Review: Playmobil Pirates

Playmobil Pirates brings to life a toy I used to play with as a kid, but in video game form. And it’s not that bad of a game for kids.

ESRB: E for Everyone
Genre: Kids/Family
Number of Players: 1-2
Publisher: Dreamcatcher
Release Date: December 21, 2009


Playmobil Pirates takes you into the story of a pirate named One-Eye to fight and save a mermaid who was captured by corrupted soldiers who have taken over the Caribbean in order to find the famed treasure of Blackbeard. Captain One-Eye begins as a down on his luck pirate who begins to search for the pieces of Blackbeard’s map. He also works on building up a large ship to take on the soldiers, rescue the mermaid and find Blackbeard’s treasure himself. Along the way you also play some mini-games to help save shipwrecked pirates, go fishing and even some gambling games with a friendly skeleton in order to gain some more gold.

The game itself is pretty straightforward. You venture from island to island helping out fellow pirates and people of the Caribbean who need your help. The stages where you have to fight the soldiers is also pretty easy, and the controls are quick to pick up. One button serves as an attack button so you just have to keep hitting it until the enemies are downed. The sailing controls for when you’re on the ship are also pretty easy, and once you’ve upgraded to a larger ship with cannons, you use the same attack button to fire off the cannonballs at attacking ships or sea monsters. The graphics are done well, and it really does look like animated Playmobil toys.

Personally I enjoyed the mini-games. There’s one I especially liked which was like table hockey, except with lifesavers and a cannonball. But there are many others, including a card game like Blackjack and a dice game. These games can be played to earn more gold in order to save up for ship upgrades or repairs. You can also play these games with a friend who also has a DS and have some fun versus matches.

It was pretty easy to beat the game. And I think that younger kids will have a better time with this game than I. However the ability to play the mini games with another person is great and can mean fun for the whole family. I do recommend renting the game as even though it was fun and has potential as a great game for kids, it didn’t fully blow me away.

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