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Release: Feb 2012
Reviewed on: PC

Pirates: Tides of Fortune

Site Score
Good: Large technology and unit trees – Decent soundtrack and voice acted
Bad: Limited animations – Long tutorial before the game opens up
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(91 votes)
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There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the browser MMORTS is saturated with games. From the medieval to western and futuristic there is a strategy adventure for all tastes and desires. An often untouched setting though is the pirate one and something that Pirates: Tides of Fortune looks to capitalise on.


From a gameplay perspective Pirates: Tides of Fortune offers an experience that is very in line with the other titles out there. Players will captain their very own band of pirates as they build up an island stronghold, improve their technology, attract unique and powerful pirates, adventure across the seas, plunder enemies and build a healthy stockpile of resources (through your island or raiding others).

Players start this pirate themed adventure on the Isla Fortuna, while it starts as a barren island haven this simply gives players the opportunity to shape it as they see fit with the available structures, although the game takes a while before giving complete control over to the player. Much of your early game experience in Pirates: Tides of Fortune is directed by Captain Anne O’Malley, an experienced and ruthless pirate who is also fully voice acted which helps inject some life into the game.

The headquarters that you create on your own haven forms the basis of gameplay as you would expect from a MMORTS. Not only is it your primary resource generator but it also grants players access to various mechanics once certain buildings have been erected on your island. Resource management is quite satisfying in Pirates: Tides of Fortune with not only three basic currencies to manage (lumber, rum and gold) but also three special resources of gears, idols and pearls which are earned in limited quantities for specific actions.


Idols for example are earned for attacking or defending and are an integral part of the technology system of the game, discoveries. While pearls are gained for levelling up and allow you to upgrade certain unit stats through the Witch Doctor. These two research orientated mechanics are what make Pirates: Rides of Fortune stand out against other games with both having a high number of options.

For those select gamers seeking out a fresh MMORTS strategy the pirate theme and in depth technology paths of Pirates: Tides of Fortune makes it one of the better picks around in the genre.


  • A pirate themed MMORTS for your browser
  • Experience a fully voice acted tutorial to bring the pirate lifestyle to life.
  • A huge amount of unit and technology customisation to alter your pirate settlement.
  • Manage the six game currencies carefully to become a dangerous pirate threat.
  • Scout, raid and blockade other players or join your own pirate alliance.

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Pirates: Tides of Fortune, 7.9 out of 10 based on 91 ratings
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