Pirate Games that place buccaneering and mercantilism firmly at the forefront have become a bit niche as of late. If you perused our previous article recounting the best pirates in video games, you’ll know that in order to meet them you might not be forced to sail the seven seas, but pretty close! With Johnny Depp set to re-introduce everyone’s favourite swashbuckler that we love to hate later this year in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, why not whet your appetite with these pirate games.
Here are IGCritic’s 10 best pirate games. Those few that will have you acclimatising to your new sea legs in no time, feeling the wind in your hair and breeze in your face as you do so.
10. Cloud Pirates
An intense and thrilling squad combat game which is free-to-play, Cloud Pirates (as its name suggests) forgoes the ocean and seas for the wind and skies. Simply choose your teammates & airships and set sail for the clouds. A gorgeous 3D art-style and tonnes of customisation options await you captain! Having just released last year, there’s still time to jump on board for one of the best pirate games out there to get in to today.
9. Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
This specific pirate game might not be fitting for everyone due to its more playful art style and it being a lot less serious than what many hope to see in a pirate game. Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a sweet and fun 2D side-scrolling platformer reminiscent of games such as Super Mario World and that blue guy, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse was the last game in developer Wayforward’s underappreciated series to make full use of a pixelated art-style, and the game is more gorgeous for it. Half genie Shantae is tasked to once again tasked to save sequin land from the forces of evil, this time against the pirate master. This entry’s pirate them ensures that there are many islands to explore, letting Shantae discover whether or not a pirate life is for her.
8. Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty
What do you get when you take everyone’s favourite intergalactic Lombax and robot buddy and fuse them with a journey of sailing the seven star systems rather than seas? You get Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty of course, the short downloadable platforming adventure and second part of the Future series that is often overlooked. With the help of space smugglers and Rusty Pete, you’ll guide Ratchet through underground caves and darkwater coves in an effort to realign with your trusty companion.
7. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure
A loveable pirate duo you wouldn’t want to come across in the heat of maritime battle Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure was one of the original Wii’s short-lived adventure pirate games that simply bursts style as well as humour. As aspiring pirate Zack and his monkey companion Wiki, you’ll search through several locations and islands with the help of pirate friends “the sea rabbits” all in an effort to be the greatest pirate that has ever lived.
6. Risen 2: Dark Waters
Sticking closely to Caribbean tropics you’d traditionally expect to see in a pirate game but also injecting a fantastical tough, Risen 2: Dark Waters successfully built up the mechanics of its predecessor to make for a solid pick. It’s a third person RPG at heart, letting you build up your character’s skills, gear, and abilities and explore the in-game islands and oceans in order to do so. Whether trudging through dark caves or imposing temples, Risen 2: Dark Waters will have you laughing as well as searching for buried treasure.