Remember playing Battleship with your classmate back in school, where all you needed was a piece of paper, a pencil and your imagination? Of course, a clean conscience is required if you were not to be caught cheating. Well, some toy manufacturers have come up with plastic pieces to resemble the various vessels, but fast forward to 2011, and you have Hasbro offer Battleship Live – a $50 purchase that relies on an infrared light to cloak the board to “see” what is going on. Of course, the gameplay remains the same as players rely on coordinates to sink their opponent’s ships, but you do get spy planes which fly around a track and “snoop” on your opponent’s ships, while confirming your attack requires you to cover both of the “confirm” squares on the side of the board momentarily. The tower itself intends to up the immersion ante, although initial improvements proved otherwise. You know what they say – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
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