Sid Meier's Railroads!

Moby ID: 25727
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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.

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

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Average score: 73% (based on 34 ratings)

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Average score: 3.2 out of 5 (based on 15 ratings with 1 reviews)

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.

Windows · by Lhetre (227) · 2012

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Game added by Mr. Sefe.

iPad, Android, iPhone added by Plok. Macintosh added by Kabushi.

Additional contributors: Foxhack, Sergio Brinkhuis.

Game added December 28, 2006. Last modified January 27, 2024.