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688 Attack Sub

DOS - 1989

Also available on: Genesis - Amiga

Year 1989
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Simulation
Theme Naval, Submarine
Publisher Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer Electronic Arts, Inc.
Perspective 1st-Person
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.72
4.9 / 5 - 186 votes

Description of 688 Attack Sub

688 Attack Sub is a classic modern submarine simulation which puts you in command of either the American Los Angeles or the Soviet Alfa class nuclear-powered submarines. Most of the systems you would expect such as sonar and periscope are featured and nicely presented in VGA. The game offers ten missions for both the Soviet and American side in a Cold War scenario, that grows progressively hotter. Nice to see that the two sides' submarines have their own graphic sets in the game, even with some pseudo-cyrillic labels on the Russian side.

Overall, 688 Attack Sub is an interesting early subsim and certainly a classic in the genre-- arguably the best subsim for PC until Dynamix' Aces of The Deep years later. Especially the modem-play option was outstanding for its time. Be sure to download the manual, although the game is well laid-out and can be controlled completly with the mouse. Note: This is the full game and not the cut-down "Maxell" version found on some abandonware sites.

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

ChaosCubed 2018-04-18 1 point DOS version

I love this game!!


I have beat Hit and Run a few times. The trick is not to remain silent. Full or flank speed only. Change depths often. Find thermal layers and hide under them.

When you have torpedoes after you, hit the decoy and change depths and directions immediately.

Good luck!!

The Commodore 2018-01-17 2 points

Man, I played this game for HOURS as a kid. I could never beat "Hit and Run" then, and I still can't beat it. Anyone ever completed that mission?

Jesuspsr 2017-06-26 1 point

Loved this game back in the day. How I wish I could get for my ipad pro.

Ripper 2017-06-05 0 point Amiga version

Loved this game, it's one of the best there is of it's kind. I sure do wish they would make games like this again.

Waseem 2016-08-31 0 point DOS version

The best modern sub game out there, even these days we don't have something as realistic as this. Highly recommended :)

fdisk 2015-11-09 -3 points

EDIT: Thx fdisk !

Before You Were Born 2015-07-11 0 point DOS version

One if the best and still better thank the crap they produce now!

Wisty 2015-04-17 0 point DOS version

Enjoyed this so much on PC that it was one of the first games I bought for the Sega Megadrive. Only ever managed to do the first mission successfully but it was lots of fun firing missiles and torpedos at ships and seeing them blow up (before some other sub sunk me)....

frank0213 2015-02-23 0 point DOS version

i have original old manual :)

WahkaWahkaWahka 2015-01-31 1 point DOS version

Spent many late nights playing this game with a friend over the modem. Memories of playing phone tag trying to get the connection to sync and epic sub battles!

Truth 2014-10-26 1 point DOS version

This must be too hard for "WHAT?" and his small brain. I'd stick with marbles What.

Giovi 2014-09-29 0 point DOS version

Very good! One of my favourite sub simulators!!! Easy to play and realistic.

Mad Doc 2014-07-01 0 point DOS version

Should have been in the Navy during the Cold War instead of playing video games I was doing the real thing!

WHAT? 2014-05-31 -8 points DOS version

How can there be all these positive comments?
"The best game"? That a joke?

It's CLART, FAECES, TURD, KACK. Ugly graphics, horrid SFX and totally undecipherable gameplay.

stef 2014-01-10 0 point DOS version

the best game

Jegas 2014-01-01 0 point DOS version

DosBox 0.74 - Win7 - Works Great
I chose ADLIB sound and VGA display.

I can tell you how great this is because I only played it long enough to make sure it was working for me. It will work for you too!

Heathcliff 2013-02-10 0 point DOS version

Ahh, the cold war, such a simple time .... This reminds me of 1989 and spending entire nights in front of a brand-new VGA monitor chasing down Ivan.
688 Attack Sub is truly one of my top-five favorite games, of any type, of all time. Even though some other sub sims are a little more sophisticated and flashy, this one still ranks as one of the bests. If I recall it would run on a 286 (although the more I think about it It was probably a 386, but still!)
The only caveat is that it is a sim built around fun and ease of play, and has less emphasis on being a spot-on realistic simulator. But that has never hurt this game.

Rogueci5 2009-02-17 0 point DOS version

This game I played for HOURS, its the best fun I have had on a computer 9/10 game!

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