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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Sea of Thieves (2018) is an online game where you play a pirate searching for treasure and adventure. Cast into a large open sea you work with other online players to crew your ship and find treasure. The game has a main story but really focuses on creating opportunities for emergent gameplay where players team up and go on adventures together.

Although a bit daunting at first, players soon learn how to control the ship and the ways to work with other players. Over time this results in the sort of imaginative free play you might find in a playground fort. New ways of collaborating and traditions of celebrating success or commiserating over failure also emerge.

You collect coins by completing missions called voyages, taking loot from other ships, or raiding a skeleton fort that contains large amounts of gold. This is used for cosmetic items such as weapons and equipment skins, clothing and ship cosmetics. You can also purchase cosmetic items with real money.

Sea of Thieves, like other evolving games such as No Man's Sky, has developed over the years adding more content and combative elements. The game mythology and back story have become more fleshed out with new missions and story elements.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Sea of Thieves 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated today.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Sea of Thieves. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Role-Play and Traversal game with Action, Adventure, Collecting, Communication, Fighting, Simulation and Stealth elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 24-player online game. You can team up with up to 4 players to crew a ship. There can be up to 6 player-controlled ships battling in one game (server) meaning you can play with up to 24 other players.

Cross-Platform: You can play with people on either Xbox One or PC.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 12 hours and 30 hours to complete. Although the “Tall Tales” main story can be completed in as little as 12 hours, the Arena and Adventure modes let players have their own adventures that keep them playing for longer.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence. Violence consists of you using your pistol or cutlass against a variety of human and non-human enemies. Blood and injuries are not shown and foes disappear upon defeat.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Themes.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. You need a range of skills to enjoy this. From working with other people, planning missions, and not being put off by failures. This is on top of the general seafaring and fighting. Older teenagers enjoy finding new ways to play and interacting with other teams, ticking them or working together to their advantage.


Sea of Thieves usually costs £34.99.

Sea of Thieves

Steam Store PC £34.99
PlayStation Store PS5 -

Sea of Thieves: 2024 Edition

XBox Store Xbox One Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox X|S Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store PC Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
In-game purchases for cosmetic and optional visual enhancements to your character. All the ongoing content and expansions have been free. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/03/2018, updated in 2024

Out Now: PC, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1 (24 online)

Genres: Role-Play, Traversal (Action, Adventure, Collecting, Communication, Fighting, Simulation and Stealth)

Accessibility: 30 features

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather

Developer: Rare Ltd (@RareLtd)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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