In the Hunt (海底大戦争 Kaitei Daisensou?) is a horizontal scrolling shooter arcade game by Irem. It was released in 1993 and later ported to the Sega Saturn, the PlayStation and Windows 95 for the PC by Kokopeli. A Super NES version was in development, with a playable version appearing at a Consumer Electronics Show, but it was never completed. The player takes the role of a submarine in underwater environments. There are a total of six levels in the game.
The game was developed by the team who would go on to create GunForce 2 for Irem and the Metal Slug series for SNK.
An organization known as the D.A.S. (The Dark Anarchy Society) uses magnetic doomsday machines to melt the polar ice caps and thus desolate the world. Although the entire world is flooded, a few societies survive to build over the highest structures they can find and continue living. In this post apocalyptic scenario, the D.A.S., who were prepared for this catastrophe, reign supreme over the survivors with martial law and military weapons of extraordinary power. Upon learning of a new D.A.S. superweapon being developed, “Yugusukyuure”, the remaining survivors who are terrorized by D.A.S. secretly organize a rebellion force using a newly developed submarine known as the Granvia. The Granvia’s mission is to dive into D.A.S. enforced waters, territories and eventually the D.A.S. headquarters itself to destroy every single D.A.S. weapon in sight.
There are shmups where you control normal people, cops, cars or planes but it’s really hard to find an arcade game where you control a submarine. In The Hunt made by Irem is another game with astonishing graphics with a lot of details and classic powerup system of upgrading your firepower. You have 4 main weapons which are torpedoes, bombs, rockets and anti-air fire. All of them except mines are upgradable into more deadly stuff like shrapnel torpedos, guided rockets and mines. It’s a game that you must try.
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