FAQ

Here’s a list of frequently asked questions. We’ll be adding to it over time, but to get started, here are a couple we heard from our testers.

If you have a question you think should be added to the FAQ, or just a question in general, drop us a line at waratsea at designenginela.com.

 

How do I set up Game Center so I can play against other people?
Does the computer player cheat?
How does multiplayer game scoring work?
How does auto-matching work?

 

How do I set up Game Center so I can play against other people?

It’s easy! We’ve created this handy tutorial to show you how!

Does the computer player cheat?

No, none of the three levels of iPlayer intelligence cheat. However, “Ruthless” will do its very best to make zero mistakes and keep you on your toes. “Cromulent” can be almost as hard, but is capable of making a few mistakes. “Dunce” is a lot like playing against someone who’s just throwing darts at a dartboard. People still lose to it, though.

How does multiplayer game scoring work?

If you win a game playing against another person via Game Center, you’ll add to your cumulative score on the main leaderboard. The score is the size of the ocean grid plus the number of ships sunk. So if you play a default 10 x 10 grid game with 5 ships, you’ll get 15 points (10 + 5.) If you play a “baby” game, that will be just 6 points (5 x 5 grid plus 1 ship.) A “genius” game will get you 30 points (20 x 20 grid plus 10 ships.)

How does auto-matching work?

When you start a new Game Center game, you can either invite a friend to play, or you can just hit “Play Now,” which will Auto-Match you with another War at Sea player (who you may or may not know.)

Auto-Match goes out into the world to find someone else waiting for an auto-match. What happens next depends on whether or not it finds someone.

If it doesn’t find someone waiting for a match, you’ll go to the game setup screen, where you’ll get to set up the options for the game. Then you’ll get to set up your ships. Once you hit “Start Game” on the ship setup screen, your auto-match will fly into space to await another player.

On the other hand, if someone is already waiting for a match, you’ll be taken right to the ship setup screen, as they’ve already set the game options and positioned their own ships. So once you position your ships, you’ll be able to take the first shot.