Economic booms, stock market crashes, oil crises, upswings, triumphs... Now you can become the greatest power in industry!
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Mostly Positive (212 reviews) - 79% of the 212 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 14, 2015

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About This Game

Economic booms, stock market crashes, oil crises, upswings, triumphs... Now you can become the greatest power in industry! Begin in the year 1900 with little money but large ambitions and through skilfull decision-making you can build up an enormous business empire. Make critical decisions which products you should manufacture, where to gather the best raw materials, where to sell them and how to effectively transport them there.

It's your choice whether you start out as a small-time fruit-growing framer with a little orchard and retire as the owner of the biggest foodstuff empire around, or end up owning a multinational conglomerate with a vast portfolio of products.

Features

  • Over 150 real products from the 20th century
  • 50 different vehicles
  • 20 endless maps
  • Detailled graphics and environment
  • Historical happenings like the magazineboom or prohibition
  • Intelligent city growth – from small village to a huge town
  • Motivating luxury feature
  • Campaign mode with 20 missions for beginners and pros
  • Pro-Mode with all important dates and statistics

  • Full HD Resolution
  • Steam Achievements
  • Steam Cloud Save

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or comparable
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Mostly Positive (212 reviews)
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DutchBoy
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Remembered this game from the old days. Haven't been able to play it for a while due to the original not working on modern hardware. Grabbed this while on a Steam sale. Works fine so far. No issues. i5-750, nVidia 650, Win10 64bit.
Much better than Transport Giant.
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tieio
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I realize this is a re-release of an older game but it feels very much like a phone style game that does not belong on Steam. It is not quite up to snuff for the style of Management games I have grown accustom to. With a $10 price tag I expect something slightly more modern and updated. This is not worth more than $1 or so in my opinion, so no, I cannot recommend it.

This is my opinion, if you do not like it move on. I will delete any fanboy comments.
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scimas
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
Had the original one from ~2000, was too young to understand how to play; grew up, understood how to play, but then the game was too old to run on any system.

Buisness and transport simulation (more like supply chains simulations), some complex interactions with industries but transportation is a bit too simple (for example, no vehicle collisions).

Overall loving it!
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DwarfComic
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Raw goods > Change it to a good > Sell it. Store in warehouses and transfer items by sky/sea/land. Prettay fun!
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ohotNik
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
developers promised russian lang suppot. lied.
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(not) Y2K Compliant
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Trains can go through each other on a single track line. This fact alone takes away what makes TTD great, track autism. Just play OTTD.
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4xChe
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Fascinating game. One of the game achievements is "First Blood: Play for at least 1 hour."

Still working on it.
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Leodore Lionheart
( 30.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Impossibly buggy.
I loved industry giant 2 (original) and I still think it's an incredible industry planner but unfortunately this game is terribly bugged: each game won't go through 1920 and if you try to play against a AI player your game will last even less.
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Dingle
( 27.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
I remember playing this on a potato many moons ago and was I gutted when I upgraded and it no longer worked due to a well know graphics card error .

I can confirm I have had no problems and the game runs well- I'm running windows 8.1, Radeon HD 8570

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JGrzybek
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Legend is back with frame drops and it crashes, but it's not the game by it self, but becouse of old engine. Running with compability shoud help.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I realize this is a re-release of an older game but it feels very much like a phone style game that does not belong on Steam. It is not quite up to snuff for the style of Management games I have grown accustom to. With a $10 price tag I expect something slightly more modern and updated. This is not worth more than $1 or so in my opinion, so no, I cannot recommend it.

This is my opinion, if you do not like it move on. I will delete any fanboy comments.
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131 of 142 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
This is one of the games, that brings the "thumb up or down"-system to its knees.

The game itself is not that much of a complex economic simulation. It's a resource-management game that gives you the opportunity to create stuff from resources and sale it in your stores. It's your job to organize the location of your factories and stores, plan lines of productions, set prices, watch surrounding cities growing and plan your logistics.

It's a re-release of an older game, so don't expect high end graphics or fancy animations. The only thing you will hear, are some simple effects and different background music, which you will turn off at a certain point.

