I love pirate role-playing games because I used to play with Uncharted Waters during my high school years. Throughout the engaging storyline, I was so immersed in the 15th century where the Western Europeans competed to be the rulers of the uncharted waters and lands. Nowadays, my kids are exposed to Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Even though the two are totally different pirate stories, they hold a lot of similar elements, such as the pirate ship, the treasures, and the crew.
With the worldwide popularity of Jake and the Neverland Pirates, it’s a great opportunity for kids apps developers to develop pirate-themed apps. Hence, Tiny Pirates was born. It’s a brand new app from developer wonderkind that aims to give an overview and an inside look to the pirates’ lives in the 15th century.
From Sea to Harbor and Back
Tiny Pirates is structured into three parts: the pirate ship, the harbor, and the Pirates Studio. You can switch from one part to the other at anytime from the main menu.
I’d suggest you start with the pirate ship first. That way, you can be introduced to the crewmen who are working (or slacking off) on your ship. For example, you can meet the sailing master who always ignores what the lookout crew is saying. You can also meet a crew member who loves to dive in the big ocean, a hardworking mate who is always cleaning the deck, and everyone else in the lower decks — including the ones who play cards all the time, the chef, the cook helper, and more.
When you have met all your crews, you can play around with your ship. You can drop the anchor to slow it down, or open the sails to speed it up. You can also steer and shoot the cannons, or pile the rocks from the bottom of the ocean to make the ship heavier.
Other things that you can do on the pirate ship include playing with squid ink, bloating a dropsy, and tapping the mermaid figurehead. Make sure you try everything, including playing the musical instrument to wake the captain and encourage the crew members to dance to the beat.
Once you’ve finished playing on the ship, you can switch modes by visiting the harbor. Here, you can role-play by loading the ship with barrels and crates. Just remember not to stack too many of them as the ship will sink if you do. Make sure you tap on the vegetable merchant because he loves to be the referee for ship crews playing the sack race.
Finally, don’t forget to give the Pirates Studio a try. In the studio, you can change the appearance of your crew one at a time.
Parents Need to Know
Tiny Pirates is easy to navigate because everything happens on the same screen. You can tap on everything, drag on some, and watch as the animated story unfolds. When you can’t seem to find out what to do next, the app will provide you with hints.
Internet access is not required to play Tiny Pirates. The app doesn’t have any third-party ads, in-app purchases, or links to social networks. Even though the interface has wordings in English, they’re minimal and simple enough for non-native speakers to understand.
Things I Like
The titles in wonderkind’s series of Tiny activity apps for toddlers are always imbued with a great sense of humor. Tiny Pirates is no exception. For example, the musician on deck is always ignoring what the lookout crew is saying regardless whether they’re heading towards a treasure island or not. You can also see how the guard would immediately jump into the sea to chase shipmates whom you help escape from the cage.
I also enjoy the Pirates Studio where you can customize all 13 crew members of your pirate ship. You can change everything about their looks, from their hats and hairs to their clothes and pants. You can also tap on the magic wand to randomly generate a new look for your crew. It’s a great way to customize your crew — which is almost the same as recruiting them in the port taverns yourself.
Tiny Pirates is the latest app in wonderkind’s series of activity apps for toddlers. It offers a fun insight into what’s happening in the world of pirates in 15th century. With Tiny Pirates, kids ages 3+ can learn about the different roles involved in a pirate ship and what they’d do when the come to shore. When you decide to buy this app, I’d highly suggest you craft your own ship crews.
App was provided for our honest review.