Activision / Sierra Classics Promo: 60% off King's Quest, Space Quest, Zork and more at GOG!

1869

Published by
Developed by
Released
Platforms
Critic Score User Score
Amiga
84
3.5
DOS
81
3.4
Not an American user?

Description

As a 19th century merchant newcomer, the player needs to buy a ship, find a crew, load a few goods on the ship, and sail into the horizon, until the player reaches a port with a demand for said goods. The next step is to expand by buying more ships, creating regular trade routes, and becoming the head of a regular trading company.

1869 focuses on management and economy, rather than action. Actual sailing is done by plotting a route and then watching the days go by, interrupted only by the occasional random event. Basically the main activities are planning routes, watching out for special assignments (that pay well if completed on time) and generally trying to steer clear of the shores of bankruptcy.

Screenshots

1869 DOS Going shopping
1869 DOS Ship repairs - Those barnacles do more damage the local pirates!
1869 Amiga News bulletin
1869 Amiga Main interface screen

Alternate Titles

  • "1869: History Experience Part I" -- Ingame English-language title
  • "1869: Hart am Wind!" -- German title
  • "1869: Erlebte Geschichte Teil I" -- Alternate German title (on back cover)

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

No frills, no surprises, no explosions - just plain business DOS Isak (603)

Critic Reviews

Amiga Format Amiga May, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Joystick (French) Amiga Jul, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Amiga Format Amiga Nov, 1993 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Play Time DOS Oct, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 84 out of 100 84
Amiga Games Amiga Sep, 1992 84 out of 100 84
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 84 out of 100 84
PC Games (Germany) DOS Sep, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Power Play DOS Aug, 1992 72 out of 100 72

Forums

There are currently no topics for this game.


Trivia

Music routines

Chicken / Electronic Rats ripped the music replay routines from 1869, creating one of the most widely used FM music players and formats ever: the HSC format. It was used in many BBS intros, and the replay routines had interfaces in C, Pascal, and ASM.

Title translation

1869 was originally released in Germany with the sub-title "Hart am Wind" - meaning Hard against the wind.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Simulation of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1993– #2 Best Economical Simulation in 1992

Additional information contributed by Mickey Gabel.

Related Web Sites

  • 1869 Database (Small page with a database of traded goods and cities.)
Contributed to by Isak (603) and NGC 5194 (17291)