It is said that Battleship, as a pencil and paper game, was based on a French game "L'Attaque", played at the time of World War I. It is also said to be parallel to E. I. Horseman's 1890 game "Baslinda", which Russian officers played before World War I.
It was in 1967 that the American game company Milton Bradley introduced the game's board version of Battleship. This version used plastic pegboards and a miniature version of ships. The first computerized version of the game was released in 1977 by Milton Bradley. The company also brought out updated versions of Electronic Battleship in 1989 and 2010. Electronic Battleship: Advanced Mission is the latest updated version of the game.
Since the beginning, the game's popularity has been sky high. Even a movie came out in 2012, which was inspired by this game, bearing the same name. However, nothing can measure up to the suspense that the game has in store for players. Let us see how to play the Electronic Battleship game.
Sink your opponent's fleet of five ships.
► Electronic Battleship game
► An opponent
► And ... a superhuman ability to guess the ship's placements correctly! ;)
1. You and your opponent (if you are playing with a human opponent) will sit across each other.
2. Place the game between both of you, keeping the on/off switch on your or the other player's side.
3. Turn the switch on to start the game.
4. Upon starting, the game computer will ask for the number of players who will play the game. If you are playing with another player, press 2. However, if you want to play against the computer, press 1. Also, select the skill level of the computer player from 1 to 3, 1 being "low" as per the skill level. The computer will confirm the number of players that you have selected.
5. Next, you have to choose a mission you want to compete in. There are 4 types of missions in the game. Press 1 for Classic Mission, press 2 Salvo Mission, press 3 for Bonus Mission, or press 4 to select the Advanced Mission. The computer will confirm the mission that you have selected.
6. After that, you and your opponent can choose the placements of your ships. Both of you will have a fleet of 5 ships consisting of an aircraft carrier, a battleship, a submarine, a destroyer, and a petrol boat. For the deployment of your ships, you may choose from pre-programmed configurations or customize them.
- Press 1 to select ship placements from pre-programmed configurations. Enter codes of different formations, which are given in the game manual. Choose a formation to your liking and enter its code to select it.
- Press 2 to customize the placements. You will need to place the miniature ship pegs on the horizontal surface in front of you. You can place the ships either vertically or horizontally. After placing each vessel, you will need to enter letters and the number of the grid that will mark your ship's placement. For example, enter the letter of the row where you have placed the ship and then, enter column numbers to indicate one end of the ship. Then, indicate the direction of the ship as well. This helps the computer calculate your vessels' positions.
1. The vertical or the upright target grid between the players will show the battlefield where hit or missed ships are marked.
2. On your turn, enter the letter and number on the grid to show the mark where you want to fire. Then, Press Fire/Enter key.
- The computer will announce if you have hit the opponent's vessel or not followed by the coordinate that you have entered. Place a red peg on the mark to indicate the hit. Your opponent will do the same on his side of the target grid.
- However, if you have missed the opponent's ship, the computer will inform you that. Place a white peg to indicate the missed mark. Your opponent will do the same.
4. In this way, take alternate turns.
5. The game continues till a player sinks all the ships of the other player.
6. Hit all the space that a ship occupies on the board to sink it. You have to successfully cause the sinking of all five enemy ships to win the game.
► Though it is a strategic game, it is mainly based on your guess work. However, a random shot may hardly win you the game. You will need to carefully work through your guesses to locate the opponent's ships.
► Use different weapons of different ships to attack on the other player's fleet. Ships are equipped with guns, various missiles, torpedoes, and reconnaissance aircraft as well. Different weapons have different powers and effects that you can use for your benefit.
► Use a sonar scanning system that your submarine has. It helps you scan the enemy waters. The sonar system searches a 9 square area, i.e., 3 rows by 3 columns. However, the scan does not inform you about the exact location of a ship. It will only tell you whether or not the sonar has found something in that area. You will have to guess the ship's location in that area, which is narrowed down by the sonar search.
► Mark the hit or missed area with appropriate-colored pegs. It will help you keep tab on the areas where you have already fired. Keep the record of hit and missed areas as the computer will record a miss if a missile hits the spot, which has already been hit.
Electronic Battleship has taken board games to a whole new level by adding sounds―like a missile being fired that hits the mark, adding more fun to the game. Simple Electronic Battleship commands make it easier to play this game. Have fun!