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Computer Doesn't Match You Hit For Hit- Awesome!
on January 7, 2012
One of my my gripes with other Battleship games (video, different consoles) is when you hit an enemy, they always find you shortly thereafter. In the Kindle Battleship, it is a real delight to have irregular patterns of "revenge" by the computer. In other words, just because you hit the enemy ship, doesn't mean it will zap your ships right back. They also do a very nice job of scattering their shots and don't persistently hit the same areas (unless they find you, then they logically search for you in that area. And YES, they do miss while they're searching, just like you do.) The best I've done? The enemy only sank ONE of my 3 square boats! Yippee! The worst? He nailed my PT boat right away, and two others within seven shots. OUCH. So the computer will keep you on your toes.
I love the Salvo- you get the same number of hits as you have ships. As your ships get sunk, the number of shots you have is reduced. I do agree with the reviewer that says it is a big change having the ships outlined to the side and you KNOW which one you hit- but I LIKE that. You don't have to look at it, and can put an index card over that area if you don't want to see it. It's a nice option to have, if you want it, it's there.
Another thing I like- the placement of ships. If you use the five way button and click Automatic, the ships will rearrange themselves. Keep clicking until you get a setup you somewhat like, then move the cursor to MANUAL and scoot the ships to where you want them. It's much faster :)
One con I do see is that the enemy often has a tendency to cluster the ships too close together. Not always, but fairly often. So you get in the habit of checking for clustering. It still doesn't help finding that pesky little PT boat though! Even with clustering fairly often, it's often a tight race to win- you will NOT regret buying this game. I own almost ALL the Kindle games and this one is hands down my favorite. (Other goodies-If you like word games, Panda Poet (don't laugh) and Shuffled Row are also fun. Panda Poet isn't timed, whereas Shuffled Row makes you hustle and is NOT relaxing- good for a change of pace. Ken-Ken will appeal to numbers folks, my hubby can't put that series down once he starts! Frankly, I started getting addicted to it too- just as an "adviser" though.)
The Pass And Play is really nice too- once you take your shot and the results are shown, the screen will come on and say to pass it (and your location is already hidden, and so is the opponents.) They have to push a button to activate the screen for their use. Very nice feature!
I'm the Fleet Admiral (top rank) after sinking 350 ships, and it says a lot that I found it enjoyable to keep changing my strategies and see how I fared. I'm hooked! You can't go wrong getting this game in my opinion. Would recommend too getting the Versa light for the Kindle DX (around $20) as you can then play in darkened conditions too. Happy gaming!