A downloadable game for Windows and Linux

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A Sandbox-Adventure-Pirate-RPG that takes inspiration from Pirates of the Caribbean (2003 video game), FTL: Faster Than Light, and Sid Meier's Pirates but makes certain to stand out on its own.

  • Explore a massive world with unique islands and landscapes. Discuss rumors and discover the origins of each island by talking to the people that live there
  • Expect the unexpected when at sea. Events you may be unprepared for may occur such as a foodborne illness among your crew. You'll need to have access to the right supplies and have the experience to keep your ship afloat
  • A casual but real challenge - while simple to pickup and understand, there are numerous events that only an experienced swashbuckler will be prepared for. This makes the game more satisfying for long term pirates
  • Thoughtfully executed cutscenes that help to bring the world to life as well as reward pirates that explore

  • Sailing between islands is necessary to expand your control over the world and to increase your reputation
  • Tending to the morale, hunger, and thirst of your crew will require you to maintain a supply of food/water and consider whether or not rationing food is required during long journeys
  • Governing islands you've conquered is a difficult responsibility as you will need to solve economic issues before they get out of hand
  • Purchase larger ships as you fight your way through the sea. Famously powerful vessels such as the Galleon and Man of War are but a few of the available ships


  • Community translations and a translation tool that simplifies the process for contributors
  • Unique leaderboard system that tracks your overall career as a pirate across multiple saves
  • Quick access to developers for easy discussion/suggestions
  • Save compatibility between updates


When you purchase a copy of Don't Sink from Itch.io you are given a Steam key (look at the download page). The Itch.io version of the game has custom DRM that requires that you own the game on Steam. It is non-intrusive and simply verifies ownership of the game. Please redeem your Steam key before playing.

If you don't see a claim button on this page then you will need to contact itch.io support.

The Steam store page can be found here.


Team Lead / Lead programmer
Fern Nigro

Artist / Visual design
Daniel Marques (Thirteen)

Audio / Web / Programmer
Chris Anselmo (Topher)


Studio Eris
PlatformsWindows, Linux
Release date Nov 21, 2017
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorsFern Nigro, thirteen, topherlicious
GenreAdventure, Role Playing
Made withGameMaker
TagsCasual, Character Customization, Exploration, GameMaker, Pirates, Pixel Art, Relaxing, Side Scroller
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, Xbox controller, Playstation controller
Mentionsitch.io Recommends: Cozy Time Pirates


Buy Now$10.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $10 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

Don't Sink.zip 65 MB
DS_game_ubuntu.zip 65 MB

Development log


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This page design looks great!

Mac build when?

We have one already on Steam! Just purchase here, redeem your Steam key, and you should be good to go!


(english below)

"Sid Meier's: Pirates!"-Lite mit etwas Pixel Pirates und einem Hauch Monkey Island Humor. Macht mehr Spaß als man denkt.

- klares Gameplay, schnell zu erlernen
- Steuerung geht flüssig von der Hand
- Humor und Atmosphäre Sorgen dafür, dass man mehr entdecken will

- keine Hauptquest, Entwicklung der Welt nur über Nebenaufträge
- Schwertkampf ist einen Tick zu schwierig
- Schiffskämpfe oftmals ein DPS-Race


"Sid Meier's: Pirates!"-Lite with a little bit "Pixel Pirates" and some Monkey Island humor. More enjoyable then you might think.

- easy to learn Gameplay mechanics
- easy controlls allow very fast play
- humor and atmosphere make you want to explore more

- no Main-Storyline, world only develops via sidequests
- Sword-fighting a little too hard (a little more time to see enemy attacks coming would be great)
- ship-fights are a DPS-Race for the most part

It says I didn't buy the game? Uh I very clearly did, and have the proof for it, I really hope there's no hindrance to gameplay from it accusing me of getting a cracked version. 

You need to redeem your Steam key. It says this on both the store page and the download page after purchase.

Oh! I'm sorry - I must have skimmed over it. Thank you for the reply :)


Neat. 30 seconds into the game and it accuses me of piracy. Small glitch there?

Sounds right.

What a stupid comment. No, obviously the game was purchased legitimately through their 100% off offer.

It's a joke, because the game is about piracy...

... then you might want to make that more obvious. There's no indication that the game is about piracy from the title, and the statement doesn't come across as a joke, it comes across as one of those typical piracy warnings/admonishments.
I'm not sure how you found it funny.

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??? Did you not read the description at all? Or are you being sarcastic? I sincerely hope it's one of those two, because the only other option is that you're incredibly stupid.

You need to redeem your Steam key. It says this on both the store page and the download page after purchase.

I'm not using the steam version...


You have to redeem the Steam key in order for it to authenticate your ownership of the game. Even if you're not using the Steam version. "The Itch.io version of the game has custom DRM that requires that you own the game on Steam. It is non-intrusive and simply verifies ownership of the game. Please redeem your Steam key before playing." Perhaps that could've been included in the piracy message though.

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