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Sub Battle Simulator (1994)

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
sub_battle_simulator_color.sit (1.29 MB)
MD5: 95be42d0fccf58e7b9ff510662a67dae
For System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us (13.95 MB)
MD5: 1d8073f55a0a5266af4f753f6a2acee1
For System 7.0 - 7.6
This game works with: Basilisk II, Mini vMac

This is the color remake of Sub Battle Commander, a popular Submarine Battle Simulator for the Macintosh. Part of its success was thanks to the fact that the popular GATO broke with the release of System 6, leaving the Mac submarine commanders all alone in their ports.

When Sub Battle Simulator itself wouldn't survive the move to System 7, a System 7 compatible color remake was published years later by Alliance Interactive at a budget price. Though color graphics were the biggest innovation, Sub Battle Commander would also support monochrome Macs.

The game allows you to play either single missions or a wartime command on the American or German side. The game features a day & night cycle, different weather conditions, auto-navigation, a variety of sea and air vessels and a time-compression feature. Most importantly, it allows you to save your game any time. (as opposed to Deadly Games U-Boat)

Architecture: 68k

Will crash if opened in more than 256 colors. Package claims Mac OS 7 required but seems to work at least partially in System 6.


IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2020, February 20 - 5:13pm

I'm not sure, but usually Silent Service and Sub Battle Simulator were different games.

OpenSourceMac's picture
by OpenSourceMac - 2020, February 19 - 10:48pm

We had this for NES (called Silent Service). To this day not sure if there is a better sub game.

Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2020, February 19 - 9:48am

I do love it for what it is - a capable submarine warefare simulation, though the simulation aspect isn't too much stressed. I don't like the bugs, especially the ones they could have ironed out when they did the remake. Like the garbled text in mission orders or the wrong display of a landmass on the map.

Overall, it is still a good game though and it's surprisingly full of features for a game this old. (effectively this is a 1987 game!). What's cool is that it is very approachable and after 5 minutes you understand what is going on and where to press to do what. Even though they didn't fully adhere to Mac Interface standards ... (nope, Apple + S doesn't open the save game dialog ...)

I have this one on my hard disk for 8 years and keep coming back to it at times, so it's a good title, specifically for 68k Macs.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2012, March 25 - 6:46pm

Thanks, that's much better than before.

MCP's picture
by MCP - 2012, March 25 - 1:10pm

I've changed the title and description slightly to make more sense in the wake of what I've found out about the earlier versions of this game.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2012, March 5 - 6:54pm

True, this one runs also in Mini vMac (b/w).

Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2010, May 10 - 10:30am

Added a screenshot. Works fine on a 68030 with SSW 7.1

Edit: Changed 'xxx 7' to 'SSW 7' - IIGS User