Developed by Plarium, Pirates: Tides of Fortune, is an browser-based strategy game that focuses on a pirate theme. With their standard “base building” gameplay players construct fleets of pirate ships and go at it to try and raid their rivals and plunder all their gold. However, is it the players doing the plunder, or the developers? Let’s find out as we test how free to play the game really is!
No. The game can be played for free through web browser.
No (but...) – -10%. The game has a VIP system known as “Prestige” that players can pay premium currency to increase their VIP/Prestige status, and also pay to activate it, which will grant boosts based on their Prestige status level. Prestige is not a mandatory aspect of the game.
No. There are no DLC options.
Yes – -5%. Players can purchase items through the Smuggler’s Den using Rubies, which are premium currency purchased with cash that can also be earned with various features in the game.
Yes – -15%. Rubies can buy practically any advantage a player can think of or would need; boosts to production, insta-completion on constructions, improved combat units, missing resources, tech advancement, heals, shields and much more.
No. UI customization isn’t available to free or paying players.
Yes. There aren’t any races or classes in the game.
No. All account can trade freely.
No. There are no inventory/bank restrictions for premium accounts.
Yes. All areas in the game are free to access.
No. Players can battle each other and engage in many different events for free.
Yes – +10%. If your enjoyment is based on trying to build up a stronghold and battle occasionally with players then it can be fun. To be competitive it requires an incredible amount of time or lots of premium currency, with most players focusing on simply paying for their advantage. The number of advantages that can be purchased definitely lean the game more towards a pay to win title.