This was one of the games that we picked up for the kids this last holiday season. I had always enjoyed the Battleship board game growing up and I wanted to share that with my kids. I also think that the game has some nice benefits for a young mind with the simple strategies of playing.
Battleship By Hasbro
- Age – 7+
- Players – 2
- Playtime – Short (15-30 minutes)
- Capture or Eliminate
How To Play
The game of Battleship requires two players to play and they should be sitting opposite each other. Each player gets their own board which they flip open and sit back to back with their opponent’s board. This way neither player can see their opponent’s ocean or where there ships are located.
Each player secretly hides their ships on their ocean map, making sure that they all fall within the zone and not over top of any letters or numbers on the grid. Once everyone is set up you start taking turns taking 1 shot at your opponent’s fleet. Shots are then fired back and forth until only one fleet is left sailing.
To take a shot at you opponent, you call out a combination of a lettered row and a numbered column. The letters range from A-J and the numbers from 1-10, so you could call any combination such as B3. Your opponent will then tell you if you either missed or if you hit one of their ships. On a hit the opponent must tell you which ship was hit and mark it with a red damage peg. On a hit or miss when you call a shot, you mark your firing zone with the proper colored peg.
A common strategy when you get a hit is to call the surrounding spaces to figure out where the ship is. Since ships can only be placed horizontally and vertically there are only four options. In the case above, the attacker was not lucky with his next three shots but now he knows which way the ship is going.
The biggest positive is that the game is very easy to play and just about anyone of appropriate age can play and win. Along with that there are subtle strategies to placing your ships and how you call your shots.
I am very happy with the construction of the game as well. The cases appear durable and store all of the pieces within them. The pegs fit properly in the holes and I had no issues with placing or removing them. The game also came with more then enough pegs as I had extra that did not fit in the cases.
Lastly, the game offers some flexibility with a couple of advanced rules. The first is by firing a salvo of shots equal to the number of ships that you still have afloat each turn. The other rule is to not have to tell you opponent which ship that they hit.
The biggest challenge for this game is how easy it is too cheat or even just accidentally seeing your opponents ships. As a parent you will need to keep an eye on groups of kids playing to make sure that no one is helping the players. I remember playing this game in school and depending on who you played, there were often spies telling where ships were.
The one improvement that could have been done to the actual board would have been to make the numbers and letters easier to read. As it is they are the same color as the board and can be a little hard to see.
The only other real challenge to the game that I have seen is that luck can be the primary factor in who wins the game. This can be frustrating to some players as the strategies of this game only go so far.
This was one of my favorite childhood games and I spent many an hour playing it. I was happy to see that today’s version of it was a quality game. My kids now enjoy it, and it is easy enough for them to play on their own with each other or their friends as well.
I would definitely recommend this game to be a part of your collection. With the ease of play and the short time window needed, it can be played at various times of the day.
I would love to hear any stories you have to share about this game. With having been around for so long I am sure there are some great ones to hear! Also if you have any questions about the game, please leave them in the comments below and I will be sure to answer them for you.
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James W D