MicaByte’s Pirates and Traders: Gold! is a text-based mobile version of the PC classic Sid Meier’s Pirates! (on the Sega Master System it was Pirates! Gold).
The premise of this game is simple: you play as a ship captain during the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean. You have the choice to attack and loot ships like a pirate or simply trade among ports held by the superpowers of the time: England, Spain, France, the Netherlands, and Portugal. The Danish are there as well.
The gameplay here is simple and really accommodates one handed/one finger mobile playing. You’ll click on port destinations to move about the map of the Caribbean and select option as you advance your seafaring career.
As for specifics: you start the game by in a fashion similar to older open-ended RPGs. You’ll select a class and ship to start with on the “New Game” screen. After that, you’ll select several options that give your pirate’s back and contribute in the building of your character’s stats.
From there, you simply sail around trading from port to port. If you feel like attacking other ships, you can do that. It’s best to have a letter of marque when doing so and attacking ships that an allied country is battling. You will get naval promotions from the country you’re for and a hostile reputation from countries you attack.
There are some side adventures that pop up every now and then, you can take on jobs from the market which are mostly trade missions that net decent money, but the best way to make money is through piracy or regular trading when a port is low on resources.
While there is a free version, the Gold! version allows gives you a few minor bonuses. Since it’s a pay game—currently $2 and change—you’ll get an ad free version, five more start ships, and two additional classes: escaped slave and buccaneer. I recommend either version, you can get a great experience from the free version, but if you want a complete experience you’ll want Gold!
I recommend picking up either version of the game—especially if you’ve played Pirates: Gold! in the past. The game is fairly simple and it’s not the most graphical game, but you’ll get a hours of gameplay as you try to amass a lot of gold, outfit the best ship for taking on galleons, hunt the Spanish Treasure Fleet, and try to become the greatest pirate ever while avoiding rivals and pirate hunters.
There could be a little more to do in the game to make you more involved with ongoing conflicts since things will get repetitious after awhile and the music is gets annoying quickly, but the game is true to its inspiration. RATING: 3.5/5