Assassin’s Creed is now a very well known gaming franchise that we have come to enjoy and love on consoles and PC, but Assassin’s Creed: Pirates continues the series on Android and iOS devices.
What You Need to Know
Assassin’s Creed: Pirates is a spin-off game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise released exclusively for smartphones and tablets while focussing mainly on naval combat. Set in the 18th Century and in the same timeframe as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, the game follows the pirate Alonzo Batilla who is searching for the treasure of the French pirate La Buse.
Assassin’s Creed: Pirates uses the touch-screen controls very well – instead of controlling the ship with your character, you control the ship in a more direct way. When you enter into naval combat, however, the ship goes into a sort of auto-pilot and all you have to do is make sure you hit your targets and dodge the cannon fire of the enemy ship – it’s all about timing.
What’s the Same?
Just like the other Assassin’s Creed games, you’ll follow the story of a single character, as well as the characters you meet along the way. Many times they refer to the events of Black Flag in an indirect way and as you’ll know, Assassin’s Creed games are linked to each other…
You’ll Enjoy Assassin’s Creed: Pirates If You Liked…
… the Navel combat missions in Assassin’s Creed 3 and Black Flag.
What I Liked
- 3.) The way the developers optimized the game for touch-screen devices. The game plays just like you would on a console or PC.
- 2.) The visual effects for a mobile game like this are just stunning. The flow of the ocean and all of the small details added to the ships are great.
- 1.) I enjoyed the references to Black flag, but they sadly didn’t make full sense to me as I haven’t played it yet.
The moment I took on two ships at the same time and got a perfect dodge rating, taking both down with just one shot – a great sense of achievement.
What I Didn’t Like
- 3.) I would have liked to control the main character, but being a naval combat game this wasn’t really expected.
- 2.) The naval combat does get a little bit repetitive as each ship takes turns shooting at the other. Sadly you can’t board enemy ships like in Black Flag.
- 1.) The game doesn’t have a discrete save option, so when I thought it had saved and I exited, I discovered it hadn’t saved and I had to redo some parts.
Least Favourite Thing
I dislike timed missions – it’s something that feels pointless to me. In Assassin’s Creed: Pirates you have to chase down La Buse, but within a set time.
Completing missions will earn you resources, gold and experience to level up, so you can hire crew, upgrade your ship or even buy a whole new and larger ship.
The Bottom Line
Assassin’s Creed: Pirates is a really big step forward for mobile games and while it doesn’t play like its siblings on the consoles, it does enough to be an enjoyable game on the go. If you need more Assassin’s Creed in your life, then give this game a try.
Assassin’s Creed: Pirates was reviewed on an Android device