There’s a unique appeal to playing Battleship, with its two-sided vertical board hiding the face-to-face players’ fleets from one another. Now, Swedish retro tech designer Love Hultén has taken that same layout, and applied it to a new two-player gaming system. It’s time to check out the Battlecade.

The American walnut-bodied device can be carried folded up like a briefcase. When it’s opened, it reveals two arcade-style control panels, separated by two 12-inch LCD monitors (showing the same game) that are joined back-to-back. The joysticks are unscrewed when the Battlecade is folded up, and stored along with the power supply in a built-in covered compartment.

Once it’s fired up, the two users can engage in a variety of classic arcade games, with the screens keeping their "playing strategies" hidden.

There’s no word on whether or not you can buy the Battlecade, although if you can, it probably isn’t be cheap. What is essentially a single-player version of the same system is priced at €2,499 (about US$2,897).

The Battlecade can be seen in use, in the following video.

Source: Love Hultén

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