A submarine simulator 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.[citation needed] Submarine simulators are notable for the highly-variable pace of the game;[citation needed] it may take hours of simulated time to get into position to attack a well-defended convoy,[citation needed] and sub simulators typically include an option for players to adjust the ratio of real time to simulated time up and down as desired.[citation needed] Most submarine simulators use 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 Ocean, or German U-boats in the Atlantic Ocean. Another popular category is modern attack submarines, especially those of the Los Angeles class also known as "688s" after the hull identification number of the first vessel 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 other in-game issues that may arise. The first submarine simulator available to the civilian public was Thorn EMI's Submarine Commander of 1982.[citation needed] Titles[edit]

Name Year

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 2003

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

Periscope 1966

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

Submarine 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 & puts the player through several submarine piloting missions, though several other missions are also restricted against submarine use. AUV Simulators[edit] There are also a number of simulators available for underwater robots such as AUVs. These simulators are commonly used by research institutes for testing robot control and coordination algorithms before or during the development of a submarine. External links[edit], a comprehensive information and review site

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