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"The golden chest is the legendary, ultimate treasure said to exist since the birth of the world. They say all of piracy began when, centuries ago, explorers sailed out in search of it. The truth is, nobody really knows what's inside, but whatever it is, it's got to hold unfathomable wealth and power! ...If we can get our hands on the key and chest, we'll be the greatest pirates of all time!"
Dubloon is a freeware RPG developed by Greg Lobanov, the creator of Assassin Blue, Escape from the Underworld, and co-creator of Cowboy Killa, over the course of about a year. The game is set in an Ocean Punk world where the Navy has almost complete control of the seas, leaving pirates scattered and vulnerable. The story follows a crew of four pirates who seek out the world's ultimate treasure - a golden treasure chest - taking on the Navy in the process.The game uses a unique mouse-based interface and incorporates elements of many different games, such as combat based on Action Commands and field moves.The game can be downloaded here or here.
But Thou Must: When Anne offers to help you escape prison and when Riley and Ricky are offered to join the crew.
Also, You can deny Anne's offer to join her crew, but she's your only ticket off of the island.
Likewise, when Kaz's crew asks for assistance, you can say no and leave them standing there, but you can't progress with the plot until you say yes.
Chain of Deals: On Stern Island. It's mandatory to the plot, but thankfully short.
Combatant Cooldown System: Each combatant has a meter that allows them to perform an action when filled up. The game doesn't pause them when one of player characters gets their meter full, which means that it's possible for slower members to act beforehand, or to wait for some bosses to quit their Counter Attack mode.
Cool Versus Awesome: Over the course of your journey, you'll fight the following: pirates with hooks for heads, pirates with peglegs for heads, pirate zombies, vikings, ghosts, skeletons, sentient severed hands, multi-colored knights (including a golden one), sea serpents, mermaids, mutant fishes THAT SHOOT LASERS, a giant mole, flying hippos, walking trees and bushes... and more!
Failed a Spot Check: One Navy NPC on Bowish Island remarks on "[your] pirate ship sailing by the island". Of course, he hadn't noticed any boat coming from this ship (or for that matter, any boat at all).
Fan Nickname: In his Let's Play, Rockythechao calls the hookheads "hook zombies".
Fetch Quest: The gems you collect for Davey Jones in the graveyard.
Global Currency: Except for one NPC, everyone in the world uses eponymous Dubloons as a currency.
The Guards Must Be Crazy: One NPC on Bowish Island gives Ricky a hint about the key to the house, just because he wouldn't expect the monkey to do this.
Healing Checkpoint: Most save logs are located close to either trauma inns or red chests that replenish your crew's health and alcohol points. Ones that aren't are usually located somewhere within a dungeon.
The Battle Didn't Count: It's actually possible to beat that first battle with a LOT of grinding, as shown in this video. If you win, however, Bradley just calls you a cheater and carries on as if he'd won anyway.
Pictorial Speech Bubble: When Russel saves Ricky without saving Riley first, Ricky will ask where Riley is with a speech bubble depicting his head, to which Russel replies with speech bubble showing a shaking head.