Silent Service

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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 Amstrad CPC She's going down
Silent Service Atari 8-bit Looking through the periscope
Silent Service Amiga Submarine's command central
Silent Service DOS The control room. All these gadgets and no instruction manual.

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
Tilt NES Feb, 1991 17 out of 20 85
Tilt DOS Dec, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1990 83 out of 100 83
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1993 71 out of 100 71
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1990 68 out of 100 68
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple IIgs Dec, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Dec, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II Dec, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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.


  • 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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