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 (77 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."

About This Game

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
    3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
    54.5 hrs on record
    Posted: November 2
    One of the best transportation business simulations. Desparately want a sequel.
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    2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
    56.0 hrs on record
    Posted: November 7
    Nice micromanagement game. Kept me hooked for the duration of the campaign, but I feel no need for the free play scenarios.
    Quite a few features missing, but nothing very frustrating.
    Would recommend only if you like micromanagement-type games
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    2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
    0.3 hrs on record
    Posted: November 18
    I beta tested this game several years ago. I really enjoyed this game a lot. Moreso because while working as a graphic designer, my principal client was a freight & shipping management company. I can tell you that this game really captures the complexity of running and managing a trucking distribution company. If you're into micromanagement, this will keep your neurons busy and give you a 'control phreak high' :)

    I recommend this game which somehow passed unnoticed when it was first published.
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    6.9 hrs on record
    Posted: October 30
    I enjoy this game well enogh, though it has flaws to be sure.

    The graphics are functional, though the lack of resolution options is annoying as it can make some text difficult to read. Also when mousing over office options, no tooltip is given for what effect the stats have, you must remember what all the little icons look like, then reference the main office page.
    Otherwise, it is all about figuring out what are the appropriate truks to invest in given the companies nearby. Some condsideration must also be given for having too many of your trucks taking orders at the same business, as they can get crowded during loading/unloading.

    I cannot compare to other Tycoon games as the only other one I have played is SimThemepark some years back.

    Good if you enjoy micromanaging a company and it's assets, including personnel hiring and setting tasks.
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    1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
    1.4 hrs on record
    Posted: November 22
    Recently I have been trying to broaden my horizons when it comes to the games I play, Tycoon games for example are something I am not entirely enthusiastic about other than the odd one or two here and there so I thought I'd try playing a few more. Freight Tycoon sounded and looked somewhat promising as I enjoy truck-based games too, but unfortunately, I did not enjoy this game.

    The mechanics of Freight Tycoon are relatively solid and it is a very easy game to learn, it doesn't take a long time before you're all clued up on how to play, so that's a good start. Once you get into the main game however, it ultimately feels pretty shallow, like there is no sense of satisfaction from doing well at the game.

    Perhaps I haven't given this game enough of a trial to have experienced it properly, but I found myself getting bored relatively quickly after a couple of the default scenarios, I dislike the art style used for the user interface too, it's not very easy on the eyes but hey, it could be a lot worse (see anything published by UIE, ugh!). Tycoon games are typically grindy and require a lot of micromanagement, but Freight Tycoon feels too easy in that department, at least that's how I found it to be.

    So for now, I'm afraid I can't recommend this game. It has potential but it feels like it's missing something, maybe it is just a game that hasn't aged well and would have felt better around it's original release date. If you're willing to have a gamble for a new Tycoon game this may be one to look at even though it seems to be very hit and miss based on other user reviews. I wouldn't say this is one to be avoided, but I think Freight Tycoon is very much down to personal taste. I am planning to give it another run some time as I don't like games I have purchased to just sit and gather dust, if my thoughts change I will rethink this review, but for now I'm not really interested in trying it again.
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    0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
    0.9 hrs on record
    Posted: November 21
    No Good.
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    24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
    79.3 hrs on record
    Posted: June 25
    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 :)
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    14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
    2.9 hrs on record
    Posted: September 9
    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.
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    3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
    14.5 hrs on record
    Posted: September 14
    This game is short and sweet. It may not have the best graphics or storyline, but it kept me hooked.
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    2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
    0.7 hrs on record
    Posted: July 13
    A very detailed simulator with a lot of great features! You can tell they put a lot of effort into this game, although it is a bit old and dated by today's standards, this simple 3D engine is perfect to achieve the business aspects.
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    2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
    28.6 hrs on record
    Posted: September 28
    Echoing and further summarizing what reviews before me have said, this is a pretty cool game with some major, perhaps deal-breaking flaws.

    The premise of the game is simple, straightforward, and works the way you expect it to. You start with a lump sum of cash and are expected to buy your first vehicle. Could be a car (meaning self-contained transport, like a flatbed or an armored car) or a truck, requiring a trailer. Afterwards, hire a driver that has the required licenses. In both cases, you have a lot of options.

    Vehicles can be selected on the grounds of:

    • Price
    • Storage/transport capacity
    • Speed
    • Reliability
    • Ease or difficulty of repair
    • Predicted lifespan and depreciation rate.

    Employees can be selected based on their starting wage, experience, and skills. Drivers have certain licenses which you can train them in and get faster as they gain experience. Managers have additional skills that make your business more efficient, however do not have much effe-....well, actually no. They do just as much as managers do in real life

    Buy things, hire drivers, get contracts, make money. Fun, right?

    Bugs:

    This game is horrible, like, unfathomably horribly coded. Minor bug: The personnel market *completely* changing every couple of hours (which is about a second at the slowest game speed), so you have to pause every time you want to hire someone, because their portraits move, but the buttons stay the same, so you click the button that was for person A and you hire person J because in the last microsecond, his face moved up the queue. This is the same for contracts as well, so again, unless the game is paused, you might accept a contract that is far too big for your vehicle or must be completed faster than you can drive.

    The game has no concept of retaining sound settings and must be configured via launcher. Actually, no settings can be changed inside the game or on the fly.

