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Railroad Tycoon II (Windows)

86
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

An excellent sequel to an excellent game James Walter (242) unrated
A minor disappointment Rasmus Jelsgaard (2) unrated
A good game but not worthy of the name Railroad Tycoon 2 Heikki Sairanen (105) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
The ultimate follow-up of the ultimate railroad simulation game. Baxter (38) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Just not quite good enough William Shawn McDonie (1152) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Overall MobyScore (56 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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91
Power Play
Was für ein Spiel! Jetzt wird wohl der Tag heraufdämmern, an dem das alte Railroad Tycoon aus dem Reigen meiner aktuellen Lieblingsspiele in den wohlverdienten Ruhestand versetzt wird. Die neue Version läßt wirklich keine Wünsche offen und ist ein in jeder Hinsicht würdiger Nachfolger. Schon die putzige Optik ist eine wahre Freude (für jung und alt). Wenn die Loks qualmend ihre Fracht durch Wälder und Gebirge schleppen und lange Rauchsäulen von der Geschäftigkeit der heimischen Industrie zeugen, lacht das Herz des Wirtschaftsstrategen. Ein echter Frühlingsanblick! Die hohe Schwierigkeitsstufe dagegen läßt einen so richtig ins Schwitzen kommen. Komplexe Schienennetze und darauf aufbauende wirtschaftliche Verflechtungen fordern den Märklinfreund im Mann bis spät in die Nacht. So müssen Wirtschaftssims im Winter 98/99 einfach aussehen (und aufgebaut sein). Dieses Spiel setzt in seinem Genre den Spielestandard für die nächste Zukunft. Und überhaupt: Güter gehören auf die Bahn.
91
GameSpot
PopTop has made the difficult look easy. It produced a sequel that eclipses the original in nearly all aspects. Playing Railroad Tycoon II is an emotional experience bringing back memories of Lionel trains and Christmas mornings long past and staring at Lionel catalogs and dreaming. No more arguments with Mom or your spouse over how much of the house has been taken over by your dream layout or how much money you've wasted. With Railroad Tycoon II, all those dreams of childhood can be realized at last.
90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
If you are looking for an RTS game with something really different, or if you have an interest in trains, you won’t find a game more appealing than Railroad Tycoon II. I sincerely hope that this title is able to break out into the mainstream market, because there is a lot of talent at PopTop Software, and this game is a perfect example of it. It’s definitely one of the best strategy games I’ve played this year.
90
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
RT2 is a nice effort with very high replay value. The game never crashed, the Al plays a pretty tough game (I suspect it cheats to get a fast start, since it always seems to get more loads than I do), and multiplayer mode is a hoot and as vicious as any STARCRAFT game. With so many ways to play RAILROAD TYCOON II, you’re bound to find one that will pull you in and keep you enthralled.
90
Attack Games
Railroad Tycoon II är oerhört komplext och tar lång tid att spela, men den tiden är det utan tvekan värt. Det kommer att ge dig många sköna timmars spel i vinterrusket.
89
IGN
Railroad Tycoon II isn't for everyone. There's not a lot of action here, and even real-time strategy fans may not understand the allure of a resource management game that doesn't let you kill anyone. With that said, if you're a hard core strategy fan who's into world building, you'll have a hard time finding a game that will keep you more entertained than this remarkable product.
85
Game Over Online
This game is not for everyone, and I would not suggest it if you do not enjoy detail and complex strategy formation. This game requires an extensive amount of time to understand as its realism is unsurpassed by any other strategy game in the same genre.
85
GameStar (Germany)
Es gibt nur wenig zu meckern: Ab einer gewissen Zugmenge leidet der Überblick, die futzeligen Menütexte sind ansatzweise augenfeindlich, und auf Dauer kommt etwas Routine ins Spiel. Aber Railroad Tycoon 2 hat viel Flair: Man baut und baut und baut – und plötzlich ist es 3 Uhr morgens. Liebhaber von friedlichen Expansionsspielen und Fans des Vorgängers sollten sofort auf diesen Zug aufspringen.
85
Power Unlimited
Een goede opvolger en dat zonder Sid. Meer kleuren, meer opties en meer gameplay maken RT 2 tot een uitdagende game. Met name de verbeterde grafische kwaliteit is een verademing en voor treinliefhebbers is het helemaal kwijlen. Tjoeketjoekepufpuf!
84
Privat Computer PC
Railroad Tycoon II er dog ikke den perfekte opfølger, f.eks. kan man ikke lave tunneler eller broer over slugter.
83
Gaming Entertainment Monthly
The industry buzz is that RT2 is an instant classic (whatever that means). Our take is that the game is a solid effort that falls a couple of foothills short of Mount Olympus. To meander metaphorically, RT2 is broader than the original and deeper in some areas but shallower in others. The problem is that a couple of the shallows are barely ankle-deep. RT2 is certainly enjoyable; the environment is well-crafted, stylish and immersive. With a little added flavor for gameplay and AI, RT2 could have been a seven-course banquet. As it is, the game will appeal solidly to the beer and pretzels crowd but may leave the strategy gourmet awaiting the next meal.
83
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Eigenlijk is het spel buiten enkele nieuwe opties en betere graphics niet zoveel verschillend van z'n voorganger. Dit zal de fans echter er niet van weerhouden om zich met deze RRT2 eens duchtig uit te leven.
81
PC Player (Germany)
Geniestreiche verdienen eine ehrfurchtsvolle Behandlung, dachte sich wohl Poptop Software. Deren Neuauflage des bahnbrechenden Eisenbahn-Klassikers verfügt über eine verschwenderische Edel-Präsentation, mit innovativen Neuerungen wurde jedoch gegeizt.
80
Thunderbolt Games
Railroad Tycoon 2 is perhaps the best example of the tycoon genre before it all went crazy with prisons, cruise ships and shopping malls featuring in budget cash-ins. There’s online play if you can find someone else to play with (a bit tricky this long on from release) and an expansion pack that adds new flavour campaigns and scenarios with which to contend with should you exhaust the original options. It’s ten years old, but like a fine wine it has aged incredibly well.