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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 Soviet control room (CGA)
688 Attack Sub DOS Manual Protection / Soviet (EGA)
688 Attack Sub DOS U.S. control room (EGA/Tandy)
688 Attack Sub DOS Mission selection screen

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User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jul, 1989 847 out of 1000 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1989 9.8 out of 12 82
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1990 80 out of 100 80
Power Play May, 1989 75 out of 100 75
The Retro Spirit Dec 03, 2005 3 out of 6 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) 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.

Additional information contributed by gametrader
Windows95 (32) added 688 Attack Sub (DOS) on Aug 01, 2000
Other platforms contributed by 80 (6536), Sciere (779947) and Terok Nor (32355)
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