Good old Dreadnoughts is an old, old game that was originally created for the Apple II, but found its way onto other formats, including the Commodore 64. To mark its age (a 1984 model game to be exact) one needs only look at its publisher and developer. Avalon Hill had a name, back in the day, for making strategy games and many computerized versions of board games, as well.
Dreadnoughts is a combat simulator that is specifically centered around the battles of World War II.
As one could probably guess by the title, it is a naval simulator. It plays out from the top down perspective as a strategy game as opposed to the first person, as if it were a shooter.
What Dreadnoughts does is allows the gamer to create and recreate naval battles and other activities that took place in the early years of the second world war. The theater is actually the North Atlantic, making it a little different from many World War II games that concentrate on the Pacific theater. The game is both strategic and tactical and can be played as a single player game or with two people. As a single player,
you are in command of the German navy and are facing off against the British. As a two player game, you have a choice of who you want to command. There are almost 50 ships available, giving you a wide range of actions and tactics to learn and use.