Design a Game for Datel! Competition entries


Now here’s a game worth playing! Battleships isn’t without its flaws, but it’s a fair old rendition of the classic pencil-and-paper offering. The gameplay will be familiar to everyone who’s played a different version of Battleships, perhaps the MB Games boardgame or the Grid Attack outing included on Nintendo’s ’42 All-Time Classics’ compilation.

First of all, you place your fleet on the playing area, which is divided into squares. You can rotate your ships if you wish. You and your CPU opponent then take it in turns to fire pot-shots at each other, picking out the square on your foe’s grid you wish to attack. Your shots whistle through the air before landing with a plop if you miss, or a crashing explosion if you find one of the enemy ships. The first player to sink his opponent’s fleet wins.

There are one or two irritating flaws that keep the game from greatness. For some reason, your own fleet is depicted on the bottom screen, even though the touchscreen functionality isn’t used after the initial set-up. Why not put the enemy’s playing area there, so you could place your shots with the stylus instead of using the D-pad and ‘A’ button? Also, it would be nice if we had a graphical representation of the opposing fleet’s current state, to save having to count our hits. There’d be plenty of room if the valueless alpha-numeric grid references were lost. A bug lets you position your vessels on top of one another too, but it’s no real problem – just don’t do it.

Battleships is one of the best home brew games on the DS. With a little more polish and a WiFi two-player game, it would be a killer.

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Above: Title screen on the Nintendo DS

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Above: The active touch screen during play

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Competition entries so far...
Breakout DS Breakout DS
The arcade classic finds its way on to the Nintendo DS thanks to Max Media Player.
DSokoban DSokoban
Clever treasure puzzle game with puzzles ranging from easy-peasy to tricky enough to make you pull your hair out in frustration.
DSudoku DSudoku
The pen-and-paper classic comes to the DS, and the developer has put a great deal of effort into turning it into a videogame.
Earth Invaders Earth Invaders
Positioned at the foot of the screen Space Invaders style, You blasts out bullets with attitude for as long as your stylus is on the touchscreen.
Super Snake DS Super Snake DS
Guide your roving reptile around the screen, eating the fruit and food scattered around the playing area.
Warrior Training Warrior Training
an interesting mix of game styles.
London Underground AMAP4DS
A map of the London Underground is always a handy thing to have when visiting the capital. This is the Nintendo DS version.
Stringy Things Stringy Things DS
Stringy Things DS is a compendium of word games.
Minesweeper Minesweeper DS
Fans of classic gaming will soon be able to play it on the move.
DDRlite DDRlite
It does what it says on the tin, with no real surprises.
Battleship Battleship
Now here’s a game worth playing! A fair old rendition of the classic pencil-and-paper offering.
Memory Memory
What can you say about Memory that isn’t obvious from the screenshots?
Tic Tac Toe Tic Tac Toe
This one’s Noughts and Crosses on the DS.
Prohibition Prohibition
Interesting – an Amstrad CPC game brought to the DS in an unofficial conversion.
Joggle DS Joggle DS
It’s daunting at first, but as you sit and think, all sorts of words present themselves.
PaddleBattleDS PaddleBattleDS
Now here’s a text-book example of how to make good use of the touchscreen and create a game which could only have appeared on the DS.
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