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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 Commodore 64 She's going down
Silent Service Amiga Using periscope
Silent Service Apple II Credits
Silent Service Amstrad CPC Targeting a ship

Promo Images

Silent Service Screenshot
Silent Service Screenshot
Silent Service Screenshot
Silent Service Screenshot

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

Zzap! (Italy) Commodore 64 May, 1986 88 out of 100 88
Tilt NES Feb, 1991 17 out of 20 85
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1990 83 out of 100 83
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1990 81 out of 100 81
ST Format Atari ST Oct, 1991 79 out of 100 79
Tilt Amiga Jun, 1987 15 out of 20 75
Nintendo Magasinet (Sweden) NES Oct, 1990 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II Dec, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II Jan, 1986 Unscored Unscored
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 Jan, 1986 Unscored Unscored

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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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