Advanced Destroyer Simulator

aka: ADS, ADS: Advanced Destroyer Simulator, Advanced Destroyer Simulation
Moby ID: 25233
DOS Specs

Description official descriptions

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 missions each: The Mediterranean around Sicily, the English Channel between the 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 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.



Credits (DOS version)

6 People

Project Manager
Cover Art



Average score: 70% (based on 10 ratings)


Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 10 ratings with 0 reviews)

Be the first to review this game!



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.


MobyPro Early Access

Upgrade to MobyPro to view research rankings!

Related Games

Destroyer Command
Released 2002 on Windows
Released 1999 on Windows
International Rugby Simulator
Released 1988 on Commodore 64, 1988 on ZX Spectrum, 1989 on Atari ST
Professional Ski Simulator
Released 1989 on Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64...
Fruit Machine Simulator 2
Released 1989 on Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari ST...
Tenohira Gakushū: Kikutan DS Advanced
Released 2007 on Nintendo DS
Released 1981 on Arcade, MSX, Wii...
Advanced V.G. 2
Released 1998 on PlayStation, 2017 on PSP, PlayStation 3
Released 1986 on ZX Spectrum

Identifiers +

  • MobyGames ID: 25233
  • [ Please login / register to view all identifiers ]


Are you familiar with this game? Help document and preserve this entry in video game history! If your contribution is approved, you will earn points and be credited as a contributor.

Contributors to this Entry

Game added by -Chris.

Additional contributors: Patrick Bregger.

Game added November 28, 2006. Last modified February 22, 2023.