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Genre: Action, Turn based strategy :: Players: 2 :: Released: 17/12/09

Battleship (iPhone) Review

Developer: EA Mobile


Game Features


New game modes
Good multiplayer options


No community/online achievements

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Review Details
Handset Apple iPhone 3G
Time Played 4 hours
Game Progress Promoted to Admiral

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 21/12/09

Back with a bang

EA bring another board game classic to the App Store. Just with Connect 4, most people will hopefully have already played Battleships at some point in their lives. Thankfully the format of the seek and destroy game gives a EA a little more room to expand the gameplay than Connect 4 ever could.

EA have stayed true to Hasbro's roots of one the first turn based strategy games. The dodgy plastic ships and blue grids are back together with the red and white pegs. The general format is the same, place your ships on the board and then take pot shots at your opponent's board until somebody's fleet is destroyed. The classic gameplay is recreated in the imaginatively titled Classic mode. There are a couple of other modes to try which generally result in quicker matches for the fast food generation. Salvo mode lets you launch multiple shots per attack. Each of your ships can fire one shot per round. Therefore at the beginning of the game, you have five shots each but this gradually dwindles as ships are lost.

The games are highly reliant on luck and thankfully the AI doesn't give itself an unfair advantage. There are no difficulty settings but the AI does play with reasonable logic in the latter stages of the game.

Every ship you sink is stored and you can get promoted after sinking every 10-20 ships or so. Promotion can unlock weapons for the Super Weapon mode. This mode is still played on the same board and the usual arrangement except now you have additional weapons at your disposal. The weapons take a few rounds to charge up but can have a devastating effect. There are about 12 weapons to unlock but you can only choose three for any game. Unlocking the weapons will take time; some require you to sink a certain number of ships and others have quite specific requirements such as completing a level without losing a ship.

As with Connect 4, EA have given Battleships full multiplayer options from pass the phone to Bluetooth and wi-fi networked games. We've playing the game pretty solidly and it's been great fun. The graphics are excellent and the cut scenes add something that even the electronic board game cannot compete with. Another great title that just missing that community aspect.