North Atlantic '86 is about a hypothesized battle between NATO
forces and Soviet forces
over the control of the North Atlantic. The game is a primitive strategy
game involving the use of air, land and sea forces. There are two main battles in the game; one taking place from September 7 to December 31, 1986 and a second taking place from November 1 to December 31, 1986. There are also two smaller campaigns focusing on the invasion of Iceland
in November of 1986 and a convoy operation in September of 1986.
You are the commander of theses hypothesized battles. Since it takes place in the North Atlantic you main units are ships, with them you can attack enemy ships, launch your jets and invade enemy territory. Each turn in the game comprises the passage of 12 hours. Each turn consists of building and moving your task forces, moving, launching air missions and launching missile attacks. The playing field is a 40x40 grid where each square represents 100km. Like most strategy games the tiles are colored and obviously colored, green tiles are land, blue are ocean, white are bases, red are your Soviet enemies and black are your units.