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SSN-21 Seawolf

DOS - 1994

Year 1994
Platform DOS
Released in Germany, United States
Genre Simulation, Strategy
Theme Naval, Submarine
Publisher Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer Electronic Arts, Inc.
Perspectives 1st-Person, Top-Down
4.5 / 5 - 28 votes

Description of SSN-21 Seawolf

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In general, naval battles unfold in a slower pace than other land or air battles. Two fleets might be searching for each other (or eyeing each other) for days before a final, fiery confrontation take place. This is even more correct for Submarine warfare. From the days of old U-boats to the age of nuclear fast attack boats, the art is more or less the same. Stay undetected while trying to detect the enemy, track him (sometimes for hours or even days) then strike quickly and leave the area. If the enemy fleet still has some ships in it, repeat the procedure as needed.

This translates directly to computer sub sims. While flight sims might lean a bit towards the quick-reaction action (yes, even for F-19, the "thinking man's sim"), sub sims look more like a chess or turn-based strategy/war game. Perhaps this is one reason why generally sub sims are not very popular among gamers. Only hardcore sub lovers will play them. Others consider this genre a bit boring. This does not mean that ALL sub sims have to be boring. With careful design, some sub sims are actually interesting.

Take Dynamix's Aces of The Deep, for example. Or the original EA's 688i Attack Sub. Or its second sequel, Jane's 688i. Second sequel, you said? What about the first sequel? Unfortunately the first sequel, SSN-21 Seawolf, is not all that interesting. It's use of multimedia (oral acknowledgements from your crew) is quite interesting. Graphically, it is a nice step up from the original.

The issue here is with gameplay. With no introductory mission or quick engagements option, this sim has quite a steep learning curve. If you're familiar with sub sims, this might be okay. But beginners will mostly get scared away when they have to dive directly to the missions, although the missions are quite well designed.

That being said, this is NOT a bad game. It demands some serious dedication to master and enjoy, but if you are willing to put some effort into it, you might have a good time. However, another issue rears it's ugly head. If you are seriously interested in Fast Attack Sub sim, why not just go out and buy Jane's 688i? It has much better graphics, much better system simulation and much better gameplay. To top it off, it's now available at rock bottom prices!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

blair 2024-01-11 1 point

The ONLY way I could get this to run was to use WINDOWS ME in a virtual box on Win 10x64 Pro!
I tried both 95 AND 98se and they failed. Took me 2.5 days to get this to a working smooth experience. This should be easy to do in Linux/Mac. I also had to use MAGIC BORDERLESS to get the PURE full screen experience without the VB border!

Kickstand1160 2018-12-09 1 point

I have been looking for this game since I learned how to use VMware player. Now to get it installed and working. Thank you for the retro game?

BSG15 2017-06-09 1 point


Thedizzman101 2017-03-05 -9 points

How do you emulate this game to work on 64 bit systems

mark 2014-08-12 -20 points DOS version

whats the dos command to run it?

fstar 2012-12-31 1 point DOS version

best sub game ever, i still play it even though i kick butt at it, the random ness is always fun, and the last few levels can get VERY hairy!

gwavha 2012-07-23 1 point DOS version

i love this game my original disk was stollen now im happy to find it

TJO HELLAS 2011-12-02 0 point DOS version


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