This is a revamp of a game which was originally published a few years ago. Wolfpack was one of the first submarine simulations to appear on the pc scene and so it didn't have much in the way of competition when it was first released. It has now, though. Underwater warfare fanatics aren't exactly spoiled for choice at the moment, but there are a reasonable amount of sub sims to choose from. Before we get around to what Wolfpack '94 has to offer against the current crop of sub sims, here's some background on what the game is all about.
Hit and run
Wolfpack gives you the chance to take command of either a group of submarines or a group of surface craft (destroyers etc.). If you're controlling the subs, the general idea is to stay underwater, pop up at the last minute, launch a torpedo at an unsuspecting surface craft, and then run away. If you're controlling the destroyers; you just chase the subs all over the place and blow them up. The strategic element involves hiding a lot and taking control of one of your subs or ships if they get into trouble. One major niggle on the gameplay front is the Quick Start option, which is supposed to get you up and running in the game with the minimum of fuss. You're simply told to load up a mission and "experiment" with it. You aren't given any clue as to what all the knobs and buttons are for, so you end up having to read the whole manual to find out how to play. Not much fun, as you can probably imagine. That's more or less it for the gameplay.
What's new for CD?
Animations. Mountains of them. There's an excellent animated introduction (shame the game doesn't follow suit) and at the end of each mission you get another animation showing your sub or ship sailing off victoriously (or not) into the big blue sea. There's also extra missions. The cd version has 70 missions with three difficulty levels; from piss easy to extraordinarily difficult.
I'm a little confused as to why Novalogic have decided to blow the dust off this one and drag it out of the closet. Let's face it, for Wolfpack to have half a chance when put up against the likes of graphically superior submarine simulators, such as Seawolf or Silent Service 2, it would have to be a bit of a corker in the gameplay department. Frankly, it isn't. It doesn't have the arcade qualities of Das Boot or the imagination of Subwar 2050. It doesn't have the depth (no pun intended) or presentation of Seawolf or Silent Service 2. I'm not saying it's crap - it's still reasonably playable, but it just doesn't cut it when compared to the competition. If you played the original and loved it to death, you might be coaxed into having a look at this version for all the extra missions. Otherwise, if you're new to sub sims and fancy having a go, take my advice: forget Wolfpack and check out Seawolf or Silent Service 2 instead.
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PC compatible, P-100
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode