Submarine Commander (Atari 2600)

Submarine Commander is a 1982 sports video game developed by Atari for the Atari 2600 and released under the Sears Tele-Games label.[1][2]

Submarine Commander
Sears Submarine commander.jpg
Cover art for Atari 2600 cartridge
Genre(s)Shoot 'em up
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer


The game was one of three developed by Atari exclusively for Sears, the others being Stellar Track and Steeplechase.[3] It was based on the Midway arcade game Sea Wolf II that was played with a periscope.[4]


The player controls a submarine going through enemy territory. The player must shoot targets in order to win the game.[2] The player views the action via a periscope that can be rotated through 360 degrees - a rarity for the time. Information provided to the player includes a radar scope, a depth-charge-detector, a fuel gauge, and an engine temperature gauge for detecting engine-overheating. There are eight modes of play, made up of single and two-player mode and four different levels of difficulty for each. [5]


A December 1982 review in Joystik magazine described Submarine Commander as being a "very basic shooting-gallery type game."[2]

A review on the 8-Bit Central website criticised the graphics saying that the game was "not a visually pleasing experience" but also said that the game was "worth trying" due to the complexity of the gameplay. The 8-Bit Central gave the game 2.5/5 overall.[5] A December 2012 review on the Video Games Critic website was praising of the game, describing it as "an eye-opening experience" and praising the faux-3D graphics and exciting actionof the game, and gave it a grade of "B+" overall.[6]


  1. ^ Weiss, Bret (20 December 2011). Classic Home Video Games, 1972–1984 A Complete Reference Guide. McFarland, Incorporated, Publishers. p. 117. ISBN 9780786487554. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Submarine Commander". Joystik Magazine. No. 3. December 1982. p. 60. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  3. ^ Lendino, Jamie (2018). Adventure The Atari 2600 at the Dawn of Console Gaming. Steel Gear Press. p. 32. ISBN 9781732355200. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  4. ^ Lapetino, Tim (26 October 2016). Art of Atari (Deluxe). Dynamite Entertainment. p. 196. ISBN 9781524101060. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Sears Submarine Commander". 8 Bit Central. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Submarine Commander". Video Games Critic. 8 December 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2021.