Sid Meier's Pirates!

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Sid Meier's Pirates!
Sid Meier's Pirates! cover
Developers
MicroProse
Release dates
PC booter May 8, 1987
Mac OS (Classic) 1988
DOS 1994
Windows (DOSBox) July 17, 2012
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) November 29, 2012[1]
Linux (DOSBox) 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
Pirates! Gold 1993
Sid Meier's Pirates! (2004) 2004

This page is for the original release. For the enhanced version, see Pirates! Gold. For the remake, see Sid Meier's Pirates! (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.
PC booter
DOS
Mac OS
GOG.com
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Bundled with Pirates! Gold. DOS version pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Bundled with Pirates! Gold. DOS version pre-packaged with DOSBox.[4]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Version differences[edit]

The initial DOS release (version 432.02) is a modified version of the PC booter release (this is the version sold on GOG.com and Steam).[5]
The later DOS release (version 432.03) has improvements such as a revised save menu with an Exit to DOS option.[5]
Pirates! Gold is a redesigned version featuring new graphics and sound and some gameplay changes.

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
PC booter A:\
B:\
DOS <path-to-game>\disks
Windows <path-to-game>\disks[Note 1]
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.
The PC booter release saves to a dedicated floppy disk; for DOSBox mount a blank floppy image and switch to it when prompted (see BOOT for details).[5]
This game does not store any settings.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

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

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Issues unresolved[edit]

"Insert Save Disk" prompt when retiring (DOS)[edit]

The DOS version sold on GOG.com and Steam (version 432.02) prompts for a Save Disk when choosing to register in the Pirate Hall of Fame and will not continue[6] (mounting a drive A: or B: in DOSBox does not fix this).[5]
Full error message: "Insert Save Disk into Drive A: then press ENTER" or "Insert Save Disk into Drive B: then press ENTER".
This issue does not apply to the revised DOS version (version 432.03) or the PC booter version.[5]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes CGA, Tandy, EGA
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 3.1
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM) 2 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 MB
Video card (GPU) CGA

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