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What can you add to Battleship over the pencil and paper version? A computerized opponent, fairly obviously, as well as the chance to play without using up the earth’s limited paper and pen resources. The possibility of cheating is removed as well.

Elite go beyond this by changing the shapes of the ships to be more Tetris style, and allowing these to be placed at each of the 4 main angles. A ‘Salvo Fire’ mode sees each player fire a succession of shots (each of your six ships gets four shots a turn until it’s sunk), meaning that strategic play involves firing on a wide range initially in the hope of finding a ship, before homing in on the area in the next turn. Finally, there’s an animated sequence for each go, which is depicted as an air strike. As well as standard two-player games, there’s also a multi-player mode in which the winner’s score accumulates until he loses, allowing for a “winner stays on” structure if there are 3 or more of you.


Battleship Atari ST Ship placement
Battleship Amstrad CPC Shooting sequence
Battleship Commodore 64 Winning the game
Battleship Commodore 64 Destroyed one of the computer's ship

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Alternate Titles

  • "Battle Ships" -- European title
  • "Battleships" -- In-game title

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Sep, 1987 10 out of 10 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Sep, 1987 10 out of 10 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Sep, 1987 10 out of 10 100
Commodore User Commodore 64 Sep, 1987 8 out of 10 80
ST Action Atari ST Jun, 1988 66 out of 100 66
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Dec, 1987 65 out of 100 65
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jun, 1990 61 out of 100 61
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Sep, 1988 6 out of 10 60
Happy Computer Amstrad CPC Sep, 1987 9 out of 100 9
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Oct, 1987 Unscored Unscored


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