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BG Battleship

title:BG Battleship
download page:link
genre:Traditional games
developer:Spoonbill Software
release:June 2012
features:text, sound, visuals
last edit by:Dark


Battleships is a simple game of logic and stratogy first deviced by British prisoners in the second world war. Played on a grid of squares, each player has a number of ships of fixed length which are hidden from their opponent. The object of the game, is to shoot your guns at a given square and reveal the location of your opponents shipps (sinking them in the process). First to sink all the other players ships is the winner. This simple, yet addictive stratogy game has been popular for nearly 70 years, and playing with the BG version couldn't be easier. simply move around the board with arrow keys and hit spacebar to shoot, and use the letter keys or function keys to discover status of your fleet and the enemy fleet.

One rather interesting special addition offered in Bg battleship is the helper function. This is intended to assist vi players in getting an overview of the board, and will suggest locations of various ships, ---- however even with this function it is still necessary to employ logic as it only suggests possible locations, it does not mean that any are likely.

Though there have been a few accessible games of battleship, this version by Ian humphries is likely the most customizable yet to allow for as many variations of play as possible. Play a solo game, trying to sink the opposing fleet in as few shots as possible, or battle against the computer or another human in the traditional two player game. Have the computer place your ships, or place them manually, Choose whether ships are allowed to touch horizontally or vertically on the grid, Choose whether each player just gets one shot a turn, or gets a number of shotts dependent upon how many ships they have left, also decide whether a successfull hit on a ship gives an extra shot or not.

All game elements can be customized as well. Choose to play on any square or rectangular grid size from 8x8 to 26x26, and choose how many of each ship a player has and how long the ship is.

In access terms, the game has all the usual great features you'd expect from spoonbill. Using sapi to be self voicing, you can set the output to verbose or brief. The game also has appropriately military sound effects and can play background music in midi format. In addition to the self voicing use of microsoft sapi, the game also features a number of low vision access aides, such as the ability to play in a maximized window or have white characters on a black background to provide better contrast, thus making it ideal to play for people with any level of vision.

If you'd like a copy of Bg battleship, just send an E-mail request with your name and country of residence to Games@spoonbillsoftware.com.au This will also have you added to the Soonbill mailing list so that you will be notified of future game releases.

Happy sinking!


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