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Store:  War Games
Genre:  War & Combat
Format:  Board Games

Torpedo Run

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Product Information

  • Manufacturer(s): Milton Bradley

  • Year: 1984

  • Weight: 700 grams (estimated)

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.5 in 2 reviews

by A Gamer
Torpedo Run! - 'table' hockey from yesteryear
March 19, 2007

My brother and I had a copy of this, we loved it to death (in about 6 months)...

This game required a tiny bit of strategy (placement of ships) and a bit of skill (aiming). The 'enemies' battleships had slots in the sides which you fired disks into from your battleship, and they skidded across the board with a reasonable amount of speed. A direct hit sent bits of plastic shooting up about a foot into the air (if the rubber bands were tight and new) - it was all very physical and animated, unlike many board games. You fired the disks from behind your own battleships, laying on the floor behind the game (hence "floor wars") - often putting YOU at risk of being hit by the disks too as you eyed your next shot! Or if you wanted to, you could aim for your opponent as well. (I'm sure that wasn't in the 'spirit' of the game but vastly amusing nonetheless)

If you can imagine as you're concentrating on trying to aim, firing disks randomly, reloading, being hit by disks and bits of plastic popping out of your own battleships - this made for a fast-paced, physically involving and hilarious game - quite similar to air hockey or table soccer (except on the floor). Sadly though, the submarines which fire the disks have a mechanism in them which tends to break after heavy usage - and no amount of super-glue could bring them back to the same level of sturdiness required for a game (and once one had died the game became sadly turn based).

The idea was so simple, and even the mechanics were very simple (rubber-bands were about as technical as it got) yet the entertainment value was priceless.

Damn the torpedos, Full speed ahaead!
December 10, 2002

Torpedo run is Milton Bradley's navel combat game from the 'Floor War' series. Like its sister game Battle Masters, Torpedo Run is played on a huge 4'x4' floor mat.

Each side has a battle group, which consists of several types of ships and one submarine. The sub acts as the shooter. The sub shoots out plastic disks or torpedoes at the other vessels. When the ships are struck amidships, they explode, sending superstructures and gun turrets flying.

The positives: Easy learning curve, Quick play, destroy your friends.

The negatives: Large size (move the furniture), Fragile, box lacks proper storage.

Since this game is the closest thing to a live action game of Battleship, it proves to be much fun if you dont mind the size.

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