Silent Scope

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Silent Scope
Silent Scope Poster.png
Arcade poster
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Director(s) Masaaki Kukino
Shigenobu Matsuyama
Producer(s) Shigenobu Matsuyama
Designer(s) Masaaki Kukino
Programmer(s) Hardboiler Shin.
Composer(s) Jimmy Weckl
Series Silent Scope
Platform(s) Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, iOS
Release Arcade
  • JP: October 12, 2000
  • NA: October 23, 2000
  • EU: November 17, 2000
PlayStation 2
  • NA: October 23, 2000
  • JP: November 16, 2000
  • EU: November 24, 2000
Game Boy Advance
  • NA: September 4, 2002
  • JP: October 17, 2002
  • EU: November 29, 2002
  • NA: April 23, 2009
Genre(s) Rail shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Cabinet Upright
CPU PowerPC 403GA 32-bit RISC @ 64 MHz
Sound Ricoh RF5C400 PCM
Display 3DFX Voodoo 2

Silent Scope is an arcade game created in 1999 by Konami. The game puts the player in the shoes of a sniper during a series of terrorist incidents.


The American First Family, including the President of the United States, returns from a function in Chicago, Illinois when their convoy is ambushed by terrorists. In the resulting confusion, the terrorists manage to capture the entire First Family, and are demanding the release of their leader (the dictator) in exchange for the safe return of the president. Washington officials have decided to resolve the problem quietly, using military force.

The player assists police at the scene of the kidnapping, from several high rise structures and after making a choice on tactics, the player defeats one of the terrorist leaders and manages to rescue the president's daughter in the process. Next the player pursues a terrorist boss in order to safely rescue the President's Wife. Finally the player makes an invasive entry into the terrorist base. After fighting through the heavily guarded mansion, the player defeats Monica and liberates the President himself. However the dictator is making a getaway and the player exhausts nearly an entire clip on bullet proof glass and has only one bullet left to eliminate the dictator.


The game uses a rifle that is mounted on the console, requiring players to physically alter their position in order to shoot accurately. In addition, the rifle's scope displays a close-up view of a small portion of the screen, representing the sniper's long-range view of the area where the rifle is pointed. Certain stage areas are dark and require players to use night vision scopes to spot and shoot opponents. The player can fire five shots in succession before reloading is required.

Players have limited time and health during gameplay. The time can be extended by killing certain enemies and extra health can be gained by finding and scoping an attractive woman in addition to bonus points. The game consists of three stages corresponding with the members of the First Family. In each stage, the player(s) must kill as many enemies as possible in short time facing sub bosses along the way and a large boss at the end. Unless a precise, lethal head shot is made, it will take more than one bullet to kill a sub-boss or boss. Enemies can shoot the player if they are not killed fast enough. Players must take care not to shoot innocent civilians in the crossfire. During game stages the player is able to choose one of two (easy, hard) or three (easy, medium or hard) paths to progress, facing a different boss and doing a different following mission depending on the choice made.

Points are scored based on where an opponent is hit, multiplied by the number of successful shots the player has made. In arcade mode, the best points are given for headshots, but on the practice range, bonus points are obtained for shooting the human shaped targets' guns.

The home versions have a cheat code where one can exchange life for time and vice versa. There are also secret codes for all versions that will make the game more difficult, such as hiding target indicators on enemies.


Aggregate scores
GameRankings(GBA) 74.83%[1]
(DC) 71.25%[2]
(PS2) 67.30%[3]
Metacritic(GBA) 70/100[4]
(DC) 63/100[5]
(PS2) 63/100[6]
Review scores
Game RevolutionC-[8]
GameSpot(DC) 4.6/10[9]
(GBA) 7/10[10]

Silent Scope received mixed reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Game Boy Advance version 74.83% based on 6 reviews and 70/100 based on 5 reviews,[1][4] the Dreamcast version 71.25% based on 12 reviews and 63/100 based on 10 reviews[2][5] and the PlayStation 2 version 67.30% based on 32 reviews and 63/100 based on 23 reviews.[3][6]


  1. ^ a b "Silent Scope for Game Boy Advance". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 14, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Silent Scope for Dreamcast". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 14, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "Silent Scope for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 14, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Silent Scope for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 14, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b "Silent Scope for Dreamcast Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 14, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b "Silent Scope for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 14, 2018. 
  7. ^ Bramwell, Tom (February 17, 2001). "Silent Scope". Eurogamer. Retrieved January 14, 2018. 
  8. ^ Liu, Johnny (November 1, 2000). "Silent Scope Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved January 14, 2018. 
  9. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (October 30, 2000). "Silent Scope Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 14, 2018. 
  10. ^ Provo, Frank (September 20, 2002). "Silent Scope Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 14, 2018. 
  11. ^ Smith, David (October 23, 2000). "Silent Scope". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved January 14, 2018. 

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