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Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon (Amiga)

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Description

With $100000 in the bank after taking out loans and selling stocks, it's time to start a railroad! Choose from 4 scenarios across two continents with randomly generated resources, and design your own railroad that moves people and goods across the country. Use the revenue to continue expanding, while keeping control of your company and appeasing your stock holders with growth and revenues. Play the stock market with company assets. Drive your competitors out of business with buyouts and rate wars. Multiple types of resources to carry (roughly grouped as slow freight, fast freight, passengers, mail) and convert, own facilities to maximize profit (buy a steel mill and the conversion from iron ore to steel makes money for YOU). Use the latest available technology to your advantage (new locomotives). Your objective is to retire with a huge bonus (based on your company's assets) and become the President or the Prime Minister (depending on which continent).

The game is essentially a bird's-eye-view real-time strategy game with aspects of building and stock market manipulation. Each fiscal period is 2-years, which corresponds to 1-day of track time. Build different sizes of stations to take care of different local needs, create trains that switch consists at different stations and maximize throughput. Upgrade/retire/modify trains as times change. The faster the trains arrive, the more money they earn. Multiple options will keep you busy as each game is different.

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Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon Amiga Append cars to engine
Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon Amiga Choose engine for new train
Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon Amiga Rate war statistics after second fiscal period
Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon Amiga Balance sheet

Alternate Titles

  • "铁路大亨" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Tielu Daheng" -- Chinese title
  • "Golden Age of Railroad" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Great resource management and historical game David Ledgard (63) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

The Press Says

Top Secret Mar, 1992 5 out of 5 100
Zzap! May, 1991 96 out of 100 96
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Nov, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Amiga Format May, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Power Play Jul, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1991 91 out of 100 91
CU Amiga Mar, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Amiga Action May, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Amiga Computing Jul, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 80 out of 100 80

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

1830

Railroad Tycoon was inspired by the Avalon Hill boardgame 1830. SimTex later adapted 1830 for Avalon Hill. Not long after, SimTex was acquired by MicroProse, and became MicroProse Texas.

Deluxe edition

In 1993 MicroProse released a Deluxe version, which added higher resolution screen, support for more trains, and more scenarios.

Freeware release

The entire game was released for a download to promote Railroad Tycoon 3. The link. http://www.2kgames.com/railroads/railroads.html.

Keypad

The Amiga version was one of the few non-Flight-Sim games to use the Numeric Keypad significantly - which unfortunately meant that it couldn't be played on the Amiga 600 model, which was launched in the UK in 1992 (one of three entry-level Amigas launched in little over a year!), and had no keypad in the interest of saving space and cost.

Title

The game was originally titled Golden Age of Railroads. Then MicroProse decided it doesn't emphasize the business aspects, and changed the name to the present form.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • September 1990 (Issue #74) – Overall Game of the Year
    • April 1992 (Issue #93) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #41 overall in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #27 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1991 - Best Computer Game in 1990 (DOS version)
    • Issue 01/1991 - Best Strategy Game in 1990 (DOS version)
    • Issue 01/1991 - Best Game Idea in 1990
  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #50 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
Information also contributed by Kasey Chang, Martin Smith, PCGamer77 and Scott Monster
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