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Vicarious Existence

To blog about what is going on in the MMO genre from a casual MMO player's viewpoint.

Author: UnSub

The Twelve Trials of UnSub: Puzzle Pirates

Posted by UnSub Thursday July 10 2008 at 5:38AM
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Back before pirates got cool thanks to a certain Mr Depp, Three Ring's Puzzle Pirates launched itself onto the MMO landscape. You control a pirate avatar who can perform tasks on a ship (and elsewhere) through participating in a certain types of mini-games and thus contribute to the overall benefit of the crew you are sailing with. Carpentry is a 'use certain fixed shapes to fill in holes', sailing is 'get the right coloured circles into the right coloured markers', bilging is 'line up the right coloured icons to score', and so on. There are a large number of mini-games within Puzzle Pirates, each different enough that I didn't see the same theme repeated.

The fun-nest part of Puzzle Pirates I could experience (since the Adventures component always seemed to hang to infinity) was going on a mission with a pirate crew - you'd sail around performing tasks on board in order to help the ship move efficiently, then run into a combat situation where one ship fights another ship. Sadly, I sucked very badly at the Tetris-esque sword fighting mini-game, but was on a few ships that won and got a share of sweet pirate loot.

The biggest barrier to me getting deeper into Puzzle Pirates - and the time seemed to fly by pretty quickly when I played, let me tell you - is that the part I enjoyed most was the part I also sucked at, i.e. the sword fighting and taking other ships. But that doesn't mean I'm going to abandon the game. Puzzle Pirates was enjoyable enough for me to put it on my back-up MMO list - whenever I need a break from my main MMO, or don't have a game to play, Puzzle Pirates seems like the perfect light entertainment to spend my time in. At some point I'd have to start paying for it, I know, but until that point, I'm happy to play on one of the Doubloon oceans for free... or for the occasional micro-payment.

If you want something light and fun, give Puzzle Pirates a shot.

Soara writes:

I agree! I told my fiance to pick a free MMO off of this site that we should both play together, and she picked Puzzle Pirates!

I was very very suprised at how entertaining it was!!
I wanted to come back for more and more Puzzle Pirates.

Of course, there was that barrier of having to pay for special tokens or whatnot, which was no fun, especially for a 2D Game...but hey, it's entertaining and I still hop on frequently!!

Thu Jul 10 2008 6:24AM Report
Soara writes:

I almost forgot...great article!! :)

Thu Jul 10 2008 6:24AM Report
DeeeSavage writes:

I believe on the doubloon oceans (servers) you can exchange poe (in-game currency) for doubloons. Thus making it possible to play without having to pay ever. However i havent played puzzle pirates for a bit so this may not be accurate.

Thu Jul 10 2008 6:44AM Report
DreamSpawn writes:

In my experience there's enough 'lazy' people out there willing to exchange real money for in-game 'short-cuts' that you can easily get to enjoy all aspects of the game without ever paying anything but in-game commitment. and it's fully supported by Three Rings so no reason to feel guilty or anything :)

Thu Jul 10 2008 8:34AM Report
CreepingDoom writes:

I agree, great article, I read your blog regularily and am always happy with the way you present your statements.

Good stuff as usual UnSub.

Thu Jul 10 2008 6:05PM Report
UnSub writes:

Thanks all - I think it is worthwhile to check out other MMOs that may have fallen off the radar, but still offer something different.

There are two different types of payment schemes in PP - Doubloon oceans and sub-fee oceans. You don't ever have to buy Doubloons (that I'm aware of) in those oceans, but you can't access certain jobs / games / items unless you do.

Fri Jul 11 2008 2:42AM Report writes:
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