Exciting World War II Submarine Action in the South Pacific!! by Sid Meier.
User reviews:
Overall:
Mixed (7 reviews) - 42% of the 7 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 1, 1985

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About This Game

Exciting World War II Submarine Action in the South Pacific!! by Sid Meier.

0400 hours, Tuesday 1942... BATTLE STATIONS!! BATTLE STATIONS!! Enemy convoy identified on radar!!
SILENT SERVICE, The Submarine Simulation, brings exciting action, great strategy, detailed graphics and an ultra-realistic simulation of a World War II U.S. submarine in the South Pacific.
SILENT SERVICE's outstanding features include: all the critical battle stations 0 engine room, conning tower and ship's bridge; challenging and realistic combat versus single ships and heavily escorted convoys; and an infinite variety of situations using complete maps and charts for the entire South-west Pacific and a sophisticated and realistic attack plotting system.
SILENT SERVICE is the most detailed and realistic submarine simulation for home computers. Player selected "reality levels" allow the player to customize complexity, and time scaling ensures that the actions and decisions are constantly required. SILENT SERVICE provides a wide selection of historical scenarios from individual attacks to patrol missions that bring challenge and fun to both the first time player and the experienced submarine veteran.
Will you, as submarine captain, select a quiet patrol sector in the Marianas Islands, or choose the dangerous waters off the coast of Japan? Is the submerged daylight periscope attack best, or do you charge in on the surface at night using only radar bearing to guide you? Do you pick off the enemy with a single torpedo shot? These decisions and many more are yours to make as you take your place among the elite ranks of the SILENT SERVICE!

Throughout The World
SILENT SERVICE is "The Best"...

USA: Best Adventure Game for the Home Computer. 1986 Charles Roberts Award for Outstanding Achievement Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA)/Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Designs.

Germany: Simulation Of The Year. Best Games Of The Year Awards, Happy Computer, December 1986

USA: Best Simulator. Critics' Choice Awards. Family Computing, January 1987

England: Best Simulation. Oscar Award, Commodore Computing International, December 1986

France: Best Simulation. TILT d'Or Canal (Golden TILT Award), TILT Magazine, November 1986

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Leopard 10.7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X Leopard 10.7 or newer
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
Customer reviews
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Overall:
Mixed (7 reviews)
Recently Posted
Progress?
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
They should sell the far superior Amiga version instead of this awful mess.
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Chaz
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Worse game ever, how frustration and worthless. I own and play this on Nintendo. One of the best games ever. Posted to Steam really sucks. Controls (if you can call is that suck) , visual are nothing but dots on a screen where Nintendo Entertainment System puts this to shame. Do not buy this game. I got it cheap on G 2 A cheap and wish I could return the key for my money back. You can't even use steams normal F12 overlay to show how badly this game sucks. No intro music, game style layout sucks, if I could beat someone in the face for stealing, I would beat that bass ted that uploaded this game to steam. Do ..... Not ....... Purchase .......unless you want to waste your money. I'm really disappointed as I thought I was going to have fun as I did on NES. Grrrrrrr!
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Verdantil
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: October 5, 2015
I feel guilty giving the thumbs down to what might be a classic to some people but :

Pros :
Really cool PDF manual. Goes into submarine charts, historical details, indepth controls. This is the kind of manual you kept on hand while playing and constantly referred back to, sprinkle in a bit of roleplay vibe to your game session and there might had been a fun gaming session in that in 1985! It looks like if you put in the the effort the game had the potential to maybe reward you for your effort with some primitive pixelated naval battle action.

Cons
The game is mathematics heavy it seems , and even if it worked the UI's reliance on the manual, and the cryptic nature of everything weighs the game down so much that it sinks like a rock right away in my humble opinion

The keyboard controls dont work, and apparently you could play with an old school joystick somehow, I pressed every single key on my keyboard through all 3 game modes and NOTHING happened. The game manual hints at IBM keboard controls located inside the cover of the manual but i dont see that this would help given that I tried everything.

Conclusion :
More a museum piece than a game, this is a piece for the most hardcore collectors, ultra retro gamers, and bundle hoarders. Everyone else should steer WAY clear.
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rock3tz
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18, 2015
Bad.
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Takumi_86
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23, 2015
I bought this game. It is the oldest game on steam. I found out that submarines are a human equviant for dog whistles
10/10 would bleed from ears again
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ramonefrunkis
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 13, 2014
Liked this game way back when. But the way this game is and others in the bundle are incomplete. There are no in game instructions for controls. Couldn't even fire a torpedo in training mode. Also the links on the right to find this info do not open.

Edit there are PDF files in the game folder with this info
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
48 of 69 people (70%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Liked this game way back when. But the way this game is and others in the bundle are incomplete. There are no in game instructions for controls. Couldn't even fire a torpedo in training mode. Also the links on the right to find this info do not open.

Edit there are PDF files in the game folder with this info
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32 of 43 people (74%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2015
I feel guilty giving the thumbs down to what might be a classic to some people but :

Pros :
Really cool PDF manual. Goes into submarine charts, historical details, indepth controls. This is the kind of manual you kept on hand while playing and constantly referred back to, sprinkle in a bit of roleplay vibe to your game session and there might had been a fun gaming session in that in 1985! It looks like if you put in the the effort the game had the potential to maybe reward you for your effort with some primitive pixelated naval battle action.

Cons
The game is mathematics heavy it seems , and even if it worked the UI's reliance on the manual, and the cryptic nature of everything weighs the game down so much that it sinks like a rock right away in my humble opinion

The keyboard controls dont work, and apparently you could play with an old school joystick somehow, I pressed every single key on my keyboard through all 3 game modes and NOTHING happened. The game manual hints at IBM keboard controls located inside the cover of the manual but i dont see that this would help given that I tried everything.

Conclusion :
More a museum piece than a game, this is a piece for the most hardcore collectors, ultra retro gamers, and bundle hoarders. Everyone else should steer WAY clear.
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27 of 39 people (69%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 23, 2015
I bought this game. It is the oldest game on steam. I found out that submarines are a human equviant for dog whistles
10/10 would bleed from ears again
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Worse game ever, how frustration and worthless. I own and play this on Nintendo. One of the best games ever. Posted to Steam really sucks. Controls (if you can call is that suck) , visual are nothing but dots on a screen where Nintendo Entertainment System puts this to shame. Do not buy this game. I got it cheap on G 2 A cheap and wish I could return the key for my money back. You can't even use steams normal F12 overlay to show how badly this game sucks. No intro music, game style layout sucks, if I could beat someone in the face for stealing, I would beat that bass ted that uploaded this game to steam. Do ..... Not ....... Purchase .......unless you want to waste your money. I'm really disappointed as I thought I was going to have fun as I did on NES. Grrrrrrr!
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3 of 71 people (4%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
They should sell the far superior Amiga version instead of this awful mess.
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