Pirates! Gold

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Pirates! Gold
Pirates! Gold cover
Developers
MicroProse
Release dates
DOS 1993
Windows 3.x February 19, 1994
Mac OS (Classic) 1994
Windows (DOSBox) July 17, 2012
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) November 29, 2012[1]
Linux (DOSBox) July 24, 2014[2]
Pirates! Gold guide at StrategyWiki
Pirates! Gold at Wikipedia

Warnings

The Windows 3.x version of this game does not work on 64-bit versions of Windows (see Availability for affected versions).
Sid Meier's Pirates!
Sid Meier's Pirates! 1987
Pirates! Gold 1993
Sid Meier's Pirates! (2004) 2004

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
DOS
Windows 3.x
Mac OS
Publisher website
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GOG.com
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Bundled with Sid Meier's Pirates! DOS version pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
Icon overlay.png
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Bundled with Sid Meier's Pirates! DOS version pre-packaged with DOSBox.[4]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\PIRATES*.SAV[Note 1]
<path-to-game>\pirates.hof
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.
Saves are named matching the slot (PIRATES0.SAV to PIRATES9.SAV).
pirates.hof contains Pirate Hall of Fame high scores.
This game does not store any settings.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Toggle with Alt+ Enter (when using DOSBox). The Windows 3.x version is windowed when the desktop resolution is higher than 640x480.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Most speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA, SVGA
Executable16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Windows 3.x version might be playable on a 64-bit OS using winevdm.
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Intel 386 16 MHz
System memory (RAM) 2 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA
Windows 3.x
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 3.1
Processor (CPU) 386
System memory (RAM) 4 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 colors

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS and/or PC booter game data. For the GOG.com release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).

References