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Cold Waters PC

A mix of simulation and strategy game developed by the independent studio Killerfish Games. The plot is loosely based on Tom Clancy’s works, telling an alternative version of history, in which the Cold War eventually turned into World War III.

Simulation | cold war | elements of strategy | indie games

PC / Windows
Cold Waters cover

developer: Killerfish Games

publisher: Killerfish Games

Official website

Game mode: single player

English language game language: English

game release date for PC:


Cold Waters for PC was dubbed a spiritual successor of Red Storm Rising, a strategy simulation game about submarines that was released in 1988 for Commodore 64 by Sid Meier and MicroProse which later on became famous thanks to the Civilization series. The production was developed by Killerfish Games, the creators of Atlantic Fleet, a well-received strategy game, and the mobile Pacific Fleet. In Cold Waters for PC, we assume the role of a submarine captain and hunt for enemy air and naval units.


Plot-wise, Cold Waters for PC bears a resemblance to its predecessor, Red Storm Rising which was based on Tom Clancy’s novel of the same title. In the game, we take part in World War III which the Cold War escalated into after several decades. The Soviets are trying to establish an outpost in Scandinavia, and the task of NATO is to thwart this plan. In Cold Waters, we assume command over an American submarine that was sent as a lone hunter with the mission of stopping enemy military operations.


The gameplay in Cold Waters for PC combines elements of strategy and simulation games. We command a submarine that is equipped with a realistically working sonar, torpedoes and long-range missiles as well as all kinds of defensive means such as decoys, jammers, and the like. Players’ primary tasks include raiding enemy convoys, stopping sea landings, and open combat against naval and air units. Battles take place in real time, and the key to victory is to adopting the right tactic. Since it’s usually the enemy that has us vastly outnumbered, we often have to conduct proper reconnaissance, near the enemy undetected, and choose the right moment to strike in order to deal maximum damage.

In Cold Waters, we have to face over forty kinds of historical ships and submarines as well as airplanes and helicopters of the Cold War period. Moreover, the enemy applies actual military tactics in battle.

Game modes

Cold Waters for PC offers a dynamic single player campaign in which successes and failures in individual missions determine the ultimate outcome of the war.

Technical aspects

Cold Waters is characterized by fully three-dimensional graphics and realistic physics that manifests itself both in the way that ships move and the projectile trajectory. Designing military units and environments, the developers paid great attention to faithful recreation of various details.

Game score 8.0 / 10 calculated out of 26 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.8 / 10 calculated out of 12 players' votes.  

System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

Recommended: Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 260 or better, 4 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/10
Minimum: Intel Core i3, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB GeForce 8800 or better, 2 GB HDD, Windows XP

Cold Waters, Sid Meier's Red Storm Rising spiritual successor, announced
Cold Waters, Sid Meier's Red Storm Rising spiritual successor, announced

news 30 September 2016 12:04

If you remember Sid Meier's Red Storm Rising released back in 1988, you'll be interested in Cold Waters, a spiritual successor to that classic cross between strategy and simulator. Cold Waters is very much like that game, but with modern feel.

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