Tuesday 17 October 2023

Battleship: The Classic Naval Combat Game (Sega Game Gear review)

Developer: NGM Productions
Publisher: Mindscape
Released: 1993

Battleship: The Classic Naval Combat Game is a turn-based strategy game that was also released on the Nintendo NES (1993).

+ New ships and weapons are added as you move up the ranks, which is a great way to spice up the combat.

+ Seeing the CPU waste one of its special weapons is gratifying and engages you further into demolishing its fleet.

+ An easy to remember password system is available so you can continue your progress at a later date. 

- Transition from a board game to a video game is dry and there's a distinct lack of personality on display.

- Could have used some additional grid sizes or hazards to keep players invested and to push the core concept forward.

- Strangely, there's no two-player Link Cable option, and playing against the CPU is rather lifeless in the long run.

- Music is downbeat and sombre, which is the polar opposite of what you'd expect in an intense, strategic battle.

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