Battleship

Battleship / Bataille Navale France. 1969.

“You sank my battleship!”

Battleship, or Battleships, is a two-player game in which you guess the location of your opponent’s fleet of ships on a concealed numbered and lettered grid. The aim is to destroy your opponent’s fleet before your own fleet is destroyed. Battleship can be dated back to World War I when it was a home-made pen and paper game. In later years numerous companies published printed pad-and-pencil versions, then in 1967 the Milton Bradley company (MB Games) produced a plastic board and peg version with miniature ships. Later incarnations by MB included electronic, speaking, and player vs computer versions.

Battleships. UK. 1983.

Torpedo Run / Opération Torpilles and Touché Coulé Computer / Electronic Battleship. 1988. France.

Touché Coulé / Battleship traditional and elctronic. 1995. France.

Bataille Navale Electronique Parlante / Electronic Speaking Battleship. 1995. France.

Combat Naval. 1995. France.


20 thoughts on “Battleship

  1. airlandia

    I had that Torpedo Run game. It was awesome and I’d love to get it for my kids but it was pricey last I checked on ebay. What’s funny about the ad is that the kid in the red shirt is cheating, he went way over the line to fire.

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      1. airlandia

        Yes, it was big. That board was a hassle since it was made from cardboard and fell apart pretty quickly. But I still loved the ships that came with it. My parents went through a phase where they bought me many similar toys, from Crossbows and Catapults to Immortals of Change.

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    1. The Vintage Toy Advertiser Post author

      Yes, the catchphrase from the British ads 🙂 I had to look up Atmosfear that you mentioned as I knew the name but not the product – and I discovered it’s a 90s VHS then DVD horror game. Looks like a lot of spooky fun! And nothing to do with any Russ Abbot party songs!!! 🙂

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  2. For Tyeth

    Hi TVTA, I had an early version of the MB Games clamshell non electronic Battleship. It didn’t have the extra decoration to make it look like a ship’s control panel, it was just a peg board with compartments for the pegs. But I did add a little twist to the game and that was to include an aircraft carrier. It was shaped 5 pegs long with a row of 3 next to it. If you “fired” from the carrier you could make it an airstrike so if you called target B5 but your opponent was in B6 you still scored a hit as your attack also affected adjacent pegs (basically a 3×3 zone). But your carrier could be sunk with much less damage. I should have suggested that modification to MB!

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      1. For Tyeth

        Hi TVTA, it was just a basic early version. Glad you liked the idea of “Aircraft Carriers”. It was back when a lot of American carriers were patrolling and in the news and I thought they would add a tactical dimension to the game that was missing.

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  3. Resa

    Well, unless my Barbie could have her own ship….. Hmm, Mattel may have missed out here. Barbie’s Battle Ship, with amazing outfits for being an Admiral… etc. Just saying, it would have lured me in. Of course I was busy with Barbie’s Dream Home & Fashion Shop, even if they were my friend’s older sister’s hand me downs!

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    1. The Vintage Toy Advertiser Post author

      A Barbie battleship would have been awesome. War Barbie, Battle Barbie, Admiral Barbie of the 7 seas, Skipper the skipper, Ken the Cabin Boy lol. She did get a couple of cruise ships in her time but they were so teeny tiny… unlike the Glamour Gals line of dolls that got the huge ‘Ocean Queen’ liner as their boat of choice. Pretty stunning. Some pics here: https://thevintagetoyadvertiser.org/category/glamour-galsglamour-girls/

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