The Info List - Submarine Simulator

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A SUBMARINE SIMULATOR, or SUBSIM for short, is usually a computer game in which the player commands a submarine . The usual form of the game is to go on a series of missions, each of which features a number of encounters where the goal is to sink surface ships and to survive counterattacks by destroyers . Submarine
simulators are notable for the highly-variable pace of the game; it may take hours of simulated time to get into position to attack a well-defended convoy , and sub simulators typically include an option for players to adjust the ratio of real time to simulated time up and down as desired.

Most subsims use World War II
World War II
as the setting; its submarine warfare was lengthy and intense, the historical material is extensive, and the limited capabilities of the period's submarines place a high premium on game playing skill. Games usually feature either US submarines in the Pacific, or U-Boats in the Atlantic. Another popular category is modern attack submarines , especially those of the Los Angeles class also known as "688s" after the ship number of the first of the class.

Game displays generally include an overhead map or "radar" view, showing the submarine and any ships whose position can be detected, the periscope view if the sub is close enough to the surface, a set of gauges showing depth and course, and a boat plan showing torpedo availability, damage to various subsystems, and so forth.

Subsims were especially popular in the earlier days of computer gaming. The graphics demands were well-matched to the hardware of the times, as was the computing load; ships move relatively slowly, and an encounter typically entails fewer than a dozen objects moving simultaneously. More recent games enhance the graphics, although much of it is "chrome", for instance using photorealistic interiors instead of a panel of gauges.

The first submarine simulator available to the civilian public was Thorn EMI's Submarine
Commander of 1982.



1914 Shells of Fury 2007

688 Attack Sub 1988

688(I) Hunter/Killer 1997

Aces of the Deep 1994

AquaNox series. Heavily stylized, futuristic series sharing more in common with space combat simulators . 1996–2003

Archimedean Dynasty 1996

Cold Waters 2017

Command: Aces of the Deep 1995

Dangerous Waters 2005

Danger from the Deep Open source 2010

Das Boot: German U-Boat Simulation 1990-91

Deadly Tide 1996

Depthcharge 1977

Deep Fighter: The Tsunami Offensive 2000

Dive to the Titanic 2010

Enigma: Rising Tide 2003/2005

Fast Attack: High Tech Submarine
Warfare 1996

GATO 1984

Grey Wolf

The Hunt for Red October 1987–90

Iron Wolves

OpenSSN (Open source) 2010

Operation Neptune (video game) 1991


Radar Mission (Mode B) 1990

Red Storm Rising 1988

Silent Service series 1985, 1990

Silent Hunter 1996

Silent Hunter II 2001

Silent Hunter III 2005

Silent Hunter IV 2007

Silent Hunter V 2010

Silent Steel 1995

SSN-21 Seawolf 1994

Steel Diver 2011

Commander 1982

Sub Battle Simulator 1987–88

Sub Command 2001

Sub Culture 1997

Sub Hunt 1982

Sub Hunter 1977

Sub Mission 1986

Subwar 2050 1994

Tom Clancy\'s SSN 1996


U-Boat Simulator (Android game) 2013

Up Periscope! 1986

Virtual Sailor 1999

Wolfpack ' 1990s

The adventure game Codename: ICEMAN (1989) by Sierra On-line contained a submarine simulator portion.

The vehicle simulator game Naval Ops: Warship Gunner 2 (2006) by Koei features submarine hulls ;background:none transparent;border:none;-moz-box-shadow:none;-webkit-box-shadow:none;box-shadow:none;">v

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