    Major Bug:

    All contracts must be completed within a certain amount of time, notwithstanding it takes about 45 in-game days to drive what appears to be no more than ten miles, you are given an average speed your vehicle must travel at in order to satisfy the contract. However, up to a certain point it is impossible because traffic affects whether you complete or fail a contract. If there is a car in the passing lane, your trucks will rarely make an attempt to pass in the slow lane. Furthermore, if you fail a contract, your truck may simply stop. That's it, road closed. It will never move and cars will back up behind it indefinitely. You cannot resolve this bug because your vehicle and driver must be in the garage in order to be sold and fired, respectively.

    Deal-breaker:

    Despite the fact that most factories have large, large, loading zones (that only get bigger as you make them more profitable), the maximum amount of vehicles that can exist within the loading dock is two. However, the maximum number of vehicles *that are moving* within the loading zone is one, meaning that if you ever have three trucks doing business with the same factory or, god forbid, you have a competitor doing business with a factory, you will have a line of trucks five cars long waiting for the one guy who is moving his truck in the loading zone. This will invariably cause you to fail all contracts that includes that factory. And since any good competitor AI does business with a multitude of clients, all factories will see competitor trucks and cause you to fail, this makes over half of the game maps unplayable.

    And since the previous bug makes any map not playable for long, the amount of time you can play this game instead of restarting it is pretty small.

    Cool concept, poorly executed, I do not recommend this game, however consider trying it sometime if a friend already bought it, or if it is ever on sale more than 50% off.
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    3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
    31.0 hrs on record
    Posted: September 9
    Freight Tycoon Inc. is like a top down version of Euro Truck Simulator, only you play the role of boss of the entire trucking company.
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    2.3 hrs on record
    Posted: September 10
    The game is similar to Transport Tycoon but instead of making a permanent route, you manage contract. that is, you accept one contract at a time.

    It's deffrent and fun.
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    6.0 hrs on record
    Posted: October 11
    good way to kill time not much in the way of story but still worth the few bucks
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    3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
    0.6 hrs on record
    Posted: September 8
    Don't bother with this game, just go play OpenTTD.
    When you alt-tab away game will not recover, not crashing but not showing the game screen again.
    Graphics are clearly outdated. Gameplay is not very engaging: just Buy truck. Get contract. Wait. Repeat.
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    2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
    0.4 hrs on record
    Posted: October 16
    I tried this game for about half-an-hour in the Tutorial. I found the "Font" used in the Game information panel so small I could not read it. The Video shown about the Game is what conviced me that it was probably a great looking Game - Do Not be fooled, that is not what the game looks like. Go to U-tube and check the game out there first, which is what I should have done.
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    0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
    0.7 hrs on record
    Posted: July 4
    I know this game has generally favorable reviews. I also understand that the price tag is pretty cheap. But the game actually is quite repetitive. There isn't much to do. Just buy trucks, hire drivers, drag cotracts onto trucks and watch the money roll in. Even at the hardest settings its hard to miss contracts and too easy to break even.

    If you want to waste an hour or so, sure go ahead and try it out. But don't expect more than 2-3 hours of entertainment from this game.
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    0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
    7.9 hrs on record
    Posted: July 24
    It's worth even more than 5 Euros.
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    0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
    6.5 hrs on record
    Posted: September 9
    It is not i Tycoon game that you are use to it is more i mico magement game
    You need to asine all truks missiens the missisens last about 1-5 min then you need to reasine them so bilding i big empier is realy strees full.

    cant recoumnd it the game name is realy roung shod be Freight mico magement
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    0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
    10.8 hrs on record
    Posted: October 8
    For a game released in 2007, its a fun game. For a game released in 2007 and it being 2014, its decent. It has its ups and its downs.

    Pros:
    -If you like Logistics, this is a game for you!
    -A wide amount of types of merchdise to transports
    -Graphics are pretty solid for a DX9 game
    -See as the villages turns into towns and towns turns into cities.

    Cons:
    -a metic EF TON of micromanaging, once a truck is done with a contract, you have to manually assign it to another one. Sounds simple but once you get about 15 to 20 to 30+ trucks, you become overwelmed quickly with unused trucks.
    -Very little amount of upgrading options
    -Very poor UI design, its just a mess.
    -Notifications are just bunched up in a small section near your minimap
    -Minimap is practically garbage
    -You can't simply upgrade trucks, if you wish to purchase newer trucks you have to unhook the trailers, sell the truck, buy the new truck, reattach the trailer, and then rehire the driver you apparentally fired because you sold the truck.
    -Very LIMITED amount of trucks to pick from.
    -The tutorial is just nothing but a textbox simulator, it's useless and utterly boring. I learned by trial and error.
    -Once you get to a later point in the game (Lets say about 3-5 hours in one playthrough), there is almost nothing left to do. I got bored once I practically dominated the region and upgraded all of my garages and HQ.

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    Final Verdict: MicroManagement Simulator 2007

    While the algorism does work, it only works for the beginning of the game. This game gets real boring really quickly after 10 hours. The idea is great, but the excution is poor. The UI is the biggest mess at this point. If the UI was improved TREMENDOUSLY then I would say, give it a shot. But I simply can't. I shouldn't need to switch screens constantly just to buy a new truck from 1980 to replace my old one from 1950, when the game first started.
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