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  • genre Simulation / FPP / Sci-fi
  • download size 24 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 42 user ratings.
  • release date January 1, 1993
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer)
  • languages English, French, German
  • developer / publisher Particle Systems Ltd. / Interplay
  • game modes Single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • 2 manuals
  • quick reference card
  • 'Under Currents' magazine

What's cool about it:

  • Includes the original Subwar 2050 and its expansion, The Plot Deepens.
  • Pilot four types of submarine including deep-sea exploration vessels, reconnaissance subs, and highly maneuverable fighter submarines.
  • Explore thousands of square miles of accurately mapped 3d underwater seascapes in four different multi-mission campaigns: the Antarctic Ocean, the North Atlantic, the South China Sea, and the Sea of Japan.
  • 'Simulated Combat' mode lets you master maneuvers such as Knuckles and Deep Dives before entering a mission.


The year is 2050. The ocean is the next frontier and war inevitably reaches the depths of the sea. As an independent mercenary working for a corporate conglomerate, you pilot the latest fighter subs to protect the corporation's interests in exchange for cold hard cash. With 5 different theaters of operations (of varying difficulty) and an interesting mix of aerial-style submarine tactics, you'll be fighting fierce battles for corporate territory beneath the waves.

The Plot Deepens is an expansion disk for Subwar 2050. It features a few new subs and weapons across three new campaigns: the Bermuda Triangle, the Mediterranean and The North Cape. In each of these campaigns, you'll launch your attack sub from its home carrier to protect the interests of multinational corporations engaged in mining, research, and development under the sea.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+, Memory: 1GB of RAM, Graphics: 64MB of video memory, Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.

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Futuristic Submarine Warefare

Posted on 2013-05-03 02:23:02 byHarr-Nuta's avatarHarr-Nuta:

This is a nice futuristic submarine simulator, combat aspects included hiding from the enemy, active/passive sonar to target and track enemy subs.
Violent turns even create turbulence that decoy incoming torpedoes, running full speed will generate loud noise that will announce your presence to everyone listening as well.
Add thermal layers (active sonar will be reflected by those)read more at different depths and wildlife (yes, the occasional wale and even gigantic calamari/octopi show up as well), whats not to like?
Gameplay wise you get to visit many locations that sometimes require specific subs (very deep sea level will crush the smaller more agile models), missions consist mainly of search and destroy and pre planned strikes or patrol duties, some have triggers so you can count with some surprises along the way as well.
Most missions will give you a wingman as well, basic commands can be transmitted by short laser communication (as mentioned elsewhere, the undercurrents manual/magazine is a great read with some historic submarine facts)
As this is "the future", getting killed or captured can be dealt with the right amount of money, however sub selection and weapon load out at mission start is free of charge.
The only thing preventing me from giving this one 5 stars is the sometimes repetitive combat, but that is inevitable while dealing with submarines I guess.

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One of the Best of it's Type

Posted on 2013-05-02 10:32:44 byVeloxi's avatarVeloxi:

It's a gorram shame there aren't more underwater combat sims such as this and Archimedian Dynasty, because they're a close cousin to space sims in a lot of ways. That being said, this game is a damned fun time, and if you have any interest in the subject or just sci-fi combat, you owe it to yourself to try one of Microprose's lesser-known gems.

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Unique Game

Posted on 2013-05-02 07:54:40 bydrhoads's avatardrhoads:

Great atmosphere! Really makes you feel like you are underwater. Amazing graphics for the time and still holds up well enough. Undercurrents mag is a great read. Very unique game, definitely worth trying. Only downside for me was that I found the game difficulty to be very high. So glad that it is on here now so that we can have a support community to get through the missions.

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