>Back in 80’s videogames about pirates can count on some dozen of titles.. amongst them you may find Black Beard for ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and MSX..
As Captain Blackbeard. your mission is to retrieve the treasure map stolen from you by the despicable Red Beard, an underhanded swab who has not only stolen your prized possession but has scuttled your ship and taken your crew as his own. All you know is that the map lies inside one of the many chests secreted throughout the ship; but beware, members of your now mutinous crew lie in wait and will do their utmost to send you to Davy Jones' Locker and take the treasure map for themselves.
THE MISSION Weapons As you move around each deck of the ship you will come across 'knives' and 'pistols'. You will need these to defend yourself against the pirates that hunt you. Knives serve solely for killing opposing pirates, whereas pistols serve a dual role. Not only do they kill pirates, but they also allow you to open the chests you wish to search. Chests Once opened, you may be able to retrieve items that will aid you in your mission. These are: extra lives, potions of immunity (that will last a limited time) and a guiding light. The guiding light is particularly useful as it allows you to fire a cannon that will destroy your enemies only entrance. As you search through the chests, if you come across one that you cannot open, go back to it once you have opened all of the others and see what you find! The Ship The ship is divided into four sections: the deck, a number of cabins, and two holds. To move into the belly of the ship you will have to use the staircases. To use them. move up to a staircase and press the FIRE BUTTON; this will take you to the next level. Screen Display On the right hand side of the screen can be found indicators referring to: number of lives remaining, weapons and energy (displayed in the form of bottles of rum). Energy is maintained by collecting and drinking the bottles of rum that can be found throughout the ship. However, take care. certain bottles have been left by your enemies that, instead of giving you energy, leave you completely drunk for a short while, and at the mercy of anyone close by. HINTS AND TIPS * Pistols have limited ammunition so use them only when necessary. * Use boxes, barrels, chests and other objects to shelter yourself from the attack of an enemy. Be careful, their knives can travel through any gaps in the objects. * Take advantage of immunity potions to get out of a sticky situation while killing as many enemies as you can. (c) 1988 TOPOSOFT. Licensed to KIXX.
Amstrad colored version of Black Beard
MSX Black n White Version of Back Beard
>Another good title in this genre is Corsarios by Opera Soft