Battleship

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Just like the classic board game but with big explosions.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The strategy of the game may take a while to master, but learning to play is a cinch. And the interface is super simple to use.

Violence & Scariness

Each time you launch an attack on your opponent's grid, you see missiles launched from a cannon, and if a hit is scored, you see the bomb smash into the enemy ship with a loud explosion, fire, and smoke. Hit ships rock violently on the water, and when they sink, they go down in flames. When the aircraft carrier sinks, jets on its deck slide off into the sea. In "Superweapons" mode, you can also attack with mines, bombs dropped from planes, or helicopter with machine guns that strafe bullets in long lines.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

A button on the homepage will bring you to the EA app store, where you can purchase and download more games from Electronic Arts.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this app is the mobile video game version of the classic Battleship board game. While it has the same type of back-and-forth play and the same type of strategy, but it is much more visually violent than the board game. In the board game, when you score a hit, your opponent simply says, "Hit." Here, you see each hit depicted as an actual missile striking against a naval vessel, complete with smoke, fire, and loud bangs. Parents should also know that the app supports multiplayer games, but only among people on the same WiFi network (i.e., in the same house or building), or between two players who pass the same iPhone back and forth.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byraúlc June 3, 2016

Not on App Store

Had to fill in age and goodness above. I have not played this app. As of June 3, 2016, it is not available on iTunes App Store.
Teen, 13 years old Written bythe bad baconator July 22, 2012

Really Common Sense

i think that common sense media its a bad spin on classic games, this is battle ship people, and if technology is advanced enough to make loud booms and bright... Continue reading

Is it any good?

This mobile version of BATTLESHIP is awesome fun. It's far more fast-paced and suspenseful than the boardgame version could ever be, and while not exactly necessary, the action animation of the ships getting sunk does add an element of excitement. But even with all those bells and whistles, it's still the classic strategic gameplay that makes playing it so enjoyable. The new game modes, which make Battleship even more video game-like, allow you to use high-powered superweapons or take multiple shots at once, and they add a nice element of variety to the app. Some people may not like that multiplayer games can only be held locally, but others will be relieved that their kids will be less likely to be playing with strangers that way. And it's nice that there's a two-player mode that can even be played on one device. All in all, this app is a spectacular adaptation of the boardgame.

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