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Red Storm Rising

DOS - 1989

Also available on: Amiga - Commodore 64

Released in
United States
Simulation, Strategy
Licensed Title, Naval, Submarine
MicroProse Software, Inc.
MicroProse Software, Inc.
1st-Person, Top-Down
4.63 / 5 - 35 votes

Description of Red Storm Rising

Not MicroProse's finest hour, but a great game nonetheless. This game is definitely neither a "realistic" nor "deep" sub sim (compared with, say, 688 Attack Sub), but that's not what it is meant to be: this is a fun strategy game with lots of political intrigue, great atmosphere, and some adventure elements thrown in. There were a vast number of campaign missions and, if repeated, they were always random in location as well as types of ships involved, a truly dynamic campaign. Subsim skippers are never satisfied with "canned" missions and this contributed to the success RSR enjoyed. Some missions include only submarines, others include only a surface convoy, others include a surface task force (with carriers), and others with both ships and subs. Helicopters with sonar dipping equipment and sonar buoys add much to the turmoil. With the most challenging settings, events get so complex, and events occur so quickly, that having two people at the keyboard is a great help, and for beginners, almost a necessity (plus it is more fun). Trying to identify ships with signature analysis, running from incoming torpedoes, launching noise makers and decoys, dealing with several of your own wire-guided fish, and launching Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles makes for a very busy captain. Overall, a great submarine simulator that's still being played today. Highly recommended!

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

profblog 2016-09-01 0 point

Played this game incessantly with my boys many years ago. I'm re-reading the book right now and had to download and play again... retired prof.

fdisk 2015-11-09 1 point

EDIT: Thx fdisk !

YAY!!!! 2015-10-01 1 point

i have looked for this game since i left my commodore 64 for a PC. I cant believe this fantastic find! I only hope I am able to download it and get it to work!!! I played this for times it was the only pleasure I had in life LOL as a struggling teacher.oops

jay strongbow 2015-09-24 0 point

my all time favorite, love this great game.... never stop playing it.

Italman 2015-09-05 -1 point

Love this game

gumby 2015-06-18 -2 points DOS version

i cannot play it on my PC ?!? how come ???

wASTEDyOUTH 2014-09-30 0 point DOS version

I can't believe that I found this! I got a PC when I graduated High School in Dec 1988 (486 DX2-66 suckerz!) and bought this game the day it came out. Then I lost a year of my life! I only made it all the way through once (played in real-time of course) and then I put it away for ever... *until now*

Redstorm2000 2014-09-10 0 point DOS version

The book and game were so good this became my handle around 1998. A great game for its time, especially if you had read the best selling novel it was based on.

okasha 2014-02-14 0 point DOS version

very nice i love this game so much thank you

Dude 2013-06-12 0 point DOS version

Awesome game

Harpoon-o-phile 2013-01-05 0 point DOS version

Harpoon-ish, actually. And as good in it's own way.

HuntingTarg 2010-12-06 0 point DOS version

My brother and I both played this game, and (not as a result) later joined the U.S. Navy. The close accuracy of this game to late-20th-century naval combat is highly instructive and challenging, yet engaging and fun. Anyone who likes simulators or strategic+tactical combat should check this game out.

CreativeBallance 2009-01-06 -1 point DOS version

I played this game when I was 4 & 5. It was AWESOME!

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