Being a pirate is pretty awesome. What kid didn’t, at some point, pretend to be a swashbuckling rogue setting sail on the high seas? Even as adults, we all know we love indulging in our childish sides and finding ways to pretend to be a pirate. That’s why we play pirate games; there is just something inherently fun about playing as a pirate.
Setting sail for treasure, boarding an enemy ship to plunder, or just hanging out with fellow pirates in an island pub, there is something magical about the experience – which is a big reason why there are so many pirate games out there for you to play. However, it is easy to get lost in all of the not-so-good examples. Luckily for you, we know which ones are the best, and we have those games for you right here.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
The fourth game in the Assassin’s Creed series completely changed the game for the series, following the disappointing Assassin’s Creed III. Putting you in control of Edward Kenway, a young pirate, you have an entire world of islands to explore and sail around.
It was an incredible blend of the fun swordplay from the rest of the series and the progression of naval combat from the third game. It was a reminder of how good this series could be and, unfortunately, wasn’t equaled until several games following it.
This VR adventure is something unlike anything else. You can captain your ship as you battle enemies, explore the ocean, and so much more. It also helps that the graphics are so good that it almost feels real.
It is still developing too since it’s still in early access. It may not be at its full potential right now, but that point could be something incredible.
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
There is something that has always been charming about the LEGO games; that charm is something that was sorely missed in the sequels to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Combining the antics of Jack Sparrow with that signature LEGO style, this game is a blast to play and legitimately funny many times.
Sea of Thieves
Rare’s high seas adventure game wasn’t necessarily met with the best reception when it was released, but since then, the game has received several free updates and changes that have made it an absolute blast of an experience.
Gather your friends and take your ship out to sea to hunt for treasure, fight the undead, and even defend your treasure from other players. The entire thing is a blast, and the world is vast and ripe for exploration.
Sid Meier’s Pirates! (1987)
This 1087 classic is known for being a simple game that you can pick up and play and a game that you can invest a good amount of time in thanks to its decent depth.
You pick one of several eras to play in, and many factors are randomized, which means that you get a different experience every time you play. It keeps things fresh and unpredictable.
Sid Meier’s Pirates! (2004)
The original’s excellent foundation provided the baseboard for this remake that came out in 2004 and set the bar even higher. This game takes everything that made the original great and builds upon it.
This one gives your character a backstory: a young man whose family was sold into slavery, who escapes and, years later, sets out to find his family. From the plethora of mini-games to the excellent land and sea combat, this game is one of the best pirate experiences you could ever ask for.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Okay, we know this may not be defined as a “pirate game,” but we can mention this game since it’s not only an excellent, high seas adventure and one of the best entries in the long-running game series.
As you sail around with The King of Red Lions, you will work with plenty of pirates. While you may not be dedicated to hunting down treasure, you will certainly get a good experience in being a pirate.
Ratchet and Clank Future: The Quest for Booty
Another entry that maybe isn’t a true pirate experience, but one that dives deep into the pirate spirit. The second entry in the Ratchet and Clank “Future” trilogy, this game was a small, contained adventure that had you taking on a group of sinister pirates.
In classic form, the game had some truly funny pirate characters that made the entire experience so funny to play through.
The Secret of Monkey Island
This classic from the ’90s is the perfect blend of humor and everything else that makes these games incredible. While the original game was also a great example of a pirate game, there is something about this sequel that sets it apart.
A point-and-click adventure never felt so good as it does in this game, and we encourage everyone to play it at least once.
Tropico 2: Pirate Cove
This RTS will help you to become a Pirate King, controlling your empire from atop your throne. As is the case with all the games of this kind, you will have to manage many different things, including ensuring your pirates are content and happy and making enough money to run your operation.
It’s a great way of taking the Tropico formula from the first game and putting it into a pirate setting.