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Harpoon (DOS)

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Description

A modern naval battle simulator based on Larry Bond's popular Harpoon board-game from 1980. The game features 13 possible Cold War scenarios, each of which can be affected by multiple factors.

You can choose from an authentic arsenal of over 100 Soviet and NATO weapons. Use sensors, radars and sonar to track enemy ships. Crucial information on capabilities can be checked from the informative database.

Several Battleset data disks and a Scenario editor were later released.


Screenshots

Harpoon DOS Missile hits!
Harpoon DOS Title screen
Harpoon DOS Contact detected!
Harpoon DOS Battleset and scenario selection

Alternate Titles

  • "GIUK Battleset" -- Abbreviated battleset title

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User Reviews

One of the best naval simulations of 1980s. NH (471) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Dragon Apr, 1990 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) May, 1990 940 out of 1000 94
The Games Machine (UK) Jun, 1990 92 out of 100 92
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1990 83 out of 100 83
Génération 4 Apr, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Power Play Mar, 1990 70 out of 100 70

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Trivia

Book Research

Author Tom Clancy used Harpoon while writing The Hunt for Red October, published in 1984. Clancy later teamed up with Larry Bond writing Red Storm Rising, published in 1986. The game was used to model many of the naval battles depicted in the book.

Origins

Larry Bond first created Harpoon in 1980 as a miniatures game. Bond was a serving officer in the U.S. Navy at the time.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • September 1990 (Issue #74) – Wargame of the Year
    • March 1992 (Issue #92) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #40 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list

tkcmd (28) added Harpoon (DOS) on Jan 30, 2003
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