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Chris Sawyer's Locomotion (Windows)

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Description

Locomotion is a cross between Chris Sawyer's RollerCoaster Tycoon series and Transport Tycoon. The game has the base concept taken from the 1994 Transport Tycoon and the graphics style and interface from RollerCoaster Tycoon.

After choosing one of 40 pre-made scenarios, or creating a new one, the goal is to complete the objective(s) of the scenario. These can vary and may include transporting a certain amount of goods or improving the company's rating. Completion of these goals is achieved by building transport networks using trains, trams, buses, trucks, ships and planes. Depending on the scenario, the game can start as early as 1900 and can continue well past the year of 2000. As time progresses, the number of available vehicles will grow due to technology improvements. Careful upgrades are advised, as depending on the route, new vehicles may cost more than they will bring profit. Like in RollerCoaster Tycoon, the player can play the scenario even after completing the objectives.

The size of the world, as well as the number and size of towns vary in each scenario. The scenarios are built around North America, United Kingdom and the Alps. While examining the landscape, the player must choose which transport method is the cheapest or fastest.

The player isn't alone in his endeavors, either. In most scenarios, one will need to compete against multiple computer players who will try to take business away from him. The player can choose many tactics to beat them, from increasing the number of vehicles assigned to a town or facility to placing blockades on competing company's railways. Also, the game has a multiplayer mode for two human players via TCP/IP or LAN.

Screenshots

Chris Sawyer's Locomotion Windows Choose your scenario, from beginner to expert (this one has up to 14 computer companies to compete against!!)
Chris Sawyer's Locomotion Windows Build new vehicles... trains, trams, buses, trucks, ships, and planes
Chris Sawyer's Locomotion Windows There is a lot of information available to look at, such as the distance you're transporting goods each month
Chris Sawyer's Locomotion Windows Here is a large world... zoomed all the way out.  To see the whole thing, you would need to look on the map

Alternate Titles

  • "运输大亨" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Locomotion" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Chris Sawyer's Locomotion: Транспортный бум" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

Shame on it. Cabeza2000 (681) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

The Press Says

Jolt (UK) Sep 18, 2004 7.2 out of 10 72
GameSpot Sep 27, 2004 6.8 out of 10 68
PC Action Oct 12, 2004 64 out of 100 64
Game Over Online Dec 13, 2004 60 out of 100 60
Worth Playing Oct 04, 2004 6 out of 10 60
IGN Oct 05, 2004 5.8 out of 10 58
Gamers Europe Sep 29, 2004 5 out of 10 50
PC Zone Dec 02, 2004 5 out of 10 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 2004 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Jeuxvideo.com Sep 16, 2004 3 out of 20 15

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Trivia

Company Owner Editor

The Company Owner Editor (which wasn't bundled with the original disc) was later released as download by publisher Atari. The program can be used to add new portraits for managers.

It was available for download from Atari's former game website http://www.atari.com/us/games/locomotion/pc

Music

The in-game music changes accordingly to the era. If you're in the 30s, expect Jazz. If you're in the 50s, get ready for some 12-Bar Blues.

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Riamus (8121) added Chris Sawyer's Locomotion (Windows) on Sep 08, 2004