In a week already filled with crazy sales, here's a huge freebie we just spotted off our starboard bow: Assassin's Creed Pirates [$4.99] is free for the first time ever, because, well, YOLO? Seriously though, I'm wondering if we're on the verge of a big App Store anniversary feature on the App Store with this game as the Apple sanctioned freebie of the week? Maybe?

Either way, Pirates is a pretty alright game. I feel like most of the heat it got when it was released was largely because it didn't make a whole lot of sense in that it's an Assassin's Creed game without any of the assassinating (or creed-ing). But, as our review mentions, "Pirates explains this away in an introductory Abstergo cutscene that introduces you to Alonzo Batilla, a young captain whose life intersects with the fearsome pirate La Buse. It’s this crossing of paths that serves as your motivation to hop in the Animus and play as Batilla as your goal is to uncover the secrets and life of La Buse."

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The gameplay is a little monotonous, but, it's still weirdly fun driving around a giant pirate ship and firing off dozens of cannons at once. And, hey, being free if you hate it you can just delete it.

  • Evolution888

    Tried it for like 30 minutes... not bad but yeah it's pretty tedious

  • nini

    And yep, confirmed as App of the Week.

  • thejbe

    Another waste of 2.99. I'm beginning to wait for games to become free :-( apart from monster hunter which was an instabuy and proberbly will never reduce in price.

    • EvilAbdy

      I paid 5.99 for it so at least you aren't as big of a sucker as me

    • cymsdale

      I regret monster hunter because the controls seem unwieldy on an iPad.

      • Stormourner

        buy mfi controller and that's all

      • chank

        I'm a total newb at Monster Hunter. I've been playing it on iPad Mini & have no problems with the controls. Well, not yet anyhow, lol. Really enjoying it so far.

    • Stormourner

      be thankful that you purchased an original game not those priced games with long titles

  • HarryWarden

    Figured this would eventually go free as it added a number of freemium elements and that always seems to be a sign of eventually going free.

  • EvilAbdy

    I would not want to taste 4.99 rum lol

    • StealthDawg

      Yea no kidding. More like 14.99, but even that would be total crap lol.

      • EvilAbdy

        14.99 is that no name stuff in the plastic bottle. Kinda like Montezuma Tequila. x_x

      • StealthDawg

        lol!! So true.

  • razorracer83

    Funny. I bought Sid Meier's Pirates! last week when it was on sale, and at that time I hoped that this game would be on sale. Looks like I got my wish, for free no less.

  • lordyokomoto

    Has it always had IAP??

    • Jake7905

      No

  • mrj3d

    I bought this for 2.99 and haven't regretted it. I've almost completed it, and while I agree it is tedious I have enjoyed playing it.

  • speedyph

    HAHAHAH U DONT LIKE IT DELETE IT

  • chief78

    Bastards just had to go http://FTP....I paid full price for this, and deleted it about 10 days later. It's just boring, and the fights are stupid (nothing like console).

  • thiagovscoelho

    Now it's for the price of actual piracy! Haha

    • the_rebel14

      Yargh! A pirates life for me!

      (P.S. I agree.)

  • Septim

    I had a blast with this game. Dumped numerous hours in it, beat the game fully synced and got all achievements. Luckily they keep expanding it so there's always more to look forward to. Highly recommended especially if you like the whole Pirate vibe. It's addictive but somewhat monotonous.

  • Grits n Gravy

    They basically made this FTP with the last update. Shame, this was a decent game

  • RamazUltra

    Nice really excited! Will be playing this all night (;