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Steel Diver (Nintendo 3DS)

by Nintendo
Nintendo 3DS
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Unique Touch Screen controls for each mode
  • Control a submarine to fight sea battles in 3D
  • Battle friends in Steel Commander mode using Download Play
  • Use motion controls to find enemy ships via periscope
  • The three modes in the game are
  • Missions: The player must navigate his submarine to the end of the course, avoiding obstacles and enemies
  • Periscope Strike: The player must, using the periscope, track down and sink enemy ships using torpedoes. This is done by the player actively turning around while holding the console
  • The motion controllers in the Nintendo 3DS will recognise the player’s movement and change the perspective of the periscope in-game accordingly (i.e., if the player turns left, the view in the periscope will also turn left). It is highly recommended to use a swivel chair to play this mode
  • Steel Commander: Similar to the board game Battleship, the player/s must hide ships around a grid/map and the goal is to try to sink those of his enemy on his own map using a submarine
  • There are three submarines in the game to correspond with three different difficulty levels
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo 3DS
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B004JU0DSG
  • Release Date: 6 May 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,777 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Manufacturer's Description

Steel Diver was originally a tech demo for Nintendo DS; it has since been redeveloped for Nintendo 3DS. Steel Diver is a 3D action game in which the player takes control of a submarine and guides it through three different types of stages: Missions, in which the player navigates an obstacle course and must get the submarine to complete certain objectives; Periscope Strike, in which the player uses the motion sensors of the Nintendo 3DS to locate enemy ships and sink them; and Steel Commander, where the player must use strategy to locate enemy ships and try to sink them.

The game uses the Touch Screen in novel ways for each mode; there is simulation of the inside of a submarine with levers and switches to control the vessel for Mission and Periscope Strike modes.

The player can also share the game with another by using Download Play; this opens up Steel Commander into a 2-Player experience.

Steel Diver is an action-packed submarine combat game from Nintendo that immerses players in amazing 3D environments. Branching paths, split-second decisions and attacks from enemy ships make for a thrilling undersea adventure. The mix of 3D game play and one-of-a-kind controls—using the gyroscope and touch screen of the Nintendo 3DS system—makes for an unique combination that must be experienced to be believed.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favourite 3ds game! 21 May 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is so addictive! Just played it straight through for about 8 hours, and after writing this intended to try out the advance wars esqe multioplayer.

While not for everyone, the challenge and great 3d in this game (especially in the awesome periscope mode) make it one of my favourite 3ds games!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captain a Submarine! 7 May 2011
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Steel Diver is an original action/simulation title which is challenging and addictive, it's just a shame it's so short.

The visuals are very pretty and resemble a digital fish tank when the 3D effect is cranked up, creating a beautiful watery ambience. The levers and buttons touch screen control system is neat and very rewarding when you begin to get to grips with its subtleties, demanding your utmost concentration while you carefully guide the three different vessels through the perilous water caverns.

The game's audio is also great with realistic water noise, radar beeps and speech samples adding to the sensation of piloting a sub through the depths. In addition, there's a periscope mini game that gives a nice demonstration of the 3DS's gyro sensor, having you whirl around frantically trying to locate and torpedo ships. It isn't significant enough to flesh out the core experience but represents a fun diversion.

In a nutshell, if you are intrigued by the premise of a technically solid, original and sedately paced action sim and enjoy replaying levels to achieve higher scores then chances are you could really like Steel Diver (I certainly do). The content that's here is good, but will understandably leave many a gamer aggrieved by its scantness, particularly given that it's a full price title.

Edit 19/09/11

I'm still playing Steel Diver regularly and have only managed to beat a handful of the development team ghost subs, but keep trying!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable game, but far too short. 6 May 2011
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This is another early 3DS game to rank alongside Pilotwings Resort as a fun but appallingly short game, that feels like it was rushed out without spending enough time fleshing out the game.

The core gameplay is good, the controls work well, the 3D effect is nicely used, especially in the periscope sections - but the whole game feels like it only contains at most 10-20% the amount of content you'd expect to find in a full-price release.

When the price comes down, this will be well worth getting - the game has some replay value trying to beat your best times for levels, and it's a fun game while it lasts - but it's a lot of money to ask full-price for a game that makes Pilotwings Resort look epic in length.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value if sold at cheaper price 15 Aug 2012
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Ill admit i thought the 3ds was overpriced and a little gimmicky, but at its new price point the system should bounce back from a poor/slow first release.

If only the games would drop a little in price. Steel diver was/is a great game, but at launch at 30 bucks it was a little overpriced. at 20 or lower its a great value!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Little Short But Well Worth The Money 24 May 2014
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So basically in this game you control submarines over a variety of missions. On each mission you can pick from one of 3 submarines, (1 being highly manoeuvrable, 1 a good all rounder and 1 being best in combat). There are 8 missions in the campaign which take about 5-20 minutes each to complete. For 100% completion you will need to play each one with all 3 subs. Which effectively means you play 24 missions. Once you've completed the campaign you unlock a harder mode. Same levels but much harder. You will have to try many times to beat the game on hard mode. Once you have done that you also have a time trial mode, a periscope strike mode, and a battleship type game. Although an experienced gamer will storm through this in just a few hours, in order to complete totally, this game will keep you busy for week(s).

Graphics: This game has great graphics accompanied by good submarine sound effects. 4/5
Story: Incredibly basic and short. There is no real story to this game but this doesn't subtract from the fun 2/5
Length: Pretty short (few hours) but for 100% completion: days or even a week.
Age Rating: Although this is rated 7+ I see no reason to prevent a younger child from playing. There is no violence or strong language. I guess its rated 7 due to the fact that your sinking subs, which in real life would rack up quite a body count.

To conclude, a really good game as long as you get it cheap. Short but good fun. Overall 4/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute sub game for kids and parents 5 April 2014
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Nice game, with an attractive pricepoint (I paid 10) nice 3D artwork on the box and usual quality Nintendo gameplay.
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