Argh maties, it’s time to plunder to another blasted review…. well, pirate talk aside or maybe not so much, this week we are reviewing an interesting spin-off to a series that brought Ubisoft to good harbour a couple years ago as its Montreal division brought us one of the best gaming franchises of the decade that is Assassin’s Creed. Sailing the seven seas isn’t a new concept in the series as it was introduced in its third instalment but it had such a great feedback that its creators continue exploring the concept in new and different ways such as this instalment for mobile devices. Assassin’s Creed Pirates has a great legacy to carry on, will it do it successfully or does it deserve to walk the plank? Continue on reading to find out.
The seven seas are ruled of great legends of both glorious captains but also of infamous pirates, and quite frankly, the latter ones can be quite more interesting because with every pirate there are always tales of great treasures that are hidden in a safe haven and it’s up to a fearless explorer to find them out. In the case of AC: Pirates, we are introduced to the story of the legendary pirate Oliver Levasseur, also known as La Buse – The Buzzard. His treasure obtained by pillage was known everywhere and coveted by everyone. In order to protect his fortune and right before his trail that lead to his death, La Buse created a tough to crack enigma in order to locate it. Fast forwarding to the present, Astergo has reacently found a link lineage between their forever going test subject and La Buse’s companion: Alonzo Batilla, the character that you’ll play with in this game and it will be up to you to find La Buse’s enormous treasure.
It may be seen as that Ubisoft has brought a over-the-top plot to a platform that doesn’t demand such requirements to create a proper game, but the fact is AC: Pirates story is a linking point to a simplified structured game that is engaging by all means. I’m a firm believer that less is more and I think that Ubisoft understood that while developing this instalment.As mentioned before, you take the roll of Alonso Batilla, a feisty but pirate wannabe that was lucky enough to be salvage by La Buse himself and gave Alonso the opportunity to create his legacy. If pirates used the concept of “protégé”, Alonso would be La Buse’s even though not being quite up for it. Nonetheless, La Buse gives Alonso and his sidekick Jumbo, a former slave, his first ship (a fairly small one but it’s a start) in order to become a proper pirate by owning the seven seas.
And it is in that boat (and in its several upgrades) where resides the heart of the game. This adventure packed title is none other than a set of missions of treasure hunting, elimination, salvage and also (but quite oddly) courier all of which you can decide the order that you will tackle them or which ones will get your top priority as not all of them are mandatory to complete in order to progress the game. The controls are quite simple as most interactions are based in tapping a button with the action you want to execute, while to steer the ship you are able to swipe from the centre of the screen to starboard (right) or port (left). In a more convenient way, you are able to open the game map and draw a trail to your desired location or mission.
The highlight of AC: Pirates has to be the elimination/assassination missions as it is a glorified and amazingly done 1 on 1 battleship session in which you have to use a set of weapons at your disposition (the more will come as you upgrade your ship) while also having to deflect, dodge or even create a barrier to enemy attacks. A simple concept, or so it seems, but it can brings hours of fun and also, to be something to noticed, the best rewarded missions.
Be prepared for a long game as AC: Pirates comes with 10 locations/chapters with probably 10 to 15 missions each of various types so you want be bored by playing the same content. Unfortunately, there’s no online multiplayer mode, a feature that would be quite interesting to see as I believe specially considering the battleship part of the game.
Battery and Performance
AC: Pirates behaves rather well considering the vast amount of resources as it doesn’t suffer from performance lags or the infamous frame rate drop. As far as battery goes, the consumption is typical for a high-end resource game and it may cause a slight “drop” but you are able to enjoy the game for a couple of hours before you need to charge again.
Graphics and Sound
Ubisoft does not fail when it comes to AC: Pirates graphics and soundtrack as we witness HD cinematics and high quality and detailed game graphics from the overwhelming sceneries to the set of cannons in our beautiful ship but straight out of a comic book interaction can be somewhat disappointing. Meanwhile the soundtrack is a feature to highlight because is fairly rich and provides an extra appeal to the experience and you listen to the elimination/battleship intense tracks to the cheerful and quite comedic sea shanties while selecting a mission or exploring the seas.
Ads and In-App Purchases
As most freemium games go, in order to obtain to the best weaponry or even to obtain the best galleon available or even to build the best crew, you need to have a lot of resources (between books, wood and supplies). Even though in AC: Pirates there isn’t the concept of a premium currency (what can be better than gold, right?) in order to more even more doubloons, you’re able to use your Google credit in order to obtain it.
Video of the Game
AC: Pirates is a title that will leave the fans of the franchise entertained in their mobile devices even though it doesn’t necessary uses the same elements of the main series (and doesn’t need to) as also to newcomers to the franchise that still aren’t that familiar with the concept. The beautiful scenarios and overall graphics to the outstanding soundtrack as well as the simple but quite engaging game mechanics are strong points that will attract gamers that always wanted to try to be a pirate for a day. Overall, a fairly good experience that Ubisoft has offered us and I urge you to try it, at least once. Go on and conquer the seas!
Note: this game was tested/reviewed using a LG G3 device