Pixel Piracy is a side-scrolling 2d, RTS sandbox roguelike pirate simulation game that’s currently on Steam Greenlight.  The player must sail their ship over a number of procedurally generated sea zones, battling pirates and other hostile forces, recruiting and disciplining crew members, and upgrading their ship.  Combat takes place in pausable real time, and if the ship is destroyed or the crew lost, the game ends, requiring the player to restart.

It’s a great game, with a beautifully animated pixel art style and a nice sense of humor.  It’s a whole lot of fun attacking enemy ships with projectiles, then boarding and looting them.  Forget Assassins Creed 4, Pixel Piracy is where the real gold is.

UPDATE: This Alpha Is No Longer Available