Why Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War Is Still So Great to Play 7 Years Later

Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War's 7th anniversary celebration is the perfect time to experience this legendary game.

7th Anniversary Key Art Pirates of the Caribbean
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This article is presented by Joycity.

A pirate’s life ain’t easy. 

It’s full of fierce naval battles on the open sea with rival fleets, encounters with fearsome sea monsters, endless plundering and conquest, and so much more. The nice thing about Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War is that it allows you to live out your life as a pirate from the comfort of your couch, or bed, or commuter train…pretty much wherever you like!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War is one of the most beloved free-to-play games on the market, and it’s got the longevity to prove it. The game is currently celebrating its 7th Anniversary with exciting updates that bring a host of new features and content, so there’s no better time than now to join the game’s spirited community of Pirates of the Caribbean fans and enthusiasts.

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What gives the game such staying power is its engaging gameplay. There’s always something new to do. Players build a fleet of ships, each captained by a Tactician who adds buffs, stats, abilities, and talismans to their vessel. Many tacticians are fan-favorite characters from the films, like Elizabeth Swann, Will Turner, Davy Jones, and of course, the swaggiest swashbuckler of all, Captain Jack Sparrow. If you’re a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, recruiting characters from the movies as tacticians is obviously a dream.

Each of your ships can be upgraded and customized as well, and once you’ve amassed a sizable number of ships, all of the individual customization options allow you to build out a fleet that’s truly your own. From boosting stats in multiple categories, to changing the look of your fleet with color-coordinated pirate flags, to hiring and training crew, it’s easy to get lost in tweaking your fleet to express your personal style.

The best part about building out your fleet is sending them out to the high seas to engage in strategic naval warfare, pillaging and plundering islands and rival fleets, and taking on the pesky East India Trading Company as well as a host of formidable aquatic foes like giant lobsters, banshees, and ancient octopi. The spoils of war are treasures and resources that you can use to upgrade and repair your fleet and build out your fortress to become self-sufficient and withstand attacks from invading enemies.

If you’re a fan of city-building games, Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War thoroughly satisfies with its fortress progression system that allows you to level up a variety of facilities that help support your fleet and protect your assets. For beginners, series mainstay Joshamee Gibbs guides players through the fundamentals of the game by setting goals and offering handy tips.

Speaking of familiar elements from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, the game is filled to the brim with references to the films. As previously mentioned, many fan-favorite characters from the films appear as tacticians, but what’s just as cool is that their ships are available to recruit as well, from the Black Pearl, to the Flying Dutchman, to the Silent Mary.

The most immersive nostalgia trip of all, however, is Shansa’s cave, where players can relive some of the most iconic moments and battles from the movies, like the epic clash at Port Royal, and Jack Sparrow’s standoff with Captain Barbossa at Isla de Muerta. 

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There’s no shortage of connections to the films in the game itself, but perhaps the best reason for Pirates of the Caribbean fans to play is to connect with fellow die-hards via the game’s alliance system. Joining an alliance allows players to support each other with buildings, research, and trading, work toward group goals, and tackle PvE missions. The more alliance members chip in, the higher their Alliance Power and Alliance Silver rise.

It’s a lot of fun to partake in a shared in-game experience, but the real beauty of Tides of War is that you can message your fellow alliance members and geek out about all things Pirates of the Caribbean. The game has a thriving community of thousands of players who share the same love of the films and lore, and seven years into the game’s lifespan, the player base looks to only grow bigger. 

Best of all, for Tides of War’s 7th Anniversary this summer, Joycity is offering a litany of exciting new features and events for players to enjoy. Three new Tacticians will be made available to players, each equipped with unique buffs to help you and your alliance on your way to victory on the high seas. Also included in the update is a powerful new ship for players to add to their fleet: the formidable Triton’s Fury! On top of that, brand-new Monsters, Fortresses, and deep-water denizens will be introduced as well.

But the 7th Anniversary festivities don’t stop there: the highly anticipated Battle Pass, known as the Caribbean Pass in-game, will offer participating pirate Captains a chance to unlock the stunning Rose Garden Territory Skin. There are also a series of events coming up that players won’t want to miss, like an all-inclusive Attendance Event, a 7th Anniversary Collection Event, and several social events on the game’s official Facebook page.

There’s no doubt that Pirates of the Caribbean has one of the most enthusiastic fan bases out there, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War is the perfect place for fans to connect. There’s simply no better way to immerse yourself in the world and lore of the Disney movies than to take up the pirate life yourself and head out on the open ocean with your best mates.

You can download Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War now on the iOS App Store, Google Play Store, and the brand-new PC version available on the official website.

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