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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 Title screen (EGA/Tandy)
688 Attack Sub DOS Soviet control room
688 Attack Sub DOS U.S. periscope view of a torpedoed ship
688 Attack Sub DOS Configuration Panel (CGA)

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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
Amiga Format Amiga May, 1990 86 out of 100 86
Mean Machines Genesis Aug, 1991 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jul, 1989 9.8 out of 12 82
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1990 80 out of 100 80
Power Play DOS May, 1989 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Amiga May, 1990 73 out of 100 73
Sega-16.com Genesis Oct 25, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Jul, 1991 21 out of 40 52
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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