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Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon (Amiga)

90
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.1
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Overall MobyScore (10 votes) 4.1


The Press Says

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100
Top Secret
Szanowni Panowie. Zebraliśmy się dziś, by dokonać znacznego postępu cywilizacyjnego. Przyszłością świata są koleje żelazne! Dziś, w roku 1900, na progu XX wieku naszej kultury możemy podbić nie tylko Europę, ale cały świat. Przy okazji można się dorobić, ale -jak rozumiem - te motywy Panów nie interesują. Zaczynając od niewielkiej kwoty w ciągu kilku lat zarobimy krocie i pokryjemy kontynent gęstą siecią dróg żelaznych. Świat będzie nasz, szanowni Panowie.
96
Zzap!
Even at its most basic level with no collisions or aggressive companies to worry about, Railroad is constantly demanding, utterly compulsive and addictive beyond belief. Building rail routes, seeking out new areas for a profit and just trying to keep the whole network in the black (or is it the red? No wonder my railroads kept going down the tubes!) makes Sim City look positively simple by comparison. Oh, and didn’t I mention the fact that you can actually manipulate the industries of the cities through the expansion of your rail network? After playing this, I feel up to the task of getting BR back on the right tracks! Throw in three other landscapes, the challenge of making as efficient/large a network as possible and the ultimate goal of becoming President of the United States and you have a game that has gone straight into my all-time fave game list.
95
Amiga User International
A true masterpiece from a sim genius who never runs out of great ideas thankfully.
92
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Microprose have done a superb job of converting Railroad Tycoon to the Amiga; the original never went overboard on presentation, so the graphics are a bit on the basic side, with sound effects amazingly similar to those heard on kids TV show Rainbow (during the picture-drawing bit)! Gameplay's the important factor with this one - you won't be disappointed.
92
Amiga Format
Spend an hour playing Railroad Tycoon and you may as well cancel all appointments for the next few weeks.
92
Power Play
Was soll ich zu Railroad Tycoon noch sagen? Dieser brillante Streich von Starprogrammierer Sid Meier hat schon auf dem PC mehr Preise eingesackt, als ein Schweizer Käse Löcher hat. Auf dem Amiga ist nichts von dem eigentümlichen Flair, der Spielbarkeit und der Faszination des Programms verlorengegangen. Grafisch hält sich Railroad Tycoon zwar bescheiden zurück, aber wer anfängt, seine Bahnlinie aufzubauen, hockt garantiert Nächte vorm Bildschirm. Das süchtig machende Gemisch aus Wirtschaftssimulation, Strategiespiel und Eisenbahnbastelbogen bietet Spielspaß pur - unbedingt kaufen!
91
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Sounds a bit dull but it's tremendous fun, and if you enjoyed Sim City this is a must buy!
91
CU Amiga
This is very much a thinking person’s game, and one that is not limited to train spotters. You are given complete control over your railway – from high finances down to operating individual signal boxes. A host of preliminary options allow you to completely tailor the game’s difficulty to your own ability. News flashes appear throughout, detailing good and bad events, which all have an effect on the current economic and political climate. This ensures the game plays differently each time. This is Sim City with trains. Graphically and playability-wise the two games are very similar. Railroad Tycoon requires lots of planning and needs plenty of skill to play it successfully. You won’t be able to last long to begin with until you can understand some of the basic economics behind the game. A dull sounding idea converted into an amazing game.
90
Amiga Joker
Bei so einem Prachtstück von Spiel sieht man schon mal darüber hinweg, daß die Grafik nicht gerade sensationell ist (praktisch 1:1 zur PC-Version), und der Sound keinesfalls ein orchestrales Erlebnis. Gesteuert wird mit Maus (über Pulldown-Menüs) und Tastatur, das klappt auch vorzüglich, noch besser wäre es freilich gewesen, sämtliche Funktionen auf dem kleinen Nager zu legen. Ein weiterer Kritikpunkt ist das Fehlen einer Mehr-Spieler-Option: Die Computergegner agieren zwar exzellent, aber menschliche Widersacher sind halt doch die Größere Herausforderung. Nichtsdestotrotz ist Railroad Tycoon ein echter Meilenstein – in Sachen Komplexität, Spielspaß und Suchtfaktor steht es Klassikern wie „Pirates!“, „Sim City“ oder „Populous“ um keinen Millimeter nach. Wer nicht ausschließlich auf Ballerspiele fixiert ist, muß hier einfach zuschlagen!
88
Amiga Action
Railroad Tycoon is superb in every way. The graphics, although small, are highly detailed and the maps used are very detailed. The game is so easy to control and the action starts very early on which avoids any tedious setting up. Sound is also of a very high standard and features great train effects. Definitely one to recommend and another great hit from Microprose.
80
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Das Brettspiel „1830“ inspirierte Sid Meier zu diesem Klassiker, dessen planmäßige Ankunft in den Softwareshops auf das Jahr 1990 datiert. Auf geradezu revolutionäre Weise wurden hier strategische und wirtschaftliche Elemente mit Lokomotiven gekoppelt: Der Spieler und seine drei Computergegner bemühen sich in einer Mischung aus „Sim City“, Modelleisenbahn und Handelssimulation nach Kräften, ein gigantisches Gleisimperium aufzubauen.
(page 44/46)
80
Amiga Computing
Small-like could be a good way to describe the speed of play. However, with so much going on you will need the time to collect your thoughts. The game is accompanied by a huge manual that is best studied if you want to enjoy Railroad Tycoon’s full potential.
79
Amiga Power
There are probably people out there with the patience and placid nature to overcome such minor irritations (in fact, the average train spotter could well fall into this category, which means MicroProse have got everything well sussed after all) but I'm not one of them. If you are, and if you liked Sim City but found it just a bit too fast-moving, Railroad Tycoon is the game for you. It's just that you'll have to be unemployed or the Duchess Of York to have the time to get into it properly, and some kind of saint not to be driven out of your tree by the sloppiness of the programming while you're doing it. The very best of luck to you.