I have not played battleships since I was a little kid. I wonder if it has changed?
Battleships: Sea On Fire is published by I-play for the mobile phone platform. This review is based on the K800 build.
Battleships has a simple concept. Two players each place their fleet of ships on a grid, hidden from the other player. They then take it in turns to guess grid co-ordinates and try to destroy their opponents fleet. Transferring this to a video game should certainly be an easy task, but I can’t help but feel that the game will lost its magic, if only available as single player.
Battleships: Sea On Fire offers the player three different settings and over a hundred battles to work through. The settings to choose from are Pirate, World War 1 and Future, each with their own background music. As the player completes battles, the games AI will increase the difficulty to raise the challenge level.
The controls are simple and intuitive and there is a tutorial available to help the player get started. Graphically, the game looks ok, with a small grid laid out upon which to place your fleet. The game screen scrolls to an empty grid, at least in the beginning, upon which the enemy fleet is hidden. The player then simply scrolls the grid and chooses a target. There are some basic animations to represent a hit and a miss.
There is a certain amount of fun to be had with this title. The game offers the same thrills as playing the board game. As you start to discover the opponents ships, you start hoping that your ships remain undiscovered. This tension carries on throughout the battle, which can last a fair while. The grids are 100 squares, so a battle can take over 100 turns to complete.
However, playing against an AI does sadly pale in comparison to competing with a friend. This is where the game is let down. Without another player, it simply becomes boring after a while. Battleships: Sea On Fire is a faithful representation of the battleships game, and what it does, it does well. But the lack of a real opponent certainly limits this games enjoyment.
This game was provided for review by I-play