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1830: Railroads & Robber Barons

DOS - 1995

Year 1995
Platform DOS
Released in Germany, United Kingdom
Genre Simulation, Strategy
Theme Board / Party Game, Industrial Age, Licensed Title, Managerial, North America, Train, Turn-based
Publisher Avalon Hill Game Company, The
Developer SimTex, Inc.
Perspective Top-Down
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.72
4.53 / 5 - 67 votes

Description of 1830: Railroads & Robber Barons

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Undeniably SimTex' most underrated game, 1830 is a complex and faithful PC conversion of Avalon Hill's popular boardgame.

As with SimTex' other games, strong computer AI keeps the gameplay fresh and interesting even in the beer-and-pretzel design (a normal game here lasts 8-10 hours). In addition to conventional decisions found in other railroad-building games, e.g. laying tracks, 1830 features a unique and challenging stock market model that truly is the best I have seen in games of this type (and, being a Finance person with a passion for business sims, I've seen quite a lot). Before the "Operation Round" can begin, you must first decide on which stocks to buy and what companies to float in the "Stock Round," using a very clever stock bidding interface.

The game isn't all about planning routes, either: as opposed to most railroad games in which the focus is on matching supply and demand (e.g. Sid Meier's classic Railroad Tycoon), the focus in 1830 is clearly on a more macro-level decision making. Instead of worrying about what types of goods to carry and how soon to replace obsolete trains, here your concerns are about cutthroat competition, hostile takeovers, and being ousted from the CEO chair.

As can be expected from the designer of Master of Orion, the AI in this game is top-notch, and accurately reflects history: fearsome speculator James Fisk will concentrate on buying up stocks of other companies and taking them over, while famous engineer Westinghouse will concentrate on the operations of his company and laying the most efficient routes.

In the end, whether or not you'll like 1830 depends on your preferences. If you are a fan of miniature railroads who likes to watch the trains go buy your designed route, 1830 isn't a game for you. On the other hand, if you are a business sim buff like me who loves managing the company and keeping an eye on the Treasury Stock as much as doing the job, 1830 is simply a must-have.

Two thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Kennkool 2023-09-01 -1 point

can buy 2 or 3 diesels then it freezes up.

dan 2020-11-27 -1 point

awesome game. played on web

tjonmaxx 2020-07-25 -5 points

Love this game works great! I just hit enter for the copy protection screens and it works.

notawinner 2020-04-01 -3 points

Dont waste your time. This does NOT work. The copy protection pops up and it doesnt matter if you answer correctly, the protection will just pop-up again. Cannot play.

Alan 2020-02-19 -3 points

Love game but will not play on an android box for tv

Railroad4me 2019-03-10 -2 points

How can I install game CD I purchased on my windows 8.

kennkool 2018-01-01 0 point

greatest game when it first came out. if they can upgrade computers , then why not give the games a facelift.

me 2017-05-11 2 points

the copy protections makes it unplayable

Admiral 2016-06-27 -4 points

How do I turn off this dam music

dearnoobish 2015-08-13 1 point

try unzipping the files that should fix it for ya hun

Westinghouse 2014-08-31 0 point DOS version

This game is awesome. Gotta play the stocks if you want to win. Buy low sell high

admin 2014-08-07 2 points DOS version

@DUDETTE read manual for copy protection

NoobishWobbishMan 2014-05-06 1 point DOS version

Well, having downloaded some games I unzipped em into folders on my HDD, then installed Dosbox, then installed Dfend. and none of it works for me? *sigh*

I mean that Dfend cant see any of the games I have downloaded.

dudette 2014-04-30 0 point DOS version

Still Copy protected 30/4/2014

Help 2014-02-18 -2 points DOS version

Still copy protected?

admin 2013-06-17 1 point DOS version

Right, game is cracked now, enter any word when the protection appears

DanielDrew 2013-06-16 0 point DOS version

Yep, it's copy protected

KenIzeN 2013-03-10 0 point DOS version

It is asking for a code word to play.

kublai 2012-11-07 0 point DOS version

I´m trying to execute this, but I can´t run it

Amon 2012-07-11 1 point DOS version

Choo choo, motherfucker. If you like trains and Monopoly, this is the game for you. 10/10

Boglob 2012-03-17 1 point DOS version

I am looking forward to playing this classic. The Boardgame has recently been rereleased for anyone wanting to play with friends and family.

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