Pirate Adventure

Platforms: Acorn Electron, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 16 & Plus/4, Commodore PET, Commodore VIC-20, TI-99/4A, TRS-80, TRS-80 Color Computer

Also Known As


Main Genre:
Gameplay Style:
Puzzle Elements , Interactive Fiction
Sea pirates / Caribbean


TI-99/4A version of Pirate Adventure
TI-99/4A version of Pirate Adventure

Pirate Adventure is an adventure game by Alexis and Scott Adams and first published in 1979. Over the course of several years versions were released for numerous computer systems including the TRS-80, TI-99/4A, Commodore 64, Apple II, Atari 8-bit Computers, and many more. It is Adventure #2 in the Scott Adams Adventure series and features a similar interface and text parser as other games in the series.


In Pirate Adventure, players are on a quest to find hidden treasure left behind by Long John Silver. The game starts in a London flat and eventually leads to Treasure Island where the treasures are hidden. Along the way players meet up with a pirate (complete with parrot) and will face numerous puzzles and dangers along the way.

Like other Scott Adams adventures, Pirate Adventure features a simple text parser to interact with the game. The game uses a split screen; the top provides a brief description of the current location or situation along with notable items that are visible while the bottom of the screen allows players to enter two word commands consisting of a verb and noun (such as READ SIGN) and provides the results of commands. The game allows progress to be saved, and doing so often is advisable; it's possible for players to die in many ways or to become stuck in an unwinnable situation.


Platform: TI-99/4A
By: Alexis Adams, Scott Adams
Dedicated to: Ted Heeren, Paul Sharland
Platform: TRS-80
By: Alexis Adams, Scott Adams
Dedicated to: Ted Heeren, Paul Sharland
Cover artwork by: Kem McNair (Peppy)


Instruction Manual
Cartridge + Cassette version
Instruction Manual
Cartridge + Disk version


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