Description of Gato
The first World War II submarine simulation ever made for the PC, GATO was a true pioneer in this niche genre, an ambitious sim that features a lot of realistic instruments and weapons. As the submarine history page at Subsim.
com describes it: "This was the first sub simulator for a personal computer. The graphics were very limited, CGA with stick figures for ships, of which there were five enemy types. Although it simulated GATO class subs, there were only four bow torpedo tubes available.
All functions were generated by the keyboard (mouse? what's a mouse?). The mission area was very limited--a group of islands in the Pacific, which was subdivided into 20 "quadrants". You pressed the "M" key for new missions and they were transmitted by Morse code. You were instructed to keep in mind "the enemy may break Allied code at some point. Some messages may be enemy fakes designed to trap you." How's that for early efforts at realism?
Resource management was one of the game's subtler features. Your primary strategic objective was to complete as many missions as possible with the supplies you carry before returning to the quadrant where your subtender waits.
Gato was the Pong of submarine simulations. When the first players encountered Gato, you can imagine they thought it was pretty significant. They had to start somewhere."
True enough. Primitive, but honorable for the pioneer that it was.
Review By HOTUD
Captures and Snapshots
Screenshots from MobyGames.com / Platform: Apple II
Comments and reviews
Candyman 2016-06-17 -1 point
And how do you centre the rudder? Left and Right arrows continually rotate direction.
Candyman 2016-06-17 -2 points DOS version
So how can I slow Gato down on Windows 7? I am using D-Fend Reloaded.
yodaddy 2015-07-27 -3 points DOS version
This is the game that hooked me on PCs. My brother worked at a Radio Shack, and the manager let me bring the game in and play on the demo computers. Paid off for him, as I purchased a Tandy 3000 from them. This game, and MS FlightSim were the bleeding edge of simulators back in the day.
Emulationist 2015-05-11 2 points DOS version
Quick-reference for keys :
*** Function keys :
F1 : Full speed
F5 : Moderate speed
F9 : Stop
F10 : Reverse
F2 : Periscope up
F4 : Periscope down
F6 : Radar
F8 : FIRE
*** Other commands :
F : Forward view
P : Left view
A : Rear view
S : Right view
L : ( Log ) list of sunken ships
M : ( Mission ) Start a new mission
R : ( Report ) Damage report
C : General map
Q : Map of the current quadrant
T : ( Torpedoes ) Open & Close torpedo doors
D : ( Diesel ) Only if Depth
JayFlo 2015-01-08 0 point DOS version
Does anybody have the quick-reference for what keystrokes do what? email me at jwf at rocketmail dot com.
Pilot 2013-08-19 0 point DOS version
When I found the game here, I immideately remembered it. One of my first games! I can`t believe it! So happy! :-)
Helvehammer 2013-01-14 0 point DOS version
Came here to get f-19 - but then I remembered the OTHER love of my life! Found it, found it, FOUND IT ! ! ! YAAAAAYYYYY!!!!!!!!
mrnina 2011-12-19 0 point DOS version
Found it at last!!!! I just can't beleive it! You can't imagine how many memories and flash backs this little great game brings to me. 27 years ago when I was a college student I used to spend many hours in the computer lab (full of Tandys and Comodore) amazed by what at that moment was the most advanced game ever. Can't wait to download.
Thanks a lot!!!
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