Pirates have always been a popular computer game theme, and this swashbuckling puzzle game will take you on another exciting adventure on the high seas. What makes it even more appealing is that it combines pirate adventure with a boatload of humor, which is sure to keep you in high spirits as you click.
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Release Date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Sandlot Games
Developer: Sandlot Games
About the Game
Your task is to help our hero, Redrum Bilgewater, navigate successfully through buccaneer-infested waters while collecting treasures in Pirate Island. He will have to face the Dread Captain Weevil, known as the Scourge of the Seven Seas, who has vowed revenge on the Twelve Islands unless and until someone returns his golden peg-leg. As Redrum Bilgewater, you will have to collect enough gold to satisfy Captain Weevil before he unleashes his skeleton army on the islands.
Pirate Island’s gameplay should be familiar to anyone who has ever played Bejeweled and other match 3 games. You are presented with a board containing various icons, and your task is to create matches of at least three of the same icons vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. The matching symbols will then be removed from the board, and the wooden planks behind them are destroyed. You move on to the next level once you’ve destroyed all of the wooden planks.
What makes Pirate Island unique is that you form matches not by swapping adjacent icons, but by clicking on them. Your game cursor transforms into the last icon you clicked, and when you click on another icon, that icon will transform into whatever icon your cursor is to help you form matches.
You can expect the levels to become more challenging as you move forward, of course, and the shape of the board becomes more complicated as well. There will be planks that need to be blasted more than once and chains that need to be broken so you can use certain positions for making matches.
The good news is that there are power-ups that appear on every level, and they can help you complete a level more quickly. You could get anything from a bomb that destroys a bunch of planks at once, to an hourglass that gives you more time to complete a level. The key to maximising these power-ups is to familiarise yourself with their function and use them wisely.
Between levels, you also get the opportunity to solve sliding picture puzzles or play memory challenge games. If you choose to play these mini games, you could earn additional points. If you don’t want to be distracted from the main game, you could always skip the mini games. Note, however, that the mini games offer you the advantage of possibly earning extra points by winning a game without time pressure.
If you’ve played the game’s predecessor, Treasure Island, then you would notice that it is almost identical. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth playing. With excellent visual presentation and absorbing gameplay, this game is sure to get you hooked. You may even find yourself dancing the skeleton dance at the end of each level!
Minimum System Requirements
Operating System: Windows ME/2000/XP/Vista
Processor: Pentium 3 - 800 Mhz or better
RAM: 128 MB / 512 MB Vista
DirectX Version: 8.1 or above / 9 or above Vista