688 Attack Sub

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688 Attack Sub
688 Attack Sub Coverart.jpg
Box art for the Sega Mega Drive version
Developer(s) John W. Ratcliff
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Designer(s) John W. Ratcliff & Paul Grace
Composer(s) Rob Hubbard
Platform(s) DOS, Amiga, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, NEC PC-9801
Release DOS
  • NA: 1989
Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
  • EU: 1993
Genre(s) Submarine simulator
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

688 Attack Sub is a submarine simulator game designed by John W. Ratcliff & Paul Grace, published in 1989 for DOS systems and 1990 for Amiga computers by Electronic Arts. A Sega Genesis version was also published.

688 Attack Sub, Sega Genesis version

The player takes command of a US Los Angeles-class or Soviet Alfa class nuclear powered attack submarine and plays 10 missions ranging from into either Cold War scenarios or combat missions in a hypothetical global conflict.

As modeled in the game, the American submarine has more sophisticated electronics and more weapons. The Soviet boat has fewer weapons but higher sustained speeds.

688 Attack Sub is known as an early classic of the genre.

The pair followed it up with SSN-21 Seawolf in 1994.

This was one of the earliest games that allowed two players to play against each other over a modem (or null modem cable), and the first to run in 256 color MCGA mode.


Computer Gaming World in 1989 gave the DOS version a positive review, noting the game was designed to be a fun game, as opposed to a realistic simulator.[1] A 1992 survey in the magazine of wargames with modern settings gave the game two stars out of five.[2] Compute! named the game to its list of "nine great games for 1989", describing it as "swift and exciting as any Mach 2 flight simulator".[3] It praised the game's graphics and two-player modem option, but criticized the lack of more than ten missions.[4]


  1. ^ Lt. H. E. Dille (May 1989), "Silent Running", Computer Gaming World, pp. 32–33 
  2. ^ Brooks, M. Evan (June 1992). "The Modern Games: 1950 - 2000". Computer Gaming World. p. 120. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Gutman, Dan (July 1989). "Nine for '89". Compute!. p. 19. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Sheffield, Richard (August 1989). "688 Attack Sub". Compute!. p. 64. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 

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