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Zaurus Software Reviews: Reef War
09/15/02
By Steve Emms


Battleships is one of those classic games of all times. Courtesy of IslandLabs.com it is also available for the Zaurus PDA, who have named their software, Reef War.

In Reef War, you have the choice of playing against the computer or against another human.

The purpose of this game is simple: destroy your opponent's fleet before he sinks yours! The game takes place on a 10x10 board. At the start of the game you decide where you wish to place your fleet, which consists of

  • Carrier (takes up 5 squares)
  • Battleship (4 squares)
  • Submarine (3 squares)
  • Destroyer (3 squares)
  • PT Cruiser (2 squares)

Placing your fleet wisely around the board is an important element to the game. In the screenshots on the left, you can see that I've placed my fleet widely apart. This isn't always an effective strategy. Sometimes it's better to place two ships close together, hoping that your opponent will disperse their shots over a wide area. Outwitting your opponent is what makes this game fun.

The Zaurus played a strong game, and looks to have an effective dispersion strategy, although on one occasion the computer had only partial sunk my submarine, but never finished the job off.

The game only offers the "salvo" option (when you hit a ship, the turn automatically passes back to the opponent). It would be better if the blitz variant was catered for (where you continue to fire until you miss a ship). Maybe it hasn't been included because a game may be over too quickly on just a 10x10 board.

Another minor change I'd like would be to display your opponent's fleet, when all your ships have been sunk. It's nice to know just how close you were to his ships. A 10x10 board also takes a little of the fun out of the game.

Reef War is an enjoyable game to play, and complements the suite of games that come with the Zaurus. It's not the most addictive game for this PDA, but it easily justifies the modest fee.

Product Details:

Name: Reef War
Price: $9.95
Pros: A good implementation of the classic Battleships game
Cons: Would prefer a bigger board, more options
Rating: 7/10

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