- Release Date: 2012
- Publisher: Kixeye
- Developer: Kixeye
- Genre: Strategy
Battle Pirates is a naval wargame which allows players to take control of fleets and build their own military base in order to engage in the battles against other Facebook players. The game is developed by Kixeye, best known as the publisher of social games like Backyard Monsters, and War Commander.
What caught me at the first in the game is the opening cinematic which tells a short story of the game.
Like pirate-themed game Skylancer, Battle Pirates is all about efficiently manufacturing and using the primary resources: oil, metal, energy. As most other strategy games make you manage even more types of resources, this means it will be less likely to end in a situation where you are not able to proceed because you run out of just one thing. Additionally, the game does have the energy-based playtime restriction, this means you can keep you fleets busy by plundering weaker NPCs or players for resources as long as you wish. So, resource shortage rarely happens in this game, which makes it a fast-paced game. The interface is intuitive and easy to remember. And likewise, deploying and upgrading buildings is also simple.
One of the very unique and intriguing aspects to Battle Pirates, is the task of designing your own ships. Because the initial amount of related information presented to players is too overwhelming to remember for newbies. So the learning curve is a bit steep. Basically, you need to research hulls, armors, weapons and boost parts. There are dozens of options in each category, with each option being progressively more capable and effective than the last. Then you need to fit the customizable slots on a hull with those weapons, armors and boosters. As I said before, there are lots of factors to consider when designing your own ships. For example, a heavily-armed cruiser without booster engine does not always gain the upper hand in the battleground. Its awkward mobility and turning speed makes it little more than an irritant to a smaller, a bit less equipped, but much faster frigate. Besides, the effects, weight, range of weapons also vary greatly.
The combat in Battle Pirates is proved addicting and fun. It comes with the real-time point-and-click feature. And there are considerably huge amount of strategies involved in manual control. Although overwhelming your target with quantity and technology advantage is a safe way, a seasoned RTS player knows how to take over a band of stronger pirates without taking damage by careful calculation and perfect control.
Battle Pirates is a fierce game of competition. You will be suffering from being bullied by powerful players. In other wargames, you will be forced to quit the game when a powerful player knocks you back to zero with ease, because destroyed armies cannot be revived. But this cannot happen in Battle Pirates. Buildings can be repaired without any down-grade penalty; ships never truly get sunk and can always be repaired. Your base will be protected with shield of immunity after being plundered, which gives plenty of time for repair and resource re-accumulation before your enemy launches the second wave of attack. Best of all, players can only attack the base whose level is 5 levels below them, so stronger players cannot bully the weaker.
A lot of Facebook games turn to be no more than pleasant distractions that can be easily played for only five or 10 minutes, then being ignored because of energy depletion and you will have to wait until the next day. Battle Pirates is a different sort of game entirely. It is time-demanding but it’s also engrossing. If you’re in the market searching for a Facebook experience with deep strategy, Battle Pirates is going to be satisfying and rewarding. If you’re just someone who likes Facebook games to offer a bit of relaxation among work breaks or distraction during TV commercials, this is probably not an appropriate game for you.
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