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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.

 

Bug Heroes Quest Submitted, Coming Late July/Early August

Bug Heroes Quest, essentially a sequel to the overwhelmingly awesome Bug Heroes, has been submitted to the App Store for review.

While Bug Heroes was more of a tower defense/dual-stick shooter survival game, Bug Heroes Quest promises to be more of a story-based action RPG, complete with dual-stick shooter goodness, character development, and more.

The game spans over 60 different missions with GameCenter leaderboards and achievements included, alongside tons of armor, weapons, etc.

Bug Heroes Quest also boasts of a very in-depth fantasy world and an interesting storyline, not like the old “cookie cutter save the princess and the kingdom”.

We’re looking forward to getting our hands on Bug Heroes Quest, but for now, be sure to check out the recently released game trailer; look for it in the App Store late July/Early August.

Gameloft Releases ‘9mm’ to the App Store, Bad Cops and Gangsters Galore

Gameloft‘s much anticipated third-person action game 9mm has just been released into the App Store.

Boasting of six different crime-fighting locations, 9mm also contains pistols, shotguns, submachine guns, machine guns, and more.

It also includes online multiplayer for up to 12 people across 4 maps, presumably using Gameloft Live for all the online action.  9mm also includes soundtracks from Freeway & Jake One, Beanie Sigel, and Apathy, with Freeway & Jake One even making a special appearance within the game.

If that’s not enough to convince you, Gameloft has added universal support, so you don’t have to buy the same game twice for your iOS devices.

9mm is available now on the App Store for $6.99.

‘Emissary of War’: An Upcoming Action RPG Headed by Former BioWare Lead

We don’t get too many heavy-hitting action RPGs in the App Store, and Emissary of War looks to be something that may just fill that void a little bit.

Described as fast-paced and a fully-3D dungeon-crawling adventure, Emissary of War also includes full voiceovers, an original engine, and a unique story-driven gameplay.

You play the role of Ghent, a barbarian sent on a diplomatic mission that goes horribly wrong. With an alchemist companion, Hassock, offering much-needed backup, you will hack and slash your way through monsters and more, upgrading your weapons and tactics to deal with new threats to your mission. Your sense of duty and allegiances will be put to the test as you unravel the mystery behind your failed assignment.

Another tidbit includes GameCenter and achievements, along with supporting all iOS devices (hoorah!).

We’re looking forward to getting our hands on this game, but for now, be sure to check out the trailer and screenshots.

Video Footage of ‘Afterlife: Ground Zero’ Leaked, More Unreal Engine 3 Goodness Headed our Way

The media’s (which includes us, I guess) fascination with the Unreal Engine 3 has gotten us to document every single Unreal Engine 3 news we can find, but this is one game that has gotten me more and more intrigued the more and more I watch the video.

Codenamed Afterlife: Ground Zero, Trendy Entertainment (yes, the same peeps who created Dungeon Defender) are planning on creating a third-person shooter game with different playable classes, tons of RPG elements, killer enemies, a wealth of replayability, and co-op play.

But hold your horses before getting too excited: the game is far from being released, with the UI slapped together in 24 hours, and nothing in the video seems to be final.  Still, the graphics are enough to make your jaw drop a few inches, and we’re definitely looking forward to a closer look at the game once it’s playable.