Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
Buy On
  1. I haven't enjoyed a naval simulator this much since "Silent Hunter II." A great title!
  2. The game is immensely playable and re-playable, guaranteeing the player a new experience each time the game is played. [Gold Ed.]
  3. 85
    Offers great naval combat for the novice yeoman to the retired navy general. If you enjoy a realistic atmosphere and high energy combat, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
  4. 84
    Easy to learn and a challenge to play, Enigma: Rising Tide is one game naval enthusiasts and non-simulation fans won't want to miss.
  5. Pelit (Finland)
    83
    Realism and playability are nicely balanced in this naval warfare simulation featuring dozens of playable U-boats and surface combatants. Do not let its storyline based on alternative history scare you away. [Feb. 05]
  6. Ambitious, consistently entertaining and engaging.
  7. 78
    Gliding across the sea watching numerous other ships and submarines firing at each other with planes flying overhead is great, and adds to the tension and representation of World War II.
  8. PC Gamer
    77
    Some deliciously well-rendered visuals have been used to re-create each of the 16 warships and submarines you control, and the ocean effects - which range from gentle swells to full-blown gales - are so convincing that you may find yourself reaching for Dramamine. [June 2003, p.68]
  9. It's hard not to enjoy Enigma. Streamlined but not dumbed down, the game captures the exciting feel of WWII naval combat even if it ignores many of the details.
  10. In my opinion what could make this good game into a fantastic game would have been the use of voiceovers. If I could hear "in coming torpedoes" then I could yell out "Hard to starboard ahead flank" That would have even been more realistic.
  11. Gameplay lurches between the exultation of easy victory and the frustration of arbitrary defeat after hours of effort. Enigma: Rising Tide's slowness of movement and action only throws its pleasures and miseries into sharp relief.
  12. The best of its genre, which isn't saying a lot to be honest, but it will definitely appeal if this is the kind of thing you enjoy. Unfortunately, Enigma's niche appeal doesn't make it a particularly attractive proposition to anyone else.
  13. Computer Games Magazine
    60
    For now this feels like a course at the naval academy while you wait to get out to sea. [Aug 2003, p.87]
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. CommandoDude
    Jul 4, 2008
    5
    The campaign is impossible to beat since your allies all suck. It is impossible to accurately find and destroy subs. It was overall fun for aThe campaign is impossible to beat since your allies all suck. It is impossible to accurately find and destroy subs. It was overall fun for a bit, but there weren't enough missions to do. I didn't really like the game. Despite being fun, there are real drawbacks in actually defeating an enemy and how helpful your allies are (Which is incredibly critical given how many enemies you may have to defeat). Full Review »
  2. MitchC.
    Sep 16, 2007
    10
    Best PC game I've owned. The speech recognition makes it truly the best. I'm aware of some folks having issues with running it but Best PC game I've owned. The speech recognition makes it truly the best. I'm aware of some folks having issues with running it but from the forums I've read there is no reason you shouldn't be up and running in no time. Very, very cool. I'm anxious for Tesseraction's next Enigma version. Started Sept. 07. Full Review »
  3. ChrisN.
    Dec 3, 2005
    0
    Bought the game and brought it home only to find out it didnt work, either the company itself messed up or their was so many damn hackers Bought the game and brought it home only to find out it didnt work, either the company itself messed up or their was so many damn hackers which i doubt but either way when i tried to enter my CD Key it said it was invalid. I did buy this game off the cheap rack at EB GAmes but still be nice if it bloody well worked. Full Review »