Dangerous Waters

Dangerous Waters, also known as S.C.S. Dangerous Waters, is a 2005 naval warfare simulation game developed by American studio Sonalysts Combat Simulations. It was released for Microsoft Windows in 2005, and on Steam on February 7, 2006.

Dangerous Waters
North American boxart
Developer(s)Sonalysts Combat Simulations
Publisher(s)Strategy First
  • NA: February 22, 2005 (Online)
  • NA: December 9, 2005
  • NA: February 7, 2006 (Steam)
  • EU: May 26, 2006
Genre(s)Naval Simulator
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer


Dangerous Waters is a naval warfare simulation game which features many player-controllable units deployed in the armed forces of 18 different countries. Campaign mode allows a player to control forces as the United States Navy, Russian Federation Navy, or People's Liberation Army Navy of China. Players can perform multiple station roles such as radar and sonar, required to complete missions manually, or have those stations played in AI mode with simulated crew members manning non-command functions.

The multi-player mode allows multiple players to occupy individual crew stations on the same vessel, i.e. to control the same vessel together.[1][2]

Controllable platforms

Players can control the Los Angeles-class submarine, the Seawolf-class submarine, the MH-60 Helicopter, the P-3 Orion plane, the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, the Akula-class submarine, and the Kilo-class submarine. Some controllable assets are available in different versions.

Scenario scripting

Dangerous Waters allows the player to create scenarios using an included mission editor which includes a scripting language. Dangerous Waters can use and import scenario scripts from these other games: 688(I) Hunter/Killer, Sub Command, and Fleet Command.


The game was initially not sold in stores, and was only available through the website www.battlefront.com. In December 2005, Dangerous Waters was made available at retail stores by publisher Strategy First. In early January 2006, Valve announced it would be selling Dangerous Waters via its Steam content delivery system.[3] The preload began January 24, 2006, and was released a few weeks later, February 7.

Dangerous Waters was published in Europe by BlackBean Games and was in UK stores on May 26, 2006. It included exclusive European content on a second DVD (also available on the company's website.[4] A 90-page printed manual was included in the box (consisting of the first four sections of the 570 page manual, plus appendices), with the full manual as a PDF file.


Aggregate score
Review scores
PC Format84%[10]
PC Gamer (UK)82%[11]
PC Gamer (US)85%[12]
PC Zone73%[13]

The game received "favorable" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[5]


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  3. Reynolds, Alfred (January 10, 2006). "DANGEROUS WATERS AND SPACE EMPIRES IV DELUXE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-PURCHASE". Steam. Archived from the original on November 18, 2007. Retrieved June 3, 2009.
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  6. Lackey, Jeff (June 2005). "Dangerous Waters [Online Version] vs. Silent Hunter III" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. No. 252. pp. 94–95. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  7. Chick, Tom (June 16, 2005). "GameSpy: Dangerous Waters". GameSpy. Archived from the original on December 23, 2005. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  8. Lafferty, Michael (March 30, 2005). "S.C.S. Dangerous Waters - PC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  9. Butts, Steve (February 28, 2005). "Dangerous Waters". IGN. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  10. "Dangerous Waters". PC Format. No. 189. July 2006. p. 92.
  11. "Dangerous Waters". PC Gamer UK. April 2005.
  12. "Dangerous Waters". PC Gamer. April 2005. p. 68.
  13. PC Zone staff (March 24, 2006). "Dangerous Waters review". PC Zone. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  14. Bemis, Greg (February 28, 2006). "Dangerous Waters Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on March 14, 2006. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
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