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Battleship: Surface Thunder

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Battleship: Surface Thunder
Battleship: Surface Thunder cover
Meyer/Glass Interactive
Hasbro Interactive
Release dates
Windows September 12, 2000
Metacritic 65
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Series Battleship
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Battleship: Surface Thunder is a singleplayer third-person shooter in which the player must navigate their battleship through enemy waters to complete various objectives. It also includes the classic board game which supports multiplayer.

Key points

This game will not install on modern operating systems. See Issues fixed for workarounds.
Menus do not display correctly in fullscreen; see Menus displaying incorrectly in fullscreen


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\DisplaySettings.ini[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>[Note 1]


In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed

Game will not install

Error message: Can't find SETUP.EXE to install the game with!
Install within a Windows 95/98/ME/XP/Vista/7 VM
  1. Download and extract Oracle VirtualBox [1].
  2. Run VirtualBox-6.1.18-142142-Win.exe.
  3. Make sure to either have a physical or virtual install for the operating system before continuing.
  4. Open VirtualBox and click "New". From here choose your operating system.
  5. Install the operating system as normal.
  6. Upon completion, exit the OS and click "Settings" for the VM you created.
  7. In "General" click on the "Advanced" tab.
  8. Set "Shared Clipboard" and "Drag n' Drop" to "Bidirectional"
  9. Save the settings and re-enter the OS.
  10. Install here if you are using a retail disk. Otherwise, first copy the files you were using to install the game into the VM and then install it.
  11. Copy the completed installation back over to your main system and run the game.

Menus displaying incorrectly in fullscreen

Force windowed mode
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the name and executable path.
  4. Set the window position and size.
  5. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  6. Click OK, then File and Save.
  7. Run the game from DxWnd.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7 DirectX 7.0a is included with the game.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 75 MB


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).