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 (179 reviews) - 77% of the 179 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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Overall:
Mostly Positive (179 reviews)
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vaguepunkguy
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This is one of the most realistic Simulators I have ever played. Very Detailed, and very realistic with only a few downsides. They really have put effort into this game!

Graphics:
This game has very pretty graphics. Not the best when it comes to something like Train Simulator 2015, but still very nice. The rain effects on the windows are just stunning, some really nice rain effects going on!

Gameplay:
At the start, it is a bit tricky to get the hang of it. There is a tutorial, but does not really help actually. You are better off looking it up on Youtube. In Train Simulator 2015, you are in a Train, but only a few stations, and you are like, "Welp, this is it." In World Of Subways Vol. 3, that is not the case. You have lots of stations, and because of this, you are always paying attention. It makes you really feel like a Train Driver. I did encounter some bugs, for example: Your instructer can get stuck on other AI, few texture gliches, and some pop-ins. Those are rare however, and won't ruin your game experinence!

Summary:

Pros:
Unique Gameplay
Pretty Graphics
Realistic

Cons:
Minor Bugs
Learning Curve

Total: 9.2/10
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Fahrenheit
( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
I would recommend this game, however it does have its down side to a few obvious glitchy errors, but apart from that, its a HUGE realism of the underground itself as i use it almost everyday, i would love for them to add more lines as well as train models, but i guess that wont happen, it can be abit complicated to navigate at first, but once you play it a few times, you'll be having hours of joy, especially if you are fascinated with the london underground as i am. 8/10 overall but 10/10 for enjoyment and realism.
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lee.swift3
( 44.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
My world of subways 3 is absolutly crap.First of all it dosen't start up so i can't actually play the game. I payed 18 pounds for this pile of ♥♥♥♥ and i want a refund. My advice is don't download this ridicculous game.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Screen 7
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
A very nice representation of the London Underground Circle Line. Trundling around it is good fun. The graphics are generally good and the driving aspect seems realistic.

That said, it is still a simulation game by a company who clearly don't have English as a first language, making the missions dull, the tutorial a bit awkward and some of the in-game information a bit odd. I'm not sure if the stats actually work because I seem to get the same score every time.

Setting up the train is an annoyance in the early stages, but it soon becomes second nature. Once you're rolling it's fairly straightforward and the HUD's provide useful info that without them, it'd be a much harder sim.

It does have a bit of an "early access" vibe to it, so I would recommend waiting for it on discount. I'm glad I didn't pay the 18.99 asking fee for it, I would have felt ripped off. There are some quirks which just make it seem a bit unpolished. But the driving and track detail is very polished, everything else is average. The menu screen doesn't even make sense, it's a bunch of Matrix numbers floating around, absolutely nothing to do with the London Underground, or trains, or anything really.

I just wanted to drive some trains around the Circle Line, I was able to do that, so can only recommend it. Just because the graphics can be raised or lowered, doesn't affect me, I always play on low cos I prefer frame-rate over ambient occlusion, so no extra nor removed points there. But there are some reservations still and so would say at full price you might feel a bit cheated.

+ Lovely representation of the Circle Line
+ Fun to drive your train, fairly simple driving mechanics after steep introductory learning curve
+ You ultimately know what you're in for if you're looking at this type of game, and it delivers that well enough

- Only 2 basic modes of play, and with bugged stats that effectively makes it just 1 mode of play - drive a train from A to B because you want to drive a train from A to B.
- Price doesn't reflect the quality of the game, the budget went into the track mapping, everything else suffered
- It's a simulation only, there is no "game", the missions are lackluster and they could have easily created twice as many (and had some English proof-read it)

Another point is knocked off because they've purposefully disabled their Steam forum here, so if you have any tech questions and are looking for quick answers which Steam forums generally always provide, well you've pretty much been told to go ♥♥♥♥ yourself. No Steam forum for your Steam game is a big no-no in this day and age, especially when your game could do with an update or two!

6/10
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-QOP- Dorian
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
Good game!!! So realistic. You can even turn on the tunnel light! You have to set up your train and drive routes.
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billy_kevin93
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
IT DONT WORK
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¨¨¨¨
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
dont waste your money
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Kent Payne
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
You should buy it. I became a train driver after playing dis AWESOME game.
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Ando
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
A few bugs here and there, but they don't ruin the game for me. My biggest complaint is that the missions are quite harsh if you make a mistake.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
A very nice representation of the London Underground Circle Line. Trundling around it is good fun. The graphics are generally good and the driving aspect seems realistic.

That said, it is still a simulation game by a company who clearly don't have English as a first language, making the missions dull, the tutorial a bit awkward and some of the in-game information a bit odd. I'm not sure if the stats actually work because I seem to get the same score every time.

Setting up the train is an annoyance in the early stages, but it soon becomes second nature. Once you're rolling it's fairly straightforward and the HUD's provide useful info that without them, it'd be a much harder sim.

It does have a bit of an "early access" vibe to it, so I would recommend waiting for it on discount. I'm glad I didn't pay the 18.99 asking fee for it, I would have felt ripped off. There are some quirks which just make it seem a bit unpolished. But the driving and track detail is very polished, everything else is average. The menu screen doesn't even make sense, it's a bunch of Matrix numbers floating around, absolutely nothing to do with the London Underground, or trains, or anything really.

I just wanted to drive some trains around the Circle Line, I was able to do that, so can only recommend it. Just because the graphics can be raised or lowered, doesn't affect me, I always play on low cos I prefer frame-rate over ambient occlusion, so no extra nor removed points there. But there are some reservations still and so would say at full price you might feel a bit cheated.

+ Lovely representation of the Circle Line
+ Fun to drive your train, fairly simple driving mechanics after steep introductory learning curve
+ You ultimately know what you're in for if you're looking at this type of game, and it delivers that well enough

- Only 2 basic modes of play, and with bugged stats that effectively makes it just 1 mode of play - drive a train from A to B because you want to drive a train from A to B.
- Price doesn't reflect the quality of the game, the budget went into the track mapping, everything else suffered
- It's a simulation only, there is no "game", the missions are lackluster and they could have easily created twice as many (and had some English proof-read it)

Another point is knocked off because they've purposefully disabled their Steam forum here, so if you have any tech questions and are looking for quick answers which Steam forums generally always provide, well you've pretty much been told to go ♥♥♥♥ yourself. No Steam forum for your Steam game is a big no-no in this day and age, especially when your game could do with an update or two!

6/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Good game!!! So realistic. You can even turn on the tunnel light! You have to set up your train and drive routes.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
I would recommend this game, however it does have its down side to a few obvious glitchy errors, but apart from that, its a HUGE realism of the underground itself as i use it almost everyday, i would love for them to add more lines as well as train models, but i guess that wont happen, it can be abit complicated to navigate at first, but once you play it a few times, you'll be having hours of joy, especially if you are fascinated with the london underground as i am. 8/10 overall but 10/10 for enjoyment and realism.
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58 of 61 people (95%) 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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28 of 30 people (93%) 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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27 of 30 people (90%) 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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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
60 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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119 of 200 people (60%) found this review helpful
16 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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