It’s not easy, but neither is X-Com when you don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s a longer struggle, too. With X-Piratez I give myself more permission to re-do things than I do with vanilla X-Com.
But it’s super rich and fun, with a crazy world and lots of funny stuff. For instance, you can butcher a celatid corpse and make bagpipes out of it, except than in addition to braying music these bagpipes throw a glob of celatid acid in a giant arc to plop on your enemies and burn them and their armor.