There was a time when buying a new game required using the packaging material to grab the consumer's attention. There usually was no limit to how far a software company would go to deliver a package that created an impulse buy. And by that I mean there was no other way around it...you simply had to have that game no matter what based on what the package looked like and how it presented the software inside the box.
Silent Service for the Atari 8-bit computer consoles was developed by none other than Microprose, software makers famous for their WWII and flying simulation software. My first encounter with this developer was in the early 1990's when I owned a 386-PC. Titles I had from Microprose were Covert Action, Lightspeed, and Railroad Tycoon and I declared these some of the best PC games I owned at the time. My adventures into the Atari 8-bit games didn't really take off until a few years ago. I enjoyed the computer mostly as a BASIC programming machine and never really gave the commercial games much thought. When I discovered that Microprose started out with the likes of Atari and Commodore computers I immediately set out to try to find out what all games they made. There was no Covert Action, Lightspeed, or Railroad Tycoon...but I did find a bunch of other games that are really good. And Silent Service was the first Microprose Atari game I would obtain.
I played this game only for a little while and really need to spend more time on it. But what time I did spend on it blew me away. The amount of detail that went into making this submarine game is impressive. I admire and respect the fact that all early Microprose games had notes from Major Bill, owner of the company, who was in the military. I thank him for his service and for creating one of the best software companies of all-time in my book.
Edited by Atari 5200 Guy