Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 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.
  2. 85
    An epic swashbuckling adventure that's sailing on mostly smooth, but sometimes turbulent waters.
  3. 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.
  4. PC Gamer
    81
    A surprisingly fun genre-bending pirate game, equal parts RPG and strategy. [July 2001, p.70]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. A very fun--yet flawed--RPG at sea with lots of gameplay to keep you sailing for weeks (if not months) on end.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. CNET Gamecenter
    60
    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.
  14. Daily Radar
    50
    Though occasionally enjoyable, endless game crashing bugs, bouts of tedium and a few badly designed elements make it a miss.
  15. 40
    Aome awfully big albatrosses around its neck in the way of major bugs, repetitive gameplay and interface nightmares weigh it down.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
  1. Nov 13, 2013
    10
    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. Jan 26, 2016
    9
    That is amazing game that freaks you out with a tons of bugs, really bad on land animation and controls. But despite of everything you'll loveThat is amazing game that freaks you out with a tons of bugs, really bad on land animation and controls. But despite of everything you'll love this game, for it's outstanding atmosphere, music, and open world.
    Actually the fact that it's favorite game for many people with so many bugs and irritating moments, proves that it's fine piece of video game that will take a lot of time from your life.
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  3. Dec 6, 2020
    6
    This game has rather unique gameplay. At the other hand you are rather limited with the activities. It`s a kind of sandbox you may do whateverThis game has rather unique gameplay. At the other hand you are rather limited with the activities. It`s a kind of sandbox you may do whatever you want. However up to the time when you will get 4 rang ship you will already try everything. In that cause, you will need to hunt trade encounters for experience in order to get 3 rang ship & continue the story, but it will last for long hours. This will broke all joy & interest to the game. Full Review »