Navy Battles

Game Description: Take turns against the computer, and find all of the enemy ships before it find yours.

How to Play Navy Battles:

  • Click the 'Start' button.
  • Position your 7 ships on the game board. There are two ways to position your ships. You may do it yourself by dragging the ships to the map. Double click a ship to rotate it. Or, you may let the computer position your ships for you by clicking the 'Auto Place' button. (If you don't like the computer's positioning you can still move the ships around by dragging and double clicking as much as you want).
  • After you are done positioning your ships, click 'Start.'
  • Your 7 ships are displayed on the left side of the game board. The computer's 7 ships are hidden somewhere on the right side of the board.
  • You will try to find and destroy the computer's fleet of ships before the computer can destroy yours.
  • It is your turn first. After the first turn, you and the computer will take turns until someone wins.
  • When it is your turn, you may use your mouse to click any single square on the right side of the board or you may use any of your available weapons displayed at the top.
  • For an air attack, first click on the airplane. Then, click the area of the board you want to attack. Your 3 airplanes will scatter 2 random shots each (for a total of 6 shots) around the general area where you click the board.
  • For a missle strike, first click the missle (this is the weapon in the middle). Then, click the area of the board you want to attack. Your missle will shoot a 3x3 grid for a total of 9 shots at the area of the board where you click.
  • For a guided torpedo attack, first click the torpedo. Then click anywhere on the computer's side of the board. You torpedo is guaranteed to find one of the computer's ships!
  • Anytime you hit one of the computer's ships you will see a red dot. Keep attacking until you destroy the ship completely. (You will see smoke rise when the ship is completely destroyed).
  • When you miss a target, you will see light blue circles on the squares where you missed.
  • Sometimes when you do not hit one of the computer's ships you may instead hit a new weapon you can use (an additional airplane, missle, or a guided torpedo). This can occur either when you are doing single square attacks by clicking with your mouse or when you are attacking multiple squares with your weapons. For instance, when you use a missle that takes out 9 squares you may find an additional airplane, a guided torpedo or even another missle. You will know this occurs because you will hear a chiming sound and the newly found weapon will appear lit up at the top of your game screen.
  • There are 3 rounds of play. If you win, you advance to the next round.
  • If the computer wins... it's game over!
  • When the game ends, you will have to refresh your page to play again.

Navy Battles Playing Tips:
  • You begin the first round with 2 airplanes, 1 missle, and 2 guided torpedos. The guided torpedo is your most powerful weapon because it will always find at least one of the computer's ships. I like to use my first guided torpedo on my first turn. After I completely destroy the computer's first ship, then I use my second guided torpedo. After I completely destroy the computer's second ship I use the rest of my weapons immediately. One of the things you will want to do is find additional weapons to use. Remember, it is a lot easier to find additional hidden weapons by using other weapons instead of trying to find them with a single mouse click. For instance, the missle takes out 9 squares at a time. So you are 9 times more likely to find an additional weapon with a missle than with a single mouse click. When you find any new weapons, use those weapons immediately too. There is no sense in keeping a weapon and not using it.

Richard's Rating: 4 out of 5.

Pro: There is much more to Naval Battles than you will find in your typical battleships game. The extra weapons are a very nice touch. And the special effects are simply outstanding. The airplanes, missles, and the guided torpedos are super. But, the best special effect of all is when the computer hits one of your ships. I know it is just an optical illusion, but it really feels like my computer is shaking! Hats off to the game developer.

Con: I don't see any volume control (a pet peeve of mine). So, you will have to adjust your computer speakers.

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