Climb aboard this swashbucklin' sea farin' saga for some pirate popping fun! Aim your cannonballs to clear away menacing chains while skillfully unlocking priceless pearls, jewels and trinkets that rain down from above.
Pros: smooth gameplay (adventure mode), multiple difficulty levels, different game modesCons: very challenging near end of game, puzzle mode semi-glitchyIf you enjoyed the challenge of more difficult marble poppers like Luxor 2 or Sparkle, Pirate Poppers might just hook you. The marble popping play is the same as in the aforementioned games and the powerups are pretty typical of MPs as well (although the bomb powerup is really effective here). The charm of Pirate Poppers lies mostly in its challenge level and seeing how many treasures you can collect to fill your treasure cave while you sail the seas playing the boards. You can also post your high scores globally to see how you match up to other players.The graphics are pretty good for the time that the game was released and there are no lags in the play action. There's really not a storyline in the game, just a short intro screen at the beginning that explains why you're going to be a pirate. To play the regular game of 77 levels, you can choose between either adventure (unlimited lives, normal speed of marble movement) or arcade (start with 5 lives and earn more for points scored, faster marble speed). Even though having unlimited lives sounds like a cakewalk, rest assured it isn't, as the tracks get very convoluted and you'll see quite a few double track levels once you get past the first half of the game. I enjoy playing adventure to keep my MP skills sharp and once you learn the quirks of the harder levels, they *are* doable. As for arcade mode, the best I've done is come within 2 levels of finishing the game...ouch.If you want to take a break from frenetically popping marbles, there's a puzzle mode in which you clear the board of stationary marble chains using limited moves. Unfortunately this mode isn't done quite as well as the regular game and I noticed that several boards required a very, very precise shot placement in order to position a marble correctly. After missing the same shot as many as 30 times on some boards while
Avast ye mad dogs and scaliwags! Climb aboard this swashbucklin' sea farin' saga through 77 levels of pirate popping fun! Aim your cannonballs to clear away menacing chains while skillfully collecting valuable coins, trinkets and jewels to fill your Treasure Trove. Begin your journey as a lowly Landlubber and fearlessly plunder your way up the ranks to Scurvy Dog, Powder Monkey and beyond. Do you have what it takes to become a Living Legend? 2b1af7f3a8