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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 Game Boy Strategical Map of the events...
The Hunt for Red October Game Boy You have eliminated the cruiser, but enemy torpedoes are still after you...
The Hunt for Red October Game Boy Title Screen and Main Menu...
The Hunt for Red October Game Boy To underwater gap...

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1991 10 out of 12 83
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Sep, 1991 780 out of 1000 78
Raze Oct, 1991 67 out of 100 67
Video Games Feb, 1992 64 out of 100 64
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 1991 18 out of 40 45
Power Play Aug, 1991 32 out of 100 32
Player One Jul, 1992 20 out of 100 20


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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.
POMAH (57531) added The Hunt for Red October (Game Boy) on Oct 10, 2008
Other platforms contributed by Shoddyan (14263) and BurningStickMan (18014)