Freight Tycoon is an economic simulation game which challenges players’ management skills. It puts one into the shoes of an owner of a cargo transportation company. One has to evaluate the profitability of contracts, contact customers, and appoint drivers to deliver goods.
User reviews: Mixed (63 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 15, 2007
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"A very distilled sim, it's all about finding profitable trades between producers and customers and arranging for delivery. Makes for fun short sessions."

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Freight Tycoon is an economic simulation game which challenges players’ management skills. It puts one into the shoes of an owner of a cargo transportation company. One has to evaluate the profitability of contracts, contact customers, and appoint drivers to deliver goods.
Office development is also an essential part of success in business. Employing and dismissing workers, buying new vehicles and keeping technical records competently.
But one should be aware of rivals which are interested in forcing out your company out of the market.
The game is set in a fully 3D world with various landscapes and season changes. The appearance of buildings, vehicles and headquarters change interactively, so one
can see the results.
Freight Tycoon Inc. gives you a unique opportunity to extend the world of Freight Tycoon and create your own cargo transportation empire.

Key features:

  • Elaborate interface
  • 30 interactive 3D maps
  • 3 levels of office development
  • Make contracts
  • Buy and sell motor vehicles
  • Employ and dismiss workers
  • Over 100 car models
  • Bonuses for jobs done

    System Requirements

      Minimum:
      • OS: Windows 2000/XP/7
      • Processor: Intel Pentium IV or AMD Athlon 1,5 GHz
      • Memory: 512 MB RAM
      • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 3 or ATI Radeon 8500
      • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
      • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Helpful customer reviews
    20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
    79.3 hrs on record
    I have played several transport-related tycoons and I have to say I really like this one, for one simple reason: it is EXTREMELY simple to play, and quick to do ANYTHING. 2 or 3 clicks and you buy trucks, you assign several to routes(contracts), or you remove them.

    The graphics are suitable for such a game in my opinion (helps to keep the loadings really fast), with the construction that happens occasionally being very detailed in my opinion.

    The animation is fine. The sound can't really say, because I play with the sound off :)

    So all in all, I find it a really fun game (and isn't that the purpose of a game?), that just motivates you to play more and more and advance.

    It is not too difficult nor to easy. It is just great :)
    Posted: June 25
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    10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
    2.9 hrs on record
    It's nearly a good game. It has so much potential, but it suffers the same fate of many a tycoon game. There is always a best decision that can be made by a crude guess and the worst decision leaves you no worse off than the best.
    Now, I don't mean that there isn't always a best decision in other tycoon games, but usually the campaigns change that and you end up with a reasonable choice between say fuel efficiency, reliability or something else and the campaign helps dictate that. But unfortunately here the best cargo carriers are in the form of either the really small vans that you can use to spam contracts, or the much more expensive lorries. Most of the inbetween vehicles are too slow to get most contracts.
    So once you've got your obviously best array of vehicles I assume you're ready for a tough decision over which contract you should make? Okay, well it doesn't really matter, just pick any that your vehicle is both big enough for and fast enough for. Will it make a profit? Of course! Does it matter which cargo you choose to haul? No, of course not! They're all roughly the same cost to carry and the same profit. What about your staff members? Don't you worry, when you're hiring there'll be a best candidate by far and little to no extra cost!
    So now you've made those tough decisions, what will you do? Just watch the money roll in of course and make them again whenever you have to.
    Zen Tycoon.

    The UI is friendly. It's simple and for the most part it get the job done. Though it is occasionally a little clunky.

    The problem is without the depth (no training for staff members, upgrades for lorries, fuel consumption to be considered, different benefits to different cargo, or interaction with competitors/clients, what about routes? Nah.) or bredth (no involvement in other industries like Railroad Tycoon, no trains or ships for cargo, no direct involvement in road development) the game is left feeling very samey very quickly.

    It's the sort of game you'll probably play once or twice and leave by the wayside.
    Posted: September 9
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    14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
    1.0 hrs on record
    Far too simple and dumbed down for my tastes. I was expecting something deeper and interesting.

    A lot of the management aspects are tame. You buy trucks based on their top speed. No freight manager in the world buys a truck based on its top speed.

    This is a silly game.
    Posted: April 25
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    8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
    31.3 hrs on record
    This game is enjoyable if you like sims like this. Relax set up lines of transport, pick up contracts make cash etc.
    There are some game breakers in this though and the developer really has not tried to fix them even though its been out for years. For example the campaign has a bad map in the middle of the series. You cant go past it, I have not been able to win it due to some horrid map planning and the way your trucks behave at load and deliver points.
    Basically on map 12 of the campaign you lose due to almost all freight you have to deal with goes to one place and the AI competitor on that map basically clogs this point up so bad that no matter what you do most of your contracts will fail and make you go bankrupt after a while. The map would do fine as a sand box map but since its a campaign map and you need this delivery point you will simply not be able to play the campaign maps past this point which is still about half the maps in the campaign.
    The second bad thing is that after every play session you need to start the game through your steam library and not from the desktop short cut because it wont have sound. When started through the library you have the option to bring up a settings menu which you will need to bring up every time, then start it through that or you simply will not have sound. This game has been out for years but the only thing ever patched was something to do with it not launching on Vista.

    In short if you like these sim type games its not a bad game, but it feels like the developer just tossed it on steam years ago and never looked back let alone fix or improve it other than that vista fix (edited twice because i cant type lol).
    Posted: May 30
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    2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
    14.5 hrs on record
    This game is short and sweet. It may not have the best graphics or storyline, but it kept me hooked.
    Posted: September 14
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    59 of 65 people (91%) found this review helpful
    6.6 hrs on record
    Freight Tycoon Inc is a management game where you are entrusted to develop and maintain a Freight company that delivers goods for various manufacturing plants around the map. The game is set on a number of levels that provide you a certain challenge, each in its own way. While to some the levels system may seem out of place, in actuality, its a good thing. Once you have completed the level, you are given the option to continue playing on the level permanently. Just click yes, save your game for that level once it reloads and off you go, continuous play.

    In Freight Tycoon you have to manage a number of things. The purchase of vehicles and trailers, the hiring of staff from managers, technicians, drivers, repair trucks, etc etc. Its also been done in a very nice style. You cannot just pick any truck or driver or job. Each truck in the game has a top speed it can travel at so you want to ensure jobs you get for that truck don't require more speed than your truck can go at, otherwise you will fail your contract. The truck also has a type, which means the type of carriage it has and what it can carry, this is also important as it determines what contracts you can acquire which need to be of the same carriage. The driver you hire has to have a license to drive the truck type you have bought.

    This may seem daunting but the way the interface is laid out makes doing this so very easy, it is a genius UI here. The graphics are also surprisingly good in this game and the map comes to life the more you deliver contracts with houses and building slowly being built, upgraded by the game mechanics filling the map with life, it is quite an extraordinary mechanic that I have not seen done before automatically by the game.

    The only con I find in this game is the options menu. For one, you cannot play in window mode, there is no option to do that in the options menu, so your stuck in full screen mode. This may not be an issue for a lot of you, but for me because I work too, I like to have my game running in window mode in the background, that's not possible here unless there is some ini file I haven't found that can do that.

    The other con is Sounds. You cannot turn them off from the options menu when you go to it from the main menu. I'm not sure if there is an ingame menu to do it from, I have not found one.

    Overall Freight Tycoon is well worth the money to purchase. I was very sceptical about it when I got it but I was pleasantly surprised. Give this game a chance if you like Tycoon games, its well worth it.
    Posted: April 4
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