Software to sail away to

SailingSailing has never been a particularly popular sport with developers which is why there isn’t much out there in terms of games and sailing related apps. However, if you look hard enough, there are a few titles available for devotees or those who don’t want to get their feet wet.

Pick of the bunch has to be Virtual Skipper 4 which sees you take full control of a regatta as seen in the Americas Cup. As with the real thing, it’s incredibly tricky to master the controls requiring you to control the art of navigation and dealing with the elements. On another tack, one of the best screen-savers I’ve seen continues the maritime theme. Sea Voyage 3D Screensaver basically takes you on board Magellan’s Victoria galleon as it circumnavigates the globe. The sound effects and weather conditions vary from session to session and it kicks-in where it left off last time so you’re not tempted to just sit there and watch the voyage in its entirety!

If it’s something a bit more fun you’re looking for, then take to the high seas with the pirates in the combined puzzle/sailing game Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates. If on the other hand you’re looking for something a bit more sedentary, then Dream Vacation Solitaire features 30 games that take you round the world, as if on a cruise, with each level you move up. Or if you fancy something a bit more edgy, Atlantic Roulette sees you gamble your chips on a sunken ship!

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