Terror on the High Seas
||(Win95/98/Me/XP) (Jewel Case/ with manual) (CUTTHRPO)
B+ from Just Adventure
Hint, Shot And A Smoking
Wealth is the name of the game
and if you haven't got it ... steal it.
Raid, pillage and plunder your way to infamy on the
bounty-laden seas of the 17th century Caribbean. Strike terror into the hearts
of your victims, capture ships and ravage towns.
Work your way up from a small trading vessel to a galleon
bristling with cannons, but remember to keep your crew plied with rum and
treasure or face a mutiny!
Will you survive to retire a Pirate King, or end your days
by dancing death's jig on Gallows Rock?
- Sophisticated real-time strategy requiring all the
cunning and aggression you can muster
- Experience the freedom of over 6 million square miles of
- Explore and loot over 70 different ports
- A thousand different ships sailing around a million miles
- Over 300 settlement Governors with different
personalities and political motives
- Realistic sea and land battles featuring complex
amphibious assaults and fortress bombardment
Windows 95/98/ME/XP: 166 Mhz Pentium processor (233
Mhz recommended), 32Mb RAM, 8x CD-ROM drive (24x recommended), 2Mb SVGA video
card, Sound Blaster 16 or compatible, DirectX 6.0 (included on CD).
Tested OK on Windows XP.
by Gary Nalven
"Ah, the open air, the pitching waves, the blasting cannons
... a pirate's life for me! Who wouldn't want to cruise around the seas,
raiding ports, harassing ships, and being a general nuisance to those wimpy
landlubbers? Strangely, though, the gaming world is a bit lacking in pirate
games. Yes, there was Sid Meier's classic Pirates,
along with a handful of other high-seas games ranging from fun to plank-worthy.
However, for every one of those, there's about a bazillion games featuring
rival factions who want to take over the post-apocalyptic world. Me, I'll
choose pirating any day. And Hothouse's Cutthroats is certainly not a bad
"...The sea battles are
extremely fun, and with lots of ships around they can grow very hectic. I do
wish there was a better way to control all your ships, either with better AI
control or some kind of split-screen. Interface aside, these fights are
tactically challenging and rewarding. You can choose to relentlessly sink the
enemy ships or send your marines over to take over the ship and press its crew.
Taking advantages of a boat's strengths and weaknesses is important; those huge
galleons might outrun you downwind, but they'll never beat a quick little sloop
in an upwind turning contest..."
"A word must be said on performance. My copy would not run
until I downloaded the
patch and DirectX 7, and tweaked my graphics acceleration settings (quite
annoying since I have to change them every time I switch games)..."
"Despite some problems, this is an excellent pirate game.
While not everything is great, it all comes together to form an extremely fun
and involving adventure on the high seas. Even though there's not much
competition, Cutthroats simulates pirating as well or better than anything
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