Sea Wolf is one of my favorite games and the first arcade I remember playing. It was released by Midway in 1976 and was based on two earlier Electro-Mechanical games called Sea Devil and Sea Raiders. I have to say Midway really knew how to dress up these early games. The whole cabinet is covered in an underwater motif complete with submarines. It even had a step built into the bottom of the cabinet that could be pulled out and used by children. Like my last game, Blue Shark, Sea Wolf could also be categorized as a shooting gallery game. The game has a periscope mounted to the front of it that you can turn left and right and use to aim and shoot at the passing boats. Once again I made a video of mine in action. The sounds from this game are very memorable to me.
The object of the game is to sink as many enemy boats as you can in a limited amount of time. You can fire 4 torpedoes before you have to pause and reload which takes a few seconds. There are three types of boats: the freighter worth 100 points, the warship worth 300 points and the smaller quicker PT boats worth 700 points. You must avoid the mines that float below the boats and get in your way. You don’t lose any points for hitting them but you don’t receive any either. If you reach a determined score you will receive an extended time bonus and will give you 20 seconds to try and get more points. The game time and extended time bonus are set by the operator of the game but the suggested factory settings are 60 seconds for the game length and 4000 for the time bonus.
Sea Wolf was pretty popular and they made quite a few so they are out there and hopefully you get a chance to play one. Keep an eye out for local arcade shows that will be your best chance. It was also ported to a few home systems like the Bally Astrocade, the Commodore 64 and Atari 8 bit family. Of course none of these used the periscope you just move your sub left and right at the bottom of the screen but the game play is close. Recently a redemption version of the game with updated graphics became available in the arcades.