Silent Steel is a 1995 submarine simulator computer game by Tsunami Games. It was created during the influx of "interactive movies" during the 1990s. The game is composed almost entirely of live-action full motion video with real actors and surroundings, with sparse computer-generated graphics depicting external shots of the boat during torpedo attacks and atmospheric fly-bys. A version playable on DVD players was released in 1999.
The gameplay consists of choosing from three options when the video pauses at certain points. The player then chooses one of these options and the video resumes. The entire game is played in this way, and thus creates several possible plotlines and outcomes. Most of these result in the destruction of the player's submarine; only two distinct
threads lead to victory.
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Box back (North American)
A Sinister Plot. An Enemey Sub on the Prowl. And You Carrying Enough Fire Power to Destroy the Planet.
Silen Steel... a dangerous undersea cinematic adventure of hide and seek. The Enemy is out there, and they're hunting the USS IDAHO.
As captain of the Fleet Ballistic Missile Sub Idaho, you are in command of the most powerful weapons system ever devised. With 24 Trident missiles on board, you carry enough firepower to destroy the entire planet. You're on war footing the moment you submerge - no such things as a routine patrole here.
With fear and uncertainty undermining the morale of your crew, the orders you issue will seal the fate of your ship as you attend to unravel the intricate plot threatening the stability of the free world.
This all-video Strategy Adventure is the most advanced cinematic multimedia game ever released. Silent Steel's breaching sotryline proved a greater depth of game play than other simulations if like a good Strategy Adventure game, you'll love Silent Steel.
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The action-packed naval drama that casts you as the captain of a nuclear ballistic submarine.
To: Commanding officer USS IDAHO
Subject: Compromise patrole area YANKEE VICTOR
72 hours ago, Libian Kilo Submarine effected exit of Med. Kilo has broken contact. Subject sub is believed to be headed north into patrol area YANKEE VICTOR. You are advised of this developing situation so you may take appropriate action.
The cold war is over... or is it?