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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Release Date: Jun 8, 2004

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“Good strategy gameplay in the industrial era.”
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“Anyone who enjoys simulation games on the PC, particularly those angled toward business would do well to check out Transport Giant.”
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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!


  • 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

    • 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 (159 reviews)
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( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Good old transport game :)
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God Skikurt
( 24.5 hrs on record )
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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( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
working great @1080p brings back memories
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( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
this game is still a bug fest
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( 45.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
- it's a more modern Transport Tycoon type of sim
- Nostalgia
- supports up to 1080p 60fps(a lot better than the original)
- still a fun game even though it was originally released in 2004 by Jowood
- you can have horses,trucks,trains,ships,blimps,planes,helicopters.
- great patching so far
- at the moment of the review competitors(AI) don't seem to activate
- original skin/interface was nicer and really in sync with the game graphics atmosphere(the steam edition one is very ugly)
- font is readable but worse-looking than original one
- a lot of work that still is to be done for a re-release edition.
- new bug(wasn't in the original) you can build airfields,etc before vehicles for them are available.
The short review(preview?)

Transport Giant was a game originally released in 2004 by Jowood. Initially I played it as a demo and got very curious( when i was younger I used to play Transport Tycoon Deluxe followed by Industry Giant 2). These kind of games are quite rare(complex ones like TG,TTD,IG2 even rarer). The game puts you in the position of a owner having plenty of cash to start a Transport bussiness with the ultimate goal being to become a Transport Giant. You can extend on many fields of transport (at first horses,trains,trucks,ships,blimps,etc) and carry all kinds of goods (from people to steel). The game is mostly based on a classic system of supply and demand. You can play in 3 different places (USA,EUROPE,AUSTRALIA). The interface and setting up can be a burden at first but once you get used to it you won't have any problem. The biggest 2 minuses so far to the game(mentioned in cons) are : Inactive AI and the new interface.
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Zero, Dark Knight
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Would love to play this, shame it controls like a drunken donkey though.

One misclick can send you back to the main menu or wipe out your whole blueprint.
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( 31.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
Appealing, but in the end utterly frustrating. The interface is user unfriendly, games a decade older were often better in that regard.
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( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
five hours of gameplay before the program does not work on Windows 10. Valve will not refund the money for a defective product. Also there are no warnings about compatibility with respect to Windows 10. DO NOT BUY THIS PROGRAM AS IT IS A WASTE OF MONEY EVEN FOR 14.99. ALSO I EVEN TRIED COMPATIBILTY SETTING ON WINDOWS 10 AND IT DID NOT WORK.
For those of you in different countries your versions of Windows are entirely different than those here in the states.
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( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 9
Oh god, don't try playing this game beyond 1080p!

It's a pretty good game when I first bought it in 2004. It still is, but there are better alternatives nowadays.
The only things I really noticed that are new is high-resolution support and a refreshed UI (visuals only).

I'd like to compare this with Train Fever, they are similar in terms of realism.
This game has a few more ways of transport (e.g. ships, planes, friggin zeppelins!).
But that's where the advantages end. This biggest disadvantage of this game is that so many interaction things like building a railtrack or making a schedule is SO QUIRKY! When you're almost done planning out your train's route you accidentally press the right-mouse button and boom, all effort gone! :(
Performance wise it's okay, unless you zoom out fully, which made my game run at 2 fps, not really enjoyable.

I recommend saving up an extra €10 and buy Train Fever instead.
Maybe if you really like 2D games or just love the nostalgia like me you should buy it.
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Storm Wolf 2791
( 46.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 16
I've been looking for this game for years. I played it about 10 years ago when JoWood first released it. It also came with an editor in which you could build a multitude of different 'unique' buildings requiring different materials. However this isn't included with the Steam Version.

The Campaign missions for the US and Europe are the same as the original game. I haven't played the Australian missions before this release, so that's all new to me, however i know they were also released as an add-on a couple of years after the original game came out (I bought the add-ons but my crappy computer at the time wouldn't even recognise the discs).

Pros for the game is it's diversity of starting points. If you start in 1850, it's with horse and cart, simple ships, and a 'horse train' options. As you start in later years, more updated modes of transportation become available. Road quality is just a gravel road in the 1850's, but can improve to Autobahn standard later in the game. An endless number of maps can be created depending on what type of game you want to play, from a mountainous continent to a small island archipeligo and everything in between.

I love the view of the game. There are plenty of in-game options eg if trees confuse the view, or the names listed are in the way, then you can simply remove from your view by clicking on the appropriate button on the bottom of the screen. Discrete but effective. I always remove the trees, they dont really serve a purpose in the game except to clutter the screen. The mini-map is movable or can be removed from view is you require. I personally leave it in the upper right corner as it becomes a quick guide to locations.

The only part of the game that bugs me is the train connection system. If you start a line, then future additional railway lines additions MUST come from the lines already placed. There is no other way to create a new railway line. If you want to create a line on an separate part of the map, then it must join with an existing line before it can be built. Many a time I have wanted to create a railway line far away form my original line, but have had to use other forms of transport, or spend a lot of money on getting a virually useless line to my new setup.

I haven't had any screen issues as what may potentially happen as per the game page. The game seems to run as it did many years ago.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
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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58 of 78 people (74%) found this review helpful
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.


Diversity in transporting good.

Lots of ways to transport goods.

Good balance for micromanagement.


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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74 of 116 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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27 of 39 people (69%) 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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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
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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27 of 41 people (66%) found this review helpful
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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
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...

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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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
90.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2015
Old style Transport management game. Decent enough. But the music.... it's the best I've heard on any game.. ever.
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29 of 48 people (60%) 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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