Plunder Pirates: Take to the High Seas, Become the Most Notorious Pirate Captain
Article by George Norman
On 11 Sep 2014
As part of the Rovio Stars publishing initiative, Rovio will roll out Midoki’s online multiplayer free-for-all Plunder Pirates game come the 18th of September (one day after Apple rolls out the iOS 8 mobile operation system to the public).

This pirate-themed game tasks you with becoming the most formidable pirate in the world – take to the high seas as a cut-throat buccaneer and become the most notorious pirate captain that ever sailed the seven seas! You will have to build your own pirate island, recruit a crew of fearless pirates, unearth hidden treasure, and battle rival pirate captains.


Rovio Stars is Rovio Entertainment’s mobile game publishing initiative. It can be quickly described like this: Rovio finds interesting games created by talented developers and presents said games to a large audience. Since Rovio is a big name in the industry, when it publishes a game, people take interest.

So far, several games have been published as part of the Rovio Stars initiative:
  • Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage – help the stranded Viking by using your icebreaking skills. Avoid trolls, deadly traps, dangerous enemies, and more.
  • Tiny Thief – a puzzle-solving, hidden-objects adventure game set in a medieval fantasy world full of surprises.
  • Juice Cubes – fun, fruity, and free puzzle game; connect the cubes to create explosive fruit bombs.
  • Word Monsters – fun, social, monster-themed word game.
One the 18th of September, another game will be published as part of the Rovio Stars initiative: Plunder Pirates, an online multiplayer free-for-all from industry veterans Midoki.

Plunder Pirates – Main Features
  • Your own pirate island – create your very own 3D pirate island and spin it 360˚ to see its every detail.
  • Your own pirate crew – recruit a crew of grog-swilling pirates; 10 fearless pirates with unique skills and traits are available for hire in the tavern.
  • Sail the high seas – explore uncharted waters and battle giant sea monsters, sink merchant ships, and unearth hidden treasure.
  • Fight and plunder – as a true pirate, you will get to ransack enemy islands and battle rival captains.
  • Pirate guild – you can either create a pirate guild with your friends or you can join an existing guild.
As previously mentioned, Plunder Pirates will be rolled out on September 18.
The game is out early in select locations: Canada, Austria, and Finland.
Get it from Apple's App Store if you are in one of these locations.

Additional info on Plunder Pirates is available on its official website and on

UPDATE, September 18, 2014. Pluder Pirates is out! You can get it from the App Store here.

Here's the launch trailer for the Plunder Pirates game.

And here are some quotes from Chris Gage, Jami Laes, and Ian Livingstone CBE.

"With Plunder Pirates we wanted to bring our knowledge and expertise to mobile and create a genre defining product, with a stunning 3D environment, engaging gameplay, as well as multiple online and social features; we think we've done just that. And thanks to Rovio we are able to reach a far wider audience than we could have ever imagined.” said Chris Gage, Co-Founder of Midoki.

“Rovio Stars is all about publishing the best games from the best developers. Plunder Pirates sets a new benchmark of what a Rovio Stars game should be, and it’s an honor to have those sentiments shared by Ian Livingstone. Rovio Stars brings developers Rovio’s best in class tools to develop a hit franchise in the mobile space and beyond", said Jami Laes, EVP of Games at Rovio Entertainment.

"Plunder Pirates is a fun-filled, visual epic which oozes personality and is a joy to play. It’s been a pleasure working with the team. I feel we have taken the combat strategy genre to mobile to a totally new level with Plunder Pirates’ stunning artistic style, 3D graphics and gameplay," said Ian Livingstone CBE, games industry legend and Chairman of Midoki.

Tags: Rovio, rovio Stars, Pluder Pirates, Midoki, game, Apple, iOS, iPhone, App Store
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