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Michael Coomes
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As someone who owns the term Grognard, I have been playing games since the mid-1950s. I have a fond memory of a submarine game I received for Christmas in about 1957 or 1958. I don’t recall its name so have been unable to find any information about it on the internet. It consisted of a two-piece tray and a periscope. Small ships were placed on a cardboard ocean by the means of small pegs that went below the level of the cardboard. The player then sighted through the periscope, found the enemy ships, and released a ball bearing (the torpedo). The ball bearing would roll down the lower tray, and if accurately place would hit the peg and send the ship out of its hole, thus counting as a sinking. I really liked the game and would appreciate any help in identifying it. Thanks.
 
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Mike Jones
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It sounds very familiar, but I'm too young for it. I wonder if it stayed in production for a while. Although, then it would be easier to find.

 
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That's weird. This bit used to mention Shire Games, and tell you all how wonderful we are. But it seems to have got deleted. Let's see what happens this time ....
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It only half sounds like this one:

Up Periscope

...but the date of this one is much later.



So ignore me .....


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John O
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I got that game for Christmas one year and my Mom accidentally broke it right after I opened it by pushing the lever that raised the steel ball bearing the wrong way. When it wouldn't budge she forced it until the lever broke off. Then my little sister colored on the cardboard ocean with a blue-green crayon. Damn you for bringing back those memories. All the memories except the name of the game, of course.
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Sounds like Sonar Sub Hunt to me, even though the date on that one is 1961.
 
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Sphere wrote:
Sounds like Sonar Sub Hunt to me, even though the date on that one is 1961.


Nope!I had that one, too.
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scribidinus wrote:
Sphere wrote:
Sounds like Sonar Sub Hunt to me, even though the date on that one is 1961.


Nope!I had that one, too.

Yeah, I guess my memory was fuzzy. Looking at the review, it had a light instead of the ball. It was the periscope thing that made me think it was the right one.
 
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Re: 1950s Submarine Game


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Ian Noonan
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My uncle had a game like this at his house, but instead of the cardboard, I recall a blue plastic ocean. The ships had a little fin on the bottom and targeting these fins would knock the ships off of the board. I have been looking for this game forever... it is what brought me to this post. Good luck in your quest to find it!
 
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seems like Atomic Submarine: Up Scope!
 
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