YOU SUNK MY
BATTLESHIP! That's the phrase you'll be hearing when you engage in
this entertaining strategic board game for the iPad that is almost a
replica of the original game released in 1977. Fun fact #1 for today
however... the game was actually invented in the early 1900's by
Clifford Von Wickler!
But we're talking
iPad and Electronic
Arts have released some awesome board games of late and Battleship
can fortunately be put in this category. Not only does it have some
stellar graphics that include cutscenes of ships getting hit by missiles
and fighter jets but it offers a variety of new gaming modes to
enhance your Battleship experience.
Battleship for iPad
2-players via pass and play or WiFi and Bluetooth.
Unfortunately there is no online play via WiFi which is a shame
because it would have been a hoot to play this online. If the game
had internet multiplayer, it would easily be an 8 out of 10 as
opposed to 7.5.
different gameplay modes that include original "classic" Battleship
and two new modes called Salvo and Superweapons, not only did this
game bring back childhood memories but it's actually a blast (pun
intended) to play. The classic mode requires you to arrange your
ships on a grid by 10x10 and your ships range from one to four grid
spaces in size. The idea is to position your ships all over the map in order
to keep your opponent guessing where your ships are.
Each player gets one shell to launch onto your map and if you hit a
ship, the grid will turn red. This then allows you to fire more
shells in that area, either horizontally or vertically to take out
the ship. Once you have hit all parts of the ship, you are treated
to a rather cool cutscene that shows the ship being sunk. This
process continues until one player loses all their ships. It is a
numbers game because every hit and miss is marked on the map so lady
luck does come into play.
The other mode is Salvo that allows you to fire one shot per ship
you have. At the start of the game, this means that you have five
shots because you have five ships, however if you lose a ship, this
then goes to four and three and so on. Salvo is definitely quicker
than the classic mode and is a great twist on this franchise.
Finally we have Superweapons that allows the player to select a
super weapon as opposed to their standard shot. For example you
might launch a helicopter which fires five shots into the ocean or
launch an airstrike that shoots a line of 3 spaced explosive hits. To
keep things fair, each of the weapons have
a charge time but nothing is more fun than using one of these
weapons to hopefully lay waste to where the enemy ships are located.
This mode also contains powerups such as "Shield" to protect a ship
or "supernova" that kills any craft it hits but you need to sink 100
ships to unlock this feature. There's definitely lots of incentive
Battleship is a good looking game on the iPad, especially the cutscenes that
look great such as the jets flying by or ships getting hit and then
sinking into the water. If these become too repetitive, they can be skipped by touching the
screen or there is an option to disable this function. Sound effects
mimic all the sounds that you would expect to hear on the
battlefield which does enhance the gameplay.
In conclusion, Battleship for the iPad is a fun and addictive game
and although it supports an AI mode for single-player, multiplayer
is where all the fun happens because it's more entertaining to sink
a friend's ship as opposed to the iPad AI itself. The gameplay mimics
the original game perfectly and the new modes really enhance the
gameplay by throwing a few new twists into the classic gameplay. The
only downside to the game is that there is no online play to
challenge other people from around Australia or the world which is a
shame. Even so, it's still a great game to have and will
offer you endless hours of enjoyment and frustration to the losing