Introduction: Breadboard Battleship

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This game is a fun and educational spin on the normal battleship game. Instead of using the "ocean" and ships, this game uses a breadboard and electrical components. It is a great way to teach kids about electrical engineering in a fun way, and is also an enjoyable game for adults.

Step 1: Materials

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For this game you will need:

  • Two each of various electrical components
  • Two breadboards
  • Wire Strippers
  • Three different colors of jumper wires

Step 2: Dividing Jumper Wire

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This jumper wire will separate your side from the side where you track your opponent's ships. Cut the separating jumper wire down to the width of the breadboard. Plug it in in the center of the breadboard.

Step 3: Making the Pins

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Now, you have to make the hit and miss pins. All you do is strip off a small amount of wire, and then cut it a little ways up on the insulation. Make about eighteen of these in each color.

Step 4: Setting Up Your Board

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Now, place your components in various spots on the left side of the breadboard on the bottom half, without letting your opponent see.

Step 5: How to Play

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This game is played exactly like regular battleship. The bottom left corner is where you put your "ships", the upper left corner is where you keep track of your ships, and the bottom right corner is where you keep track of your opponent's ships. The object of the game is to guess where your opponent's ships are by naming the coordinates, and when you hit one of their ships, you track it in the lower right hand corner. If they hit one of your ships, then you put a hit marker in the same spot just in the upper left corner.The same applies to misses. Whoever guesses all of the other person's ships first wins.


Jfieldcap (author)2015-03-23

Now if only someone would make this with an arduino and buzzer and some other things.... You could play against the arduino, plugging in wires were you think it's ships are, ect... Unfourtunatly all I have is the little breadboard in the arduino starter kit... Time for a trip to Radioshack, perhaps!

jgh59 (author)Jfieldcap2015-03-27

That was kind of my thought, come up with a fairly simple standard circuit that could be located in various places on the board. Something like a 555 timer buzzer would work. You would leave gaps in the circuit as your "ships" and then fire jumper wires. You could tie the two bread boards together and maybe make an LED light when you jumped (hit) the right location and have the buzzer go off when you jumped all the right locations.

MITinventorbot (author)Jfieldcap2015-03-23

Wow, that's an awesome idea! Keep me updated!

Jfieldcap (author)MITinventorbot2015-03-23

In fact, I might even make a instructable on it! (Crediting you for inpiration, of course. ;) )

MITinventorbot (author)Jfieldcap2015-03-23

Thanks! Good Luck!

Jfieldcap (author)MITinventorbot2015-03-23

Haha, Thanks! I will!

stephenmack (author)2015-03-24

Things to do: get a breadboard and play this!

EvolvedAwesome (author)2015-03-24

I feel like I'm going to spend the rest of my day comprehending the genius of this idea... What a cool way to teach people about electronics!

Thank you!

tomatoskins (author)2015-03-18

Breadboard Battleship? Awesome!

Thank you!

sghosh21 (author)MITinventorbot2015-03-22

thanks for this tutorial.......great job bro

liam.plybon.3 (author)2015-03-21

Looks fun! I might have to do this in the future!


Gumming (author)2015-03-21

This is curiously awesome. Thanks bro

MITinventorbot (author)Gumming2015-03-21

You're welcome!

CountParadox (author)2015-03-21

I feel this would work better if you COULDNT SEE THE WHOLE BOARD

maybe a paper shrowd...

There are two separate boards, one for each person, so you cannot see the other person's board.

I should really read things rather than skimming haaahaa\


It's fine! I sometimes do that too : )

Ric Malandrino (author)2015-03-21

I have seen in the past even without power electronic parts can short each other out ruining em when they're in the right order

You would probably have to be careful if you use capacitors, but you do not have to use any. Also, I am not necessarily sure that that is true...

smokie92982 (author)2015-03-21

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dmwatkins (author)2015-03-18

Ok, this is seriously genius and may have just altered my outlook on life... Well done!

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