World of Subways" is our series of the most interesting Subway and Underground routes of the world for the PC. After the releases of New York and Berlin we are now proud to introduce Vol.3 - London Underground.
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Mostly Positive (198 reviews) - 78% of the 198 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 12, 2014

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“World of Subways - Volume 3 hebt sich deutlich von seiner Konkurrenz ab und führt derzeit die Simulationen an.”
85% – http://www.playnation.de/reviews/id32142/0/world-subways-3-test-alles-einsteigen-wir-fahren-durch-london.html

“World of Subways is a lovingly realistic recreation of the Circle Line of the London Underground, with the amount of detail that has gone into both the stations, and the trains, it sets the bar of train simulators, and is definitely one for the true hardcore sim crowd. Whilst the player models are not as fantastic as you might want, and there are a few small issues here and there, it is one of the best simulators out so far this year 4/5.”
http://www.gamercast.net/world-subways-london-underground-review

About This Game

World of Subways" is our series of the most interesting Subway and Underground routes of the world for the PC. After the releases of New York and Berlin we are now proud to introduce Vol.3 - London Underground. This simulation covers the entire Circle Line in its current operational service which includes the new section to Hammersmith. This line offers a length of 27km with 35 stations, many hours of fun and interesting missions

The Circle Line is an underground service of the London Underground circling the center of London. It was first described as such in 1949 and already appeared on the 1947 Underground Map. It had not been built as a separate line, but was merged from different sections of the Metropolitan Line and the District Line. Only two short sections of this line are solely used by the Circle line. These sections are the connecting curves between the stations of High Street Kensington and Gloucester Road and between Aldgate and Tower Hill.

Features


  • 3D - Cockpit with rotatable camera
  • Original virtual reproductions of 35 stations on the Circle Line
  • Free movement in the train and at the stations (accomplished for the first time ever!)
  • More realistic AI trains, dynamic passengers on the platforms
  • Superb graphics, reflecting headlights, night effects
  • Realistic announcements recorded exclusively by the original speaker

Tube map


Physics


The physics have been developed based on real values, such as those used in training simulators. The driving and braking characteristics of the trains are reproduced faithfully and reflect the feeling to actually controlling a train of the London Underground.

Graphics


Compared to the first two products in this series, Vol. 3 uses a new 3D engine. The simulator is now based on the Vision Engine Trinigy, which made it possible to substantially improve lighting and 3D effects. At the same time the stability and performance of the 3D engine has been improved.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP (SP3)
    • Processor: Dual core 2.6 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 9800 or comparable ATI
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: YES
    • Additional Notes: Please update your graphics card drivers!
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP (SP3)
    • Processor: Dual core 3.3 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 9800 or comparable ATI
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: YES
    • Additional Notes: Please update your graphics card drivers!
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66 of 69 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2014
This game is the definition of a simulation- it's very detailed and true to life. If you're into these kind of games then you'll enjoy it, if you're expecting an exciting game with heart pounding adventure then you'll be instantly bored.

The game does feel like it needs a lot of polish - the interface is clunky - you have to hold the 'shift' button whenever you want to interact with any controls in the cabin - although there are keyboard shortcuts for some controls.

Once you get used to the controls though driving the train is pretty easy and it's pretty cool seeing the different parts of London as you drive through - except of course when you're in a tunnel (which is a lot of the time) and that's the main problem with this game really, although the detailed and accurately modelled train stations are nice to see (which you can explore on foot as well).

There are 2 modes you can play - missions and 'drive to schedule' which is basically free mode where you get to choose your route, time of day and weather. The missions are pretty much similar to train simulator - drive so and so route and keep to schedule - with emergencies and whatever else thrown in to challenge you.

The game is very harsh when you do something wrong during a mission (like speeding) - it will instantly end the mission, instead of giving you penalty points like train simulator.

I also had issues when first playing - the framerate was VERY low, as in 10-15 FPS. My PC can run Skyrim on ultra settings with a smooth framerate, so it was a bit surprising.

I checked the graphics settings and turned the anti-aliasing and bump mapping sliders all the way down which made the game smooth and playable (I kept draw distance to 'very high' though which you'll want to do unless you don't mind having buildings pop out almost in front of you). After doing this the graphics still look impressive enough for me.

