Game set comes with two cases. Each case has 5 plastic ships and white and red plastic pegs.
A classic game of strategy, each player tries to sink all five of their opponent’s ships while keeping their afloat.
Players take turns guessing at ship locations by calling out a section on the grid. If the player hit a ship, they place a red peg on their board, and place a white peg if they missed. As the back and forth continues, ship locations will emerge, and the race is on.
Though this game requires two players, it in no way uses cooperative skills, and very little talking is needed. This may be fine for most players, but if a game that increases social skills and helps break the ice between children is desired, this game may not be ideal.
With a game as beloved as this, it’s not surprising that reviewers had some mixed feelings. Many loved it, getting it for the children in their life as a means of passing along their own childhood experiences. However, the cheap construction left some users feeling a bit disappointed.
The pegs, which have been made shorter and wider, can slip out of place on the vertical part of the case. This is where pegs go as the player is guessing at the location of their opponent’s ships. If these pegs fall out, gameplay can become quite frustrating with subsequent turns being spent on locations that may have already been guessed.
Keeping the case on a hard, flat surface helps for a smooth game, but avoiding bumping the case can be difficult for children.
Additionally, the letters and numbers on the grids are just raised plastic and not colored, making them difficult to see. A few users said they painted them over with a paint pen, making them more visible.
Considering the popularity of this game, we wish Hasbro would spend the extra time needed to make this toy as good as many of us remember it to be.
- Wipe down with a damp cloth
For more in-depth information on how to clean this type of toy, please see our blog, The Cleaning Guide for Toys.
Parts and Pieces
We have not found a place to buy replacement pegs and ships. If you know of a place where replacement parts can be purchased, please send us a link.
The ease with which the pegs fall out can cause frustration, especially for those who wanted this game to be everything they remembered. If peg-stability can be maintained, this game may be a good addition for any child who enjoys strategic thinking.
Several users reported having difficulty keeping the cases closed, so storing in zip-lock bags might be the way to go.