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Arctic Baron

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Developed by
Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Atari ST
...
...
DOS
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3.8
Amiga
69
3.2
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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, rather like Elite in many ways. 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 Train close-up (AGA version)
Arctic Baron DOS Title screen (as Transarctica)
Arctic Baron Amiga Railroad network (AGA version)
Arctic Baron Amiga Main menu

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 was here (19145)
Buy here - sell there. Become richer, buy more train wagons. DOS dreb drhyj (1)

The Press Says

Atari ST User Atari ST Apr, 1993 89 out of 100 89
ST Format Atari ST Mar, 1993 79 out of 100 79
Amiga Joker Amiga Jun, 1993 77 out of 100 77
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 76 out of 100 76
CU Amiga Amiga Mar, 1993 69 out of 100 69
PC Games (Germany) DOS Mar, 1993 68 out of 100 68
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
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 (31333), Scaryfun (11494), Xa4 (274) and Indra was here (19145)