Pirate Cards is a card-based strategy game where you pit your pirate captain against enemy bandits. Along the way, you'll find power-ups that boost your health and shields, as well as cannons to hurt your enemies and coins to buy boosters.
Starting out, your pirate captain has health points and no shields. Click the adjacent shields to either pick up boosters or attack rival pirates. Your health points and shields must be higher than the enemy, or you'll lose the battle.
Occasionally, you'll get a chance to fight the boss pirates. If you win, you'll level up so that your maximum health will be increased by one point.
Another opportunity you'll have is when locked treasure chests appear. To open them, you must either have keys (purchase them between levels with your coins) or you must pick the lock. To pick the lock, click your mouse when the arrow points at the illuminated tumbler. Possible treasure chest bonuses include extra lives, health boosts, skulls that kill all enemies on the board, and more.
Eventually, you'll reach a point where you're surrounded by enemies you can't defeat. When that happens, the round is over, and you'll get a chance to use all the coins you collected.
Click the cards adjacent to your pirate captain card to either attack enemies or pick up extra health and shields. You can only defeat enemies who are weaker than the health and shields shown on your card.
Tips and Tricks
Try to find a "card path" that keeps your health and shields at maximum. It will require some basic math, but you can plan out the route that leads you to health, shields, mystery barrels and treasure chests. Note that some mystery barrels will hold enemies, but most of them are likely to have good things for you.
Pirate Cards Review
This is a nice little strategy game. I've played it enough to get the hang of it, but I haven't collected enough coins yet to try out all of the bonuses. I'm trying to save up enough to move from the 3x3 grid up to the 4x4 grid, just to increase my opportunities for victory.