Being a scourge of the seas has never been so fun – Pixel Piracy first look.

Being a scourge of the seas has never been so fun – Pixel Piracy first look.

Only the finest bar wenches and rum for my crew!

Only the finest bar wenches and rum for my crew!

Yarrrr!  Pixel Piracy be an addictive change upon simulators, ye landlubber!

 

From part of the team that brought you Terraria, Pixel Piracy is a Pirate sim like no other.  Pixel Piracy starts off by dropping you on an island with a tavern full of salty sailors, and a couple of miscellaneous shops.  From here, wonder and amazement begins!  You hire some local talent at the Tavern, build your ship, and then sail the high seas.

 

 

PixelPiracy-crewscreenBeyond looting and pillaging, Pixel Piracy adds some fun to the sim by forcing you to maintain food and morale for your crew.  Morale is raised by visiting your local tavern for wenches and beer — and also drinking rum on board your ship.  If a crewmate runs low on Morale, he will stop listening to your orders and possibly turn on his own men.  I have personally left a few crew members stranded on islands because I wasn’t watching their morale.  So we went to the tavern to celebrate their exile.

Ship building is a nifty feature that I have yet to fully explore.  You are able to build your ship block-by-block-by-cannon and also set down decorations & foodstores.  I haven’t found the design effecting functionality yet, but I imagine you can bulk your ship up to help against cannon fire.

 

Ship Building!

Ship Building!

Your crew can also be micromanaged.  As you sail and fight, you gain experience for each crewmate and they level up.  You are able to divvy stats up that they earn, and make them stronger/heartier/faster/luckier.

There are also equipment slots to teach them how to cook, clean, poop right, and fight better.  If there’s one thing that kills morale, it is actual poop on the poop deck.

Pixel Piracy prompts you to save between each area you sail, which allows you to pick up and play the game in small increments if needed.  (You can also disable the prompt for 10 minutes, but I haven’t found a way to save yet outside of the prompt)

I give Pixel Piracy a thumbs-up for the intuitive and fun gameplay it provides.  It is currently listed at $15 through Steam.  I feel that is a bit high, but I imagine it will be feature in quite a bit of sales.