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Sid Meier's Railroads! can be considered the sequel to Railroad Tycoon 3, except that the original creator Sid Meier had not been involved with the series after the first Railroad Tycoon. Railroads! is a modern day version of the classic Railroad Tycoon games. The game is now in full 3D and has various multiplayer options.

You get to build tracks between cities and resources. Choose from various engines and decide what to transport. As time goes by, new engines become available and cities provided with resources grow bigger. The player can have little side businesses by buying power plants, refineries or other industries to increase revenue. The ultimate goal is to buy out all the competitors. Overall, there is a heavy focus on economics. New technology can now be auctioned to the highest bidder, granting a ten-year exclusive license.

The 15 available historical scenarios take place in regions such as the Southwestern United States, the Pacific Northwest, the United Kingdom, France and Germany. The game features over 30 engines from various countries and covers the time from 1830 to 1990. 20 different goods are available for transport, including passengers, oil, cars and gold. The terrain is more compressed, with natural obstacles, and tracklaying has been automated, unlike all previous Railroad Tycoon games. Multiplayer games are supported for up to four simultaneous players, over LAN or internet, and computer-opponents can also be added.


Sid Meier's Railroads! Windows Main menu
Sid Meier's Railroads! Windows Tutorial familiarizes player with laying tracks.
Sid Meier's Railroads! Windows Loading screens tell you about your adversaries.
Sid Meier's Railroads! Windows Cities split when laying tracks.

Alternate Titles

  • "シド・マイヤー レイルロード!" -- Japanese spelling

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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Oct 27, 2006 88 out of 100 88
PC Powerplay Windows Oct 25, 2006 87 out of 100 87
GameZebo Windows Apr 07, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Windows Oct 25, 2005 79 out of 100 79
PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct 23, 2006 77 out of 100 77
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 01, 2006 71 out of 100 71
GameStar (Germany) Windows Oct, 2006 70 out of 100 70 (UK) Windows Nov 03, 2006 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Windows Oct 24, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70 Windows Oct 27, 2006 5 out of 10 50


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