Ready to play some battleship? - I'm not. But developer BYRIL made this excellent little gem of a game. Don't take me wrong. There aren't any gems in Sea Battle 2. On the contrary, this game is entirely free of consumable purchases.
Most of us are probably tired of the classic formula, but Sea Battle 2 comes with an array of modifications, which turn battleship from a luck fest into a faster and more interesting little game of deduction. Yes, you still shoot at squares one at a time, but now your fleet is enhanced with mines, bomber planes, radar, and even a submarine.
Sea Battle 2 features online multiplayer (ranked and unranked), as well as hot seat and against an AI player with variable difficulty.
While playing the Advanced mode, after arranging your fleet on the board, there's an additional set-up step in which you can purchase some extra armament. There are four types of bomber planes, all of which are capable of bombing several squares at a time in a specific pattern. However, this potentially devastating method of attack can be invalidated by your opponent if they've placed anti-air batteries at the right spot. Mines, the radar, and the submarine also work towards revealing or hitting multiple squares simultaneously.
There are also some other rule modifications that you should take into account. These also apply in Normal mode, which is closer to the classic battleship game. Firstly, ships aren't allowed to touch one another. So once you sink something, the surrounding blank squares are automatically revealed. The second rule is that as long as you crack some iron (irrespective of the method), you get another turn. This means that the carrier is almost as fragile as the gunship. As long as the active player keeps hitting the right squares, the opponent can only watch, and despair.
As I've mentioned before, there aren't any annoying in-app purchases in Sea battle 2. However, you do get some cosmetic upgrades, as well as unlock the chat function and disable the mandatory ads if you agree to buy BYRIL a coffee.
I've always enjoyed the visual style that emulates pencil drawings. Similar to pixel graphics or cell shading, this approach is light on resources but pleasing to the eyes. Sea Battle 2 is an excellent example of how it should be done. The animations are also great, especially the A-bomb. Combined with the enhanced gameplay, Sea Battle 2 makes playing battleships great again. ;)