Harpoon Classic '97

Moby ID: 1784
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Harpoon Classic '97 is a revised version of traditional Harpoon Classic which is in turn, based on Larry Bond's original and very popular Harpoon board-game from 1980. The core gameplay is top-down (map and menu based) ultra-realistic strategic naval warfare wrapping around scenarios in 4 different theatres (North Atlantic, Greenland/Iceland, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf/Mediterranean).

New features in this release are the Windows 95 playability (cleaner interface), improved artwork and effects, along with 50 new missions. Additional updated ships and planes are also included.

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Average score: 71% (based on 8 ratings)


Average score: 3.4 out of 5 (based on 22 ratings with 1 reviews)

The best naval strategy game ever published.

The Good
"Harpoon" is a phenomenal, classic game that combined phenomenal realism and depth with easy gameplay.

The sheer detail of the game is phenomenal. Thousands of ships, subs, planes, radars and weapons are represented in exactin detail. The simulation of modern naval combat is absolute spot-on and without parallel in any game ever published. Scenarios in the '97 pack are very numerous and varied, and some of them are just plain fascinating.

Anyone with even the slightest interest in naval warfare will be fascinated by Harpoon.

The Bad
The graphics and sound are dated, but frankly it doesn't really matter; this isn't a game that needs them.

The Bottom Line
This game is the absolute pinnacle of modern warfare simulations. They've never topped it.

Windows · by Rick Jones (96) · 2001


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Game added by rstevenson.

Windows added by Corn Popper.

Game added June 26, 2000. Last modified February 22, 2023.