Sunday, November 13, 2011

Battleship Live

6AAC3CEF5056900B10DE5E5208ECE2CABattleship Live
From Hasbro Canada

About the game

Expect the unexpected! You’re at the controls in this head-to-head sea battle with an interactive talking tower, sound effects and surprise events. Motion Vision Play brings the game to life for a realistic, edge-of-your-seat adventure every time you play!

Contents: electronic tower, game board, 2 divider screens, 10 ships, 2 cannons, 2 command pegs, spy plane, track, and startup guide.   2 players.  Requires 4 "AA" batteries (not included).

Our Thoughts

My son was looking into a Wal-Mart flyer one day and saw the new Battleship Live announced in there.   He said that it would be fun to have this one.   I had seen the Battleship Live on the shelves in various stores and was wondering what was changed compared to the regular Battleship or previous electronic Battleship games.   So when the opportunity to review this particular edition of a well-known game arose, I was delighted.

However when I received the package, my husband wasn’t as excited as me.    His initial reaction was “Do we really need another Battleship?  Why make another one available on the market?”

So last night, we sat down at the table after we made apple sauce donuts and played one game.   IMG_1656

Essentially, this new Battleship game is quite different than the previous ones as you have a control tower guiding you in the game.  You also have a canon to attack the opponent as well as a spy plane that will let you know if there are boats in specific zones on your opponent grid. 

The game is FANTASTIC!    We played and my husband immediately got hooked.    He almost wanted to play a second round even though he won the first one initially.   As you progress in the game, you can have more opportunities to do command decisions from 2 to 4 depending on where your boats are located.    The spy plane in itself is quite interesting and you have to be careful on how you launch it so that it ends in a zone and not elsewhere.  

The control tower is able to determine you move for your own pieces and will also include some situations like “Gas is cheaper so your can make two moves in one shot this turn.” while other times you might be able to have more command decisions to do…

The game pieces are sturdy and easy to move around.   The game board is easy to put together.  My only little concern is if someone put it together too fast, the panels to separate the two sides might bend as they are made of cardboard.    But these pannels fit nicely on the middle of the spy plane track as well as the side of the control tower.

In the end, we had a great time and my husband is quite excited about this new edition of the Battleship Live.   We also own a Battleship Star Wars Electronic edition which is totally different to this one.   The Battleship Live is out of the ordinary and will spark a new interest for an older game.

Did you know that Battleship has been around since 1931 when it was a pad-and-pencil game?   We have come a long way since these days I find with various editions: plastic pegs version, electronic versions (since 1977), hexagonal board game with islands where captured figurines can be placed (2010),  Wii version, Nintendo DS version, App version and now this Battleship Live edition. 

imageAnd hang on because it is not finished… in 2012 we will see the Battleship movie on screens everywhere.  Though not completely like the board game, the movie was based on the well-known Battleship game apparently.  

The trailer has picked my curiousity and this movie will be on my 2012 list to check out.   Click on the image on the left side to access the official site of Battleship the movie.

Now I wonder if a new version of the game will come out next year with aliens forces against humans forces.  That would be interesting woudn’t it?

The Battleship Live game is available at your favorite toy store.

Disclaimer: I received the product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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