It's the year 1850 - The world is changing. A new era of mass production and mass transportation has begun. For a smart businessman there are many opportunities. With a little money and good ideas you can establish a business empire. There are new companies founded on every corner.
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Mixed (171 reviews) - 40% of the 171 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 8, 2004

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“Good strategy gameplay in the industrial era.”
86 – http://www.spielemagazin.de/spiele/spieletests/transport-gigant-1850-2050-hd-pc/

“Anyone who enjoys simulation games on the PC, particularly those angled toward business would do well to check out Transport Giant.”
74 – http://www.gamerbolt.com/transport-giant-review/

About This Game

It's the year 1850 - The world is changing. A new era of mass production and mass transportation has begun. For a smart businessman there are many opportunities. With a little money and good ideas you can establish a business empire. There are new companies founded on every corner. The world is in need of all kinds of goods and the growth of cities is increasing dramatically. But how do the goods get to the customer?

How do the workers get to their factories? And who will transport the huge amount of raw materials? The time has come for a powerful and giant transportation company. Especially transport within the domestic market are increasing to a point where it can no longer be handled easily. You establish a transport company in the year 1850 and try to make as much profit as possible over the next 200 years. You have to establish means of transportation for raw materials, finished goods and for workers and employees to get them to work. Outdo your competitors and make big money in Transport Giant!

Features


  • Simulation of a complex but easy-to-grasp transportation cycle
  • Set-up of transport routes complete with infrastructure
  • Carriage of goods and passengers
  • Changing economic situations
  • Three different scenarios (Europe, USA and Australia)
  • Several campaigns and numerous endless maps
  • Ingenious signalling and guidance system for trains
  • Over 130 vehicles (trains, monorails, superconductor trains, lorries, ships, aeroplanes and helicopters)
  • Over 60 different products and industries
  • Over 500 different buildings

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 500 MHz, Intel® Pentium™ III or comparable
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 8.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: ATTENTION: May not work on Intel® Onboard Graphics
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Mixed (171 reviews)
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thebadson42
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 18
This game looks like a fun sim but since there is no tutorial it would take way too long to figure out what to do. I tried to figure out how to set a route to no avail.

If you've played this in the past it may be worth getting. If you're new to the game like me, trying to learn everything by trial and error, it just isn't worth my time. Especially when there are other similar games out there that will, at the very least, teach you the basics.
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AKHΣ
15.9 hrs
Posted: August 15
Great tycoon game. Old times...
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DisBeardman( ▀ ͜͞ʖ▀)
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 13
THAT'S GOOD ♥♥♥♥ RIGHT THE... No w8 that's only ♥♥♥♥... actualy i know i know this is old game but.. NO ANY TUTORIAL?!
I was supposed to lose 1 hour of my life only for learning the Basics ! THE BASICS!!! if u want to play new sim economy like game better option is take more money and buy Simsity or Cities Skyline...
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Batman
1.5 hrs
Posted: July 30
Product received for free
this game is ok
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ChrisP
3.5 hrs
Posted: July 9
Product received for free
Basic Information
Title: Transport Giant
Developer: United Independent Entertainment GmbH
Publisher: United Independent Entertainment GmbH
Genre: Economic Simulator

General Impression
Transport Giant is most certainly not the only economic sim on Steam to tackle the infrastructural subject. But it’s one of the better ones, still. Where it lacks in the looks department, it totally makes up for in terms of gameplay mechanics. It has a shifting economy around which revolve dozens of commodity combinations and just as many transportation options. Featuring almost every form of transport invented by man so far, you also have at your disposal the tools necessary to craft and customize both units and routes. I would recommend this title for its educational purpose alone were it not for the fact that it’s also fun to play at the same time.

Strong Points
+ Complex economic simulation.
+ High replay value through diversity.

Weak Points
- Graphics didn’t age so good.
- No Steam Trading Cards or Achievements.

