Trafalgar Origins

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Trafalgar Origins is a top-down naval combat game commissioned by Channel 4 and created to promote their upcoming television show. It plays similarly to Sid Meier's Pirates, is mission-based, and is an entertaining and educational peek at the age of sail, and one that will take you many hours to beat with quite a bit of replay potential.

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CyberKing May 12, 2010 1:28 PM

this game is awsome, I've been playing it all week on kongregate, could use a better game save system or some kong badges

Anonymous May 12, 2010 2:29 PM

I was cool with this game until virtually every mission in Arcade says "Do a thing! Avoid the Other Thing!"

And then they set up the wind to make it completely impossible to avoid death and reach objectives. Nice. Why am I playing this again?

Seems like a waste of well-put-together game, to set up the missions so badly like that. "Just sail directly into that hurricane, son! That's all you have to do!" Riiiiiight.

If you're going to make it a "challenge" by putting mines right where the wind & currents want you to go, it should at least be POSSIBLE to navigate to the given checkpoint without sailing into the mines. Is it? No, it seems it is not.


The mission defending three ships in the middle from six attacking ships is pretty ridiculous. Any tips?


Great game. Even more fun as a 2 person game where one person controls the firing and the other person controls the ships movement.


Anyone else unable to start a mission? I just get the pocketwatch spinning forever.

what the heck May 13, 2010 10:16 AM

Unable to play the game, problems seem to be with the game not registering keyboard presses - couldn't type a name in, had to copy & paste, and then WASD keys didn't work.

It also seems to not work on Firefox, although it still has the aforementioned problems on Safari.

My software: Mac OS X 10.5.8, Firefox 3.5.9, Safari 4.0.3

Anyone else having similar problems?


Yeah, the mission to defend three anchored ships against six attackers is ridiculous. This kind of logarithmic jump in difficulty turns me off to the game. Especially when your speed choices are between "breakneck" and "anchored".

The only thing I can figure on that mission is to just dump all the mines you can while slowly circling the friendly ships.


@xadrian & Goober

It takes a bit of trial and error, but loose your ready round shot off your right side as soon as you start. Switch to grape shot. You can generally manage a quick kill by ramming into an enemy ship, which deals damage, then loosing a full broadside of grapeshot into an opponent. You'll also grab the capture bonus in this. Knock one ship out quickly like this. Use the wind to move around and gather ramming speed, and don't be afraid to defend your ships by getting between them and the cannonballs.

It takes practice, and quite a few tries. The speed thing, I found, wasn't that big a deal. It simplified movement so I could focus on things like turning, the wind, cannons, cannonballs and so on.

V2Blast May 15, 2010 12:35 AM

I haven't actually started yet, but... Has anyone else been able to use Facebook Connect with the game? The popup to authorize it didn't even show up until I opened the game on the original site (, and even then, after I clicked "Authorize", the window closed, but the app didn't seem to recognize it.

drakono May 18, 2010 4:08 PM

The arcade mission entitled "Man Down!" crashes my browser on the loading screen, while running away with any memory it can get its hands on. Without fail.


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