We've recently had a betting pool going in the imaginary Joystiq offices in which we wagered how long it would take for a video game adaptation of the recent pirate attack of the Maersk Alabama
to be developed. It's got all the necessary elements for a blockbuster action title: Snipers, heroic captains, climactic shootouts
and, of course, nautical negotiations. Unfortunately, none of us had the gumption to bet such a game would surface in a mere nine days
Online gaming portal Games2Win recently uploaded Saving Captain Phillips
, a Flash title that places you in the shoes of the three Navy SEAL snipers who did the titular saving
. You're tasked with taking out four pirates holding Captain Phillips hostage on a lifeboat -- though in the real-life hostage situation, only three pirates were aboard the lifeboat when the saving
took place. Disappointingly, the game is about as good as it is historically accurate. It's a solid effort, but we think we'll wait for Infinity Ward to try their hand at game-ifying the high seas standoff.