Battleship has been a classic board game for years. Players arrange a variety of ships, strategically guess coordinates along a grid, mark guesses with pegs, all in the hopes to sink all their opponents ships for the win. Hasbro Battleship Movie Edition, includes 3 new game variations, with some inspiration from the new Battleship movie and includes some new Special Ops cards that significantly speed up the pace of the game and offer opportunities for power that quickly change the direction of the game.
- 2 Game Units with integrated trays that organize the pegs and ships for transport and storage
- 5 Navy Ships (green) include Carrier (5 holes), Battleship (4 holes), Japanese Destroyer (3 holes), American Destroyer (3 holes), RHIB (2 holes)
- 5 Alien Ships (red) include Flagship (5 holes), Heavy Ordinance Craft (4 holes), Red Storm Stinger (3 holes), Blue Shredder Stinger (3 holes), Small Assault Ship (2 holes)
- 2 Decks of Special Ops Cards (red, green)
- Red Pegs
- White Pegs
- Reference Card
- Recommended for kids ages 7 and up
- 2 player game
Concept of the Game
The new Battleship movie edition game is loosely based on the classic version of Hasbro's family game where players arrange 5 different ships of varying sizes along the ocean grid. Players call out letter-number coordinates using strategy to search and locate where the ships have been placed. Players mark coordinates they have guessed with a white peg on the top of the board, and mark correctly guessed coordinates using a red peg. If their opponent correctly guesses the location of their ship, they also mark the coordinate on their ship with a red peg. The first player that sinks the other players 5 ships is the winner.
This new game allows the players to determine who will be Navy fleet and who will represent the Alien fleet. Using the premise of the traditional classic game, players arrange their battleships and call out sequences. However, the new element of this game includes Special Ops cards that players chose prior to their turn. The Special Ops cards intensify the speed of the game and add a really fun element of game play.
Special Ops Cards Functions
The cards include actions such as:
- Fire 1 Shot: calling 1 coordinate
- Fire 2 Shots: calling 1 coordinate, then another
- Fire 3 Shots: calling 3 coordinates in succession
- Fire & Draw: call 1 coordinate then draw second card
- Reveal: opponent reveals 1 "unhit" coordinate
- Row Blitz:If your Battleship or Heavy Ordinance Craft is afloat, pick a letter row and call out every coordinate, marking hits/misses
- Column Blitz: if Carrier or Flagship boat is afloat, pick a number column and call out every coordinate, marking hits/misses
- Row Scan: pick a letter row, your opponent reveals how many coordinates in that row are occupied by ships
- Salvo: place this card face up next to grid, every time a Fire 1 shot card is drawn, fire as many shots as you have ships afloat, but this power is lost and the card is discarded when one of your ships is destroyed
- Com Tower: place this card face up next to your grid, then draw another card. Once all 4 Com Tower cards are collected, this allows players to earn a special power that allows them to instantly sink any boat they hit
When this game arrived for review, my husband couldn't wait to play it. My usual self got overwhelmed with all the pieces and understanding the concept of the special-ops cards, but we were easily able to play and learn during the process. The special ops cards really make the game play interesting and speed up the process, giving different players advantages at different times. They really move the game play along quickly and offer different twists and turns that could change the outcome of the game at any time.
Toy storage is very important to me as the mother of a small child and I really like the concept of the game storage. Both game units attach to each other. When de-tached they also flip open for game play. Included in each game unit is a tray that pulls out so pegs can be stored on either side of the tray and the special opps cards are inserted in the middle. It took me a few tries to figure out how the game units attach together, but overall its sturdy, and I like the integrated carrying handle. In comparison to older games, the pegs for this game were also designed with a small ridge on the end of them that allows them to easily be inserted and removed during game play. In my opinion, Hasbro has scored a "Hit!" with this new version of Battleship.
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