I recommend it if you're really, REALLY into your sim games, if not you might want to save your money - you'll likely get bored after a while.
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40 of 45 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2014
Rediculiously detailed simulator. A lot more fun then driving your average train sim I found. Although it is lacking in some simple things I hope they will patch, such as the option for short cut keys for all the cab buttons, including announcements, annoying having to click through a few views just to announce stand clear of the doors.

Also why is there no in game map? Just a tube map, with the position of your train overlayed, and possibley your selected route, it would help people who don't live in London understand where they are going immensely!

Those two easy things added, I would say it could be the best train sim yet.
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31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
I have only had this game for a little wile, and it is probably one of THE BEST simulators I have ever played! Normal ones like Train Simulator 2014 you just sit there for an hour like, "yep, this is pretty much it." But in this, you have more stops, more passengers, more enhanced gameplay experience. The passengers dont just vanish onto your train, they actually go places. They pay attention to the onboard announcement system, they run to catch a train, and they know exactely where you and they are going. Also, your not just stuck on the train, you can mve around on any platform and train. You don't have to drive the train, you can ride it around! I hope that there will b3e more updates, like multiplayer and more of the London Underground routes. I give this game a 15/10!
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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
I've been enjoying my time in World of Subways 3. It's definitely a true simulator in every sense of the word. You are responsible for running a subway train in London's Underground on the Circle Line. You will need to set up your train before setting off, including going to the rear of the train to turn on your tail lights, then walking to the front of the train to start the train, turn on any additional lighting (headlights, cab light, passenger compartment lights) as well as turning on the heat for the passenger compartment. You will then need to change the train's sign to indicate the route you're running, and set up the automated voice messages to correspond to the route you're running, so that station arrivals are properly announced. You can also manually trigger announcements through the same control panel used for the automated messaging system.

This is not a 'lite' simulator, you are responsible for performing your duties as if you were actually driving the subway train. Failure to follow speed limits will cause you to fail (at least in missions), and you want to maintain the schedule to the best of your ability. There are also signal lights that you will need to follow in order to be successful.

The missions aren't so much missions as they are tutorials. They work well in this regard, however it would have been nice if they included a mission editor and workshop support so that more varied missions could be created by the community. The missions can be fun, though a bit challenging at first as you're learning the ropes of driving the train, and while you're learning the route, you can find yourself accidentally speeding, which can cause you to fail the mission requiring you to restart the mission from the beginning (if you wish to complete the mission at all, as the missions are optional.) Once you're done with the mission (if you choose to do them), you're then free to select a route and drive it, just as if you were scheduled to drive that route for your shift that day. While saving your progress is not possible during missions, you can save your progress when just driving a route. This affords you the ability to stop at a station, save the game, and return later to finish your 'shift'.

Graphically, the game looks fantastic as there's lots of detail in and out of the tunnels, that give you the feel of really being on a subway line. Things like new pieces of rail sitting along the side of the tracks, that are waiting to be put in place are common, as are things like shipping pallettes. Each station seems unique and it seems quite a bit of attention to detail has been put into each station, so that the more you drive, the more easily you start to recognize a station as you pull in. I've never been to London, so I can't say whether the stations are accurate to their real-world counterparts, but I can say that each station definitely maintains a uniqueness, so you never feel like each station is just a cookie cutter copy and paste job of any other station. The models for the driver (your character) and the passengers could use some polish however.

In the audio department, they've done a decent job using believable sound effects that you would expect to hear while riding on a subway train. I'd say they're a notch above utilitarian, but they're not bad by any stretch of the imagination. Simply, they do the job of conveying the sounds you would expect to hear in a believable manner.

As for the controls, they work well, though I'm now using a Rail Driver unit with it instead of just the mouse and keyboard, which has helped me in terms of overall immersion. Despite using the Rail Driver controller, I still need to use the SHIFT + Mouse combination to interact with some things like the automated station announcement system. The Rail Driver unit is natively supported, but the levers and switches used do not line up with the default control stickers, so it takes a bit of getting used to. For example, the Auto Brake lever is actually the throttle control, while the Independant Brake lever is the gear selector. It feels a tad awkward at first since those aren't the way the controls are set up for other train simulators, but once you get used to it, it really does become second nature.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys passenger-orientated train operations simulations. The challenge is getting to each station on time without speeding or running any red lights. I'm running it quite well on my laptop (an HP DV6-6135dx) which has an AMD A-8 3500 APU, though I did have to turn a few graphics options down to smooth it out. I still get an occasional stutter here and there, but with the slightly lower graphical settings I'm using, it remains mostly a smooth experience.

