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Germany, November 9th 1989: The Berlin Wall has fallen. Now it is up to the player to organize and manage the "Aufschwung Ost" (German for "Upturn East" in reference to Eastern Germany, the former GDR) in this political business sim. Gameplay takes place on two scales: A large scale (East Germany) for power plants, highways and other infrastructure and a smaller, SimCity-like city-scale for specific buildings. Besides the historic "East Germany - 1989" scenario there six more, each with different problems (high pollution, national debt,...). None of them has a "goal" though so the game goes on forever (unless you decide to resign or you're kicked out of office due to bad work).


Aufschwung Ost DOS Title screen
Aufschwung Ost DOS Main Menu
Aufschwung Ost DOS Scenario Menu
Aufschwung Ost DOS Intro - The fall of the Berlin Wall

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Alternate Titles

  • "Aufschwung Ost Deluxe" -- CD-ROM version

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1993 10 out of 12 83
PC Games (Germany) Jan, 1994 81 out of 100 81
PC Joker Dec, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Dec, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Play Time Jun, 1995 79 out of 100 79
Play Time Dec, 1993 78 out of 100 78
PC Games (Germany) Jul, 1995 75 out of 100 75
PC Player (Germany) Jun, 1995 73 out of 100 73


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Aufschwung Ost was Sunflowers' first game.
Anym (209) added Aufschwung Ost (DOS) on May 17, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Xoleras (66813)