Broadsides (video game)

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Developer(s) Strategic Simulations
Publisher(s) Strategic Simulations
Designer(s) Wayne Garris
Platform(s) Atari 8-bit, Apple II, Commodore 64
Release 1983
Genre(s) Naval warfare
Mode(s) Single-player

Broadsides is a 1983 videogame that simulated naval combat in the Age of Sail for the Atari 8-bit family, Apple II, and Commodore 64. Giant warships circled each other, waiting for the best time to unleash a broadside upon the enemy. Cannons could be loaded with various types of ordnance; cannonballs to destroy the hull, chain shot to destroy the sails, and grape shot to kill the enemy crew.

One could also close with the enemy ship and attempt to board their ship. This aspect of the game played a lot like rock-paper-scissors, where the player controlled one crew member and which sort of attack he made with his sword. This was compared against the enemy attack, and the results were used to decrease the crew count on one side. Once one side's crew was all dead, the other side was the victor.

The game also offers a simplified, arcade-combat mode in which the player fights an endless number of enemy ships.[1]


Computer Gaming World in 1983 stated that Broadsides "is an excellent depiction of ship-to-ship combat". It cited the "superb" combat display, good graphics, user-designed scenarios, and the choice of tactical or arcade combat as highlights.[1] In 1990 the magazine gave the game five out of five stars, stating that it had "vast entertainment value" and "remains the standard".[2] In 1993 the magazine gave it three-plus stars, stating that "it remains the standard ... this writer still plays it on an Atari 800".[3]


  1. ^ a b Long, Dave (December 1983). "Broadsides" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. Vol. 3 no. 6. pp. 30–31. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Brooks, M. Evan (October 1990). "Computer Strategy and Wargames: Pre-20th Century". Computer Gaming World. p. 11. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Brooks, M. Evan (June 1993). "An Annotated Listing of Pre-20th Century Wargames". Computer Gaming World. p. 136. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 

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