A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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.