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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.


Harpoon DOS Missiles approach one of your ships.
Harpoon Macintosh Options screen (Color)
Harpoon DOS Contact detected!
Harpoon DOS Your captains ask for your orders.

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "GIUK Battleset" -- Abbreviated battleset title

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User Reviews

One of the best naval simulations of 1980s. DOS NH (485)

Critic Reviews

Dragon DOS Apr, 1990 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jun, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS May, 1990 940 out of 1000 94
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Jun, 1990 92 out of 100 92
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1990 83 out of 100 83
Génération 4 DOS Apr, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Top Secret DOS Mar, 1993 4 out of 5 80
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1993 74 out of 100 74
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Apr, 1990 8.4 out of 12 70
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1991 41 out of 100 41


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Harpoon: The Next Mission 1 Infernos (35745)
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Book Research

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

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