In The Hunt (海底大戦争, Kaitei Daisensou) is a horizontal scrolling shooter arcade game by Irem. It was released in 1993 for arcades and later ported to the Sega Saturn and the PlayStation.
The game was developed by the team who would go on to create Gunforce II for Irem and the Metal Slug Series for SNK. The similarities are clearly seen in the artistic style used. In the Hunt is particularly unusual as the player takes the role of a submarine in underwater environments, although Irem has previously developed a similar game called Sqoon for the Nintendo Entertainment System. There are a total of six levels in the game.
An organization known as the D.A.S. (The Dark Anarchy Society) used magnetic doomsday machines to melt the polar ice caps and thus desolate the world. Although the entire world was quickly flooded, a few societies survived to build over the highest structures they could find and continue living. In this post apocalyptic scenario, the D.A.S., who were prepared for this catastrophe, reigns 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.
Players control a submarine which can fire torpedoes forward and an upwards secondary weapon. Whenever the secondary weapon is fired, depth charges will also be released, slowly sinking to the bottom and exploding on contact with enemies. There are a variety of different primary and secondary weapons which can be picked, replacing the current equipped weapon.
Different from other Shoot 'em Ups, in In The Hunt the player controls the scrolling of the screen, which allows the player to go at his own pace and take his time.
- The title and protagonist's vehicle suggest that the game may have been inspired by the Sean Connery movie "The Hunt for Red October".
- The Slug Sub from Metal Slug: 2nd Mission plays very similarly to the Granvia;
- The Kraken, the final boss from Metal Slug 7/XX bears a strong resemblance to the fourth boss from In The Hunt.
- In Brazil and parts of Mexico, the PlayStation release was pirated and sold as if it was part of the Metal Slug series.
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