Battleship in Review – Not hard, but long and full of seamen.

I’ve spoke before about the popularity of board games being ported to the iPlatform. From The Game of LIFE to Boggle, people have just fallen in love with the idea of being able to play and experience all the games they loved on the iDevice. At the front of this explosion in popularity is Electronic Arts. Title after title, some of the best board games ever have successfully been redesigned for the iDevice. Now EA have chirped in with Battleship, their rendition of the classic. Hit or miss? Read on.

As with nearly all EA titles, graphics are right on. From title launch you are treated to vibrant colours and perfect recreations of original Battleship art. Menu and info screens are amusingly designed that integrate perfectly into the Battleship theme.

They really went out of their way to incorporate actual parts of the game into the title. The board looks just like the aqua coloured plastic from the board game. The ship pieces and pegs that you use are perfect recreations. On top of all that, EA also added in some amazing animations for firing sequences.

Setting the board up is as easy as dragging ships around, and firing is as easy as picking a spot and tapping the fire button. With the game play as simple and straightforward as it is I was glad to see they didn’t try to tweak or over do the methods of control. This is definitely one of those times where less is better and makes for a more enjoyable game.

If you are the type of person that just prefers the original style of game then EA have you covered, but there are also 3 other game modes available.

The new game modes are: Multiplayer, Salvo and Superweapons. The multiplayer mode is available in wifi, bluetooth or pass n play formats. The Salvo game mode is a fun version where the amount of shots you can take is based on how many ships you have left in the water. Lastly the Superweapons game is a neat mode where you can select different types of weapons to use during the game. There are quite a few available and they charge up during game play so that you can use them periodically throughout. You earn weapons as you play, as well as raising your rank from lowly seaman to admiral. If you ever need help in how to play or want some more introduction to the different game modes available you can view all that from the “More” menu. Everything from how to play, to being able to edit and toggle game features.

They did a really great job with this game. Everything about it is so close to the original that playing it will definitely have you feeling nostalgic. With strong sharp graphics and addictive game play, any fan of board games is absolutely going to love this title.

App Summary
Title:BattleshipDeveloper:Electronic Arts
Reviewed Ver:1.0.5Min OS Req:2.2.1
Price:$2.99App Size:10.0 MB
  • Amazing graphics and animations
  • Lots of different game modes
  • Very addictive
  • Easy to play
  • Multiplayer

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