Sea Battle

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Follow this link for info about the review system. 1 = Terrible, 5 = Awesome!

One of the most well-regarded Intellivision games.

Sea BattleGraphics: 3
Sound: 3
Replay Value: 4
Notes: 2-player game
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Sea Battle is another of those classics that, with a good opponent (or, even any opponent :-) is just a ton of fun to play. It's got lots of great opportunities for strategy and dastardly trickery. I love that ting-gong SONAR sound effect.




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, nine variations have been found.
Manual Fifteen variants have been identified.
Overlays Five different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, four labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of nine Sea Battle box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Sea Battle Box (Mattel Electronics 1818-0910) Mattel Electronics 1818-0910 1980 U.S.A. Plastic tray; part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; refers to Keyboard Component on cover
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 1818-0910 1980 Hong Kong Plastic tray; part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; refers to Keyboard Component on cover
Sea Battle Box (Mattel Electronics 1818-0710-G1) Mattel Electronics 1818-0710-G1 1980 U.S.A. Trayless pocket; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 1818-0910-G1 1980 Hong Kong Plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Sea Battle Box (Mattel Electronics 1818-0510) Mattel Electronics 1818-0510 1980 Hong Kong French-Canadian; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel Canada Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada on back
Sea Battle Box (Mattel Electronics 1818-0410) Mattel Electronics 1818-0410 1980 Hong Kong International Edition; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne CA on bottom of box; slots in back for extra manual(s); slots inside for overlays
Sea Battle Box (Mattel Electronics 1818-0810) Mattel Electronics 1818-0810 1980 Hong Kong Australian release; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. on Lifestyle Electronics sticker on bottom; images courtesy of Hankster
Sea Battle Box (Intellivision Inc. 1818) Intellivision Inc. 1818 1980 U.S.A. Standard Intellivision, Inc. box
Sea Battle Box (Sears 3863-0910) Sears 3863-0910 1980 Hong Kong Plastic tray; blue game title on top and back




A total of fifteen Sea Battle manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Sea Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 1818-0920) Mattel Electronics 1818-0920 1980 U.S.A.  
Sea Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 1818-0920) Mattel Electronics 1818-0920 1980 Hong Kong Hankster (who also submitted this image) reports this as a manual in a PlayCable set; my PlayCable set contains the G2 revision.
Sea Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 1818-0820) Mattel Electronics 1818-0820 1980 U.S.A. What's up with the Sea Battle manual revisions? Submitted by Hankster.
Sea Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 1818-0920-G1) Mattel Electronics 1818-0920-G1 1980 Hong Kong  
Sea Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 1818-0920-G2) Mattel Electronics 1818-0920-G2 1980 U.S.A.  
Sea Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 1818-0920-G2) Mattel Electronics 1818-0920-G2 1980 Hong Kong This manual has also surfaced in a PlayCable package (in my personal collection); Hankster reports the 1818-0920 (Hong Kong) edition in his, and has submitted a "true" PlayCable variant as well
Sea Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 1818-0720) Mattel Electronics 1818-0720 1980 Hong Kong French-Canadian; blue artwork; longer than standard manual size; here's the English version (submitted by Hankster)
Sea Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 1818-8920) Mattel Electronics 1818-8920 1980 Canada French translation; speculative question: was this in a sleeved French-Canadian release? Submitted by Hankster. The paper is also rougher stock than the standard smooth finish typical of most Mattel manuals.
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 1818-0620-G1 1980 Hong Kong U.K. printing; are there other revisions?
Sea Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 1818-0620-G2) Mattel Electronics 1818-0620-G2 1980 Hong Kong U.K. printing; submitted by Hankster
Sea Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics 1818-0161) Mattel Electronics 1818-0161 1980 Hong Kong Dutch; noted, and image contributed by cmart; need confirmation of part number, other appearance details
Sea Battle Manual (Mattel Electronics PC-1818-0920) Mattel Electronics PC-1818-0920 1980 U.S.A. PlayCable version; submitted by Hankster
Image not available. Bandai 1818- None   Japanese release by Bandai; part number on front cover is incomplete
Sea Battle Manual (Intellivision Inc. 1818-0920-G2) Intellivision Inc. 1818-0920-G2 None U.S.A. Stapled along top edge
Sea Battle Manual (Sears 3863-0920) Sears 3863-0920 1980 Hong Kong  

There were also some variations in the 'Running Man' logo on the back cover...

Running Man Logo and Text on Back (original (U.S.A.) and rev. G1 (Hong Kong))

Back cover of original (U.S.A.) and rev. G1 (Hong Kong) - note ™ next to Mattel Electronics logo in the center of the 'running man' rectangle

Running Man Logo and Text on Back (rev. G2 (Hong Kong))

Back cover of rev. 1818-0920-G2 (Hong Kong) and 1818-0620-G2 (Hong Kong) - note ™ next to Mattel Electronics logo in the center of the 'running man' rectangle and missing ® in the 'available from Mattel Electronics' text

Running Man Logo without Text on Back (rev. G2 (U.S.A.))

Back cover of rev. 1818-0920-G2 (U.S.A.) - no 'Mattel Electronics' blurb at all!





A total of six Sea Battle overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Sea Battle Overlay (Mattel Electronics 1818-4289) Mattel Electronics 1818-4289 1980 U.S.A. Original revision, with white outline around title
Sea Battle Overlay (Mattel Electronics 1818-4289-G1) Mattel Electronics 1818-4289-G1 1980 U.S.A. White outline around title removed
Sea Battle Overlay (Intellivision Inc. 1818-4289-G1) Intellivision Inc. 1818-4289-G1 None   Copyright removed
Sea Battle Overlay (Phil Boland 49 75213) Phil Boland 49 75213 1980 U.S.A. Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)
Image not available. Intellivision Productions N/A None   Part of the bonus overlays included with the Sam's Club edition of the 2014 Intellivision Flashback; copyright information has been removed; seems to be based on rev. G1
Image not available. Intellivision Productions N/A 2014 U.S.A. Part of the Supplemental Overlay Pack for Intellivision Flashback; appears to be based on the original version of the overaly




A total of four Sea Battle label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Sea Battle Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None   No origin, ™ upper right
Sea Battle Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None Hong Kong Origin upper right, ™ upper right
Sea Battle Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A 1980 U.S.A. Origin lower right; © I.I. 1980 to left of origin; ™ small, centered vertically on right edge; smaller label, rounded corners
Sea Battle Label (Phil Boland) Phil Boland N/A None   Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)




Title Screen Title screen for Sea Battle.
Theater of Action Laying mines in various straits always makes navigation lots of fun.
Battle Stations! The battle close-ups are where lots of great fun is to be had.




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