What is it?
Pirate Legends is a tower defense game that puts you in the captain’s seat of your very own pirate fleet. Defend your loot from the British Navy, cannibal tribes, and undead hordes by building and upgrading towers, using special powers, and hiring heroes.
How does it work?
Enemies come from set points on each map and make their way to your pirate ship past the towers you’ve built and upgraded. There are only a set amount of towers you can put on each map, so you have to be smart about what and where you build. You also occasionally get access to mercenaries who patrol an area and attack anyone who gets close. The pirate ship isn’t defenseless as it attacks enemies and can launch cannonballs and turtle cannons. There are also special powers that use Toes, which you can buy with real money. Finally you have a hero, most of whom are purchased separately, who takes to the air and bombards an area and gets more powerful as he defeats enemies.
If an enemy gets to the pirate ship, it attacks and takes away some of the ship’s health. If your pirate ship loses all of its health, you are defeated and can either try again or spend Toes to go back in time with some buffs to make it easier to win.
After you win levels, you earn anchors you use to make your towers more powerful—such as increasing the range, damage, or rate of fire. If you decide that you’ve spent them unwisely, you can get back all of your anchors to put them in different upgrades as many times as you’d like. You also can upgrade your towers in each level by spending the gold you earn after defeating enemies. Each upgrade also increases the range, damage, or rate of fire for each tower, meaning you have to spend gold on each tower to upgrade it for that level only.
The graphics and animations are well done, and the music adds a definite pirate feel. Each of the enemies move at different speeds, the submarines bob up and down with a splash, and the towers fire with aplomb. I also liked the different map locations—from the sunny beach to a dark seaside town.
Is it contagious?
Pirate Legends could be described as Kingdom Rush with pirates and ships instead of knights and wizards. I say this not because they both happen to be tower defense games, but because most of the game mechanics are the same, with the differences being mainly stylistic. Pirate Legends is an okay game, with the rather expensive in-app purchases and sudden difficulty spike making it less enjoyable than it could have been.
However I do recommend it for those who want a tower defense game, as it is fun to play and the pirate theme is done well.