If you like games like Transport Giant, OpenTTD or Capitalism 2 then you should take a look at it.

The problem with this game is a technical one. Actually, there's more than one problem. First, like the retail version it seems to have trouble with every graphic processor that is not from stone age and as long as you run a newer modell, the game won't even start. You can prevent this, by starting it in windows comp mode (WinXp or earlier). Second, right now there seems to be a problem with some Win10 systems. The problem should be known by the dev team now and if the publisher wouldn't have a history of non-delivered patches, I could be optimistic. Third, there're some glitches and flickering that may occur under particular circumstances. Best advice to get rid of that, would be closing all programs you don't need at the moment of playing the game.

Ok, there have been games with bigger problems and patching a game after release to make it more stable seems to be a common practice at the present time. But this case is different: These problems were known for years, long before the new dev team kicked in. I'm asking: Where is quality assurance? Did they do any Beta tests? If you buy this game now, you give the dev-team and the publisher a big advance for work there is still to do, to make this game consumer-friendly. Question is: Will they do it, if they hadn't done it in past?

There is a very high chance, that if you buy this game now, you will have some kind of issue, but the good news is, that these issues are known to the community, waiting years for a stable version of this game. So in most cases there will be some sort of fix. The game itself is a economic goldie. If you get it running on your system, you will have a lot to enjoy. A smoothly rising difficulty, endless maps and maybe they will add a working multiplayer to it, but even without there are plenty of gaming hours to play.

I recommend this game to people interested in economic simulation or logistic games, being aware of the technical issues. Waiting a few weeks, taking an eye on possible updates, is also a good idea.
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168 of 231 people (73%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
A great tycoon game with a huge amounts of missions to play. Includes the expansion, which adds more goods, vehicles, and missions.
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48 of 62 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
I played this game for hundreds of hours as a child and it's great to see it working again (the game is notorious for poor hardware support).
For a 13 year old game it holds up fairly well, although it does have several usability quirks that stand out such as build and info menus only closing when you press the X button rather than clicking anywhere off the menu as is much more common these days. Selecting moving vehicles can be a pain as well and so selecting your trucks from the vehicle status menu is advised.
Unlike many of the transport tycoon simulators out there, IG2 lets you manage the production of goods from start to finish. Each factory, mine, farm, refinery and so on, have their own production levels which change depending on the availability of resources. In other words, a ranch in grasslands produces more milk than one on a beach. This makes production more complicated as you add more stages of manufacturing before reaching a final product but the financial rewards are worth it. You also get to set the price of the products and place your stores in key locations to manage demand. Always make sure the demand is slightly higher than supply to prevent buildups of unsold goods in your storage areas. You can also export goods overseas for a reduced profit but the demand is always high. The range of goods available to export is slim though, conversely you can import goods for a higher price but without the hastle of producing it yourself.
As the game goes on you unlock a vast range of products and vehicles from inflatable dinghies to luxury cars. The number of options is impressive but may leave players feeling overwhelmed with choices that often won't make much difference.
One area the game does disappoint I feel is the transport side, although you can choose from lorries, trains, planes and ships there are few circumstances where the lorries aren't the best option, even over large distances. You don't get to set their route either so you can't choose to avoid a busy downtown area in lieu of the empty country road you just built. With trains you do get to choose which tracks to take, but you don't get to choose which platform they use and with a maximum of 2 tracks in and out of each station (2 per side if the trains turn around rather than passing through) bottlenecks at your large stations are an issue that has long since been solved on other transport sims.

It is disappointing that this remains one of the best games in the genre, it is a good game certainly, but there are lots of little issues you feel would not exist if they remade the game today. I would also advise caution when buying as it will not play on many computers. I have owned six PCs over the years and this game has only worked on two of them. This version does appear to work better than the original with the Nvidia patch, but do not be surprised if you have to ask for a refund. It's a shame that such a classic can't be enjoyed by a wider audience.

(It works for me on an Nvidia GTX 970 and on my GTX 770, both on Windows 10, since the issues seems to be graphics related you should be OK with either of these)
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42 of 58 people (72%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
I'm going to save everyone some time looking through the forums waiting for the devs to respond. If you want to play the game, you have to run it in compatibility for Windows 95. That'll make it work.

