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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.
The original version of the game contains one main battleset called Greenland/Iceland/United Kingdom Gap (GIUK). Later, several additional battleset data disks and a Scenario editor were released.
Credits (DOS version)
|Original Computer Harpoon Design Team|
|Original Computer Harpoon Programming Team|
|Harpoon: The Next Mission||Infernos (41211)||2018-07-09 11:59:47|
Larry Bond first created Harpoon in 1980 as a paper-based miniatures game. Bond was a serving officer in the U.S. Navy at the time.
Author Tom Clancy used the paper version of 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.
The Harpoon software engine contained over 115,000 lines of code, with most written in the C programming language and the remainder in Assembly. The original program was 426K and supported (through separate graphics files) CGA, Tandy, and EGA video formats. After 30-months of development, and at the cost of over $300,000, the computer game was released for IBM PCs on December 17, 1989.
When launched a year later, the Macintosh version worked with System 6.0.2 or above and used monochrome graphics; however, a 16-color Macintosh version was available as a $15 upgrade.
- 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
- MobyGames ID: 8308
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Contributors to this Entry
Game added by tkcmd.
Macintosh added by Rola. PC-98 added by Infernos. Amiga added by Martin Smith.
Additional contributors: PCGamer77, Indra was here, Rola, Patrick Bregger, Retro Viator.
Game added January 30th, 2003. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.