The feature that people have asked for most is leaderboards – and now it’s here!
To view your own personal leaderboard, tap on the big number at the top of the screen that tells you how many shots you’ve fired.
If you’re logged on to Game Center, you’ll also see your ranking relative to everyone else, for today, this week, and all time. And you’ll also see who the current champions are!
To make sure your score appears in the leaderboard, tap the ‘eye’ icon at the bottom right when you’ve finished each game. You’d normally do this anyway, to check your solution.
In case you ever notice, and get puzzled: the leaderboard times are a little different from the times you show at the top of the screen. The leaderboard times are the time from when you started the game to when you finished it; the top-of-the-screen times are the time you actually spent playing.
The iPhone game now works in German if your iPhone is working in German. This includes all the help files and tutorials.
Thanks to the translator, who has unfortunately become an addict.
I’ve written three step-by-step tutorials. They are included in the next update to Ships², which has been submitted to Apple and will be visible in the iPhone App Store as soon as they’ve approved it. You can also read the tutorials directly on the Ships² web site, or even print them out:
- Level 1 takes you through the basic “one board, one shot” game, describing every shot, why I made it, what I hoped to find out, and what I deduced from the result. It will give you a good basic grasp of the mechanics that underlie all the levels.
- Level 2 moves up to the “one board, two shots” game, and shows the principles that need to be adopted when you get more than one answer at a time. It’ll educate you in the extra skills you need for the higher levels.
- Level 4 goes back to one shot at a time, but now with two boards at once. This is the other way in which Ships² adds complexity at the higher levels. Once you’ve gone through this tutorial as well, you should be in a position to master all the levels, because they all depend either on multiple shots (like Level 2) or multiple boards (like Level 4) or both.
Considered as literature, these tutorials are very boring indeed. But you don’t need to read any of them more than once. Once you’ve learnt the basic strategies, you can apply them in your own games and have fun for ever.
Ships² for the iPhone and iPod Touch is now available from the iPhone App Store. Here are the links:
The free Ships² Viewer
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Ships² (Ships Squared) is a new game for the iPhone and iPod touch.
If you remember growing out of Battleships when you were younger: Ships² is a bit like Battleships on steroids. Depending on the level you choose, you can have anything from 60 seconds of light-hearted distraction to 2 hours of mind-blowingly intense reasoning.