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Based on the movie of the same name, the Soviet Union have been building in secret a Typhoon-class submarine with nuclear strike capabilities. This war machine has been named the Red October. While on its trial run, the captain, Marko Ramius has hijacked the submarine along with it's crew. They plan to defect to the United States. Naturally, such a weapon must not be allowed to fall into American plans, and so orders are issued among the Soviet forces to destroy the Red October.

You control the Red October during its run for freedom. The game plays as an underwater sidescroller. The Red October submarine can move in any of four directions. The A button fires torpedoes horizontally towards the right and the B button fires missiles vertically, upwards. Additionally, the Caterpillar drive (invisibility) may be activated for short periods of time. The player may also activate a ECM blast that will destroy all nearby offensive weapons. On the screen at all times are displays for Armor (health) and Power (fuel); should either run low, the Red October in danger of being destroyed. Power-Ups to increase or decrease the power of missiles and torpedoes may be found by destroying enemies.


The Hunt for Red October NES Hostile waters
The Hunt for Red October Game Boy Title Screen and Main Menu...
The Hunt for Red October NES Cutscene - US negotiator Mr. Pelt
The Hunt for Red October NES Cutscene - Soviet negotiator Ambassador Lysenko

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Alternate Titles

  • "Ca├žada ao Outubro Vermelho" -- Brazilian title
  • "A la poursuite de l'Octobre Rouge" -- French title

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Critic Reviews

Video Games NES Feb, 1992 65 out of 100 65 NES Apr, 2012 C 50
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Feb, 1993 20 out of 40 50
Play Time SNES Jun, 1993 49 out of 100 49
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Apr, 1991 18 out of 40 45
Top Secret NES Mar, 1993 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Power Play Game Boy Aug, 1991 32 out of 100 32
Player One Game Boy Jul, 1992 20 out of 100 20
Just Games Retro SNES Aug 16, 2002 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
Video Games SNES Aug, 1993 19 out of 100 19


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NES version

NES version features an exclusive level: the player controls captain Ramius in a side-scrolling platformer. The goal of the level is to find and defuse all the time bombs while shooting down fellow-shipmates.
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