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A sea battle game where the player controls a destroyer which drops depthcharges to destroy submarines beneath the surface.

Sub Hunter was produced by Taito in 1977.

Taito released 486 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1967. Taito was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Taito during the time period Sub Hunter was produced include: Speed Race Twin, Interceptor, Crashing Race, Attack, Western Gun, Barricade II, Cisco 400, Cross Fire, Fisco 400, and Flying Fortress II


Name Sub Hunter
Developer Taito (Japan)
Year 1977
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 13364
Class Wide Release
Genre Unknown
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Bezel Sub Hunter Bezel Image

Game Play

The game featured a rotary knob with which to set the detonation depth of the depth charges, which was indicated onscreen by a horizontal white dotted line. The knob was pressed once to release each depth charge from the surface ship a destroyer, which passed back and forth across the surface of the water at the top of the screen at a fixed rate. The speed of the ship increased on each level. A maximum of three depth charges at a time could be delivered, until a delay of a few seconds had elapsed during which time it was assumed that the crew of the destroyer was reloading. This game was unique in its use of a single rotary knob which could also be pressed to activate a microswitch you could hear it click. This combination of a rotary knob analog depth input with a trigger binary trigger input never seemed to be needed by any other game.

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Sub Hunter Census

There are 14,965 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,552 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,380 machines (6,942 unique titles).

Very rare - There is one known instance of this machine owned by an active member Sub Hunter collector. It is an original dedicated machine (not another machine converted with a kit).

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 1 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

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Used a piece of multicolor tinted cellophane over the screen, which color-coded the depths at which the submarines would appear. This gave the illusion of color in an otherwise black and white video game era.

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