I would not recommend this for someone that just wants to drive a train as if they were driving a HO-Scale or N-Scale model railroad, as it's a bit more complex than that, but if you enjoy passenger operations in other simulators, and don't mind a bit of a learning curve in order to properly drive the train, then there's quite a bit of enjoyment to be had here.
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
71 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
"This is your Driver Kenneth speaking. Today you'll be boarding the Circle Line train driven by me, Kenneth.

You can expect me, Kenneth, your driver, to set up the auto announcements incorrectly so you won't know what train you're actually on. Passengers may experience a slight 'bump 'n grind' as I, me, Kenneth, see the red lights too late and occasionally, well most of the time, will be speeding because the ride is more entertaining when the train sways.

At Stations please don't panic as we hurtle past the edge of the platform, this is perfectly normal, I , Kenneth, always stop, just normally with a little sticky out bit at the front. Passengers in the first car should probably use the rear doors.

So welcome aboard the Circle Line, sit back, relax, forget about your drivers lack of skill and enjoy the London Underground for once. It's always entertaining.

This is Kenneth, your driver, saying toot toot and all aboard..."
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123 of 204 people (60%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2014
Accidentally went full throttle backwards smashing the trains behind me

10/10
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Highly detailed simulation of the London Underground Circle Line, I absolutely love it. This has to be TML Studios' best game.

The sounds are really good and include announcement voices on-board the train and at stations. Train sounds are also very nice, I can't find a fault with them.

Graphics are great, although there is some blurring in the distance, but this doesn't matter so much considering you're usually in a tunnel, or watching the track and signals in front of you anyway.

Simulation is top notch and very realistic. You can actually get out of the train and walk about the stations. My only fault with this is that the first person camera has this weird view bob and head movement attached to it, although there is 3rd person. It is also very strict, so if you're not looking to play properly then the game will just end itself if you do something wrong.

If you do get the game, make sure to play the 1st mission which shows you how to drive and how it all works, but beware of red lights and speed limits!
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
61.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
Rediculiously detailed simulator. A lot more fun then driving your average train sim I found. Although it is lacking in some simple things I hope they will patch, such as the option for short cut keys for all the cab buttons, including announcements, annoying having to click through a few views just to announce stand clear of the doors.

Also why is there no in game map? Just a tube map, with the position of your train overlayed, and possibley your selected route, it would help people who don't live in London understand where they are going immensely!

Those two easy things added, I would say it could be the best train sim yet.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
More realistic and interactive than most train simulators that I have played. 10/10
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
This game is superb if you want to get in and drive a London Underground Train, There are some Downsides to this game, The Short routes do not have the correct ending Announcement like 'This train terminates at:' It will only say Hammersmith or Edgware Road. You cannot go left right or back, You can only go forward and using the mouse, This is very annoying, And also there are a ton of Glitches which put players off, In the whole, I Recommend this game.
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DolphinsRUs
1.5 hrs
Posted: September 20
Very good game. Although two cons I can think of are: You need a really strong computer and the other one is that the Instructor in the tutorial walks slow. But the game is worth buying. For all those people looking for good train simulator, I recomend this one. It is better than Train Simulator but you cannot change trains. Recomended. 11/10. Dolphin Aproved.
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JAMinator
9.4 hrs
Posted: September 20
It has it's flaws, like any other transport simulator. As usual it sucks the most when you try and walk around. With that said, the driving and the detail of the stations and what not is great.

I'm a train driver myself, and have tried most of the steel wheel simulators out there. If you resently have been bumping around in the London underground, this is the ♥♥♥♥ to take you back.

