Sid Meier's Pirates!

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Sid Meier's Pirates!
Sid Meier's Pirates! cover
Developers
MicroProse
Release dates
DOS May 8, 1987
Mac OS (Classic) 1988
Windows 1993
macOS (OS X) November 29, 2012[1]
Linux July 24, 2014[2]
Sid Meier's Pirates! guide at StrategyWiki
Sid Meier's Pirates! at Wikipedia
Sid Meier's Pirates!
Sid Meier's Pirates! 1987
Sid Meier's Pirates! (2004) 2004

For the remake, see Sid Meier's Pirates! (2004).

Key points

A manual supplement is required to pass the in-game DRM

General information

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

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Use DOSBox. Windows version will not work on 64-bit Windows.
DOS
Windows
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Pirates! and Pirates! Gold DOS versions pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Pirates! and Pirates! Gold DOS versions pre-packaged with DOSBox.[4]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Version differences[edit]

Pirates! Gold has greatly improved graphics and sound. Digital distribution releases includes both versions of the game.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Linux
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\PIRATESG.CD\PIRATES*.SAV
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings (GOG.com version)
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native 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 options Native 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

Issues unresolved[edit]

Pirates! Gold original Windows version on 64-bit Windows[edit]

The original Windows version of Pirates! Gold is a 16-bit Windows 3.x game so cannot be used on 64-bit versions of Windows without workarounds (e.g. virtualization). The easiest solution is to use the DOS version in DOSBox. Digital distribution releases are pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3][4]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes CGA, EGA, VGA, SVGA CGA and EGA are only supported for the original release. VGA and SVGA are only supported for the Gold release.
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 3.1 6.22
Processor (CPU) Intel 386 16 MHz (Pirates! Gold)
System memory (RAM) 2 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 MB
Video card (GPU) CGA (Pirates!)
VGA (Pirates! Gold)
EGA (Pirates!)
SVGA (Pirates! Gold)

References