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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 Amiga News bulletin
1869 Amiga Visiting the tavern
1869 Amiga Make new contracts at shipyard
1869 Amiga Bank business

Promo Images

1869 Magazine Advertisement
1869 Magazine Advertisement

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

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Critic Reviews

Amiga Format May, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Joystick (French) Jul, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Amiga Joker Mar, 1993 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Format Nov, 1993 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Joker Sep, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Secret Service / New S Service Feb, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Amiga Games Sep, 1992 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Tilt Jul, 1993 74 out of 100 74
Play Time 1992 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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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.)
NGC 5194 (17613) added 1869 (Amiga) on Dec 21, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Isak (624)