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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 Ship in sight
Silent Service Atari ST Choose war patrol
Silent Service Atari ST Realism options
Silent Service Atari ST A view from the bridge

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

1UP! NES Feb 24, 2006 86 out of 100 86
Tilt NES Feb, 1991 17 out of 20 85
Tilt DOS Dec, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Tilt PC Booter Dec, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Power Play NES Oct, 1990 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) NES Sep, 1990 8.8 out of 12 73
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1990 68 out of 100 68
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
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 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)

Contributed to by Rola (7613), Trixter (8712), PCGamer77 (3011), Zadok (6), Kabushi (139030), Martin Smith (63054), Terok Nor (20356) and Garcia (4773)