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Transport Tycoon (DOS)

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Written by  :  Ajan (262)
Written on  :  Jun 24, 2004
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

Buy, sell, build, raise, YOU are the transport tycoon!

The Good

First of all as we all see this game is old. Ten years now since its release. That is quite a lot of time and games are so much different now. But does that mean that older games have to be forgotten? Transport Tycoon proves that the release date doesn't mean a thing when it comes to a product of great value. In Transport Tycoon you are an influential industry businessman. To improve your balance you have to construct roads, railroads, build train stations, shipyards, airports etc. The games always takes place on an island so your terrain isn't artificially limited. Player can construct any means of transport, cars, trains, ships, airplanes and it is up to you to pick the one that suits you best. Player can build dozens of different kinds of vehicles, and almost every year new types appear. You can play Transport Tycoon alone or with opponents, either human or computer. The game is often realistic. Lots of graphs, numbers, and competition everywhere. You have to make right decision or you'll be a bankrupt instead of tycoon :)

The Bad

I think that the most annoying thing in Transport Tycoon is lack of direct influence on the cities. Every city is small at the beginning and grow when you connect it with other city or build buses. But you cannot actually build anything apart from things connected with transport. No houses, offices, shops. The city has to develop all these things by itself. Also, when the game is close to an end and you have hundreds of trucks, trains and planes you have to spend a lot of time on replacing the old ones. That is annoying but to say the truth somewhere around the year 1990 (the game starts in 1930) there are no places or cities to connect! And rebuilding old railroads and buying new planes is not enough...

The Bottom Line

Transport Tycoon is a nice economical game. You won't find any armies there, no soldiers, tanks etc. Instead you will find lots of economy, business and management. It isn't as complicated as Pizza Syndicate for example but no one should feel disappointed about its difficulty level.