Rating 7/10

This review was submitted for Cubbes.
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taltnight
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 8
Quite literally unplayable. Impossible to understand user interface and unresponsive controls. Looks like an ugly rip-off of Railroad Tycoon II as well. Avoid.
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Igel
2.8 hrs
Posted: June 30
Good old transport game :)
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God Skikurt
24.5 hrs
Posted: June 13
One of the best Sim-games out there. It gives you everthing you want and it is also not too easy 9/10 for me because the graphics are a bit old-fashioned.
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#OneManArmy.
8.5 hrs
Posted: May 29
working great @1080p brings back memories
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andrewroar
13.5 hrs
Posted: May 15
this game is still a bug fest
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
58 of 79 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
For a game that came out in 2004 it's definitely worth trying out, If you played the game back in the day it's a lot better the graphics look amazing compared to what they where, and it plays a lot smoother and better. It's still the same great game it always has been. If you have played OpenTTD, TT , TTD, Railroad Tycoon 1-3, It's not as good as those game but it has a similar feel.

Pros:

Diversity in transporting good.

Lots of ways to transport goods.

Good balance for micromanagement.

Cons:

In order to build new rail lines they have to be connected to the first line you made.

Building Tracks and road can be a bit finicky buy once you get the hang of it, its eassy.
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77 of 120 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
Sadly, I'm disappointed. I had envisioned a well polished 'modern' vision of the classic Transport Tycoon, instead what was presented was a somewhat watered down half-cooked revamp.

On the plus side it supports 'modern' wide-screen resolutions (to a point), however even those didn't seem fully supported as there was screen flickering and artifacts around menu text. The game feels very slow and awkward when navigating around the 'huge' maps (which aren't as HUGE as I'd have liked). I appreciate this game isn't about animations or breath taking graphics and lightning, yet it doesn't capture the charm that the Transport Tycoon had with it's design and spites. Something just feels... lacking.

"Ingenious signalling and guidance system for trains" isn't really that ingenious considering it's been used elsewhere before and after this game was made, released and re-relesaed.
Further more there's no tutorial for this 'ingenious' system, which is all fine and well for veterans of the series who can sort of understand and work it out for themself, but will leave newcomers totally bewildered.
In fact there's no real on-screen help or prompts at all - not even pop-up tool tips, so if you are a newcomer to the genre I wouldn't recommend this at all, simply as it's not going to help you get used to the game/genre mechanics.

At this point in time, I regret buying this game. I might have had a little more hope and belief for improvement it was an Early-Access game.
Tempted to request refund and spend the little extra on a similar game currently in Early-Access, as I have more hope it'll be supported and developed beyond this game's current state.

Overall at the current price of just under £10 (discounted) seems way too much for a poorly optimised retro game that somehow feels like an Early-Access game. I would have been way more forgiven if this had been £5 on GOG, or a clearly labeled Early-Access release (at least then I'd have hopes for improvements over time).
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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
103.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2015
When I bought this game when it was first released, I loved it. While challenging, it was also fun to play and I spent many hours completing the campaigns. Unfortunately, since it's been released on Steam, I haven't had much success or fun with it. The first three laptops I tried to install it to and play it on were not successful. I had the flickering issue on the main menu page --which didn't clear up and there's no help or bug fix to resolve it. On the third laptop, I was finally able to play it for awhile and saved several missions --but then had a different issue where the game would crash. Now I'm on my fourth and final laptop and playing it in compatibility mode for windows 7. No crashes yet, but have to replay each campaign because although all my saved games may be played, it doesn't let me advance to the next level until I open and complete the previous levels. So unfortunately I can't recommend this game at this time. If there is some better support for different graphics drivers and game crashes in the future, then maybe.
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28 of 42 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
Despite the actual gameplay being solid, it needs a lot of work from the developers to be somewhat playable.

To start with, the performance is absolutely terrible. It felt like the game was running at 10-20 fps (20 fps with game on normal speed, on max speed (8x) it felt closer to 10 fps).

Then there are some problems with the interface. Even though it is an older game, it is no excuse to release it in this state. Several interactions are very unlogical. You have to start a campaign using the enter button (you cannot double-click it), but there are no hints about what you had to do after selecting the US compaign. The screen that follows requires you to press an OK button and enter doesn't work anymore.

Another problem I'm having is moving over the map, you can use the arrow keys but this is very choppy and slow. You can also use the right mouse button that is smooth and fast, but when you are working on something (road/schedule) and you right click the mouse the current action gets cancelled and you can start over. As a result, when you are creating a schedule you might want to zoom out first, otherwise moving around the map is very tedious.

