1830 Railroads And Robber Barons

Copyright: © 1995 Avalon Interactive
Genre: Strategy games

Strategy games

1830: Railroads & Robber Barons
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.

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