2K games have just released a Sid Meier classic, re-imagined for the Wii. Pirates is rated PG and great fun for the kids.
There is quite a bit of onscreen reading in the navigation of the game so not something that your younger children could play on their own.
Recommended for ages 10+, which I have just gone and discovered now, due to Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Mild Violence and Suggestive Themes.
My young Miss 6 had a ball playing but needed me there to help with the instructions. A quest based game that has you searching the seas for your lost family, pirate treasure and various other things that you will come to hear about through information gathered in local taverns.
Lots of aspects of the game are customisable. You can choose all the characteristics of your pirate and totally customise your ship. As you pillage and plunder the seas you can add captured ships to your fleet and customise them also.
There are 5 levels of game play, so you can start as an Apprentice while you get your sea legs and familiarise yourself with the style of play and controls. There are tips and hints that appear on your screen throughout to help you plot your courses.
There is an option for a two player game, though we haven’t tried that out only having one Wii Remote. Depending on where in the game you are player 2 comes in as the parrot to help in swordfights and other minor roles in other sections of the game.
Throughout your quests there are 5 mini games. Dancing, Sword Fighting and Ship Combat and 2 Wii exclusive mini-games in Bombardment and Lock Picking.
Quite a fun game that has so many options. It doesn’t go in levels the way traditional games I am used to do, you can sail through in your own direction as long as you realise that the crew will try to tell you how to run your fleet if you don’t seem to have a course.
If you sail aimlessly and run out of food they get a little cranky and will mutiny. Lots of onscreen help for the amateur gamer and a game you could quite easily get lost in for hours at a time.