Ships Squared (Ships²) is a new game exclusive to the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch.
You probably grew out of Battleships a long time ago. Now it's time to grow back in. Because Ships² is for adults, not children. Ships² is addictive. If you let it, it will take over your mind and ruin your life.
Thirteen ships are laid out on a 10x10 board according to strict rules. You fire at squares. You get the results. You deduce where the ships are. And you draw them. Unlike traditional Battleships, you don't actually need to sink the ships: it's deducing their layout that is the achievement.
There are 12 levels, all using the same basic rules. The lightest ones can be played casually while waiting for the bus. The middling ones take from 5 to 20 minutes of concentrated thought. The heaviest levels demand intense, rigorous, error-free reasoning for half an hour or more. Only a few geniuses will attempt the top level, which takes two hours at least.
Ships² is not a game of chance but of reasoning. It's a workout for the mind. Like all workouts, you mustn't overdo it. As it says on the bottle: please think responsibly!
Ships² can create an unlimited number of different games for you to play. You can design your own layouts too, and send them to your friends to see how well they do.
Full, illustrated instructions are included as part of the game.
Ratings and Reviews
I really like this game
This is -not- the battleship game you played as a kid. It's a thinking person's puzzle game that requires careful analysis and planning to play properly and enjoy. I saw this game pop up a while ago and after reading about it and seeing a review, I was intrigued. I played the Viewer app and thought it was good fun, so I bought this one. The graphics are adequate given what you're trying to accomplish, though it does take some getting use to because at the medium and higher levels, the game is quite complex. Don't buy it if you just want to play battleship -- you'll be disappointed, but it you want to solve complex puzzles without the frustrations that come with many puzzle games, then this may be a great choice for you. Try the Viewer app first to see if you like it and spend the time going through the tutorials or you won't have a clue how to play.
Beautiful thinking puzzle!
The first reviews are very well-written and say it all, I just want you to know this is a very satisfying mental exercise. There are a full range of difficulty senerios, and if you take the tutorial, you will be well rewarded!
To the developer, please add a scoring feature: I know I'm thinking better than before, so I'd like to keep track of my progress. Players might find this an additional dimension of interest.
Probably the best scoring method is simply to add a history of timings for each level (maybe the last 10 or 20). Can do? Thank you for an excellent puzzle app!!!
Ignore the star ratings..
The reviews are heavily polarized because this really is a new type of logic puzzle, and it's quite a difficult one at that. Don't expect to pick it up and be able to understand what to do or how to do it without reading the guide. If that last sentence throws you off, you simply won't enjoy this game.
Otherwise, A+ for effort. This is exactly the type of game I want to see more of on the app store - Clean, bugfree and ridiculously difficult for reasons other than accelerometer control.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.