You are now a member of the Silent Service, the US Navy Submarine command. For a long while after Pearl Harbor, you are the only forces capable of striking back at the Japanese in the Pacific. Take one of the "fleet boats" and go on extended patrols of up to 2 months from Hawaii, Australia, or New Zealand. Set your difficulty/realism level and time period (early means less tech for juicier targets, later means tougher escorts, more tech, lousier targets). Contend with factors like dud torpedoes, maximum depth, and more.
You can choose among practice run against some old hulks, recreate historical convoy attacks, go on a single patrol, or go on your own campaign, which lets you go multiple patrols until you die, get promoted, or survive the war.
How well will you do when matched against history?
- "Silent Service: The Submarine Simulation" -- Tag-lined title
- "Das U-Boot" -- German title
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On March 23, 1988 the game was taken off the the German index after the German distributor Rushware entered an objection. MicroProse themselves also objected, stated that a law should not lump computer software in with pornographic videos. The incident was even discussed on the front cover of the UK newspaper The Independent.
- Computer Gaming World
- November 1996 (15th Anniversary issue) - #86 on the "150 Best Games of All Time" list
- Happy Computer
- 1986 - Best Simulation of the Year
- Issue 04/1987 - #3 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)