Battleship Board Game

Battleship or Battleships, as it’s often referred to, is a strategy board game which is incredibly fun to play for two people.

The Battleship board game actually began it’s life in a very similar way to how naughts and crosses began, as a purely paper based game. People would use a blank piece of paper to draw out a grid which would be 10×10, they would also add in their and their Battleship locations. Each player would then take it in turn to guess the location of their opponents Battleship, a cross would be placed in that square, if the person’s guess correlated with the location of a Battleship then it would count as a Hit. The overall aim of the game was to “destroy” your opponents Battleships before they destroyed yours.

The paper game which was played back in the early 1900’s hasn’t changed at since it’s conversion into a physical board game.

battleship board game Game Information
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Game Genre: Strategy
Suitable For: 7 – 12 ears
Number Of Players: 2 Players
Approx Playing Time: 30 Minutes
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A history of Battleship Board Game & Its Origins

The Battleship game was designed by a man called Clifford Von Wickler somewhere in the early 1900’s, his design was origionally seens as the paper design mentioned above. Unfortunately Clifford didn’t file for patent on the board game and as a consequence Milton Bradley company picked up the design some 30 years later and created the board game we know today as Battleship.

Interesting Facts About Battleship

  • Battleship is often mistakenly called Battleships
  • Battleship was originally called Broadsides, The Game Of Naval Strategy before being picked up an patented by Milton Bradly company.
  • Battleship makes up the main heme of a children’s book called Camp Contact

Notable Versions, Editions & Special Editions

Battleship board game has been reproduced in many versions including a PC version, gaming version on multiple consoles, versions for mobile phones and travel versions.

Battleship has also been released in multiple editions, one of the most popular being the Electronic version which made explosive noises each time a direct hit was made on an opponents Battleship.

In 2010 a brand new version of Battleship was released onto the market. The main difference in this updated version is that the board now contains a number of islands which can be home to a “captured man” piece.