[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Sid Meier’s Pirates!

December 26th, 2011 by Benj Edwards

MicroProse Sid Meier's Pirates! Advertisement - 1987Quite possibly the first ever print ad for Sid Meier’s Pirates!

[ From Family and Home Office Computing, November 1987, p.33 ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: What’s your favorite Sid Meier game of all time? Oh, and what did you get for Christmas?

12 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Sid Meier’s Pirates!”

  1. Matt Says:

    Sid Meier’s Pirates is my favorite Sid Meier game and one of my favorite games of all time. I got the original one for the Apple //e and then again for the Sega Genesis. If nothing else it taught me all of the Caribbean islands. I still play the updated version from time to time.

  2. Geoff V. Says:

    Sid Meier’s Colonization. It was such a great little game.

    This year I was given three POUNDS of loose leaf tea by my parents. They know I enjoy brewing tea, but did not know that 2-3 ounces of tea lasts me a month.

  3. Arlandi Says:

    the original Sid Meier’s Civ is my fav.
    must have wasted months of my life on this old gem.
    first played this in my 486 with 120 MB of harddisk and 2 MB of RAM, if i can remember correctly.

  4. Zoyous Says:

    I loved Pirates for the Apple ][e, although I wasn’t really great at playing it. Never did get one of the governor’s daughters to marry me. I always got the message “Hmmph…! What cheek!” I missed the recent update a few years back and would still like to check it out.

  5. JackSoar Says:

    “Pirates!” is my favorite as well, which I first played on the NES of all platforms.

    For Christmas, I got money towards a new laptop that I bought recently, as well as other assorted things, such as a “Lord of the Rings” PEZ set.

  6. DNA Says:

    Civilization III. I can imagine picking it up on and off for pretty much the rest of my life – assuming I’ve got an operating system that will run it.

  7. Thomas Says:

    Although not his best or “finest” game to date, I do consider Alpha centauri my favourite. At the time of release it took the best pieces of Civ and added the much improved diplomacy and politics parts that I had been asking for since Civ II. It’s not perfect (and I still wait for a sequel) but it’s the best Civ game out there. (Haven’t tried Civ V yet…)

    Not much for Christmas this year. A shirt, a book and some chocolate. I anticipated this and bought some games for myself – Fallout 3, Dragon age 1 and an old copy of CIV II for PC in near mint condition. 🙂

  8. L Says:

    I played Civ II on a beat up laptop when I was away in Peace Corps. I nabbed IV this year on sale from Steam, but it’s not the same.

  9. Donn Says:

    Pirates!, particularly the recent remake! I find it to be outstanding in gameplay and entertaining in its graphics.

    What did I get? Game-wise, just what I wanted: Raiders of the Lost Ark cart for 2600! It was a fave from my youth, and I can’t wait to play it again. Alas, my 2600 is at the summer cabin, so it will be a while.

  10. Dave Says:

    CIV. I first played on a 286 with 2 meg of memory a small hard drive. I have since played every re-issue including:
    Civ-Test of Time

    Each release brought someting new to the table, but I would say Civ-II was the best of the bunch.

  11. Old School Game Blog Says:

    A nice advertisement for a stunning game. Used to play Pirates! a lot on my Amiga 500 years ago. Later on I got the Pirates! Gold version for the Amiga CD32, which had better graphics and a cool integrated map.

    My favourite Sid Meier game is Civilization IV. It’s my all-time favourite strategy game (turn-based).

    I got some really cool gifts for Christmas this year, including Mario Kart for the Wii. 😉

  12. Sainth Says:

    Civ, the original for IBM PC compatibles in four 3.5″ disks. Played it on a 8086 with 640 k RAM and 30MB hard drive attached to a 12″ screen. The first time I played, with the Russians, I got two settlers. I later learned that was quite uncommon. When you reached the later ages the computer took about 5 or 10 minutes to play its turn. But you always had to play one more…

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