'Assassin's Creed: Pirates' Sets Sail To Your Browser, Playable Now

By Luke Caulfield , Updated May 20, 2014 09:53 AM EDT

Ubisoft took its prize IP Assassin's Creed mobile last year with the release of Assassin's Creed: Pirates for Android and iOS mobile devices, and now it looks like they're trying something new for the spin-off and bringing it to browsers.

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If you never had the chance to give the game a whirl, now's the best time. Of course, the term "game" might fall a bit short, as the browser version of Pirates is more a demo than anything, as it only offers the one racing mode with a single "course," and leaves out the real time naval battles and ocean exploration, but maybe it's a sign of things to come?

You can use the mouse to mimic the touch-screen controls of the helm, but I found it a bit easier just to change the controls to the keyboard.

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Meanwhile, the full version of Pirates had its first major update back in January, meaning it's overdue for another. First released in early December, the game takes place at the same time as Black Flag, but features a brand new character to the Creed universe.

Neither Assassin or Templar, all around pirate newcomer Alonzo Batilla is searching for the lost treasures of La Buse (the buzzard), a famous French privateer turned pirate who pillaged and plundered all over the Caribbean. Like a number of characters who appeared in the Creed games, La Buse was a historical figure, and an actual pirate. According to legend, he threw a necklace of his into a crowd, promising that whoever could understand the cryptogram inscribed on it would find his treasure.

While scouring the Caribbean, Batilla will cross swords with both Templars and Assassins in his search for the buzzard's booty. Some of the real life pirates encountered in Black Flag make appearances in Pirates, including Blackbeard, Bellamy, and Hornigold.

You can check out the game's trailer below. The game is available on both iOS and Android for $4.99. Try the browser version of the game here.

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