The Hunt for Red October (console game)

The Hunt for Red October is a video game based on the movie The Hunt for Red October. It was first released in 1991 for the Nintendo Entertainment System.[1] Versions for the Game Boy and Super NES were subsequently released.

The Hunt for Red October
NES screenshot
Developer(s)Beam Software
Publisher(s)Hi-Tech Expressions, Inc.
Designer(s)Andrew Davie
Composer(s)Tania Smith
Gavan Anderson
Platform(s)Game Boy, NES, SNES
  • NA: January 1991
Game Boy
  • NA: May 1991
  • JP: April 28, 1992
  • EU: June 11, 1992
  • NA: January 1993
  • JP: October 1, 1993
Genre(s)Side scroller


The game featured deep sea combat, side-scrolling action, and cinematic sequences. The object is to evade destruction and eliminate saboteurs. The caterpillar drive is particularly useful for quietly escaping the enemy.[2]

The Super NES version is one of 11 games that uses the Super Scope accessory,[3] though it is only used to play bonus stages that put the submarine in first person view, where the player has to destroy a number of enemies and projectiles. The use of the Super Scope is optional.

The NES version has an exclusive level: the final stage changes to platform-style gameplay. The player, as Ramius, must find and disable bombs Soviet-loyal crewmembers have set in the weapons bay of the Red October.


  1. NES instruction booklet, p. 1
  2. NES instruction booklet, p. 5
  3. "Buyers Beware". GamePro. No. 98. IDG. November 1996. p. 24.

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