Running Sid Meier's Pirates on the Acer Aspire One netbook
I've just installed yet another one of my all-time favorite games on my Acer Aspire One netbook, Sid Meier's Pirates. I remember buying this game in my mid-teens back in the late 80's and playing it for countless hours on the old "IBM PC Compatible". So I was ecstatic when it was updated and released for the PC back in 2004.
I had heard that it runs pretty well on netbooks, so I had to give it a try myself. As pictures don't always do justice to explaining game play, I've started adding little video clips to my reviews here, this one is pretty beefy at 3 minutes 41 seconds, and it shows a battle... a tad boring at the middle as I was fighting the wind to approach the ship, but it gives a good example of just how impressively well the Aspire One handles Pirates.
As typical, the game installed just fine over the network DVD drive, I got another "Error: 1311", but having encountered this before I'm aware that is simply my cue to swap the second CD into the network DVD drive on my main PC downstairs.
I was able to patch it with the 1.02 patch and it runs great. As usual, I did have to use a no-cd fix to play without a local CD/DVD drive, but that went easily as well. You can also buy & download this game directly from Direct2Drive, so you won't need a CD either, and if you don't own the game already, I'd go that route.
Once installed, I started it up and it loads quickly and plays superbly @ 800x600, medium settings. The only problem I had was getting used to not having the full number pad, navigating is easy with the arrow keys, but fencing took some getting used to, you can use the other keyboard keys, but I finally got the hang of using the mouse to parry(right click low/mid/high) and attack(left click low/mid/high). I haven't gotten to a dancing mini-game yet, I think I'll order a small usb number pad from Newegg or something, 'cause I never was good at the dancing game :).
I frigging love this game, I will be wasting some serious hours on the couch with this baby. If you enjoyed it on your regular desktop, don't be afraid to install it on your Aspire One or other netbook, it can handle it just fine.