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Advanced Destroyer Simulator (Amiga)

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Advanced Destroyer Simulator (ADS) is a naval combat simulation set in World War 2. It was the first naval simulation to use real-time filled 3D graphics. Its style and mechanics are reminiscent of Epyx's Destroyer (1986).

ADS simulates the H.M.S. Onslaught, a British destroyer of the O-class fitted with three cannon turrets, four torpedo tubes on port and starboard respectively, and a sonar to detect and track submarines. In ADS, the Onslaught is not part of a flotilla.

There's no campaign, gameplay is mission-based and set in three scenarios (two in the CPC version) with five mission each: The Mediterranean around Sicily, the English Channel between UK and France, and the North Sea coast of Norway. Objectives include seek-and-destroy assignments, patrols, convoy escorts, submarine hunts and blockade runs. Each scenario also offers an open “Delta” option where you cruise and hunt without specific objectives.

You navigate the destroyer manually, in real-time and from a first person perspective, though with the help of a scenario map. ADS simulates ship combat as a close-quarter exchange of torpedoes and cannon fire. In proximity to enemy land bases, Stuka fighters can attack and must be shot down with the cannons. Submarines are tracked with the sonar and can only be attacked once they surface. Enemy vessels include freighters, tankers, torpedo boats, destroyers and cruisers. Most missions are time critical; in the course of the mission, it may be necessary to dock in allied ports for repairs, to refuel and restock on ammunition.


Advanced Destroyer Simulator Amiga On a bridge
Advanced Destroyer Simulator Amiga Firing at enemy ship
Advanced Destroyer Simulator Amiga Damage report
Advanced Destroyer Simulator Amiga Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Advanced Destroyer Simulation" -- Alternate Wording (Back of the Box)
  • "ADS: Advanced Destroyer Simulator" -- Alternate European title
  • "ADS" -- Official Abbreviation

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Amiga Action Mar, 1991 83 out of 100 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1991 9.2 out of 12 77
Power Play May, 1991 73 out of 100 73
Amiga Format Apr, 1991 68 out of 100 68
Amiga Joker Mar, 1991 67 out of 100 67
Amiga Power Jun, 1992 48 out of 100 48


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The scenario maps in the manual are not contemporary of the WW2 era, as the country borders indicate: Germany is already divided into East and West Germany. They were probably copied from an atlas of the late 1980s; Germany was reunified in 1990.

ZX Spectrum Version

The Amstrad CPC version misses the North Sea scenario, all mission briefings, the binocular view and some ship types.
-Chris (7308) added Advanced Destroyer Simulator (Amiga) on Nov 25, 2006
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