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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 In free-play you are placed close to the trains, but with no schedule to follow. Here is a freight-train pulling some bulk freight, maybe sand.
Rail Simulator Windows A special camera position is used for coupling/decoupling, hanging right over the end of the engine.
Rail Simulator Windows Beside it stands a commuter train, going in the opposite direction.
Clicking on either train takes control of it.
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.

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Yahoo! Games Apr 08, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Atomic Gamer Jan 28, 2008 80 out of 100 80
GameCity Oct 20, 2007 76 out of 100 76
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
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2007 74 out of 100 74
YouGamers Dec 28, 2007 71 out of 100 71
IGN Feb 25, 2008 7 out of 10 70
PC Zone Dec 19, 2007 7 out of 10 70

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Patrick Bregger (165720) added Rail Simulator (Windows) on Jan 08, 2010