We all live in an aging self-destructing nuclear submarine...
June 16, 2014 4:09 PM Subscribe
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is a free roguelike submarine simulator in the vein of FTL or Dwarf Fortress (but not as hard). You control the crew of a blocky nuclear attack submarine with an impressive number of onboard systems as you complete randomly generated missions. Everything from nuclear reactors to fire to ocean thermal layers to a world map complete with ports and realistic enemy ships is accurately modeled. Rock Paper Shotgun has two reviews
, so far of this very playable work-in-progress. Currently only for Windows, but plays well with emulators. The learning curve is a bit steep, so some hints inside...
You can choose which of 21 nations to play, and you can find details in the FAQ
Click on the control panels throughout the ship to send a crewperson (white=officer, blue=enlisted) there to interact with it. You can then hit F1 to get specifics on that panel.
Make sure to have your crew members who are best at repairs grab respirators and toolkits from the equipment store before the mission. You can repair holes in the hull as well as systems.
The map screen is the easiest way to navigate to your missions, you can change direction and speed as well as speed up time there. The approximate location of your target is a small x on the map. All of your actual attacks should be coordinated using the periscope.
The Misc panel contains all of the damage control functions and fire suppression switches. Make sure to avoid doing things like, say, venting your radioactively contaminated reactors into the engine room. Also, the bilge pumps (blue circles) are your friend when flooding happens.
If you go to a friendly port (green dot), you can get yourself rearmed and repaired.
The learning curve is not as steep as it first appears, and random breakdowns on your ship are harder and more dangerous than most combat encounters.