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There aren't a lot of submarine games out there and this has to be one of the first there was that tried to simulate one instead of using it in an action game. You can start the game on several different missions: training, a historical mission, pacific patrol or peacetime patrol. Each of these is set in a different place but they all give you the some basic options which you can change at the start. These options are mainly to increase the difficulty and you can select things like rank, hull tickness and enemy expertise among others.

You start the mission in perfect condition with full supplies and you must survive for a set number of days. Since missions are mainly based on patrolling a certain area it means you are usually all alone. If you happen to come upon an unfriendly unit and it comes to a battle you can use your torpedoes to try and bring it down. Don't think you can just press fire and take it out because subwarfare is a complex affair. You must get several echoes of the enemy boat to calculate the distance and thus get a firing solution.

If this all sounds a bit dry you are probably right because being on a submarine is not an actionpacked adventure. The realism of the game means that most of the time you are stuck by your lonesome patrolling the seas. Also the game doesn't give you much information on the missions you are supposed to be doing but simply drops you in the submarine somewhere in the sea. It doesn't help either that you can only play single missions, there is no option for a career mode or something in that order.
If you happen to like submarine simulations that try to be realistic you might like this game but for anyone else I doubt they would be able get through all the tedious bits to enjoy it.

Overal rating: 5/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for two different systems here are some notes:
C64 Released in 1986.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
This and the DOS version are pretty much the same.
DOS Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed on a DOS and Win2k PC.

Date added Dec-11-2004 10:21
Name Up periscope!
Developer Actionsoft
Publisher Actionsoft
First released 1986
Genre Simulation
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Download Commodore 64, filesize: 159 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 94 Kb
Manual No manual available
Solve / Docs No solve available
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