Silent Service

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Description

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?

Screenshots

Silent Service Atari ST Realism options
Silent Service Commodore 64 Title screen
Silent Service ZX Spectrum Looking through the periscope
Silent Service Commodore 64 At the navigation control station

Alternate Titles

  • "Silent Service: The Submarine Simulation" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Das U-Boot" -- German title

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User Reviews

Excellent game for its time DOS Ray Col (1)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jul, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Aug, 1992 89 out of 100 89
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1990 83 out of 100 83
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1990 81 out of 100 81
ATARImagazin Atari 8-bit Jul, 1987 2 out of 6 80
Tilt ZX Spectrum May, 1987 16 out of 20 80
Tilt Amiga Jun, 1987 15 out of 20 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) NES Sep, 1990 8.8 out of 12 73
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II Dec, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Atari 8-bit Dec, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

German index

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.

Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Sims
  • 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)

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