That aircraft carrier's going down.
Electronic Arts brought Battleship to iPhone in 2009 and just released it on the iPad.
As the old saying goes, better late than never.
This is essentially an HD port of the iPhone game, complete with all the same modes and cut scenes, by no means a bad thing. On the contrary, EA has done a wonderful job bringing the classic pen and paper/board game to life, complete with different variations and most importantly, sweet looking cut scenes that add variety to the experience.
Classic play is your standard issue game of Battleship, as you arrange ships, a sub and an aircraft carrier on a board and then take turns against the computer or a friend, targeting specific areas on the other player's grid in the hopes of scoring a direct hit. Each vessel has a certain number of pegs, and nailing them all sinks the vessel. Destroy the fleet, and you win the battle.
To spice things up, EA included Salvo, where you fire a set number of rockets at once to cover a much larger area of the grid, and Super Weapons, by far the coolest addition. Here, you choose up to three powerful attacks that recharge over time. Weapons include a frag bomb, chain gun, torpedo and the air strike, among others. Then, once launched, you sit back and watch destruction unfold, so long as you're within range.
Meanwhile, impressive looking cut scenes help bring the war to life. With Classic Play, you see a cannon firing into the sky and ships taking punishment, eventually sinking into the ocean depths. You also receive that presentation with Super Weapons, in addition to shots of attack choppers shredding enemies with bullets and fighter jets dropping bombs. It gets a bit old after a while, but you can always tap the screen to speed things up.
Finally, the game comes with multiplayer, and this is where EA dropped the proverbial ball. For whatever reason, the developers chose to make it local only, missing a huge opportunity for turn-based online play. On the positive side, playing against friends is significantly more enjoyable than the oftentimes mentally challenged computer, but come on. Online connectivity would have resulted in a perfect score.
That said, Battleship is still a wonderful game and a worthwhile addition to your iPad (and for that matter, iPhone) library, especially if you grew up playing the original. Just cross your fingers and hope EA releases an update with online support.
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
What's Hot: Excellent recreation of the classic board game, two unique modes put a spin on the formula, slick cut scenes, local multiplayer.
What's Not: No online play, cut scenes get repetitive.