Lost In Translation/Sea Wolf

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Sea Wolf
Sea Wolf marquee.
No screen shot.
Sea Wolf control panel.
Manufacturer Midway
Released 1976
Control
Method
Paddle
1 Button(s)
Main CPU 8080 (@ 1.997 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
Discrete
Video
Details
Raster (Horizontal)
260 x 224 pixels
59.54 Hz
Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 4 ROMs
4,096 bytes (4.00 KiB)
MAME ID seawolf

About The Game

Sea Wolf is an arcade video game shoot-em-up.

The game screen is a side view of a underwater scene (with the surface towards the top). You control a cross-hair at the surface level. The object is to shoot as many ships as possible, before the time runs out. Your torpedoes are launched from the bottom of the screen, and must move upwards to hit the enemy ships (while avoiding the mines that float at different levels of the water). Your submarine can shoot 5 shots before it has to reload (an automatic action that takes about a second). Your game will be extended if you reach a certain score before time runs out (the score is operator adjustable).

Additional Technical Information

10,000 units were made. Sea Wolf has one of the all time great cabinets. It is in an upright format and is totally covered in painted side art (submarine scenes done in white and three shades of blue). The marquee bulges out in front and has a large periscope which comes down from it. The player looks through the periscope and moves it to control the game. It has a fire button mounted on one of the handles. The periscope has several transparencies inside which provide a cross hair, a display of remaining torpedoes, and a reload light. The monitor is mounted deep inside the machine and is displayed on a mirror. It is also covered with a blue overlay to give the game a bit of colour. The monitor bezel area is covered in mock submarine gauges, but you can't even see them when playing, because you have to look through the periscope.

Trivia

Released in March 1976.

This is one of the all time greats. The whole game is played through a big periscope. This particular game is based on a much earlier electromechanical game from Sega (called "Periscope"), which was the first game ever to require 25 cents per play (a price the industry has been trying to raise for years now, an effort which has only been partially successful, despite over a decade of games requiring 50 cents or more. People just still expect for games to cost a quarter).

Series

  1. Sea Wolf (1976)
  2. Sea Wolf II (1978)

Staff

Designed & Programmed By
Tom McHugh
Dave Nutting

Cabinet and Artwork

Ports

Consoles 
Bally Astrocade
Computers 
Commodore C64 (1982)


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.