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Sid Meier's Railroads! (Windows)

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Written by  :  Lhetre (256)
Written on  :  Jan 31, 2012
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

A sandbox game

The Good

Nice graphics, easy to learn, no need to think, just try what you want, you can't fail. To build a station click the button, the houses of any town will push aside in a cartoonish way to make place for your building. Laying tracks is also so easy, bends, intersections and bridges are created automatically and are quite cheap, it is difficult to run out of money. The GUI is clear and easy to understand.

The Bad

There is no challenge, you are in a sort of a fairy world where mountains are smaller than trains, houses and trees move aside to let your tracks pass, money is aplenty and everyone is so happy. The engines are well rendered but as much pleasure as you can take watching them running, the garish colours and the ludicrous proportions of the landscape doesn't allow a proper suspension of disbelief.

The Bottom Line

This game has been inspired by Rev. W. Awdry's "Thomas the Tank Engine". If you want a game for the family, or just watch trains chug along their way, this is the game for you.