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Description

An early submarine game with ten missions which can be played with both American and Soviet attack submarines. The game focuses on realism with several stations the player can use (sonar, weapons, navigation, helm, radio and periscope) but most duties can be delegated to crew members. The graphics are mostly close-up views of the control panels but in some occasions they feature digitized images of surface ships and crew.

Screenshots

688 Attack Sub DOS Soviet control room
688 Attack Sub DOS High Pass Filter Activated Sir / USA (EGA)
688 Attack Sub DOS Contour map and U.S. navigation control
688 Attack Sub Amiga The ship trimming screen

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User Reviews

Simple but fun submarine combat game. Excellent modem 2 player game. DOS gametrader (229)

Critic Reviews

Amiga Format Amiga May, 1990 86 out of 100 86
CU Amiga Amiga Apr, 1990 86 out of 100 86
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Jul, 1989 847 out of 1000 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1990 10 out of 12 83
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1990 80 out of 100 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jun, 1990 765 out of 1000 76
Amiga Games Amiga Jun, 1993 69 out of 100 69
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Jul, 1991 21 out of 40 52
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 03, 2005 3 out of 6 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jun, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

Copy Protection

The 688 Attack Sub box stated that the game was NOT copy protected. However, in order to start a mission you had to transmit a code to fleet command which consisted of looking up a sub name in the manual and finding the corresponding code. The codes were scattered all through the manual making pirating difficult.

Extras

The first edition release came with a nice 688 Hunter / Killer patch underneath the outer shrinkwrap.

Gameplay

You could play for either the American or Soviet navy. Different graphics were used for the subs on each side with Soviet text optionally appearing in a Cyrillic font (but still in English).

Installation

The first time you install the game, it asked you for your first name. Your name was then saved onto the game disk so all future installs would use this name. There was no option to change it.

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Contributed to by Windows95 (29), Christian Klein (6023), Sciere (373770) and Terok Nor (22415)