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Sid Meier’s Pirates for iPad Review: Ahoy Landlubbers, Ye be in for an Adventure

All the stereotypes associated with pirates—treasure, plunder, and swordfighting—are what makes the entire world of Sid Meier’s Pirates.

You start out with a small yet quick ship, ideal for plundering the larger ships if you know what you’re doing.  The game doesn’t seem to start out with any tutorial (although there is one accessible from the menu), so you’re pretty much on your own, learning all the nuances of being a pirate as you adventure out into the different colonies.

As for the point of the game, there really isn’t any.  But that’s not a bad thing; no, far from it.  The possibilities are nearly endless in a game such as this, allowing you to explore all around the colonies, plundering as many ships as possible, hiring tons of crew members, defeating other pirates; like I said, the possibilities are nearly endless.

You can also create a type of allegiance to the countries present — either England, France, Holland, or Spain — by fighting their enemies.  So for example, if you capture different Spanish ships, you’ll most likely be given a higher position (captain, major, colonel, etc.) by the French and the English, considering the fact that those two countries weren’t huge fans of the Spanish during that time.

All in all, it’s quite an exhilarating game that has very few flaws, if any, that I can see.

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Adventure is out there: This game really brings out the adventurous, little child out in all of us, allowing us to pillage, burn, earn money, dance, etc.  There’s just so much to do in Sid Meier’s Pirates that you really can just do whatever you want.  It’s hard to really describe in mere words and letters, but Sid Meier’s Pirates is probably the most adventurous game on the App Store thus far.

Variety: Like I said, there’s just so much to do in this game, it’s ridiculous.  You can go from sword-fighting the captain of another ship to ball dancing with a governor’s daughter.  You can also hire more pirates, fence fencing masters, trade with the merchants… again, the possibilities are endless.

Difficulty: The difficulty level at Journeyman, for me personally, is absolutely perfect.  I haven’t tried out any other ones for fear of losing progress, but for beginners, the Journeyman difficulty is just perfect.

Dislikes

Some sounds: Some of the sound effects in the game get pretty irritating, such as the sound the game makes when tracking a Top 10 pirate.  The 10-or-so second sound loop when fighting another ship also gets a bit redundant.  Not major issues, but there are some sound effects in here that do become a bit tiring after a while.

Beginning: You have to be a little resilient in the beginning of the game given the fact that you know absolutely nothing.  You don’t know what the objective of the game is, you don’t know how to earn money, and you don’t really know how to play the game.  The tutorial does a mediocre job of teaching you how to play, and you really just have to learn through trial and error.  Not the ideal way to learn how to play a game, but after a while, you should be in full swing.

Crashes: Thankfully there is autosave included, but the game does crash every once in a while.  Buyer beware.

Sid Meier’s Pirates is absolutely stunning.  This stands as one of my all-time favorite games for the iPad, considering the fact that there’s so much to do and so little time.  Just do yourself a favor and purchase it now; I doubt that there will be any regrets for such a fantastic game.

Sid Meier’s Pirates was developed by 2K Games, and I played through version 1.0.4 on my iPad 2.  The price is $3.99.

 

Grab Civilization Revolution while it’s Free!

Just a quick heads up for everyone that Civilization Revolution has been changed to a free app after sitting at $6.99 for close to a year now.  This is a port of the critically acclaimed game from the Civilization series, and originally came to the iPhone on August 10 of last year.

We reviewed the game and gave it a buy recommendation when it first came out.  Civ Rev isn’t perfect, but it packs a lot of depth for strategy fans looking to invest their time into a game.  Unless you don’t have 80mb to spare, grab it now before the price rises back up.  The iPad version remains at $12.99.

Civilization Revolution Review: From Past to Present

2K Games released Civilization Revolution on the app store.  It came as quite a pleasant surprise to the iPhone gaming community, and people have been on a rampage talking about how great Civilization Revolution is.  Civilization Revolution is a full fledged turn-based-strategy game.  Although we have seen many of these game on the app store such as a Uniwar and Mecho Wars, we have yet to see a turn-based-strategy game with this level of depth.  The game seems to be a port for the DS version, but 2K Games says that the port works very well since the processing and graphics are handled separately.  This helps the port run equally well on a number of different platforms.  Of course, the iPhone has been notorious for mediocre ports like Sonic the Hedgehog and Golden Axe.  We decided to take a closer look at this title quickly for your benefit (i.e. before the price jumps to $9.99).

