688 Attack Sub

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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.


688 Attack Sub Amiga The ship trimming screen
688 Attack Sub DOS Soviet control room (Hercules)
688 Attack Sub Genesis Alpha class
688 Attack Sub DOS Adjusting Engine Speed / USA (EGA)

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User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jun, 1990 90 out of 100 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Jul, 1989 847 out of 1000 85
Mean Machines Genesis Aug, 1991 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1990 10 out of 12 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jul, 1989 9.8 out of 12 82
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1990 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Joker Amiga Apr, 1990 78 out of 100 78
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1990 78 out of 100 78
Power Play DOS May, 1989 75 out of 100 75
Just Games Retro Genesis Aug 16, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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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.


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


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).


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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