By Dina Ginzburg
Most people would associate the word “battleship” with the game where two players try to sink the ships each one has placed on their respective grids by “launching” shots at specific squares. Fans of the game will be pleased to hear that BATTLESHIP, the movie, hits theatres today!
Now, this movie isn’t about two people sitting in a room and playing a board game (though we would like to see that.) BATTLESHIP is about a team of American navy soldiers fighting aliens who have responded to an extra-terrestrial communication signal sent out by NASA. The aliens are set on causing a considerable amount of damage and it’s up to the US navy to stop them. So yes, it's a board game movie with aliens.
If you’re interested to learn how it went from "you sunk my Battleship!" in real life to "You sunk my Battleship" as a movie tag line, check out our timeline below!
1943: The Milton Bradley Company comes out with a pad and pencil games called Broadsides, the Game of Naval Strategy
1967: Battleship becomes a board game with actual mini ships, pegs to represent shots and a folding board with a plastic grid for each player
1977: Milton Bradley publishes a computer version of the game, Electronic Battleship
1982: Electronic Talking Battleship is released. It makes all sorts of war sounds and lets a single player play against a computer as opposed to a real opponent
1993: A video game version of the game comes out
2010: The updated version of Battleship comes out which lets players put people on islands the way they place ships in water
Today: A feature film based off the game hits theaters and will receive TRANSFORMERS-like reviews