There are many of these inconsistencies in the interface and with the lack of a tutorial it might be hard to find out what you actually need to get starting. That said, once you figure everything out it does not become such a problem anymore. The performance, however, needs to be fixed. I also noticed some other bugs, one in particular is that you can build modern airfields and chopper platforms around the 1850's, but you cannot build the planes and choppers yet (for obvious reasons).

I do recommend this game if they fix the performance. In the current state, wait until they do.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Product received for free
Basic Information
Title: Transport Giant
Developer: United Independent Entertainment GmbH
Publisher: United Independent Entertainment GmbH
Genre: Economic Simulator

General Impression
Transport Giant is most certainly not the only economic sim on Steam to tackle the infrastructural subject. But it’s one of the better ones, still. Where it lacks in the looks department, it totally makes up for in terms of gameplay mechanics. It has a shifting economy around which revolve dozens of commodity combinations and just as many transportation options. Featuring almost every form of transport invented by man so far, you also have at your disposal the tools necessary to craft and customize both units and routes. I would recommend this title for its educational purpose alone were it not for the fact that it’s also fun to play at the same time.

Strong Points
+ Complex economic simulation.
+ High replay value through diversity.

Weak Points
- Graphics didn’t age so good.
- No Steam Trading Cards or Achievements.

Rating 7/10

This review was submitted for Cubbes.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
Finally I can play this game again. It is so much fun to build a transport company and manage all the vehicles. The graphic is a bit old but who cares when you have a lot of fun in this package.

The game works just fine on my desktop. I played already more than 20 h on Win 8.1 and have no problems at all with it. On the Surface I couldn't play it because of the onboard graphic card but I saw there is a remark on that in the discription.
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31 of 50 people (62%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
*******EDIT: (9/9/14) So after some messing around I found that running the game in a resolution like 1280x1024 seems to improve the lagging and stuttering I experienced while moving about the map. Now, it's not great but it's better then when I'm running at 1920x1200. Hope that helps.*******

Unfortunately this game does not, at this time, receive my recommendation because the game performs like garbage. It really upsets me to see this great title being defamed in this manner. Everything that is great about this game has been there since the original game and United Independent Entertainment GmbH has taken that exact game, made some nice little additions, allowed for HD widescreen resolutions and that seems to be about it. At any speed, moving around the map is near impossible, it stutters and jerks about, sometimes continuing to move around long after I’m done pressing the left or right key. Needless to say this performance issue is pretty severe and I’d imagine that we won’t hear anything from the developers in the form of a response regarding this seemingly widespread issue, but I’m hoping this is one of those “feel good” gaming stories where the Scumbag Steve actually ends up being the good guy Greg.
On the bright side I love what this game was and would love to be able to play it in “HD” without having to quit in frustration because the game cannot handle moving about the map. If this issue is addressed and patched you can be sure I’ll be recommending this game.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
What I have to say is to long really, so ill leave it at this. Crap starting out. Once you learn to play (no tutorial in game use youtube) it can be pretty fun. And please to the Devs, add a few tutorials for main game play and one that explains how signals work.

If you don't mind looking up totorials on youtube, and have a fair ammount of time to play (and a good attention span), this game is pretty good.
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22 of 35 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2015
Great tycoon game, working perfectly.
1920x1080 HD, Windows 8.1
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
[Eng]
Very good for everyone with nostalgic feelings towards that game. However, a lot of comfort functionality we are used to (like drag and drop, doubleclicks) are missing and the signalling system is unusable.

If you are willing to invest some time into this game to learn it, than it is a good choice for you. If not, stay away, you won't have much fun with it...

And never forget, all tracks have to be connected, you cannot build a second networks without a connection to the previous...
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[Ger]
Ein sehr gutes Spiel für alle, die es aus nostalgischen Gefühlen spielen möchten. Allerdings fehlen eine Menge Komfort-Funktionen wie Drag&Drop und Doppelklick, außerdem ist das Signalsystem wenig brauchbar.

Das Spiel lohnt sich, falls man bereit ist, etwas Zeit und Lernaufwand in das Spiel zu investieren. Ansonsten lohnt es sich eher nicht, da die Frustration über dem Vergnügen siegen wird...

Und niemals vergessen, alle Gleise müssen miteinander verbunden sein, man kann kein zweites Netz bauen, ohne es mit dem Ersten zu verbinden...
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