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Battle Stations!

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (240.72 KB)
MD5: 566dadabd61fa8a05fe9730a739e21b5
For System 1 - 5
This game works with: Mini vMac

In the first commercial version of the game later trademarked as Battleship, 1931's Salvo: The Game of Wits, players fired multiple shots per round tied to how many of their own ships still survived. Many variants (including the Mac desk accessory Seek 'n Destroy) have retained some form of this mechanic, but Battle Stations! goes much further in adding strategic and deductive depth. Here the larger vessels supply two shots instead of one, mines can be placed which interrupt the opponent's turn, and—crucially—the players aren't told which shots connected, only how many times each ship was hit in each letter-coded round.

Since you can play a full game of Battle Stations in five or ten minutes, it makes a nice break from work, and it's a game you can come back to again and again.
- MacUser review (rated 4 out of 5 mice)

This was apparently the only software ever published by tabletop RPG company TimeLine. A second Mac-exclusive game, Sunfighter, was announced for Christmas '87 but never shipped.

Version: 2.0 according to Get Info, but 1.1 on the (authentic) diskette label

Architecture: 68k

Important: On Mini vMac, you'll need to silence the game's audio from the Sound menu to avoid an eventual crash. (Speaking of audio, if you tire of the lengthy startup sound, you can safely discard the file of that name.)