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(This is the 2004 remake of the original game from 1987).
Sid Meier's Pirates is a lighthearted swashbuckling romp set during the Age of Discovery.
The gameplay basically boils down to a series of minigames; ship-to-ship battles, sword duels, dancing, land battles and treasure hunts.
The game is open-ended; there's a 'main quest' of sorts but you can feel free to ignore it if you want. There's plenty of other goals to pursue; find buried treasure, defeat infamous pirates to become the most feared in the Caribbean, track down wanted criminals and collect their bounties, escort ships carrying peace treaties (or betray the nation you're helping and destroy them - war is more profitable than peace for a pirate after all) or just attack everything in sight and amass as much loot as you can.
A game won't last forever - your pirate starts the game aged 18 and as time passes in the game he will age and eventually be forced into retirement. If this game has an overall "goal" at all it's to have the highest score you can at the time you retire.
The game has difficulty levels; on every playthrough after your first you can choose between them - first time starting a new game, you're forced into the easiest difficulty, though there's a way to change it once you get going, too.
Unfortunately, I don't feel like the game has much replay value. The minigames (with the exception of ship battles) are repetitive and shallow and I was burned out on the game before I'd seen everything it had to offer (I completed the "main quest", went after all the named pirates and then lost interest). The harder difficulty settings feel more frustrating than genuinely challenging, too.
Still, I got 25 hours of fun out of this game for £6, so I'd say I got my money's worth; I recommend it.