Battleship is a near-exact replica of that board game that loses its appeal after elementary school.
You aim a target over any number of blue squares (representing water), fire your missile, and watch as the camera zooms in on a targeted ship. To add depth, your ships can fire missiles in varying patterns. For example, a battleship might be able to fire a 4X4 grid of missiles, whereas a little cruiser can only fire one missile. You have a limited number of these special extra attacks, so really make ’em count.
Once you launch a missile, it will either hit the ship or fly right over it. Once the computer takes its turn, bid adieu to your vessels. No matter where you place your ships, the computer – a cheap, difficult mistress – will always hit them. It’s hard enough getting through one mission with your fleet intact, but there’s 40 missions in the game.
Also, for some reason, Milton Bradley took out the numbers and letters. While you can shout “A6!” or “B12” at the screen, it’s just not the same. Perhaps they removed them to make the action more realistic, but Battleship already fires on Geo Metro cylinders anyway, so why bother.
A none-too-fun video game based on an impossibly boring board game.
PUBLISHER/DEVELOPER: Mindscape GENRE: Strategy
RELEASE DATE: 09/1993 – (US), 1993 – (EU)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: GB, GG