I lack more missions with happenings like, huge crowds, breakdowns and what not... and after a few runs I really lack more lines. Hope to see that in a DLC.
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Luxemburg
0.4 hrs
Posted: September 9
Wos 3 exe has stoped working. How to fix that
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Lord_Hanky_Flymo
16.4 hrs
Posted: September 7
I am really into games where you role-play as some sort of working schlub, and this game does not disappoint. I have to admit that I have always been a train buff, and when I was a kid I used to be allowed to drive the tube train between Epping Ongar (those were the days – you will never be allowed to do that now). I remember once being the London Transport Museum in London, and hogging the train simulator which consisted of a laserdisc controlled with authentic tube train controls rather than the players remote-controller. So this game has the potential to scratch this particular itch of mine. So does it?

Yes it does is the answer. If I have an hour free, I'll drive a train from Edgeware Road to Hammersmith watching as the passengers fall through the ceiling, land on the platform and board my train, just as I'm ready to shut the doors. I'll get frustrated in a good way when I get stuck at a red light at Aldgate, and have to follow a slow district line train all the way to Edgeware Road knowing that scheduling has gone completely to pot.

Less entertaining though is the fact that even if I leave every station exactly on time, it still seems to tell me that I didn't teach a schedule. It seems to randomly complain that I braked too hard. It inconsistently whinges about the setting of the destination board. So I seldom ever get above 83% approval. So that could do with patching.

So this sounds pretty negative right? Yes, but I would still recommend this game. If you're 100% completion nut, the buggy rating system will get on your plums. Luckily for me I'm really not that bothered – I could not give an airborne act of copulation if those wingey digital passengers went shooting down the carriage and brained themselves on an old ladies walking frame when I nearly overshot the station at Farringdon. I just find the whole experience extremely relaxing.

I'm running a GTX 690, 16 GB and a Sandy Bridge Core I7, and I'm running the game on what passes for the ultra settings. There does seem to be quite a bit of frame dropping, particularly in tunnels but it's not a dealbreaker. I have not had any hard crashes or game breaking bugs. Yes, when you walk off the platform you fall into the void and respawn and as I have said the passengers do some pretty spectacular acrobatics – including throwing themselves in front of a train. So although you can walk about it's not the most polished aspect of the game – but to worry about that will be missing the point.

In summary, for me this game is great. More please. Preferably the Central Line. With the long closed Epping – Ongar branch included.
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peterandjune
2.4 hrs
Posted: September 6
The game is very good It could bring out a new one now next one up
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Mimimus Maximus
4.2 hrs
Posted: September 3
This simulation of the London Underground - Circle Line appears to be very in depth, playing atleast the first "Mission", a tutorial is really a requirment if you do not know how to configure and drive a C-Stock train as a missconfiguration will end the mission or run you are on.
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CrazyFool
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 30
A bit confused by the "discussion" link coming to this page. Perhaps it's a Steam glitch. But here's a review anyway. Atmospherically, this is an awesome game. You can get off wherever you like and just walk around. You can get a tube anywhere (so long as it's on the circle line) and just ride. Or you can drive. Graphically, this is much better than Train Simulator. The tunnels are lit fantastically. My only concern is the longevity of the game. No mods, no extra "missions", so it's just a case of passing half an hour or so driving a train through a few stops. Also, the game-breaker (a bit like Train Simulator, but a lot worse) is that if you break the rules (TS, you pass through a red light, the game ends), if you speed here excessively, the game ends. Disappointing. Especially when you can see the next tube ahead, just a few yards, and the game is a bit boring, so you just want to crash, and you can't. I dunno. So much promise, but it's lacking in something. I have to "recommend", but I wish there was a button in the middle. A caveat. I'll say this. Bear in mind that gameplay is limited. You will get bored very quickly. And you will look at your list of Steam games and you'll think, "Meh, not sure I can be arsed to drive a few passengers from this stop to the next." Mods would improve this game no-end.
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BlowFish_2016
27.0 hrs
Posted: August 29
This game, so far, is a really boring game to play, but, hopefully, they may start adding some more underground tube lines for people to play and also mods, later on down the track if they have`nt got them out already even though they have a choice of one way or two way lines to work on, it`s also good that you can start off where you left through the "save game" option, i might update this later on down the, um, track, cheers...
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Danny1337
7.2 hrs
Posted: August 27
Game is kinda fun and kinda boring.

All you have to do is actually sit and look out the window and control some bottons..
^
Thats all :)
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El Doge
34.6 hrs
Posted: August 23
Simply great. If more lines and trains were added this would be incredible.
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