Play involves constructing the seaboard from tiles which means it's different each time you play. You then take turns pushing your boat with one finger on the stern. The aim is to carefully guide your boat to the central island. Once there you can collect a gem and then return home.
As you play you soon discover there are magnetic whirlpools that sink your boat. If you get too close the front of the boat pings down and projects any cargo into the sea, and ends your go. To help you learn from your mistakes you can place one of three buoys to mark the magnetic whirlpools -- or you can just be careful to remember.
You can collect treasure floating in the sea from other players' sinking. You can also use routes that pass through other players' areas, making use of their buoy markers. Get a gem of each colour back to your island to win the game.
The result is a simple yet tactical game with plenty of action. To do well you need to use memory, dexterity and observation skills. Paying attention to (and learning from) both your and other players' mistakes helps you find the perfect path to win.
Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Bermuda Pirates 21 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
Play Time: This game will take between 20 minutes and half an hour to complete.
5+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Really young players need to be able to cope with suddenly losing their progress. You can balance things by offering them extra chances, and more buoys. Older players can be limited by having fewer buoys.