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Railroad Tycoon 3

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Five years after its predecessor, Railroad Tycoon 3 offers you the opportunity to build your own railroad empire, this time in full 3D. The most adventurous tycoons may even try to become wealthier than their competitors online. The game still revolves around the three key aspects that were featured in the previous game:
  • Railroad building - Plot new routes, play with supply and demand, buy new locomotives in order to amass money.
  • Economy - Buy up businesses and industries or open restaurants and hotels near your stations to become richer earlier.
  • Stock Market - Invest in other rail companies, manipulate the market - the stock market may well make or break you.


Railroad Tycoon 3 Windows The opening cinematic shows a young boy, before he becomes a railroad tycoon.
Railroad Tycoon 3 Windows You can choose a specific kind of cargo to haul, or let the computer select it for you.
Railroad Tycoon 3 Windows You can lock on to your locomotives and follow them along their route.
Railroad Tycoon 3 Windows The "musem" is where you choose different campaigns.

Alternate Titles

  • "铁路大亨3" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Железнодорожный магнат 3" -- Russian spelling
  • "Tielu Daheng 3" -- Chinese title
  • "RT3" -- Abbreviated title

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User Reviews

A robust railroad management sim that improves on the previous games in the series. Windows Afterburner (477)
Another proof that better graphics don't always equal a better game Windows Cadorna (190)

Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
4Players.de Windows Nov 20, 2003 90 out of 100 90
Gamesmania.de Windows Nov 10, 2003 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot Windows Oct 31, 2003 8.7 out of 10 87
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Nov 22, 2006 17 out of 20 85
Armchair Empire, The Windows Mar 07, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
JeuxMac.com Macintosh Jan, 2005 4 out of 5 80
Factornews Windows Nov 19, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Jul 25, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec, 2003 76 out of 100 76


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1001 Video Games

Railroad Tycoon 3 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Board game

In 2005 a tie-in boardgame (featuring the same cover artwork) was released, simply entitled Railroad Tycoon.


  • Game Industry Awards
    • 2004 - Simulation of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – #10 PC Game of the Year
    • 2003 - PC Empire Builder of the Year
    • 2004 - The Green Banana Award (PC)
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