Pirates! Gold

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Sid Meier's Pirates! Gold
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Developer(s)MicroProse
Publisher(s)MicroProse
Platform(s)Amiga CD32, DOS, Sega Mega Drive, Windows 3.x
Release1993 (DOS/Mega Drive/Genesis)
1994 (CD32/3.x)
Genre(s)Action/Adventure/RPG
Mode(s)Single-player only

Pirates! Gold is a 1993 computer game, a remake to Sid Meier's 1987 release, Sid Meier's Pirates!.[1]

Development[edit]

MicroProse developed this 256-color version for MS-DOS, Macintosh, Mega Drive/Genesis, Amiga CD32 and Windows 3.x featuring a MIDI score and mouse support (in MS-DOS and Windows versions).

Gameplay[edit]

Pirates! Gold features Super VGA graphics including hand-painted screens, and a more-detailed playing environment than the original.[2] The update also includes 3-D modeled ship and flag animations, and graphic depictions of items that were menu choices in the original game.[3]

The player can play as a pirate, privateer, or a pirate hunter.[4] It features sword fighting, ocean-faring battles, and land battles as its three main arenas of action, connected by role-playing which allows the player to court the favor of local politicos, romance women, and recruit pirates in the local pub.[2] Players have the opportunity to go on quests, but must also strategically plan raiding excursions and trading routes.[3]

The PC versions contained a copy protection scheme requiring the player to identify the flag of a pirate ship sighted on the horizon (similar to the 1987 Atari port). Sea and sea-to-land combat were played in real-time while land battles were done in turn-based strategy. Sun sighting was not present in this version, and there were no special items. The game did, however, include several new features.

Reception[edit]

Paul C. Schuytema for Compute! said "All in all, Pirates! Gold is as addicting a game as you're likely to find."[2]

In 1993, Computer Gaming World described Pirates! Gold as adding "three disks of graphical gold" to "a great game engine". The magazine stated that the game "has much to offer a new player and comes with the highest of recommendations", but warned those familiar with the original that it was "not a significantly revised game with fresh game play".[3]

In 1994, PC Gamer US named Pirates! Gold the 39th best computer game ever. The editors wrote, "We're recommending the new version of this old classic, because it looks so darn good and it'll be easier for most of you to get your hands on. But the award really goes out to the gameplay that made the original Pirates! great".[5] In 2018, Complex ranked Pirates! Gold 26th among "The 100 Best Sega Genesis Games".[4]

According to Microprose, Pirates! Gold sold in excess of 450,000 copies by September 1997.[6]

Reviews[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sid Meier's Pirates! Gold Plus (Classic)". Valve. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Compute! Magazine Issue 159". December 19, 1993 – via Internet Archive.
  3. ^ a b c Lombardi, Chris (October 1993). "Scraping Off The Barnacles". Computer Gaming World. pp. 54, 56. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b ""The 100 Best Sega Genesis Games". Complex". Complex.com. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  5. ^ Staff (August 1994). "PC Gamer Top 40: The Best Games of All Time". PC Gamer US (3): 32–42.
  6. ^ "Microprose Ships Conquer the Skies and Conquer the World, Two Compilations of Top-Selling, Award-Winning Simulation and Strategy Games" (Press release). Alameda, California: Microprose. 16 September 1997. Archived from the original on 20 January 1998.
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  9. ^ Jason Scott. "Power Play Magazine (April 1994) : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  10. ^ Jason Scott. "Micromania Segunda Epoca (Spanish) Issue 72 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  11. ^ Bultro. "Tilt 117 : Tilt DSNC : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  12. ^ Jason Scott. "Gambler Magazine (December 1993): Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  13. ^ Durian!. "PC.Games.N012.1993.09-fl0n : Computec : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  14. ^ Sketch the Cow. "Megazin 1993 09 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  15. ^ "Pelit (1993-07)". November 19, 1993 – via Internet Archive.
  16. ^ chris85. "PC Player German Magazine 1993-08 : PC Player : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
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