Rail Simulator (Windows)

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Rail Simulator is a simulation where the player controls trains. The three difficulty levels are for players of all expertise - and this is to be taken literally because there is no tutorial: novices just need to control the speed while professionals control every small detail themselves. The player can use his mouse to press all the buttons and pull all the levers himself or use the keyboard to do the job.

In the free playing mode the player has the choice between several trains (diesel, electric or steam; modern and historical ones) and four courses, every one about 150 km long: Oxford - Paddington (2005), Bath Green Park - Templecomb (1955), Newcastle - York (1970s) and Hagen – Siegen (late 1990s). There are also 15 missions where the player need to solve traditional (like transporting goods) and unusual (like transporting British soccer fans) tasks.

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Rail Simulator Windows The track map can be seen full screen as you move along, the track 'owned' by my train is red, the next bit is yellow, cautionary for other trains.
Rail Simulator Windows This is the map editor, an orange train greets you.
There are online resources available for more complex work, and sharing of your maps.
Rail Simulator Windows A cab view is also available, here looking ahead from the drivers seat.
The HUD status and speed indicators can be on top/bottom/both/off
Rail Simulator Windows After the 10s timer runs out, we get the title splash screen.

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Atomic Gamer Jan 28, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Cheat Code Central 2008 3.8 out of 5 76
Game Captain Oct 29, 2007 75 out of 100 75
GameZone Feb 04, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
YouGamers Dec 28, 2007 71 out of 100 71
Gamezone (Germany) Oct 30, 2007 7 out of 10 70
PC Zone Dec 19, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec 20, 2007 68 out of 100 68
Gameswelt Oct 29, 2007 67 out of 100 67
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 10, 2007 6 out of 10 60

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Patrick Bregger (199916) added Rail Simulator (Windows) on Jan 08, 2010