Yo ho! Yo ho! A Pirateers life for me! A top-down action adventure game by Labu Games, Pirateers tasks all you rascals, scoundrels, villains and knaves out there with proving to the rest of the world that you're the alpha and omega of swashbuckling. You'll have to take on navies, rival pirate fleets, every merchant on the coast, and deadly mythological creatures, if your one non-patched eye ever hopes to see the Neptune's Eye, the biggest collection of doubloons ye could ever conceive. Ahoy!
Most of your time in Pirateers will be spent maneuvering and battling with your ship. Use [A] and [D] to rotate your ship's direction, [W] and [S] to increase or decrease your speed, or the respective [arrow key] to do the same. Your cannon balls are launched from both sides of your ship with [spacebar] or a click of the mouse. Destroyed enemy ships will drop loot, collected by steering your ship toward it, or mousing it over. Loot can be sold in marketplace, for gold that can be used to purchase special weapons (fired with [shift]) or ship upgrades. Various bounty missions can be accepted with the [Z], [X], [C], and [V] keys, or with a click of the mouse. Scattered amongst the loot though, will be maps... maps that might just show the location of hidden troves, or maybe, just maybe, a clue to the Neptune's Eye.
Pirateers has a lot going for it. With its expansive game world, cast of colorful characters, and large number of quests, it recalls a stripped down version of Sid Meier's Pirates. It has a good balance between the immediate goal of slowly improving your ship, and pacing the endgame goal of the search for the final treasure. There are a couple of barnacles on Pirateer's hull: the difficulty curve is a little too front-loaded, some of the mission-types start feeling grindy after a while, and the game's grammar/spelling, not great even at the beginning, degrades ever more as time goes on. Still, maneuvering on the high seas, smashing hulls with cannon-fire has an undeniable appeal. So, pillage, plunder, rifle, and loot away, me hearties!