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This Battleship game built for Surface Duo is kind of brilliant

Surface Duo Battleship
Surface Duo Battleship (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Developer Alexis Menard has created a web-based version of Battleship that takes advantage of Surface Duo's dual screens.
  • Your ships appear on one screen while the enemy's fleet is on the other.
  • You can try out out Menard's Battleship creation on the web now.

We're bound to see no shortage of fun apps, games, and concepts that make use of Surface Duo's dual displays in unique ways now that it's out in the wild. One such idea is a web-based version of Battleship built to make the Duo's displays work like the Battleship grids from your childhood.

The Battleship experience was created by Alexis Menard, who works on the Blink/Chromium web engine at Intel and also focuses on "supporting dual screen/foldable devices on the web," according to his Twitter bio. The setup places your ships on the bottom screen, while the computer-controled enemy's grid sits on the top screen when folded in laptop mode. Once loaded up, you take turns with the computer, tapping on spaces to try to hunt down the its ships.

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It's a fun little experience that shows some of what makes the Duo unique. There are also options to adjust the game to work on Samsung's Galaxy Fold, the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo, and even the forthcoming Surface Neo. Of course, you can just play in a web browser at your PC, clicking the grid to shoot. But where's the fun in that?

Surface Duo is available now starting at $1,400 at Microsoft, Best Buy, and AT&T. And if you need some protection while virtually dropping shells into the high seas, we've rounded up some of the best Surface Duo cases currently available.

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  • Brilliant. I do wonder whether the younger people who got a Duo remembers this is how Battleship used to be played. This or plain paper.
  • I had both the paper and plastic version. So great!!! We have to build those things so the newer generation remembers it.
  • Thanks Alex. Good job.
  • This demonstrates that dual-screen devices do have some advantages over folding screen devices. The bigger screen that something like the Galaxy Z Fold offers is definitely beneficial in certain scenarios but the Duo's multiple postures also provide certain benefits. As far as I'm aware, the Fold could not do this because it's not designed to be used partially unfolded. Microsoft have been talking about somehow displaying output over the hinge so it may be that they can eventually create a device that has the best of both worlds and is close to the ultimate mobile device that Satya Nadella has previously spoken about. The current Duo is the first step on that road.
  • The Fold 1 could not do that but the Z Fold 2 can because its hinge can stop anywhere from 0 degree to 180. So there isn't any reason why we couldn't have this demo to work on the fold.
  • I think my biggest issue with the Fold and Fold 2 is each half of the phone is so thin and narrow. The aspect ratio is just insane. All modern smartphones have such narrow aspect ratios now (I owned the Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, S10+ and S20).
  • Btw, the game can be installed as a Progressive Web App :-)
  • wow 1,4k to play battleship for kids
  • Literally, not one person has suggested this as a selling point for Duo, but nice troll job.
  • This is cool! Now they need to make "Connect4" game work in tent mode for 2 player experience.
  • they need to allow both screens to be on in tent mode. that was one of the few disappointments I've had with the phone.
  • What a clever idea! 😊