Sound is not so good
Can get repetitive
You must travel through the Caribbean, looking for treasure. You can get treasure by raiding towns and attacking other players, finding treasure, or answering a question correctly. Your opponent(s) are doing the same. The aim is to have the most treasure at the end.
Depending on which space you land in, a number of things can happen.
You frequently have to answer multiple-choice questions about the history of the Caribbean, pirates and pirate stories. If you get the question right, you get some pirate goodies. Even if you don't know the correct answer, it's fun to make a guess.
You have to cope with disasters such as crewmen falling asleep, getting lost in a fog, termites eating your wooden leg(!), and a few others. However, you can't have disasters without being rewarded at times. Rewards are things like finding treasure, looting Galleons, finding Blackbeard's parrot and more.
You might be offered a treasure map, and it is up to you if you want to buy it or not. The map shows the location of treasure, but it might be fake.
If you land on the same space as another player, you are asked if you want to fight for the space. The battle outcome is decided by the roll of a dice. If you loose the battle, the other player gets up to half of your treasure.
Options are shown down the right (Booty, Help, Load, Save, New, Quit), and you can either click on these buttons or press the relevant Function Key. Booty is your inventory, where you can see how much food, water, cannons, treasure maps, insurance cards (lets you avoid a disaster), compasses (navigating in thick fog), etc you have. Roll the dice by either pressing the Space Bar, or clicking on the button at the top. The top right shows the pirate who is currently playing.
Each pirate takes his turn. Combat and movement are controlled by rolling a dice. When raiding a town or attacking an opponent, you get to roll a dice for each cannon you have. The more cannons you have, the better your chances of winning are. Sometimes you are given the choice of going in 2 different directions.
Rewards and disasters are a big part of this game. You could lose at least one turn, or you could get swept forward at least one space. You always start at the bottom left, and have to make your way to the top right.
MUSIC AND SOUND EFFECTS
DO NOT use the Setup file. Instead, use REDHOOK.EXE to start the game.
Review by: Frodo
Safe for all ages
Windows / DOS PC with 640K RAM (configured such that it has 560K of free Conventional Memory). VGA Monitor required. Mouse recommended. Optional Soundblaster for background music and to hear Blackbeard talk.