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Old 08 March 2016, 16:47   #1
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Rubbish Submarine Game Name?

I've been trying to remember the name of a game I bought during the death throes of the Amiga. It was a submarine game that was so terrible once I eventually got it to work, that I brought it straight back to the shop and exchanged it for some re-releases.

I needed to disable caches and hard drives and remove my accelerator to get it to even boot on my A1200. There was no sound, and it opened an interlaced(!) screen in black and white, which was enough to give anyone a massive headache. It was some sort of turn-based strategy game that I couldn't make any sense of, and the few controls that were available appeared to be directly lifted from an early Mac OS version, so gadgets with rounded edges and extra borders.

I expect it was a port of an old Mac game, made in a hurry to try and squeeze some money out of the dying Amiga market, and I regularly use it as my example of the worst game ever so I'd love to know the name of it and how it managed to get released at all.
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Silent service, Depth Charge, up scope, 688 Attack Sub ?
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Old 08 March 2016, 17:31   #4
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Nope, none of them I'm afraid. I've been through the HOL list in the "Transport - Submarine" category, and they all (including the ones you've both suggested) look far, far superior to the game I had. It was black and white only, and the one screen I remember was a top-down, grid-like affair. It vaguely reminded me of the Battleship board game but didn't seem to play like that.
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Maybe it was some kind of emulated Macintosh or PC?
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Old 08 March 2016, 17:56   #6
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Nope, none of them I'm afraid. I've been through the HOL list in the "Transport - Submarine" category, and they all (including the ones you've both suggested) look far, far superior to the game I had. It was black and white only, and the one screen I remember was a top-down, grid-like affair. It vaguely reminded me of the Battleship board game but didn't seem to play like that.
Clutching at straws here...

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Old 08 March 2016, 18:56   #7
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I'm pretty sure the game Daedalus is talking about is Subversion. It was originally released in 1992/93 in the U.S. on Apple computers & the Amiga, and released as a budget Amiga game in the UK in '95 by Guildhall.

http://hol.abime.net/2168


I just happened to buy this game last year to add to the collection and, frankly, it'd be a real stinker of a game on any of the 8-bit platforms let alone the Amiga. I think the Amiga Format review best sums up the quality of the game!

http://amr.abime.net/review_3253

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Old 08 March 2016, 20:12   #8
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Ooh, that does look like it could be it alright! I seem to remember it being (even) less colourful though... Does it open on an interlaced screen?

Edit: And ouch, that review! I see it's under the "wargames" category instead of submarines, so I missed it the first time.
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