Arctic Baron

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Atari ST
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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.


Arctic Baron DOS The locomotive with engine controls
Arctic Baron Amiga Engine room (AGA version)
Arctic Baron DOS We decided on a livestock wagon...
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 stressed (20013)
Buy here - sell there. Become richer, buy more train wagons. DOS dreb drhyj (1)

Critic Reviews

ST Action Atari ST Mar, 1993 90 out of 100 90
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1993 78 out of 100 78
Amiga Joker Amiga Jun, 1993 77 out of 100 77
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1993 77 out of 100 77
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 76 out of 100 76
PC Games (Germany) DOS Mar, 1993 68 out of 100 68
Amiga Games Amiga Apr, 1993 67 out of 100 67
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga May, 1993 8 out of 12 67
Amiga Format Amiga Apr, 1993 60 out of 100 60
Imperium Gier DOS Mar 10, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Cover Art

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


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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