was inspired by the Avalon Hill boardgame 1830
. SimTex later adapted 1830
for Avalon Hill. Not long after, SimTex was acquired by MicroProse, and became MicroProse Texas.
In 1993 MicroProse released a Deluxe version
, which added higher resolution screen, support for more trains, and more scenarios.
The entire game was released for a download to promote Railroad Tycoon 3
The link. http://www.2kgames.com/railroads/railroads.html
The Amiga version was one of the few non-Flight-Sim games to use the Numeric Keypad significantly - which unfortunately meant that it couldn't be played on the Amiga 600 model, which was launched in the UK in 1992 (one of three entry-level Amigas launched in little over a year!), and had no keypad in the interest of saving space and cost.
The game was originally titled Golden Age of Railroads
. Then MicroProse decided it doesn't emphasize the business aspects, and changed the name to the present form.
Information also contributed by
- Computer Gaming World
- September 1990 (Issue #74) – Overall Game of the Year
- April 1992 (Issue #93) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #41 overall in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
- GameStar (Germany)
- Issue 12/1999 - #27 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
- Power Play
- Issue 01/1991 - Best Computer Game in 1990 (DOS version)
- Issue 01/1991 - Best Strategy Game in 1990 (DOS version)
- Issue 01/1991 - Best Game Idea in 1990
- ST Format
- January 1993 (issue #42) - #50 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list