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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 These options are more detailed, esp. for graphics content settings, but the default setup worked fine for me.
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 the initial options are hardware related, like screen resolution.
Rail Simulator Windows This train has not one, but two phones in the cab. The red phone might be a direct line to the prime minister, in case he needs a ride?

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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
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
Gamezone (Germany) Oct 30, 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

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Patrick Bregger (161760) added Rail Simulator (Windows) on Jan 08, 2010