Shiver Me Pixels: The 10 Best Pirate Games Ever Made

So, it’s all but confirmed that the next Assassin’s Creed will be pirate themed, which should have you pretty excited. Why? Well for one, pirates are rad, and two, pirate themed games are almost always good. I’m not sure why, but the rum-soaked scallywags just seem to translate well to video games.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag won’t be arriving until later this year at the earliest, so to hold you over here are the 10 best pirate themed games made to date…

10) Goof Troop

What? Goof Troop? Yup, for whatever reason this game based on the Disney cartoon series went with a pirate theme. Like most Capcom-produced Disney games from the 90s, Goof Troop is way better than it needs to be.

Fun fact, this was the first game designed by Shinji Mikami, the guy who would go onto create Resident Evil, Dino Crisis and tons of other good stuff. The game actually has a vaguely Resident Evil-ish feel at times — the game is full of puzzles, the items you use to fight enemies are very limited and Goofy spends most of his time crashing through windows to attack STARS agents. Okay, maybe not that last one.

9) Tropico 2: Pirate Cove

The Tropico games are management sims in which you rule a small tropical island with an iron fist. Think SimCity or Civilization except smaller scale and lot less high-minded.

The second Tropico game diverged somewhat from the rest of the series — instead of playing a tin-pot dictator, you take on the role of pirate king. This game is a rather different take on the whole pirate thing — rather than focusing on swashbuckling adventure, the game is basically about playing den mother to all the pirates and “captives” (let’s be honest, they’re slaves) living on your island. All in all, a unique and easy to get into little strategy/sim title.