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Battleship (Game): 25 Fun & Interesting Facts (Stats, Gameplay,…)

Last Updated on January 25, 2024 by Gamesver Team and JC Franco

The Battleship board game has been around since the early 1900s, and it remains one of the most popular pastimes in the world. The game’s popularity stems from its simple rules and basic mechanics.

Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting facts about this classic game.

Here are 25 fun and exciting facts about Battleship:

1. It Was One of the First Games in Computer Gaming History

When Microsoft became popular in the early 1980s, they created a basic version of the Battleship game that could be played on their new Windows 1 operating system.

People took to the game so much that it quickly became one of the most popular games on the Windows platform. Microsoft later released a more advanced version of the game for Windows 3.1.

2. Clifford Von Wickler Created Battleship

The game was initially called “Salvo” when Clifford Von Wickler created it in 1931. It was later renamed “Battleship” by Milton Bradley when they started mass-producing the game in 1967. This was done to avoid legal issues with the game “Salvo.”

3. The First Battleship Was Played With Pencil and Paper

Before Milton Bradley printed the game to make it more consumer-friendly, people played it with pencil and paper. However, the printed version became an instant hit, sparking renewed interest in this ancient board game. There are themed versions and video games that make the game even more exciting.

4. Battleship Has Been Translated Into Many Languages

The game is popular worldwide and has been translated into many languages. Localizing this game is as easy as changing the letters on the grid since the rest of the game is numbers. This means people from all over the world can enjoy this game, regardless of what language they speak.

5. Over 100 Million Copies of Battleship Have Been Sold

The game has been around for a long time, and its popularity has only grown over the years. It’s estimated that over 100 million copies of the game have been sold worldwide. However, digitization has allowed millions of people to play without purchasing a physical board.

6. Battleship Can Be Played With Different Numbers of Players

Most people are familiar with the classic version of the game, which can be played by two, three, or four players. The more players there are, the more challenging it gets. That makes it perfect for a family game night with older kids.

7. There Are Ten Ships in Battleship: Five for Each Opponent

Each player has five ships: 

  • A carrier
  • A battleship
  • A cruiser
  • A submarine
  • A destroyer

The vessels can be placed anywhere on the grid. But the idea is to hide your position from the opponent. If they guess right, they get a “hit.” If they sink all of your ships, they win the game.

8. Players Can Put Their Ships Anywhere, but They Can’t Touch

Players have to strategize when placing their ships because they cannot overlap or touch each other. Also, you cannot place your ship diagonally or move it once the game starts. This eliminates the overly complex issue of moving coordinates.

9. Players Can Use Strategy To Hit Their Opponent’s Ships

The game is all about strategy. Players have to try and figure out where their opponent’s ships are and then hit them. For example, if you call a spot and it’s a “miss,” you know there isn’t a ship there. So, you can use that information to try and figure out where the ships are. This can be a very challenging thing to pull off, and that’s why this game is so exciting.

10. Only Two Vessels in the Game Are the Same Size

The carrier is the biggest ship, and the destroyer is the smallest. The carrier takes up five spaces on the grid, the battleship four, and the destroyer two. Both the cruiser and the submarine each take up three spaces on the game’s grid.

11. Each Battleship Player Has a Separate Grid

Each player has their own grid, where they place their ships. The grids are placed opposite each other to protect your positions from the opponent. That way, they can’t just peep where your ships are, but it also opens a window for the opponent to cheat by moving their ships out of the other player’s view.

12. Battleship Players Take Turns Calling Out Shots

Players take turns calling out shots. They have to guess the positions of the other player’s ships and then mark them on their grid. If they guess correctly, they get a hit. If they guess incorrectly, they get a miss. When a player gets a hit, they get to go again. 

13. The First Person To Sink All of the Opponent’s Ships Wins

The first player to guess all of the opponent’s coordinates wins the game. This might seem simple on paper, but it can be very challenging to win. There is no such thing as a reigning champion in Battleship because you are constantly guessing. Nobody does that perfectly every time.

14. The Carrier Is the Most Valuable Vessel in Battleship

The carrier is the most valuable ship in the game. It’s worth five points, while every other boat is worth less. The player who sinks their opponent’s carrier has a better chance of winning the round. But that doesn’t mean the game is over if you lose your carrier.

15. Battleship Can Be Won in As Little as Ten Moves

The game can be won in as little as 10 actions, but it usually takes longer. It’s a very challenging game, and it can be fascinating to see who will sink all of the opponent’s ships first. However, few people have completed it in less than 15 moves.

16. Battleship Can Be Played With Different-Sized Grids

The standard grid size is 10×10, but the game can also be played with different-sized grids. The larger the grid, the more challenging the game becomes. This is because there are more hiding spots, which would increase the playtime for one round by a lot.

17. Variations of Battleship Are Played With Different Rules

There are many variations of Battleship. Some people play with different-sized grids, while others use different rules for guessing. The most important thing is to agree on the rules before playing. That way, everyone knows what they’re doing, and there are no arguments later on.

18. Battleship Can Be Played Online

The game can be played online against other players from all over the world. It’s a great way to challenge yourself and meet new people. I have also played variations of the game with different rules. For example, one variation allows you to place your ships anywhere on the grid, even if they touch each other.

19. Battleship Has Been Featured in Many Movies and TV Shows

The game has been featured in many movies and TV shows, including The Simpsons. “You Sunk My Battleship” is a line that is often quoted from the game and has been used to make a popular commercial. That means Battleship is not just a game but also a part of popular culture.

20. The Game Can Teach Children About Numbers and Strategy

The game can be an effective tool to teach children about numbers and strategy. It’s a great way to help them learn and to have fun at the same time. I have found that the game is also a good way to bond with my children. We always have a great time when we play together.

21. Battleship Can Be Used To Teach Adults About Strategy

Adults can also benefit from learning Battleship strategies. It’s a great way to flex your imagination and have fun at the same time. Still, don’t take the game too seriously. The point is to enjoy yourself and learn something new.

22. Battleship Can Be Played With a Deck of Cards

People have created a card version of Battleship. It might not be the most exciting version of the game, but it offers variety for those who need a fresh approach to this old board game. I have not played this version yet, but I’m curious to try it.

23. A Life-Size Version of Battleship Is Available

A life-size version of Battleship is a fun way to teach children about numbers and strategy while getting them off the couch. You get a large physical board and a wall that separates you from the opponent. Then you take turns guessing coordinates until all of the ships are sunk. The first player to sink all of the opponent’s ships wins the game.

24. Battleship Is a Great Way To Spend Time With Family

I play Battleship with my kids all the time. It’s a great way to spend time with family and friends and to have fun. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has kids capable of playing a strategy game. I’m talking about kids who are above the age of eight.

25. A New Version of the Game Is Available

Hasbro’s Electronic Battleship, available from, is a new version of the game that is said to be even more challenging than the original. It’s worth checking out if you’re looking for a new way to play Battleship. But this only works if the kids are at least eight years or more. Younger kids might not find it as exciting.

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JC Franco serves as a New York-based editor for Gamesver. His interest for board games centers around chess, a pursuit he began in elementary school at the age of 9. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Mercyhurst University, JC brings a blend of business acumen and creative insight to his role. Beyond his editorial endeavors, he is a certified USPTA professional, imparting his knowledge in tennis to enthusiasts across the New York City Metropolitan area.