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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 SNES Through the underwater gap...
The Hunt for Red October Game Boy Starting to escape the U.S.S.R...
The Hunt for Red October Game Boy Strategical Map of the events...
The Hunt for Red October NES Soviet subs and underwater mines

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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

Video Games NES Feb, 1992 65 out of 100 65
Video Games Game Boy Feb, 1992 64 out of 100 64 NES Apr, 2012 C 50
Play Time SNES Jun, 1993 49 out of 100 49
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Apr, 1991 18 out of 40 45
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) SNES Apr, 1993 5 out of 12 42
Power Play Game Boy Aug, 1991 32 out of 100 32
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Super Play (UK) SNES May, 1993 25 out of 100 25
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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