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Sub Culture

Windows - 1997

Alt names 海底文明, Dive
Year 1997
Platform Windows
Released in Germany, United States, Japan, Brazil
Genre Action
Theme Managerial, Real-Time, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Submarine, Trade
Publisher Ubi Soft Entertainment Software
Developer Criterion Software Group Ltd.
Perspective 1st-Person
4.6 / 5 - 20 votes

Description of Sub Culture

Sub Culture is THE best underwater simulation game I have ever played, bar none (well, except for Archimedean Dynasty perhaps).

In the spirit of mercenary games e.g. Privateer, Sub Culture is an open-ended game allowing players to accept missions or just explore their surroundings. As a freelance mercenary running dangerous missions, you trade goods at the various cities and-- on the side of course-- bring peace to your underwater world where a nasty war is raging between two undersea nations Procha and Bohine. Trading is integral to the game, as you must earn cash to upgrade her equipment. You can make money by prospecting for ore, pearls, and scrap metal, or by completing the missions that advance the plot, which starts off interesting but gets even better as time goes on.

What qualifies this game as a simulation rather than trigger-happy action game is the fact that all objects and creature have been designed using realistic physics models which affect movement through the water. For example, if you stop your sub, you'll drift. This can make it difficult to accurately line up targets, but at the same time it really makes you feel as if you're moving underwater. If your joystick supports force-feedback, the game provides near-perfect immersion: you'll feel collisions shaking the ship and explosions rocking your little sub.

All in all, Sub Culture is a wonderful underwater simulation that is even better than MicroProse's underrated SubWar 2050. It might disappoint arcade fans due to some "lull" periods of relative quiet as you navigate to the waypoints and just taking in the amazing surroundings. For the rest of us, however, and even for reflex-impaired people like me, Sub Culture is a must have. Highly recommended!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Joshua 2021-04-25 0 point

The music wont play at all and cutscenes are missing, controls seem messed up too as I cant change tools nor use the suck-o-matic

Obsti 2020-11-18 1 point

If the turbine/engine sound of your sub annoys you, you can replace it.

Go to the installation directory, subdirectory "waves". Find "PROP3.RAW" and rename it, e.g. to "xPROP3.RAW" as a backup. Then copy the "PROP4.RAW" and rename the copy to "PROP3.RAW". Basically, you replace the PROP3 sound with the PROP4 sound which is much less annoying.

Walrus 2020-09-05 0 point

The game starts, but it is extremely slow. I use nglide 2.10 with a high-spec gaming laptop. Is there any way to play the game at normal speed?

BERSEK 2020-08-28 0 point

The italian and spanish version are missing. The iso version miss those languages.

Atenos 2020-04-21 0 point

I was able to get the game to run under Windows 10 by downloading nglide and playing the SC3DFX application. You can download nglide from

VINZ0R 2019-07-07 0 point

Doesn't run properly. The ship is all slowed down and in slow-motion. Running 3DFX executable under Windows 10 with nGlide 2.00. Anybody have other suggestions?

TGP 2019-01-14 0 point

Hi! it doesn't work.
If you have doubts, send me an email:


Crimson12 2018-08-25 1 point

Uno de los primeros juegos que terminé.

Snekry 2018-04-23 0 point

the game my childhood

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