(Good game if it wasn't for this rather botched launch).
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68 of 104 people (65%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2015
I was so excited about the "restored" version of this game.
After years of waiting this was such a huge disappointment.

No trouble in launching it but multiple crashes during gameplay made this old gem unplayable for me, and seen the past of this publisher regarding product support I decided to refund it.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
56.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
A nice optimization game based around producing, transporting, and selling various goods.

Pros:
- Tons of industries, products, and resources. Lots of transportation options.
- Very little guessing with the products. Lots of graphs and statistics tell you exactly how much of a product will be produced and consumed at each factory/store. This really helps optimizing.
- In-game wiki describes each product, where it is made, where it is sold, and what it takes to make.

Cons:
- Graphics are outdated (early 90s sprites). This doesn't really bother me a ton, but it could bother others.
- You never miss something until it's gone: the interface is outdated. Specifically, there is no time dilation (faster/slower) or pause. There is no view rotation which can make hooking up roads/rails difficult.
- The range of their buildings should be rebalanced. I find myself constantly either kicking myself or just taking dynamite to things because they are just out of range. Often by just one or two squares.

Nitpicks:
- They skimped on their English translator. You get the gist of what they're conveying, but it is off-putting. Names aren't exact so if you look for one thing, it's often called something else (though similar enough).
- Trains need brains. Even with two rails, they often go down the same side and slow each other down.

Edit: Found on the forums that + increases speed and - decreases. "P" will pause. Still marking them down for not showing key bindings in the options or something. Who knows what other keys I'm missing?
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
I had the original box version of this. Got it back when I was a kid.
The box version would not run on modern PCs, but this steam version does run. I had only one crash. I guess the Devs did an ok job on remastering the game.

The game sets you up in a role of an entrepeneur, you decide what your company will produce and sell. Sadly there is no simulation of inter-company trade.
Eg. You could focus on being a supermarket.
You grow your own fruit orchard, have a dairy farm, and makes wine to sell in your own chain of stores.
You adjust prices of your goods and the demand-supply curve will adjust to your price. City grows overtime as you open new types of stores in the city (growth is VERY slow).
You must control all three sectors of business (Produce. Manufacture, and Retail) and also manage logistics for your goods.

It is good to play in campaign mode, deadlines forces you to make difficult choices, as your finances are limited and must be used in the most efficient manner. Eg. Would I set up a new production line (costs millions) next to a big city or would I buy a new cargo ship to supply that huge city across the map with goods made elsewhere? Would the transport cost break even or make a good return on investment?
My advice is to start slow and do not grow too fast.

The system is fairly simple when you get used to the quirky controls of the game.
Warning: The ESC button returns you to the main menu.

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7.5/10

It's a good simulator, but it's not the best.
It's a good test of macro management skill.
It does not promote varying play-style, you will find one working formula and probably stick to it.
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20 of 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2015
Its an overall good buisness game, reminds me of Transport Tycoon and Capitalism Plus.
The game is slightly basic and gave me a couple of good hours of entertainment.

I like how I can influence growth of a city and the transport network I can chose to make a depot hub or direct lines of transport.

If I could change some aspects of the game I would want to impliment a stock system
and more advanced production chain.
ie, If I produced wood boards, I would gain saw grains as a bi product instead of one building, one product.




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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
Fantastic game! I owned this on disc many years ago, and I have not been disapointed with this re-release, which enables you to run the game in full HD. It is unfortunate that others have experienced problems when running the game - I have had no such issues (NVIDIA GTX 660, Windows 10). I would advise those individuals to try again with the latest verison as a couple of patches have been released since launch.

Before starting the campaign, I recommend completing the three tutorial missions. If you happen to close a dialog by mistake, which I did find frustrating at times, most can be re-opened from the message window (mail icon in the bottom left of the screen).

As for the campaign itself, I cannot comment much at this time as I have not been playing the game for long. However, I remember playing the original game for many hours and finding it highly enjoyable.

In summary, highly recommend for those who have not experienced Industry Giant II before and for those fond of the original game who have always wanted a version that would work on a modern PC in full HD.
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