What are the differences between Pirates! and Pirates! Gold ?
Pirates! Gold is an enhanced version of Pirates! with better graphics. However, on certain operating systems this special edition has been reported as not being as playable as the original. Click here for more details.
Can you send me a copy of the game ?
No, I can't. Do not even ask, I will not answer to these questions.
Where can I buy of copy of the game ?
Pirates! Gold was discontinued at one time, but has been re-released in Microprose's "Conquer the World" pack, which includes Colonization, Transport Tycoon, Railroad Tycoon Deluxe and Pirates! Gold all on one CD-ROM. This pack was released for distribution at major US computer software stores at the end of September 1997. The original version of the game is no longer available.
On which machines were the games released ?
Pirates! was released on : Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, PC (CGA/EGA graphics), Atari ST, Amiga, NES
Pirates! Gold was released on : Sega Genesis, Amiga, Amiga CD32, PC (SVGA graphics), Macintosh
Which version should I buy ?
I would recommend you to buy either the Genesis version of Pirates! Gold or the Amiga CD-32 one. These versions are not the most graphically advanced but they offer the best gameplay. However, both versions are difficult to find.
What are the "Ten Great Quests" ?
1. Captured Pirate
2. Rescued Sister
3. Rescued Father
4. Rescued Mother
5. Rescued Uncle
6. Got Married
7. Silver Train
8. Treasure Fleet
9. Inca Treasure
10. Title of Nobility
Even if these quests are not mentioned in Pirates!, you should know that any valorous pirate has to complete these quests before retiring. Think about rescuing your family members early in the game, otherwise your uncle will stay on its distant island for ever.
Is Duke the highest title granted by a governor ?
Yes. The attribution of the titles follows this scale :
Ensign -> Captain -> Major -> Colonel -> Admiral -> Baron -> Count -> Marquis -> Duke
And of course you can have one for each country you fight for - as long as you have a letter of marque.
How will I be ranked in the hall of fame ?
above 95 King's Advisor from 90 to 95 Governor from 85 to 90 Lt. Governor (represents the king in trade agreements) from 80 to 85 Fleet Admiral from 75 to 80 Rich Banker from 70 to 75 Plantation Owner from 65 to 70 Wealthy Merchant from 60 to 65 General from 55 to 60 Sugar Planter from 50 to 55 Merchant Captain from 45 to 50 Council Member from 40 to 45 Colonel from 35 to 40 Shop Owner from 30 to 35 Major from 25 to 30 Tavernkeeper from 20 to 25 Sailing Master from 15 to 20 Sergeant from 10 to 15 Bartender from 5 to 10 Sailor from 0 to 5 Farm Hand from -5 to 0 Rogue from -10 to -5 Scoundrel from -15 to -10 Pauper below -20 Beggar
Which special ability should I choose ?
IMHO, skill at medicine is the most useful one since it will enable you to play longer and thus to score more points. Skill at fencing is the best choice for a new player.
I love flags. Do you know where to find pirates' flags ? or My hamster ate my flag sheet. Can you help me ? or Hi, I have bought the only copy amongst the 450,000 units sold whose box does not contain the sheet with the flags...
Pirates! Gold does not run properly on my PC. What can I do ?
First, install the patch if needed. DOSBox, a DOS emulator for Windows/Linux/Mac OS should help if the game runs too fast. Check the forum for more information.
What are the other games designed by Sid Meier ?
Sid Meier worked on the design of the following games : Hellcat Ace (1981), Solo Flight (1982), Chopper Rescue (1982), Nato Commander (1983), F-15 Strike Eagle (1984), Silent Service (1986), Pirates ! (1987), F-19 Stealth Fighter (1988), Railroad Tycoon (1990), Sid Meier's Cover Action (1991), Civilization (1992), CPU Bach (1993), Colonization (1995), Gettysburg (1997), Alpha Centauri (1999), SimGolf (2002) and Civilization III (2002).
How does the last pirate ship you have seen look like ?
Hey, it was quite strange ! despite the crew was not very talkative, they were friendly. Have a look at the photo I took.