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 Beside it stands a commuter train, going in the opposite direction.
Clicking on either train takes control of it.
Rail Simulator Windows These options are more detailed, esp. for graphics content settings, but the default setup worked fine for me.
Rail Simulator Windows Here I have chosen a 'free-play' session on the Hagen-Siegen route, a German line.
Rail Simulator Windows Another scenario, this is supposedly Oxford, again I took a free-play trip. All the trains below can be selected.

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Cheat Code Central 2008 3.8 out of 5 76
GameCity Oct 20, 2007 76 out of 100 76
Game Captain Oct 29, 2007 75 out of 100 75
GameZone Feb 04, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2007 74 out of 100 74
IGN Feb 25, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Gamezone (Germany) Oct 30, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec 20, 2007 68 out of 100 68
Gameswelt Oct 29, 2007 67 out of 100 67
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 10, 2007 6 out of 10 60

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Patrick Bregger (205280) added Rail Simulator (Windows) on Jan 08, 2010