King of Seas Review: Is the Pirate RPG worth its Price?

After a series of delays that kept pushing things back, King of Seas has finally arrived for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PS5.

The official release date for King of Seas was May 25, 2021, going live at precisely 3 am ET. The title was developed by 3DClouds and was initially slated for release in late 2020 but then received an official release date of February 18, 2021 before a final delay after being picked up by publisher Team17. 

The 3DClouds has an ESRB rating of E 10+, meaning it’s rated for everyone who’s ten-years-old and up. The rating notes that the title has alcohol references, fantasy violence, and mild language, but there’s nothing terribly obscene in the game. 

King of Seas can only be purchased digitally through the Microsoft Store, PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop, Steam, or, retailing at $24.99/£19.99/€24.99 on all platforms. 

Please keep in mind that while we’ve avoided direct spoilers in this review, references may still reveal some aspects of the game’s story. This review is based on the Nintendo Switch version of the title.  

King of Seas gameplay

King of Seas is a procedurally generated action roleplaying game that is rooted in naval combat. The vast majority of gameplay that you see in King of Seas will involve traveling across a large map with your ship and engaging in spontaneous or planned bouts of naval combat with enemy or civilian vessels. You will find yourself completing missions and quests that can range from hunting down other ships to simply transporting cargo safely from one port to the next. 

Movement speed is adjusted by raising and lowering three sails, with your ship moving faster if you have more sails raised to catch the wind. It can be helpful to keep an eye on the wind as it will affect your sailing speed, and choosing a route that works with the wind can save you some time while traversing the map. 

Naval combat itself can be challenging, as an encounter with a stronger ship or an encounter that sees you outnumbered can turn bad in the blink of an eye. Turning your ship is progressively more difficult if you’re moving faster, so it can be helpful to reduce speed to turn more quickly. 

You’ll damage enemy ships with a combination of cannon fire and special abilities, each of which has a cooldown before it can be used again. Upgrading your ship with better quality cannons, ship items with improved defensive stats, or new special abilities will make a tremendous amount of difference in combat. 

When outside of combat, you’ll be able to dock and trade with ports to get new items, sell cargo, purchase ship upgrades, repair your ship, add to your ship’s crew, and accept new quests. Different ports have different prices, which makes keeping an eye out for good deals important. 

What game modes are available in King of Seas? 

King of Seas only has one game mode, but the key thing to keep in mind is that this is a procedurally generated title where every map is different. While you only have one mode to try, each playthrough will vary from the last. 

King of Seas allows three different save slots. The primary setting that you’ll change or decide upon is the difficulty: choosing a greater difficulty will change some aspects of the game while increasing the rewards that you’ll receive as you make your way through the game. 

How long does it take to beat all of the missions in King of Seas? 

As a procedurally generated game, there isn’t a concrete time that it takes to finish the game, and the amount of missions that you’ll run into can vary. There is a main story thread running through, but much of your time will be spent on side quests and simply surviving as you explore. 

It’s best not to come into King of Seas expecting to do a speed run as it’s definitely not a game that you can push through quickly. You’ll have a lot of grinding to do as you work your way around discovering the map, finishing side quests, and upgrading your ship in the process. 

Does King of Seas have multiplayer? 

No, King of Seas is a single-player game only and does not have any multiplayer game modes or features. The gameplay style, however, does leave an opening for the addition of multiplayer in an update, DLC, or even a sequel to King of Seas. 

The naval combat would translate well for a competitive PvP system, but there could also be the possibility of co-op where you and other ships work together to complete missions. However, none of these potential additions are confirmed at this time. 

King of Seas’ online features

As of right now, there aren’t any online features for King of Seas. As mentioned above, the addition of competitive or cooperative multiplayer does seem possible based on the gameplay, but it isn’t known to be in the works. 

The most likely online feature that may be added first would be a version of an online leaderboard, challenging players to increase their ranking and become the most famous pirates around. 

