You set sail as others return to dry land. Wind force 12. Breakers beat on the bow deck, spray blows across the bridge. On the high seas: face the sheer force of the elements! And you’re steering them – the most powerful rescue vessels of the Maritime Search and Rescue Service in search of castaways.
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Mixed (62 reviews) - 50% of the 62 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 1, 2014

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About This Game

You set sail as others return to dry land. Wind force 12. Breakers beat on the bow deck, spray blows across the bridge. On the high seas: face the sheer force of the elements! And you’re steering them – the most powerful rescue vessels of the Maritime Search and Rescue Service in search of castaways. As a sea rescuer, you put your life on the line – to save the lives of others!

Extinguish fires, salvage damaged ships, direct search and rescue operations, stay in constant radio contact with the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Center and save lives in 20 different missions. Together with your crew, you’ll become acquainted with the hard day-to-day life of a sea rescuer and make the high seas a little bit safer.

So, choose your vessel and your location on the North or Baltic Sea, switch on your radio and get ready!


  • Rescuing: Steer the salvage cruisers HERMANN MARWEDE and HARRO KOEBKE across the stormy seas. Deploy boats to rescue people in distress at sea!
  • Engaging: Take on the role of the foreman (captain) of the rescue cruiser, and move around the ships freely in first-person perspective! View your ship from numerous camera angles, from inside and out!
  • Absorbing: Featuring up to 30 main and supporting characters, elaborately dubbed and with fascinating background stories. Get to know your crew and radio in regularly to the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Center.
  • Wide-ranging: Two scenarios (North Sea and Baltic Sea) provide a wide range of missions.
  • Salvaging: Salvage ships! Pump water out of shipwrecks! Extinguish fires on the open seas! Rescue people in distress at sea! The game features the entire spectrum of sea rescue missions.
  • Changing: Experience realistic water, waves and weather that react in real time to the operation, time of day, and the ships and their movements. Sail in bright sunshine or the most raging storms, crystal clear twilight or dense morning fog!
  • Challenging: Take note of tide conditions, use the nautical chart to navigate and deal with the many problems of the On-Scene Coordinator! Steer the ship using either simplified or realistic controls!
  • Collaborating: Produced by simulation and game experts kindly supported by the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS)
  • Connected: A product penned by simulation and games experts with the support of the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service. Includes dev diary. Every copy sold supports the work of the Search and Rescue Service.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: AMD ® Athlon 64 X2, Intel ® Core2Duo or comparable dual core processor min. 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with Shader 3.0 support (min. 1 GB VRAM, 1.5 GB recommended), AMD CrossFireX is not supported, AMD Radeon HD3870/NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or better (AMD HD5870/NVIDIA GeForce GTX470 recommended)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound card
    • OS: OSX 10.6.8 or higher
    • Processor: iMac or MacBook Pro, 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 processor (min. 2.6 GHz i7 recommended
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD6970M or NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB VRAM
    • Storage: 2700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound card
    • Additional Notes: mouse (with scroll wheel, left and right mouse buttons recommended – otherwise control via Secondary Click)
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
graphics were not very good and it was a bit glitchy took ages to do stuff!!!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Good Boat Simulator!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
I would really like to give this game a thumbs up because it highlights people who are rarely thought of and do a very difficult job but i can't as the game has kept crashing sometimes after 1 hour of gameplay and it's made me start the mission again, even with the 4x speed i don't like having to do the same mission twice when i've got it right already. Also i don't like the limited pad support even though this has been explained by one of the devs, the last thing i don't like is the low fps i get with the graphics on fantastic and the resolution on 1920 - 1080 my pc is large enough to handle this. I think the storyline is very good and the game has a lot of potential but in to-days game market i feel the game should have had more testing before it's release. I will still enjoy playing the game inbetween crashes and hope the devs can sort the problems out soon as I feel it would be terrible for them to abandon this (simply for the subject). A little note for the devs please sort this game out so I can recommend it as I would like to do that but can't at the moment. I also think some kind of auto or manual save option during missions would help.
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83 of 104 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
First note, that despite the very suggestive title, this is not associated with the game Ship Simulator Extremes that you can also buy on steam, and is developed by a different company. This is both a good and bad thing - it's good because there are many, many fewer graphical bugs and general slowness than you get from the classic ship simulator, but it has problems that I'll get into later.

My biggest concern with the game is the ship physics. They just don't feel right - a long endurance rescue vessel seems more like a small boat, and the boat feels terrible at low speeds, because of how it moves in the wrong direction when trying to steer. This might be realistic, but it sure doesn't seem like it.

Secondly, there's a distinct lack of content. There are only a few other ship classes, and cargo ships are represented by fishing boats etc. It gets annoying, but not too badly. Given the nature of the ships that they've modelled, a true open ocean scenario would be wonderful.

Third, the towing and cable attachment walkaround system is way, way too slow, even in calm seas.

I actually rather like this game. Poor ship physics aside, the campaign is at least okay, and there is a fair amount of diversity. However, it isn't quite worth 25$ - if it was 15$, I'd say you should buy it, but not at the current pricing. I hope that the developers continue to expand the content that's avaliable, though I'm not too hopeful.

Edit (too long for a comment):
I think that the easiest one of my complaints to fix is the walk-around one, I suspect that there's just a constant somewhere that can be changed.

The motor launch dynamics also need to be improved, as the sliding action when attempting to turn at low speeds makes it difficult to perform rescues effectively. However, this might be a realisim thing, as I have very little real experience with these boats.

The thing that I'd like the most to be added, content-wise, is an open-ocean component, far distant from the shore. The Hermann Marwede in particular was designed for this, and it doesn't show up a lot in the game. This would also go well with the addition of the emergency towing vessel Mellum, also based on Heligoland.

Only one real new ship class is needed for freighters, really, and I think that something like a 5,000TEU containerized vessel would be enough. I'm not sure how hard it would be to add, though.

With respect to the missions, something that's been bothering me about the ones that exist already is that they're so close to shore and in good enough weather that the majority would seem to be done by helicopter. It would be nice to make you cooperate with a helicopter, possibly even conducting air operations off of the Marwede.

Finally, a mod kit would be very nice. VSTEP doesn't have one, for reasons I can't determine, but I know that I would be interested at least in developing new content for the game.

I think that implementing any two of my suggestions would make me, at least, reccomend this game. I'm excited to see where the game goes in the future.

Edit #2:
The ship physics are really the worst thing, though. The ships's weight more or less does not exist (the RHIB pushes a 5000 ton freighter around), and the boyancy model is nonexistent. Floating appears to happen based on a uniform height above the water. Furthermore, the drag model doesn't work: when you have a ship under tow, the top speed does not decrease whatsoever.
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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
After some issues with the controls I managed to track down the issue. An old joystick driver was giving fake control inputs to the game and making it unplayable. So be aware that you need to get rid of all inputs aside from that which you are using.

The game is something different from the normal shooter or horror survival game that seems to be the norm these days. It is fairly enjoyable and simple to get the hang of. Do not skip the tutorial however or you will be completely lost.

My final verdict is; Wait for a steam sale. The game isn't worth $25 in my personal opinion. However it is definitely enjoyable.
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