FleetMaster for iPhone Is One Ship Short of a Flotilla

FleetMaster Rating: ★★★½☆

If you’ve ever played Battleships before then you won’t need me to tell you that in FleetMaster you and your opponent place a fleet of your ships on a 10 by 10 grid and then take it in turns to blow your opponents vessels out of the water in a battle to the death. Well there is a reason that the game of Battleships has lasted so long and that’s because it’s simple and in it’s paper form, can be played absolutely anywhere. And now that everyone, (OK not everyone but it sometimes feels that way), has an iPhone/iPod touch.

FleetMaster is a straight forward Battleship clone, solid graphics make the game look nice and while the sound effects are nothing out of this world it’s are effective when they do appear especially when you torpedo one of your opponents ships or, unfortunately, one of your ships gets torpedoed in return.

FleetMaster - battleship in online multiplayerThe game is easy to setup and play, although you will need to setup a free Gamedock account before you can, it’s easy to do, name, email address and password, but it should still be optional, you’ll even need to do it if you don’t want to play online.

Once you’ve setup your account you can choose to play either a solo or online game, the first task will be for you to choose how many shots you can take per go, I would advise that you choose a relatively high number otherwise the game could take a considerable amount of time. Before either your solo or online game you will be taken through a brief picture tutorial showing you how to place your fleet of ships and also how to take aim and fire.

Both the solo and online games play the same way with the solo mode using the Fleetmaster as your opponent who will also guide you through your moves. You can place your ships manually or you can use the auto placement for an even faster start. Once that is done you are under way and you and your opponents will take it in turns in your attempts to take your opponents fleet to the bottom of the ocean.

As mentioned earlier the online mode simply adds a lobby to the front of the game where you can choose an opponent by sitting down at their table or by creating a table of your own. During the numerous times I played online there were a only a limited number of opponents to choose from so how much extra value the online mode will add to the game is debatable.

If you want a pocket game of Battleships then this is will suffice but don’t expect it to take you above and beyond the call of duty.

The Good

  • Slick multi-player over internet
  • Stats & Achievements

The Not So Good

  • Requirement have a free Gamedock account to play even the single player
  • No way to back out of a game

Reviewed By: Craig Willis

Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Released: Feb 04, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.1.464
Size: 8.7 MB
Languages: English
Seller: Digital Future
© Digital Future Inc.
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

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