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Rail Simulator (Windows)

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Description

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 The games starts with a menu and a 10s timer before launching the main game. During this time you can select some basic game options.
Rail Simulator Windows You can also see a small map of the tracks, with your selected train in red, I have chosen the freighter. The signs hovering over the track show switches, these signs can  toggled on/off.
Rail Simulator Windows The cab views are fully rotatable 360 degrees, and tilts up/down.
I think the book up there might be 'Trainspotting for Dummies'.

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The Press Says

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
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2007 74 out of 100 74
YouGamers Dec 28, 2007 71 out of 100 71
Gamezone (Germany) Oct 30, 2007 7 out of 10 70
PC Zone Dec 19, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 10, 2007 6 out of 10 60

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Patrick Bregger (101048) added Rail Simulator (Windows) on Jan 08, 2010