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Pirates of the Caribbean Online has had bizarrely low-key marketing for a Disney game. As with any Disney game, you need to have enjoyed the films to really get into the game — but if you have a soft spot for Captain Jack Sparrow and his cohorts, this game should at least make you smile. Best thing of all, you can play for free! There are some minor limitations and you will get some in-game advertising (mainly telling you to upgrade for full screen mode) but it’s certainly totally playable.

Disney developers have made some weird assumptions (non-US readers, use [shift]-2 to get the @ symbol when asked for your email address) and when I started up it forced my monitor into 1024×768 pixels; changing to windowed mode didn’t initially fix this but a reboot and reload of the game seemed to get it right. They’ve also made a few unexpected decisions in terms of UI and key-interface but nothing game-breaking.

You only need to give basic details to sign up on the web for your account and then download the client. All of my standard nicknames were taken, so I’ve had to sign up as something obscure that I’m sure to forget. Free accounts get put into a gameplay queue (upgrade to get straight in, I suspect kids with just a half hour to play before bedtime would desperately want this) and can create up to two characters. The character select alone is worth playing with for the Jack Sparrow quotes throughout — or maybe that’s just me. :) Somewhat oddly, there are no restrictions on duplicate names, which doesn’t make it easy to meet up with friends. You can choose from their pre-set list and get your name immediately or submit a personal choice for your name and play as “Buccaneer” or “Swashbuckler” while you wait for your name to get approved.

Within the game, you get a constant warning that you “only” get 7 days of full screen preview — considering my monitor is 2560×1600, this isn’t a problem.

It’s fast and easy to get into with a straight-forward tutorial quest series to start you off. It’s aimed to be accessible to young kids which means it is rather simplistic: you won’t get hours of gameplay out of it. You can only talk to people in your local area – no tells nor OOC style channels. You do get a list of pre-set insults with which to abuse your fellow players, though. In areas with action, I found people did interact at a basic level and even worked together to clear an area. There wasn’t a lot of chit-chat though and the game interface doesn’t seem to encourage it.

I wouldn’t consider paying for this, to be honest, but it’s certainly good enough to kill an hour or two on patch day … or simply something simple to play when I’ve had a few beers before coming home to game.

The game is available both for the PC and MAC. If you still aren’t convinced to give it a shot, check out the game trailer. There’s worse ways to waste an evening, savvy?

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