Seaquest (video game)

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Developer(s) Steve Cartwright
Publisher(s) Activision
Platform(s) Atari 2600
Genre(s) Shoot 'em up
Mode(s) 1-2 players alternating

Seaquest is an Atari 2600 video game designed by Steve Cartwright and published by Activision in 1983.[2]


Gameplay screenshot of Seaquest

Seaquest is an underwater shooter in which the player controls a submarine. Enemies include sharks and submarines.[3] The player must ward off the enemies while trying to rescue divers swimming through the water. The sub can hold up to eight divers at a time. Each time the player resurfaces, all rescued divers are emptied out in exchange for points. To add to the challenge, the submarine has a limited amount of oxygen. The player must surface often in order to replenish the oxygen, but if the player resurfaces without any rescued divers, they will lose a life. If the player resurfaces with the maximum amount of divers, they will gain bonus points for the sub's remaining oxygen. Each time the player surfaces, the game's difficulty increases; enemies increase in number and speed. Eventually an enemy sub begins patrolling the surface, leaving the player without a safe haven.

Game modes include a single player mode and an alternating two player mode.


On August 18, 2010 the game was made available on Microsoft's Game Room service.


  1. ^ Seaquest at GameFAQs
  2. ^ a b "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers". 
  3. ^ Bogost, Ian; Montfort, Nick. Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System. Cambridge: MIT Press. p. 105. ISBN 978-0262012577. 

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