Doubloons! is a game where you are a pirate captain, commanding your ship and crew to take over and plunder enemy ships. At your disposal are cannons, bilge pumps, rowboats, grappling hooks, gangplanks, and a load of angry pirates.
Your goal is to attack your opponent’s ship, steal their gold, sink it, and sail off into the sunset (in that order). You control the pirates through orders you give them, and then the pirates will complete the task to the best of their abilities. Combat effectiveness may change during battle due to grapeshot, inability to swim, and injury from swords.
The controls are listed above each ship on the play screen, start with Vs. Mode so that your opponent doesn’t do anything. You control the pirates by giving them orders.
For example you hit the “man the cannons” button and the game will pick an idle/defending pirate and make him load the cannons. Later, you can hit the “decrement cannon loaders” button and the game will remove one of your cannoneers.
The game ends when a player has no pirates left and one of the ships has sunk (Not necessarily that player’s ship!), or when one of the ships escapes from the other by sailing off the edge of the screen, or when you press ESC. After this, each player is scored by gold possessed, pirates killed, damage dealt, and whether their ship survives or not.