Considering the popularity of war games like Medal of Honour or Delta Force, it seems strange that you never see many naval equivalents. While this weirdly-named blaster is a world away from the blockbuster army games in terms of graphics, it has a strange appeal that keeps you coming back for more.
The action is fast and furious as you attempt to navigate your micro machine-style vessel through a series of varying missions. Some of the early levels, where you collect cones or run over sharks, can be a little mundane,. However, once you get tooled up with guns, it's a different story, as you blast your way through frenzied battles in your quest for nautical glory. The animation of the boat sprite is impressive, although it takes a while to keep afloat without crashing into other boats or missiles. The splashing sound effects are also well executed, even if they become a little repetitive after a while.
As long as you're not expecting impressive 3D graphics or awe-inspiring cut-scenes then Battle Boattle will keep you amused for a while. However, in terms of its longevity, the game offers only as much to keep you amused for a wet afternoon at best.