19th century history is my field, and I’m mad for games with such a setting, but there seem to be remarkably few! Strategy and management games seem to end at the Renaissance and not pick up again until WWII. Action titles occasionally adopt a steampunk aesthetic, but usually in an entirely fictional world. Indeed, the only genres with any significant representation are adventures - typically involving Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper, or Sherlock Holmes AND Jack the Ripper - or Westerns, set in Brown Dirt Land With Trains.
I’ve been going through my collection, trying to identify Victorian games I’ve played, and others I’ve only heard of - please, enlighten me if you know of more!
Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun: Economic, military and political simulation, as deep and dry as a desert.
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs: Supernatural industrial-horror from creators of personal favourite Dear Esther. Not as solid story-wise as Esther, or gameplay-wise as the original Amnesia, but I’m still a fan.
Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age: This one’s still upcoming, and I know nothing about it and have no reason to expect it’ll even be any good, but the "Left 4 Dead in the Weird West" concept is still alluring to me.
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective: A completely goofy FMV game which enjoyed a sort of revival as a DVD-based party game, and which I only mention because it was bundled with the first CD-drive-equipped PC my family ever owned. Alongside Monkey Island and LOOM - exalted company!
1849: Another I haven’t played; a town-building simulator set in the Californian Gold Rush, which I mention because I’d love to see more town-builders set in this era. It’s been noted before that the building sim genre is biased toward colonial practices - the creation of new settlements in nominally unclaimed land - but I daresay it can work on a smaller scale without these connotations. Take, for instance, flawed classic Constructor, which simulates the building of an English municipal property development.