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Harpoon

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
...
3.6
DOS
86
4.1
Macintosh
...
4.0
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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 Title screen
Harpoon DOS In-game ship database
Harpoon DOS Your submarine's armament
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. DOS NH (471)

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Macintosh Jun, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jun, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Dragon Amiga Oct, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Dragon DOS Apr, 1990 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Amiga Action Amiga Mar, 1991 86 out of 100 86
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1990 83 out of 100 83
Génération 4 DOS Apr, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Power Play Amiga Apr, 1991 70 out of 100 70
Power Play DOS Mar, 1990 70 out of 100 70
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1991 41 out of 100 41

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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

Contributed to by Rola (6835), tkcmd (28) and Martin Smith (63168)