Ahoy there, me hearties!
Sea Legends is quite similar in scope and tone to Sid Meier's classic pirates simulator, Pirates!, and as an alternative to this classic adventure, it's well worth a look. It's got all the swashbuckling action and variety you could ask for, and although it's a tad dated, it's still a lot of fun today. You take the role of a dashing young sea captain by the name of Richard Gray who gets to venture forth into the wide blue yonder back in the glory days of the age of sail. The story here starts out fairly simply but as you progress it becomes more complex, and one of the game's interesting features is the way that small events have significant impacts on the plot. In gameplay terms, this is the usual mix of exploring, trading, fighting (both naval and land-based), with a great variety of weapons, buildings, and other elements to discover and which each have unique impacts on the game. There's a good sense of scale to things and building up your fleet is quite satisfying, but also surprisingly easy, thanks to the slick, intuitive interface which makes navigating and making decisions a breeze. Another of the game's appeals is the sheer variety of things to do, with the various trading, exploration and combat elements each implemented well, and each of which is genuinely quite enjoyable. There are minor issues, such as the static feeling of the towns, which makes them feel a little less than alive at times, but with its variety and atmospheric visuals, this stands as a rollicking good adventure.