Sea Battle and Pirates - BlackBerry Action on the Seas!

By Kevin Michaluk on 23 Apr 2009 01:11 pm EDT
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Sea Battle for BlackBerryPirates! for BlackBerry

Instead of reading books in bed, lately I've been spending some time testing out a new BlackBerry app or two before dozing off. Or, what occassionally happens (as it did last night), is I find myself so engaged that it's 5am before I finally crash only to have my alarm wake me up at 6:30am. With Sea Battle and Pirates I found myself reliving my youth and the night time hours simply melted away. Read on for the geeky and nostalgic details.

SeaBattle: After seeing James cover this app in last week's App Roundup, it was on my list of must downloads for this week. Developed by Toysoft, Sea Battle is a well-built game that's good for killing 5 to 10 minutes whenever you need to. It's a remake version of the old classic, Battle Ship. You start by setting your ships' locations on the grid, and from there go back and forth against the computer taking shots. There's no instructions within the app, but the game is completely intuitive minus two keyboard shortcuts you need to know: when setting up your ships, R will place all five in a randomized location or you can use T to toggle between horizontal / vertical alignment when setting their locations manually.

I used to play Battle Ship (the board game) when I was young, so Sea Battle was a blast. The only difference now is that instead of saying You Sunk My Battle Ship, it's more like You Eff'n BlackBerry, You Just Beat Me, WTF?! If only I could have the innocence of my youth back. :)

Get Sea Battle: Sea Battle sells for $2.95 in the CrackBerry App Store and is available for most trackball / trackwheel BlackBerry device models. No Storm version at this time.


Pirates!: While downloading Sea Battle, I stumbled upon Pirates. Ported to BlackBerry by Concrete Software, Pirates has been available on BlackBerry for a while now, but when it first hit our App Store I didn't install it (must have been busy) and somehow forgot about it until last night. What a mistake!!

Some background.... the first computer I ever had was a Tandy 286 (Tandy 2000 if I remember the model correctly... with a whopping 40 megabyte harddrive! I must have been 12 years old) and the first computer game I ever played was Pirates! Man, remember those 5 1/4 inch diskettes?! And when I say played, I mean spent hundreds of hours glued to the computer playing it. If you fit this description at all, just quit reading now and go download it. You're going to love being able to stroll through memory lane and take Pirates! with you everywhere.

If you don't have this Pirates familiarity, I'm honestly not sure what a first time Pirates on BlackBerry user will think of the experience (you can let us know in the comments). Pirates is an old school, first-generation role playing game. You sail around the Caribbean, getting in sword fights and gun battles, searching for treasure, building your crew and your career (and hopefully winning over the heart of a governor's hot daughter!). Unlike a game like Sea Battle, which is good for a few minutes of quick fun, you can spend hours and hours and hours playing Pirates. Once I got into the groove and was familiar with the controls, I just couldn't put it down. There's just something really addictive about it. I couldn't stop playing until I ran several missions, had a crew of 1400, a fleet of Galleons and was awarded the title of Duke Crackberry.

Get Pirates: Pirates is available for $6.99 from the CrackBerry App Store. I tried Pirates on both my BlackBerry Storm and Curve 8900. I would not recommend the Storm version (there's a free trial - definitely try it before you buy). The fencing play and game controls just seemed too difficult. On the Curve 8900 the controls were good. Using the trackball to steer the ship is easy and there are several shortcuts to use on the keyboard for fighting and bringing up menus (m for map, etc.)... the game is well-suited to a trackball BlackBerry.

When I got out of bed this morning I immediately deleted Pirates from my device. And that's probably the biggest compliment I can give a game app - if I have it installed I KNOW I'm going to be playing with it all the time, so I have to get rid of it. This isn't some cutting edge game... it's 1987 fun in the year 2009, but isn't fun what it's all about?!!

Reader comments

Sea Battle and Pirates - BlackBerry Action on the Seas!

21 Comments

I've been putting off getting Oregon Trail, but these two are must haves fro my pre-schooler who loves pirates. Dad my get a game or two in also. ;)

Tandy 2000 eh? I remember those! When I got my first computer it was a a choice between a Radio Shack TSR 80 (affectionately called the Trash 80) or an Apple II. My dad went for the Apple II (I had to pay half out of my allowance and money I got for gifts). So way WAY back when pk was a MAC guy (so to speak). My game of choice was Zork! A text based adventure game.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zork

Sea Battle looks awesome. But I've now tried it twice on my 8330 and it doesn't work for shit. I can't place ships and have to resort to random. When I try to take a shot, it brings up the menu. Half the time, the graphics aren't displaying or refreshing and I'm flying blind.

Don't waste your cash.

I used to have a game like this on my old Motorola Pagewriter pager. Was great to hear a ship sink from across the office!

Can this app be played that way? Or...when will that be available? That would be worth the $3 to play.

I bought SeaBattle for my Curve 8330, but it doesn't let me set my own ships down. I can only press r to random. Also, when trying to "bomb" opponent, it frequently brings up the menu from the bottom when I press the trackball to fire. Frustrating because it makes the game take so much longer. Other than that, good old game. Just wish it worked a little better.

Just saw cexshun had the same problem as me... glad it's not just me. And the 2 player option would be pretty awesome.

Man, I'm so happy they ported that over to BB. That was my game back in the day.
So many countless, sleepless nights were spent in front of a crappy color TV and an 8 bit Nintendo console trying to take Cartegena with only 20 crew members and a sinking frigate.
Sometimes I actually managed to do it.....

Hey guys,

Battleship, classic game!

Does this SeaBattle game have bluetooth connectivity? That would be pretty cool to play heads-up wirelessly with a friend (next stall over...lol).

Just some feedback :)

(Battleship) Nice looking game, but............once again, a poor use of screen real estate for the Bold and Curve. (Other games are worse in this regard; super tiny fonts, tiny cards in card games for example......it doesn't seem like brain surgery to use the available screen space....it isn't very relaxing to squint).

I am also having the same issues with random placement of ships.....also menu coming up randomly when pressing the trackball. Also when a ship is sunk, I am assuming that the boxes that show placement of the sunk ship are a different color, but I can't see it.....I suggest using a more sharply contrasting color. (Yes, I am color blind, but I am not alone out there).

I've been playing SeaBattle for a bit. It seems to run ok on my 8310 with one exception. Every now and then I get an error message that the application has stopped responding and it quits the game. Kinda annoying when I am winning.

Here is the error:

Uncaught exception:
Application SeaBattle(704) is not responding; process terminated.

I purchased the Storm version of Pirates a few months back - I was pretty excited to see a Storm version of my favorite game.

AVOID.

It's 100% unplayable. Simply sailing is very difficult. Don't even try to fight another ship - you're guaranteed to be toast. Simply selecting the proper menu function is a pain in the ass, and constantly, whether playing or in the menus, you'll find your hand covering what you're trying to see.

Terrible, terrible port.

Along with King's Quest, Space Quest, and X-Com, Pirates! was one of the first games I played, and like the author, I was glued for hours. I happened to have come across this game months ago, and installed the trial version. It reminded me EXACTLY of the old school game, and it was terribly fun. I also found a version of the old Pirates! ported for Vista. Sometimes, the old game play beats good graphics. I never bought it for fear I would be addicted as well, but I may go ahead and do it...

I have always been a battleship fan and when it first came available for my berry, it was a no brainer purchase. :)