It's been years, but now we finally know what Captain Jack has been up to!
Disney has launched it's newest mobile strategy game Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War, where you'll find familiar faces that we've been missing since the last installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Start off by creating and naming an avatar to assist Captain Jack and Mr. Gibbs in creating strategic ways to build islands, hire crews to man your fleets, and battle creatures in the deep. You might even run across a few characters that you'll encounter in the new movie!
When they say this is a strategy based game, they weren't kidding. In the beginning, there are prompts to help you understand the game. But when they go away and you're on your own, it gets a little more difficult. I've been playing this game for a few days now and still don't feel like I've got a good grasp on what to do. I see the story advancing, but I'm not quite sure how it's happening. I do appreciate the guidance from characters I already know, and I like learning more about aspects of the new movie. I'm not terribly proficient in complex strategy mobile games, but I'm sure someone that knows more about this genre would really appreciate it.
In downloading this game, there are few things you should know. First, it takes up quite a bit of storage on your phone. I was quite surprised how much it took just to operate the game, but then as you advance, it will require you to accept an agreement that you understand just how much data and storage it will take. Something else I've never run into was all the permissions. It wanted access to my photo's, which I understand, but it also wanted access to my phone contacts and manage my calls, which I was surprised at as I've never encountered anything in the game that has needed that information. Another thing to note was the in-app purchases — there were a lot! If you let your child play this game, just be aware that it's easy to purchase things in this game and they are quite expensive.
I see a lot of potential in the weeks ahead for this game and hope they can tie up some loose ends and really clean it up. This game is a great segue into the new movie and I'm excited to see what else Captain Jack has up his sleeve. Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War is now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play now