Arctic Baron

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Critic Score User Score
Macintosh
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DOS
68
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Atari ST
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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 DOS Some areas have damaged or no bridges that needs to be fixed. Be sure to have some rails in stock, as well as slaves, mammoths and cranes to get the job done.
Arctic Baron DOS Some towns are practically a place to buy and sell slaves. Slaves are useful for hard labor such as mining, building bridges or even catching wild mammoth.
Arctic Baron DOS Barracks station
Arctic Baron DOS When you die, this screen pops up. Not quite sure what it means...

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 stressed (20005)
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
Amiga Joker Amiga Jun, 1993 77 out of 100 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1993 9 out of 12 75
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1993 74 out of 100 74
CU Amiga Amiga Mar, 1993 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga May, 1993 8 out of 12 67
Amiga Power Amiga Mar, 1993 64 out of 100 64
Power Play DOS Mar, 1993 61 out of 100 61
Imperium Gier DOS Mar 10, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Amiga Format Amiga Apr, 1993 60 out of 100 60

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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.
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