The old computer favourite Battleships might seem a
bit old hat by now but there is no denying that it is a game that has
the unique addictive quality that makes it an ideal game for all the
family and one that even the youngest computer buff can enjoy. What
battleships needs to make it interesting is a good graphic interface
and, perhaps, some sound effects. Naval Battle has this and more. It is
an excellent version of the classic game with a bold, colourful,
playfield and some super sound effects as the bombs come hurtling in and
explode. The game is for one or two players, with a demo mode, if you
just want to sit back and watch, and is controlled entirely by joystick.
You have five ships, in increasing size, a PT Boat, a Submarine, a
Destroyer, a Battleship and a Carrier which are placed on the grid with
the joystick in any position you choose. The computer, or other player,
places his ships and battle commences with squares being chosen again
with the joystick. Hits are registered graphically with the
representation of each ship being blocked out in red as you score a hit
so that you always know how well you are doing. As we say, maybe a bit
old hat, but if a game is well done then it overcomes problems of
familiarity and you will be surprised at how much children enjoy games
that they can get familiar with. Don't forget also that there are
commercial versions of this game still being released!
Boot with Basic.