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Hopefully these reviews will offer very short, though hopefully helpful pro/con reviews for those trying to make their mind up about this game.


GAME: BATTLESHIP (1931)
PUBLISHER: MILTON BRADLEY (1996)


PROS

- Essential entry game. Battleship is over 70 years old, and if I can't speak for it, then let time do the job. It is still in print. It is still a best seller. It is often one of the first board games any child will receive.

- Very engaging theme. Battleship has lasting power, for a simple, but obvious reason. There is nothing like the feeling of sticking a red peg into a ship, and flashing a smug look at your opponent. If there were votes for best board game quote, "You sunk my Battleship!" would certainly be in the Top 5. Battleship could be considered a ritual.

- For such a simple game, there is strategy. Of course, it's a fairly understood strategy, but trying to ensure the greatest amount of hits using the least amount of shots takes some thought, and starts our children on a path of strategic thought.

- Fun, psychological warfare. I find you can tell a lot by the way your opponent says, "miss." What happens in their eyes? Do you get the impression that a ship might be near by your miss? Can you actually lead your opponent into shooting at a dead zone just by the way you conduct yourself? I feel the answer is yes.

CONS

- Luck luck luck luck. No question. This game is for two types of people: those who are children, and those who as children, grew up with Battleship. Anybody else will largely find Battleship a completely non-essential part of their gaming efforts.

FINAL COMMENT:



Sure, it's Battleship, and largely ignored by most gamers. And why even write a review on a game that is pervasively known by all? Well, apart from doing reviews for every game on my shelf, it looks like Battleship on the BGG could use a little TLC.

Certainly, by the time somebody has become a hardcore gamer, even their choices for "filler" games have become more strategic and complex. I guess that's the nature of being a "gamer". But to forget Battleship is to forget your roots, if it is indeed your roots. Battleship goes anywhere, can be played by anybody from about 5 years old (friends or strangers) and is just plain fun. It makes a potential boring 20 minutes into a guaranteed exciting 20 minutes. Of course, this is wholly subjective, and only agreeable to those who like Battleship. And there it is, you either love it or ignore it. But I will go as far to say that it is wrong to grow up without ever playing. Battleship helps children learn about co-ordinates, basic strategy, and theme, and these are necessary concepts to begin developing as a youngster. And if you're an adult, and have a place for nostalgia on your shelves, pick up a copy and play on!
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