Review Pirate Power
Cool combat, boring city builder mechanics
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 12 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Good graphics, fun combat system
Pirate Power for Android takes you through an epic pirate RPG adventure that’s filled with boats, cannons, heroes, powers, massive baddies and tons of places to explore. You’ll build up a home base, trade in ports and build up a fleet of pirate ships so that you can be the king (or queen) of the seas.
I’ll get my first gripe out of the way now, I can’t stand when a game can’t seem to ever want to let go of your hand. The first 15 to 20 minutes of this game was literally me tapping my screen to skip through the huge amounts of dialogue so I could get to a screen that is completely grayed out save for the button with a giant hand pointed to it. Tutorials like these aren’t intuitive because you’re NEVER letting the player think for their self, they simply go into autopilot mode or just put the game down and never come back. Let’s face it, there are literally thousands of games just like this and they aren’t exactly complicated to begin with.
Combat is honestly the only aspect of this game that I found interesting. The story is nothing but filler dialogue and there are so many characters that are all so insignificant and forgettable that the entire drawn out lines of dialogue are begging me to ask why they are there in the first place.
You’ll go through your typical build a base procedures: construct buildings, collect the resources they make and then take those resources to build more stuff. The kick here is that you can also build up ships that can be used in combat and they’re pretty customizable. Combat is interesting because you have different powers and tell your ship where to shoot other ships. Ships have various parts to them so you have the freedom to be a little bit strategic in this aspect.
If I’m honest, Pirate Power isn’t the worst game I’ve ever played, but some of its bad mobile game tendencies are just egregious. At its worst, the game is just annoying in some parts.