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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 on some occasions, they feature digitized images of surface ships and crew.


688 Attack Sub DOS U.S. control room (Hercules)
688 Attack Sub DOS Title screen
688 Attack Sub DOS Soviet control room (EGA/Tandy)
688 Attack Sub DOS Ready to begin Mission Captain / Soviet (CGA)

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688 Attack Sub Magazine Advertisement Page 74
688 Attack Sub Magazine Advertisement

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User Reviews

Simple but fun submarine combat game. Excellent modem 2 player game. DOS gametrader (233)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jun, 1990 90 out of 100 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1990 10 out of 12 83
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1990 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Joker Amiga Apr, 1990 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Amiga May, 1990 73 out of 100 73
Video Games Genesis Jun, 1991 66 out of 100 66
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Jul, 1991 21 out of 40 52
The Retro Spirit DOS Dec 03, 2005 3 out of 6 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jun, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS May, 1989 Unscored Unscored


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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).


You can also play in multiplayer mode now through modem emulation. A full manual on how to do that can be found here.


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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