Before downloading and playing the game, you should keep in mind that the game is still in alpha. That means that you should be expecting crashes, hangs, slowdowns, crappy art and dialogs, things to bug out and generally to have a bad time. We make these downloads available so we can gather feedback that will help us complete the game eventually. Check the FAQ on how to contact us for feedback or suggestions!

About the game

Spirates is a free work-in-progress 2D pirate and space exploration RPG for PC and Linux. You start your journey with a raft and a sword and swashbuckle your way to be the most feared pirate of the seven procedurally generated seas .. of space. There are many curiosities along the way for you to uncover, from annoying anthropomorphic cats to heartless cyborgs and brain-hungry zombies.

About us

Lefteris Chatzipetrou

Manios Krasanakis

Lefteris and Manios are Electrical and Computer Engineering graduates from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. They started Spirates as a side project while still attending there in 2012.

Frequently Asked Questions

What engine is Spirates using?

For spirates we created our own engine from the ground up using SDL as a basis, OpenGL for graphics, LUA as a scripting language, tinyXML for parsing XML description files and some other libraries for secondary tasks. We don't have a GUI for it and everything is done by text editing. The command line (accessed with `) is quite powerful

Where can I contact you to report a bug or make a feature request or say whatever?

Drop an email to pirates (at) .

Can I mod your game?

Yes you can! But please, if you post your modded version of the game online, please link to this page.

Why does your art suck and dialogs are cringeworthy?

The game assets are the epitome of programmer art. Also, many of them are stubs and someday will hopefully suck less.

Can I become a cyborg, a zombie or communicate with cat people?

Yes you can, but it is up to you to find out how to do any of these things.

Creative Commons License
Spirates by Lefteris Chatzipetrou, Manios Krasanakis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License