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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 NES Convoy actions selection
Silent Service Commodore 64 Looking through the periscope
Silent Service Atari ST Inside the submarine
Silent Service DOS Strategic map - Real time!

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

1UP! NES Feb 24, 2006 86 out of 100 86
Tilt NES Feb, 1991 17 out of 20 85
Mean Machines NES Oct, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Tilt ZX Spectrum May, 1987 16 out of 20 80
Power Play NES Oct, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ST Format Atari ST Oct, 1991 79 out of 100 79
Tilt Amiga Jun, 1987 15 out of 20 75 NES May, 2013 D 25
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Atari ST Aug, 1986 Unscored Unscored


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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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