I hope someone would help me understand the meaning of the phrase "swashbuckling makeover" in the following sentence:

Or discover hidden treasure in Pirate Cove – plus a swashbuckling makeover. (source)

The sentence is from the description of the game Temple Game 2.

I am confused whether the makeover is of the game or of the character in the game. Also, I am not sure if the phrase has an idiomatic connotation that I am not aware of.

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    You would need to provide a little more context. Otherwise it's "I shot a rhino in my pajamas" all over again.
    – puppetsock
    Mar 2, 2020 at 14:56
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    It could be either. Nothing about the "rules of English" tells us whether the reference is to the player or the game getting a "makeover", but pragmatically it's probably the latter. Whatever - it's Primarily Opinion-Based. Mar 2, 2020 at 14:57
  • Having read the original source, it doesn't even make sense in context. Maybe there was an intervening sentence that was deleted before going up on the app store.
    – CJ Dennis
    Mar 2, 2020 at 22:12

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From the text alone, it is insufficiently clear which is meant.

Luckily in this case, the picture above that description depicts someone looking a bit like a pirate, running along a beach with washed up crates, cannons, and an octopus tentacle, with a jolly roger on a shipwreck in the distance:


I would say in this particular instance, the character and the game get a makeover. But from the text alone, it's not clear.

As for the 'swashbuckling makeover' idiom, it means making things look piratey

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