In my opinion, I think that the gaming world needs more submarine games. Either arcade or simulations, we might need a break from all those FPS or MMORPGs that everyone is obsessed over. And what better submarine to play than an oldschool one? The answer: Silent Service. Not to be confused with Secret Service
, the game is a good introduction to the submarine simulation genre. Although the game was ported over to the NES, we're only going to talk about the PC version. Developed by MicroProse, who brought us the Rollercoaster Tycoon
games, Silent Service was also designed by Sid Meier, the man who brought us the Civilization
games. Only for that alone I have gave this game a try. The game is mostly a submarine simulation game, where you need to guide your submarine and destroy enemy ships. The controls for guiding the submarine is not like in any RTS game, but you need to use the different object from the HUD, like right rudder, go up, go down, selecting a speed for your submarine etc. The periscope is, in my opinion, kind of useless, because it doesn't change to a first person perspective, which could have worked better. The graphics aren't very impressive, but it's DOS, so no comment there. While Silent Service may not be a perfect submarine video game, it's still a good introduction to the genre and didn't disappoint too much.