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Rail Simulator (Windows)

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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 On the left of the drivers seat is a familiar throttle control...maybe it's a jet? On the wall are the door controls, important buttons on passenger trains.
Rail Simulator Windows But where are all the passengers?
Rail Simulator Windows An impressive array of buttons and switches decorate the cabs interior, some actually do work, but not all.
Rail Simulator Windows There is a good overview from high up, you can see my train passing over the bridge on the right.

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Atomic Gamer Jan 28, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Yahoo! Games Apr 08, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameCity Oct 20, 2007 76 out of 100 76
GameZone Feb 04, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2007 74 out of 100 74
Gamezone (Germany) Oct 30, 2007 7 out of 10 70
PC Zone Dec 19, 2007 7 out of 10 70
IGN Feb 25, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec 20, 2007 68 out of 100 68
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 10, 2007 6 out of 10 60

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Patrick Bregger (134497) added Rail Simulator (Windows) on Jan 08, 2010