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