Battleship: Gameplay

The game Battleship is also a politically charged game, perhaps the most of all of the noted games in this study. The original version of the game came about in the First World War and involved a pencil and a piece of paper. Players would draw where their ships were and would also mark where they struck or missed the opponent’s ships. The new version of the game has most of the same principles except uses a more durable board than paper and uses actual pieces to mark the location of ships, strikes and misses.[1] A two player game, each participant places their five ships, each a different size, on the flat surface of the board, which their opponent cannot see. The objective of the game is to guess where the enemy ships are and to sink them.[2] The game is over when all of the enemy ships have been annihilated.


[1] “History of the Game”, Battleship Game Page, accessed April 25, 2017,

[2] “Battleship”, Hasbro, accessed April 23, 2017,


a) “Anytime, Anywhere: Pencil and Paper Games That Rock”, GeekDad, accessed April 25, 2017,

b) “Battleship Games-Small Basic Featured Programs”, Microsoft Developer, accessed April 25, 2017, 


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