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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.


Advanced Destroyer Simulator DOS Title screen (CGA)
Advanced Destroyer Simulator DOS Close to land bases, Stuka fighters may attack. We must hit them with the cannon.
Advanced Destroyer Simulator Atari ST Crashed into a ship
Advanced Destroyer Simulator DOS The binocular view (EGA)

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Advanced Destroyer Simulator Magazine Advertisement Pages 2-3

Alternate Titles

  • "Advanced Destroyer Simulation" -- Alternate Wording (Back of the Box)
  • "ADS: Advanced Destroyer Simulator" -- Alternate European title
  • "ADS" -- Official Abbreviation

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Critic Reviews

Amiga Action Amiga Mar, 1991 83 out of 100 83
ST Format Atari ST Mar, 1991 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1991 9.2 out of 12 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Apr, 1991 9.2 out of 12 77
Power Play Amiga May, 1991 73 out of 100 73
Play Time DOS Dec, 1991 72 out of 100 72
Amiga Format Amiga Apr, 1991 68 out of 100 68
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1991 67 out of 100 67
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) Amiga Apr 04, 2015 3 out of 6 50
Amiga Power Amiga Jun, 1992 48 out of 100 48


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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.
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