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Don't buy this cheap version!
on October 12, 2009
I've played Battleship before at a family member's house. They had an older traditional version of the game with two separate cases, nice quality, etc. I loved playing it. My 8-year-old son enjoyed playing it with me, so I suggested that to my mother as a birthday present. Unfortunately, I didn't know there were different versions these days.
In this version, there is a single 2-sided console that the two players share. Unfortunately, the pegs and ships do not fit well into the holes, and since the board is vertical, they frequently fall out. If someone lightly brushes against a peg, it will fall out. If you look at a peg, it may fall out. The whole point is to be able to mark your misses and hits, and if you don't know what you've already guessed, what's the point? I was almost in tears with frustration after only 5-10 minutes of play. Sadly, this is a cheaply designed game that is not ready to be on the broader market.
On a side note, this version has a hexagon grid, so that there are more options as to how to orient your boats. In my mind, it makes the game a bit more complex, especially for children, and I prefer the traditional board with rows and columns.
Battleship is a great game, but do not buy this version.