be a long lasting franchise.

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