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Arctic Baron

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Platforms
Critic Score User Score
Amiga
70
3.2
DOS
67
3.8
Atari ST
...
2.9
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Description

The Viking Union has a very dominant role in your society, as they control the vast railway networks. Could they be to blame for the disappearance of the sun and the resultant ice age? As a train captain, you must find out and overthrow them.

Transarctica is a strategic trading and combat game. You must keep your train running and make sure there is enough fuel. When you reach towns you can trade with local people, with each city having a primary function. These towns often contain useful information to put you on the right track in your mission. You are in possession of slaves, who are traded just like other commodities.

Contact with other trains results in combat. Buy upgrades to boost your performance in combat, to increase your chance of fending off the Viking Union.

Screenshots

Arctic Baron Amiga Start menu (AGA version)
Arctic Baron DOS Soldiers are the ultimate threat. They can climb on your wagons and plant TNT on your trains. Planting TNT on your primary locomotive means certain death.
Arctic Baron DOS Sometimes nomads show up near the rails to trade. They're prices are decent and they sell rare items that fetch a high price at any city.
Arctic Baron DOS Title screen (as Arctic Baron)

Alternate Titles

  • "Transarctica" -- European title

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User Reviews

Great game ,great memories DOS Jedrek Paszak (9)
You really got to respect creativity of developers sometimes... DOS Indra is here (19851)
Buy here - sell there. Become richer, buy more train wagons. DOS dreb drhyj (1)

Critic Reviews

ST Format Atari ST Mar, 1993 79 out of 100 79
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1993 78 out of 100 78
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 76 out of 100 76
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Mar, 1993 9 out of 12 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1993 9 out of 12 75
CU Amiga Amiga Mar, 1993 69 out of 100 69
PC Games (Germany) DOS Mar, 1993 68 out of 100 68
Power Play DOS Mar, 1993 61 out of 100 61
Power Play Amiga Mar, 1993 61 out of 100 61
PC Player (Germany) DOS Mar, 1993 43 out of 100 43

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Trivia

Cover Art

The cover art used for the game is actually a 1985 poster by fantasy artist Rodney Matthews called Heavy Metal Hero.

Story

The story is based on a series of French novels by author Georges-Jean Arnaud called La Compagnie des Glaces (the Ice Company), in which debris from an explosion of the moon is blocking sunlight from reaching Earth, resulting in a new ice age. After centuries of barbarism, powerful companies are ruling the world and the remaining cities on Earth are connected by extended rail networks.
Contributed to by POMAH (35663), Scaryfun (12429), Xa4 (272) and Indra is here (19851)