Puzzle Pirates

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Puzzle Pirates
Developer(s)Grey Havens
Publisher(s)Grey Havens
Platform(s)Any with Java, incl. Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad (No longer supported)
ReleaseDecember 8, 2003
Mode(s)Multiplayer, Singleplayer (Only with CD)

Puzzle Pirates (also known as Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates) is a massively multiplayer online game developed by Three Rings Design (Later owned by Grey Havens LLC).

During the 7th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences nominated Puzzle Pirates for "Massively Mutliplayer/Persistent World Game of the Year".[1]


The player takes the role of a pirate, adventuring on the high seas and pillaging money ("pieces of eight") from enemy ships (human or computer-controlled). The mechanics of the game are driven by puzzles.

Puzzle Pirates is open-ended and community-driven. Over time, pirates can join a crew, progress in rank within that crew, buy and run sailing vessels and shoppes, and become captain of a crew, royalty within aan alliance of crews, or governor of an island. Players are able to help expand the game, with puzzles, in-game objects, and artwork.


As of December 2008, there were 4 million users registered to the game.[2]

On August 31, 2011, the game was made free-to-play on Steam.[3] Support for an iPad platform was developed and released in 2013. Three Rings later announced the removal of the iPad application and ceased support of the platform in July 2014.[4]

On April 5, 2016, Three Rings Design announced that support for the game would shift from them to Grey Havens, a company consisting of former Three Rings employees.[5]


  1. ^ "2004 Awards Category Details Massively Multiplayer/Persistent World Game of the Year". interactive.org. Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 15 September 2023.
  2. ^ "PuzzlePirates.com - 4 million registered pirates".
  3. ^ "New Free to Play on Steam - Puzzle Pirates". Steam. 2011-08-31.
  4. ^ "Sun sets on the iPad". Spyglass. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Puzzle Pirate Forums". Puzzle Pirates. Retrieved 5 April 2016.

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