Pirate-themed games seem to be making a big comeback these days with major (and not so major) titles releasing across all platforms. More noteworthy mentions include Sea Of Thieves and the upcoming Skull and Bones, but there are some great titles for virtual reality as well – some that might even get a sea shanty or two to pass your lips. And while I’m still partial to calling the zany adventures of Guybrush Threepwood in the Monkey Island series the best pirate adventure games ever, there’s no denying that the chance to actually feel like you’re in a pirate’s peg leg through the wonders of VR does sound pretty good too.
The latest swashbuckling title to release for VR is the debut title from Cranio Digital called A Tale of Pirates: A Dummy Mutiny. Released for HTC Vive and Windows MR on Steam, the game takes a strange twist to the usual pirate-themed experience you’d expect. The game gives you a high-tech eyepatch, puts two flintlock pistols in your hands and has you shooting away at the lousy sleazebags who dared stand up to you in mutiny.
Check out the trailer:
Though I have no doubt mutiny would be the order of the day if I would ever become the captain of a ship (my organizational skills are terrible), it does seem strange that all the mutineers in A Tale of Pirates: A Dummy Mutiny aren’t… well… actually alive. That aside, the game takes on an arcade shooter feel with you having to take care of your angry mutineering dummy crew through 5 different scenarios in a mission-based system.
The main aim of the game sticks to simplicity and has you shooting down all of the dummies in each mission with bonus points for distance, headshots, and combos. While enemies will throw all kinds of crates and barrels back at you, who will need to be quick and shoot them back the same way she does with the rebellious dummies. So it doesn’t sound like there’s much more to the game than some simple wave shooter mechanics across a few pirate locales, including the top and inside of a ship, and on a beach.
Overall, the game looks like it’s just another wave shooter and we’ve pretty much got an army of those available for VR already. But if you haven’t gotten your fill of shooting bullets against waves of standing or running enemies yet, and want to take part in the dummiest mutiny in the history of the Caribbean, then make sure to take a look at A Tale of Pirates: A Dummy Mutiny. The game is available now on Steam at $12.99 US.
Other notable mentions of pirate-themed VR games include Narrows, Passtime For Pirates, Virtual Pirate, Ship Ahoy!, and Cutlass. Like I mentioned earlier, the theme really seems to be making quite the comeback.