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Tom Clancy's SSN is a simulation of the 688i (i.e. Los Angeles-class) nuclear hunter/killer submarine. The player commands the USS Cheyenne in a limited war against China over the Spratly Islands in a 15-mission campaign where they'll perform a wide variety of missions from patrol to escort, from boomer hunt to convoy attack.

The game uses a large number of video briefings and "news" reports to enhance the atmosphere both before and after the missions. During the mission, the player can see their submarine in a 3rd-person view with a rotate-able camera (only horizontally though). The player is limited to only torpedoes (no Harpoon anti-ship missiles). While VLS (vertical launch system) is included, it has no real effect in the missions. Sonar is vastly simplified, leaving the player only with command decisions such as where to turn, what depth to go to, when to shoot, when to use active sonar, when to deploy decoys, and so on. Thermal layers (large difference in water temperature, affects sonar performance) is simulated.


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The simplified sub sim still holds up today... Kasey Chang (4617) unrated

Critic Reviews

PC Player (Denmark) 1997 92 out of 100 92
PC Games (Germany) Apr, 1997 81 out of 100 81
Privat Computer PC 1996 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Germany) Feb, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Feb, 1997 73 out of 100 73
Game.EXE May, 1997 70 out of 100 70
PC Joker Apr, 1997 66 out of 100 66
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Entertainment Weekly Dec 20, 1996 C 50
Computer Games Magazine 1996 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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You can read the novelization "Tom Clancy's SSN" in both trade paperback and regular paperback sizes in your local bookstore. The actions in the game roughly corresponds with those in the book, but not exactly.
Kasey Chang (4617) added Tom Clancy's SSN (Windows) on Jul 20, 2001