Despite simply being better than ninjas, pirates have not gotten as much appreciation in video games. We've seen two incarnations of Sid Meier's Pirates!, the Monkey Island games, and the Akella pirate games (Pirates of the Caribbean, Sea Dogs, Age of Pirates) to name a few, but a full-fledged pirate roleplaying game with naval combat has never really come close to perfection.
Pirates of Black Cove attempts to change this by offering exactly that at a budget price, while adding real-time strategy in the mix. With Caribbean naval combat, land missions with light strategy, upgradable ships and characters, and barrels of laughs worth of pirate jokes throughout the game, the potential is certainly there. But does it live up to its potential?