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Hanse is a managerial strategy game set in the 14th century. The player takes the role of an ambitious citizen who wants to become the mayor of Lübeck. To reach this goal he has to get rich by trading with other cities of the Hanseatic League.

The basic gameplay principle is simple: shipping salt and exchanging it for other goods which then can be sold in Lübeck for a good price. This means the current salt price is the most important part when planning shipments (besides the weather). Of course the player also has to purchase and maintain other things, e.g. a trading station, ships and cannons. Alternatively the player can also participate in smuggling.

When using the game alone, the player competes against an AI opponent. He sometimes attacks the player's trading stations which results in a fight scene in which the player has to place his cannons so they destroy the attacking ships during the automatic attack phase. There are also other similar sequences and random occurrences like weddings or disasters that may force the player to react. The game is completely menu driven and offers multiplayer for up to six people.


Hanse DOS EGA or CGA?
Hanse Atari ST City state and goods to trade (monochrome)
Hanse Atari ST City view (color)
Hanse Atari ST Title screen (monochrome)

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1986 8 out of 10 80
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1994 60 out of 100 60
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1989 59 out of 100 59
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 57 out of 100 57
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1993 57 out of 100 57
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 55 out of 100 55
Power Play DOS Jul, 1988 4.5 out of 10 45
Power Play Amiga Sep, 1989 35 out of 100 35
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 29 out of 100 29


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