Pirates! Gold under Virtual PC

Pirates! Gold under Virtual PC

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How many times can you release the same game?  In the case of Pirates! it turns out the answer is three.  The original Pirates! was released in 1987.  Pirates! Gold, released in 1993, was the first version to be available on the PC.  This game has recently been released as Sid Meier's Pirates! for both windows and the Xbox.  In all three versions of the game the game play and concepts are fairly similar.  You take on the role of a privateer for one of four sovereign nations in the time of piracy.  You're responsible for managing your ship and crew as you sail around the Caribbean, picking fights and doing whatever you feel like:

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The game is relatively open ended, and you're free to choose what you want to do.  Most activity takes form and mini games, like fencing or ship to ship battle.  This is a very fun game though, and it is easy to spend a couple of hours playing it.  Furthermore, it is a game that once you have completed it, it is still fun to go back and play it again.  This version of Pirates! is best run in Virtual PC as a requires the video display to be configured for 256 colors (and not higher).  I found a very playable, but had to use Turbo (http://wiw.org/~jess/turbo.html) to slow Windows down in order to make some of the mini games playable.


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  • >The original Pirates! was released

    >in 1987.  Pirates! Gold, released

    >in 1993, was the first version to

    >be available on the PC.

    A brilliant game, and possibly Sid Meier's masterpiece.

    The first PC version wasn't Pirates! Gold, but was a port of the original 1987 Commodore 64 version; it had CGA graphics and PC-speaker sound effects. It came on 5-1/4" and 3-1/2" floppy disks, and you didn't need any existing operating system or hard drive to run it; the system booted right into the game.

    I'm not sure if any of those booting games run on Virtual PC, but Pirates! is at least worth a try.

  • I haven't tried the PC Booter version of Pirates in VPC since DosBox runs it well. It would probably have speed issues if run in VPC anyway.

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