U.S.S. Stinger

Simulation 1989 Dos Novotrade Naval

Dive dive dive!

There are plenty of submarine simulators out there on the market, from the likes of Silent Service, to Wolfpack and 688 Attack Submarine but this one is only really worth playing if you are a diehard fan of the genre. It's not a terrible game by any stretch of the imagination, it's just that it's a little lacking in action and thrills and its rather dated style means it's not exactly welcoming to the average gamer. There's a fair amount of detail on display here though, with the player thrust into command of a deadly attack sub and it's your job to seek out and destroy enemy convoys, their supply ships, escorts and anything else you can find out there in the big blue. You are of course armed with a variety of missiles and torpedoes but before you get to try them out, you have to navigate to where the danger is. This itself is pretty tricky, as there are plenty of environmental hazards to watch out for, while you also have to take into account things like fuel and air supplies. USS Stinger certainly isn't the most attractive game out there, with its decidedly old-fashioned colour schemes which aren't exactly easy on the eye and with a precious lack of detail or definition in the ships and environment. However, controlling the submarine feels quite realistic, with a lot of different elements to consider when piloting it and which proves quite challenging. The missions though tend to be a little samey and while there are a few elements to mix things up, you can't help feeling that when you've played a couple you've seen most of what the game has to offer. As such, this is only really worth a look for dedicated sim fans.

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