is a strange beast. It is a family-friendly, free-to-play
, colorful MMO with silly characters, simple design, and quirky environments. Adventuring in Pirate101
sometimes demands that you investigate the secrets of a city that literally sits on top of a flying whale or that you and your friends (a fencing crab, perhaps, or a sharpshooting fox) leap onto a flaming, flying pirate ship in order to punch sharks in the face and steal their treasure.
Hidden underneath the silliness, however, is a relatively deep turn-based strategy game designed to engage younger gamers while ensuring their adult counterparts have a good time. KingsIsle Entertainment
isn't in the business of making kids games; instead, the studio strives to create titles that kids and parents can play together. The success of Pirate101
in its first year demonstrates that KingsIsle might just be on to something.
Let's take a little peek back on the last 12 months of Pirate101
to examine its major milestones.