Can you take down the entire fleet?

The enemy has established a naval blockade and you're the only one that can open up supply lines. Use your mini-sub to destroy enemy ships and clear the blockade. Success will depend on a steady hand and perfect timing. There are also reports of an experimental enemy sub, so beware!

  • Navigate tricky minefields
  • Tense periscope action!
  • Avoid depth charges raining from above
  • Damn the torpedoes!
  • Top secret submarine boss fight

PICO-8 Owners: Type LOAD #STEELHUNTER on the commandline to load and play Steel Hunter easily, or search "steel hunter" within Splore.


  • D-Pad/Arrows - Move your sub
  • Z or B button - Shoot torpedo
  • X or A button - Drop torpedo
  • P - Pause (toggle music)

Gamepad recommended. Control mappings may vary.


  • Design, code, art: Brian Vaughn 
  • Music: Robby Duguay, Brian Follick

Special thanks to Ed Fries. His Atari game "Sea Chase" from 1983 inspired the first level of this game and I built on top of that.

Check out more of my games. Try Alien Harvest and Don't Dig Up the Dead.

Play other great games on the PICO8 website.

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorBrian Vaughn / MorningToast
Made withPICO-8
Tagsclassic, PICO-8, Pixel Art, Retro, Shoot 'Em Up, Short, submarine
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Gamepad (any)


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Steel Hunter (Win) 998 kB
Steel Hunter (Mac) 7.3 MB
Steel Hunter (RPi) 2.1 MB
Steel Hunter (PICO8 Cart) 39 kB


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Thanks a lot for this great game


Great game. It could perfectly be a popular game form the NES era.

Thanks for playing! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Took me around two hours to finally beat it, thank you for the awesome experience!


Thanks for playing! Glad you had fun playing and made it through. If you liked the feeling of Steel Hunter, check out my other games...they're along the same lines.