How to Play Battleship Game

Battleship game is free to play online in your browser.

Click on the right board or press Start button to play. Make sure you arranged your ships first. Before the game has started you can rearrange your ships by clicking and dragging it to a new position or double-clicking to rotate. You might not be able to place ships right next to each other depending on which rules are selected. To rearrange ships randomly press button. To completely clear your board so you can arrange the ships manually press button. You can choose rules and difficulty from a drop-down menu on the top.

Shoot opponents board by clicking on a cell on the board on the right. If you missed a dot will be displayed, if you hit a ship a cross will appear. Once the whole ship is sunk its outline will also be displayed.

The player who sunk all opponent's ships wins.

Standard Rules

Each player is given following ships:

NumberType
1two-cell "Destroyer"
2three-cell "Submarine"
1four-cell "Battleship"
1five-cell "Aircraft carrier"
  • Ships can be placed on the board any way but can't overlap.
  • Each player has one shot per turn.

German Rules

This version of Battleship game, as the name suggests, is commonly played in Germany.

Each player is given following ships:

NumberType
4two-cell "Destroyer"
3three-cell "Submarine"
2four-cell "Battleship"
1five-cell "Aircraft carrier"
  • Ships can't overlap or be placed right next to each other. This also means that once you sunk the opponent's ship you don't need to try any cells right next to it.
  • Each player has one shot per turn.

Russian Rules

These rules of Battleship game are used in Russia.

Each player is given following ships:

NumberType
4one-cell "Patrol boat"
3two-cell "Destroyer"
2three-cell "Submarine"
1four-cell "Battleship"
  • Ships can't overlap or be placed right next to each other. This also means that once you sunk the opponent's ship you don't need to try any cells right next to it.
  • If player hits a ship they can shoot again.

Battleship Game History

Battleship game, also known as Sea Battle, was played since early 20th century as a paper and pencil game for two players, this form of the game stays most popular since then. Most likely it's related to the French game L'Attaque which was played during World War I, however it also resembles Horseman's game Baslinda which dates back from 1890.

The first commercial version of Battleship was published in 1931 under name Salvo by company Starex. In the 1930s and 1940s other versions of the game were produced as pre-printed pads of paper, these include Broadsides: A Game of Naval Strategy by Milton Bradley, Combat: The Battleship Game by Strathmore and Warfare Naval Combat by Maurice L. Freedman. A version featuring airplanes was released under name Wingswhich by Strategy Games.

In 1967 Milton Bradley published a version of the game in a form of a plastic board game for two people and in 1977 Electronic Battleship where the first stage of the game was to “program” your board so that the game can check your opponent's guesses (eliminating the possibility of cheating).

A first computer version was introduced in 1979, it was released for Z80 Compucolor, many other computer versions were published since including online games that can be played in browser.

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