1869 (DOS)

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As a 19th century merchant newcomer, the player needs to buy a ship, find a crew, load a few goods on the ship, and sail into the horizon, until the player reaches a port with a demand for said goods. The next step is to expand by buying more ships, creating regular trade routes, and becoming the head of a regular trading company.

1869 focuses on management and economy, rather than action. Actual sailing is done by plotting a route and then watching the days go by, interrupted only by the occasional random event. Basically the main activities are planning routes, watching out for special assignments (that pay well if completed on time) and generally trying to steer clear of the shores of bankruptcy.


1869 DOS From the Intro
1869 DOS Title Screen
1869 DOS The shag in the background is your warehouse.
1869 DOS Robbed by the city guards

Alternate Titles

  • "1869: History Experience Part I" -- Ingame English-language title
  • "1869: Hart am Wind!" -- German title
  • "1869: Erlebte Geschichte Teil I" -- Alternate German title (on back cover)

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User Reviews

No frills, no surprises, no explosions - just plain business Isak (603) 2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Play Time Oct, 1992 85 out of 100 85
PC Joker Aug, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1992 10 out of 12 83
PC Games (Germany) Sep, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Power Play Aug, 1992 72 out of 100 72


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Music routines

Chicken / Electronic Rats ripped the music replay routines from 1869, creating one of the most widely used FM music players and formats ever: the HSC format. It was used in many BBS intros, and the replay routines had interfaces in C, Pascal, and ASM.

Title translation

1869 was originally released in Germany with the sub-title "Hart am Wind" - meaning Hard against the wind.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Simulation of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1993– #2 Best Economical Simulation in 1992

Additional information contributed by Mickey Gabel.

Related Web Sites

  • 1869 Database (Small page with a database of traded goods and cities.)
Isak (603) added 1869 (DOS) on Jul 26, 2000
Other platforms contributed by NGC 5194 (17279)