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Dozens of Units: Civilization Revolution comes packed with many different units that improve as time moves on.  Although I’m not exactly sure how many units there are, it seems to be plenty for an iPhone strategy game.  Each unit has their own power and skill, and each one has their own stats and power.  Of course, the older units will be less powerful than the more modern ones.

Research: The number of skills and items to research almost seems endless.  Just when you think you researched everything available, you find yourself with 6 more things to research like democracy and law.  There isn’t a shortage of things to do in this game.  The depth that this adds is fantastic for an app store game!

Depth: We have called a couple of game “console quality”, but when doing so, we have been referring to the graphics and feel of a game rather than the depth.  It is no surprise to iPhone gamers that most games on the app store do not contain as much depth as console games.  This is one of the few games I have played that may actually have enough depth to be called console-quality.  Of course, some people complain that there isn’t currently any multiplayer, I don’t find that to be a negative at this point.  I have more than enough games to play online, but most of those have very meager single-player campaigns.  Civilization Revolution is a fantastic game to play when you are offline.  I think it is good to have a mix of both types of games.  Of course, if 2K Games adds multiplayer, I won’t complain!

Polish: Of course, polish is something that’s expected from users because the game is made from 2K Games.  The polish in this game is very obvious, and menu designs were designed quite nicely.  User interface is also pretty well done, and I applaud the game’s clean look.  Sure, there is a lot happening, but the screen doesn’t feel too cluttered at all.

Dislikes

Response: One huge problem I found with Civilization Revolution was the response.  Tapping a soldier would sometime not work or take a long while to respond.  I also noticed that the buttons were not very responsive at times which is odd for the iDevice platform.  This is something that needs to be worked on above all else, and the response feels like Worms all over again.  The game runs pretty smoothly on the 3GS and iPod Touch 2G, so if you have these devices, the game should run pretty well.  However, you may have more issues if you play with a first generation device.

Unit Design: I can’t help but complain about the unit design.  The designs are very bland, and I found each unit to have little or no detail at all.  Sure, you can tell them apart, but the little details like facial features and little shading here and there is not present at all.  I know the DS version of the game looks very similar, but from what I know, soldiers have faces.

User Interface: The user interface is not bad, but it is confusing at first and a little cramped.  That being said, I cannot really figure out a way to include the amount of items to control in a better fashion.  It just feels a little cramped as you play.  However, after playing for a while, you get the hang of it and forget about the controls.

Civilization Revolution is a solid strategy game, but users have reported some problems when playing on first generation devices.  It may just be a device specific problem, but I cannot stress enough how developers should keep the 1st generation devices in mind when developing.  If you’re a fan of this game at all, it’s a pretty good game that seems to deliver almost everything the DS version did.  One thing that 2K Games did do well was not letting out a watered down version of the game.  I would highly recommend that you buy the game now as $4.99 is a very good price for what you get, but I would still say that Civilization Revolution is a buy at $9.99.  To be honest, I found this game to be somewhere between a “Must Have” and a “Buy.”  I think if a couple of the dislikes are resolved, we may be upping the rating.

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Civilization Revolution was made my 2K Games, and I played through version 1.0 on my 2nd Generation iPod Touch.  The price is $4.99 for 48 hours, then the price will increase to $9.99.  There is also a lite version to try before you buy.

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Civilization Revolution Out Now, Available for $4.99

As a surprise to everyone, 2K Games has published Civilization Revolution for the iPhone and iPod Touch.  There was no word on this coming, but it’s definitely a welcome addition to the app store.  Civilization Revolution has launched at $4.99, with a lite version also available.

Sid Meier’s Revolution games are famous for letting you run a civilization and interact with others in any way you’d like.  Your goal is to lead your civilization to ultimate power, through the decisions that you make and actions you take. You’re able to choose your path that you’d like to take to try and achieve victory: military, cultural, economic or scientific.  There are a total of 16 civilizations to choose to lead, and the game touts that it has all the features that the console counterparts contain.

Civilization Revolution is available for $4.99, or you can try the lite version for free.

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