Is King of Seas cross-platform? 

There isn’t cross-platform functionality for King of Seas at this time. There isn’t a multiplayer game mode to facilitate crossplay, but there also isn’t a way to transfer saves between systems. 

As of now, you’ll be starting from scratch if you choose to purchase King of Seas on a secondary or tertiary platform. This could be added in the future, but there aren’t any known plans for that to be done. 

Are there microtransactions and loot boxes in King of Seas? 

No, there aren’t microtransactions or loot boxes in King of Seas. Once you’ve purchased the game, you’re done having to spend any money on it. 

Should the title later add online multiplayer or other similar features, that could change. Still, as of right now, the game isn’t expected to ever have microtransactions or loot boxes. 

What special editions of King of Seas can you get?

There aren’t any special or physical editions of King of Seas. The title can only be purchased digitally at this time, and there aren’t any extra rewards or DLC to be purchased separately or bundled with a special edition. 

If King of Seas sees success post-release and grows as a title, the production of a physical version of King of Seas, or the creation of a special edition to commemorate those potential additions, could be on the cards. 

King of Seas download size

King of Seas takes up only 1.3 GB of space on the Nintendo Switch. Steam suggests that players have at least 4 GB of free storage space to download and play the title. 

The download size of King of Season PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S is similar to that of the Switch, listed at just over 1.3 GB in size.  

Our take on King of Seas

Developer 3DClouds headed out on a limb with King of Seas, only to create their most ambitious game to date; the amount of work that they have put into the game shines through. The story itself is immediately engaging, transporting players to this alternate pirate-infested oceanic environment as you choose to play as either Princess Marylou or Prince Luky. 

Unlike some titles, your character choice makes little difference, and the story remains the same either way. While the story beats can start to feel a bit formulaic over time, there is some fun writing backing it up to present an interesting frame to the experience. 

However, the gameplay itself tends to be relatively similar throughout your game time. While your skills and equipment will improve, the actual mechanics of the process of combat won’t change much as you progress. 

There are some quality of life changes that could be made, the primary one being an on-screen mini-map rather than having to constantly open up the map to check on your quest marker and ensure that you’re headed in the right direction. Some players may also be put off by the amount of time needed to be spent in King of Seas, as there’s plenty of grinding required to progress. 

King of Seas isn’t a perfect game, but it’s an enjoyable offering and an impressive step forward for developer 3DClouds. Most of the other titles that they’ve created fell in the racing genre one way or another, and their work here with Team17 backing them up as a publisher shows that 3DClouds isn’t a developer that should be ignored. 

Fun rating

Despite some flaws in the title and some opportunities for improvement, King of Seas is still a fun game that manages to straddle the line between relaxing and challenging. It’s not hard to lose yourself in the game, but the similarity of the combat does affect that experience over time, earning it a solid fun rating of 7.5 out of 10. 

King of Seas: Is it worth it?

With a lack of varied game modes or multiplayer, and considering the team behind it, King of Seas absolutely feels like the ambitious indie game that it is. However, that also comes with a reasonable $24.99/£19.99/€19.99 price tag on your platform of choice. 

If you’re intrigued by the gameplay style that King of Seas brings to the table, it won’t be hard to bury hours upon hours into the title. If you’re still on the fence, the title has a demo available on multiple platforms that can serve as a great way to try out the gameplay beforehand. 

Overall, King of Seas is worth the cost considering the replayability that its procedurally generated worlds provide. No two saves are the same, so you can always start fresh and see how things go differently in your next adventure.

Patches Chance

Hey yo, I’m Patches Chance. Everything started with my red Game Boy Pocket and a copy of Pokémon Red. A few decades, two BioShock tattoos, and one Pokémon tattoo later, I ended up here. I’ve also been an editor with RealSport and Daily DDT covering professional wrestling, and I’ve written for App Trigger and Dork Side Of The Force. You can find me basically everywhere @patcheschance.

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