The Hunt for Red Octobera game by Beam Software, Hi-Tech, and Riedel Software Productions
- Machine: Game Boy
The opening screens of The Hunt for Red October feature some of the most dramatic graphics yet seen on the Game Boy. Fortunately, they're typical of the imagination and flair found throughout this top-notch game.
The Hunt for Red October is based on Tom Clancy's best-selling novel, last year's hit movie, and an earlier NES game. You play the commander of a Soviet nuclear submarine (the Red October) who's trying to escape to America. As you steer your sub on a long, zigzag course across the Atlantic Ocean, the entire Soviet Navy is out to stop you. Hunter-killer subs stalk you in the depths of the sea, while destroyers and aircraft carriers harry you from above. Surface travel is suicidal, except for brief dashes through shallow waters.
Your sub isn't helpless, of course. It's equipped with guided missiles, torpedoes, and high-tech defenses, including the top-secret "caterpillar drive", which enables you to evade enemy sonar for brief periods.
Your progress is shown on a large-scale map at the start of each stage. At all other times, an underwater radar map is displayed at the bottom of the main playing screen. This map shows the area immediately around your sub, including the zones in front of and behind you. This is invaluable for detecting ambushes and plotting courses through cramped underwater passages.
Power-ups are liberally scattered through each stage. By collecting them, you can boost your firepower, refuel your sub, and repair damage. But sometimes you have to navigate into some tight, out-of-the-way places to get them.
By linking a pair of Game Boys together with a videolink cable and two cartridges, two players can compete against each other - one controlling the sub and the other commanding all the pursuing units. Because the two sides are fairly evenly balanced, this makes for very exciting play. But even if you play alone, it's quite challenging.
The Hunt for Red October is an exceptionally well-designed shooter with a high-tech twist.
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