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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 ZX Spectrum Looking through the periscope
Silent Service DOS Gameplay
Silent Service PC Booter Loading screen
Silent Service Atari ST Loading screen

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
Happy Computer Atari ST 1986 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
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Tilt ZX Spectrum May, 1987 16 out of 20 80
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1993 71 out of 100 71
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple IIgs Dec, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Questicle.net NES May, 2013 D 25
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II 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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