1830: Railroads & Robber Barons (DOS)

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Based on Avalon Hill's board game of the same name, 1830: Railroads & Robber Barons is a railroad empire building game that is along the same lines (although a different style of gameplay) as the much more famous Railroad Tycoon.

Capturing the very look and feel of the board game, all the way to the hexagonal playing field and track tokens, 1830 is a turn based game that emphasizes the successful running of a company and manipulating the stock market rather than managing a railroad. Tracks can be laid, cities connected, trains purchased, and schedules set, but the ultimate goal in the end is making money, even at the cost of your company; you'll wind up buying and selling a number of them during the course of the game anyway.


1830: Railroads & Robber Barons DOS Main Menu
1830: Railroads & Robber Barons DOS Simtek company logo
1830: Railroads & Robber Barons DOS A New Engine Type. The game isn't time based; new engines usher in new eras, not vice versa.
1830: Railroads & Robber Barons DOS Avalon Hill company logo

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Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jul, 1995 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Gamer Jun, 1995 80 out of 100 80
High Score Aug, 1995 3 out of 5 60
PC Player (Germany) Jun, 1995 55 out of 100 55
Power Play Jun, 1995 49 out of 100 49


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Sep 21, 2011



Sid Meier had stated that 1830 was the inspiration for his Railroad Tycoon.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #9 Top Sleeper Of All Time

Ray Soderlund (3497) added 1830: Railroads & Robber Barons (DOS) on Nov 09, 2000