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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 Ships transport large quantities of goods across the ocean, lake, or river
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
Chris Sawyer's Locomotion Windows Here is a short train route between cities.  You can add many cars to a train as needed
Chris Sawyer's Locomotion Windows If you highlight a building, it will give you information about what goods it accepts and/or produces

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

Gamesmania Sep 20, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Jolt (UK) Sep 18, 2004 7.2 out of 10 72
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2004 7 out of 10 70
PC Action Oct 12, 2004 64 out of 100 64
PC Games (Germany) Oct 02, 2004 61 out of 100 61
IGN Oct 05, 2004 5.8 out of 10 58
Yahoo! Games Oct 13, 2004 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Gamers Europe Sep 29, 2004 5 out of 10 50
GameSpy Sep 21, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Game Chronicles Nov 18, 2004 3.9 out of 10 39

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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