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Parents' Guide to

Steel Diver

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Clever submarine sim takes advantage of 3DS hardware.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2011
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Steel Diver is a good game, but $40 is a bit much for what you get. That is, there are only seven main missions to tackle (which are replayable with different subs), plus there's the "ad hoc" Steel Commander multiplayer option for two friends in the same room. But Steel Diver doesn't seem to have longevity as many other Nintendo games, though it is still fun while it lasts. The 3D effects works well, too, which adds to the immersion, as does the gyroscope sensor that lets you move the 3DS around in 360-degrees to look for (and shoot at) enemy submarines in Periscope Strike mode. You can also earn sub decals that unlock special abilities, such as increase speeds or stronger defenses. Overall, Steel Diver is a fun game but it might be better as a weekend rental than a $40 purchase.

Online interaction: The game lets you play wirelessly with a nearby friend ("ad hoc" mode), but there is no over-the-Internet multiplayer options. Gamers can't chat through their Nintendo 3DS while they're playing, either.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: March 27, 2011
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Violence
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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