It’s the year 1850, and there are great times ahead! Establish a transport company and be its manager. Build infrastructure such as railways and stations, purchase transportation vehicles and manage lines. Fulfill the people’s needs and watch cities evolve dynamically. Train Fever runs on an engine specifically developed for this game.
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Release Date: Sep 4, 2014

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March 25

Improved game version and mod specification released

Today we have released a new game version which contains several improvements and bug fixes. In addition, there is good news for all mod developers: A specification for the newly introduced mod system was made available here.

Most important, the new game version contains three vanilla mods which let you remove the street main connection feature, play the game in a sandbox mode or disable that vehicles run out of availability. The community has repeatedly requested these options, and here they are!

Also, the community requested configurable town and street names. Players can now specify which kind of town names to generate. This also means that the USA DLC now features American town and street names, independently of the actual game language set.

Several bug fixes, performance improvements, new features and mod system enhancements complete this update.

Please find the complete release notes here.

This said, let us point out that the game will also be updated in future and you can be sure that we will continue to listen to community requests.

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March 3

First post USA DLC patch

Today we have released a patch which fixes issues of the recently published USA DLC as well as issues of the new mod system.

Most important, when running the USA DLC game mode, there was a bug which caused towns not to be completely American but mixed (all buildings, European and American, were enabled as a consequence of the bug). Furthermore, we have fixed a problem with the 2-8-2 Mikado Steam locomotive which caused the locomotive not to be available for purchase (as intended after 1898).

Because many players have requested that speed should also be displayable in “mph” instead of “km/h” we have added this feature (along with configurable units for power, weight and force).

In regard to the new mod system, we have fixed a number of issues as well. One issue was that the main menu mod list was not scrollable, which caused problems for players who wanted to activate a large number of mods. Another problem was that the displayed “active mod list” in the load game dialog was not correct (however note that the behavior was correct).

Finally, and probably most important to mention, deprecated mods are now directly recognized in Train Fever. Originally we planned that players use the available mod managers (TFGM and TFMM) to install / convert deprecated mods. However the plan failed because (a) some players install the mods manually and (b) in contrast to our plans one of the two available mod managers (TFMM) was unfortunately not updated yet, but was finally updated today.

Please find the release notes of the latest game update here.

To improve understanding of the new mod system we have set up a page which answers all frequently asked questions about mods. Please find the release notes of the latest game update here. The page explains how to use mods. At a later point in time we will also publish more information on how to create mods (specification of the new modding system).

Of course, we will update the game (and the USA DLC) also in future. Thanks for your continuing interest in Train Fever and best wishes!

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About This Game

Train Fever is a railroad-focused business simulation game. In other words, it's a modern-day Transport Tycoon with procedural content and a sophisticated city simulation.

"It’s the year 1850, and there are great times ahead! Establish a transport company and be its manager. Build infrastructure such as railways and stations, purchase transportation vehicles and manage lines. Fulfill the people’s needs and watch cities evolve dynamically.

Train Fever runs on an engine specifically developed for this game. The engine has a great innovative scope and is specialized in procedural content and urban simulation. A key point is the fact that there is no grid that game objects have to be aligned to, allowing for a great degree of freedom.

Features

  • Randomly generated, modifiable terrain with realistic dimensions
  • Advanced passenger simulation
  • Dynamically simulated urban development
  • Procedurally generated buildings
  • No grid - that is, the game world is not limited to 90 (or 45) degree angles
  • Vehicles from more than 150 years of transportation history
  • Passenger and freight transport
  • Achievements and experience points
  • Detailed 3D graphics
  • Freely adjustable zoom factor

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8800 512 MB, ATI Radeon HD 3850 512 MB
    • Additional Notes: Mouse with wheel
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7.5 or higher (NVIDIA), OS X 10.8.5 or higher (ATI/AMD)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8800 512 MB, ATI Radeon HD 3850 512 MB
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.10 or higher (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8800 512 MB, ATI Radeon HD 3850 512 MB
    • Additional Notes: Proprietary graphics driver needed
Helpful customer reviews
80 of 99 people (81%) found this review helpful
271.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
TF this is the quintessential PC game -
more so than any other title I've enoucntered in recent years – very challenging and complex yet also extremely rewarding.

Excellent job done on the game mechanics – feels like a true sandbox (unlike other titles in the genre that emphasize bling - the latest simcity for example) - whichever way you choose to manage the transport challenges the game puts forth - it will present you with still more.

Be advised - just like any oldschool PC game - some minor bugs and annoyances still need to be worked out - still, those little irksome points (like upgrading vehciles) actually don't hurt the experience and even end up adding to the challenge and fun.

If you are a Strategy/Sims/Transport PC gamer with OCD tendancies - stay away from this game - it might take away from you any hour you're not sleeping or working :)

I Love it.
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65 of 80 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
105.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Update 31/1/2015:
This is a great day for Train Fever! The developer released a new update addressing performance issues regarding stuttering. They improved the game engine to utilise the processing capacity better by improving multithreading of calculations. Therefore the game perfomance increased and plays overall much better. This is a great improvement and ensure the game is stable for the long run.

Update 27/11/2014:
Today the game is been patched again, featuring animated road and rail crossing where vehicles stops for the train. There is also a new wagon to carry wood. Therefore I can say the developer really trying to improve the game constantly and they working hard to get the game to work on everyones computer. There is some fixes for the new Intel HD4xxx, but make double sure you laptop support the game's hardware prerequisite.

Update 12/11/2014:
The developers constantly patching the game and today I've receive waypoints. This greatly enhanced the gameplay and options available. Before waypoints was there, it was a struggle to specify which line the train must use and which line not. Now I can assign a train to stop at a specific platform, drive on a given track and much more. I highly recommend the game now after all the effort being put into the game by the developers. I'll give this now a 7/10 and after the mods, 9/10!

Original review:
This is a pretty game, nice to look at, decent graphics and lots of details. But this game is pure basics, you cannot compare this with other game like OpenTTD or Transport Tycoon, nor Railroad Tycoon or other transport related games out there. This game is unique in its own way.

To list the good things:
  1. Nice graphics
  2. Basic gameplay
  3. Excellent modding support at train-fever.net
  4. Freedom to build rails everywhere :) Train Fever!!!

The downside:
  1. Not exacly a clone of Transport Tycoon, lots of things change, actually simplified
  2. Lack of variety of freight types to transport, there is only 4 different types: coal, iron ore, oil and goods
  3. The game is still in its early stages, I wouldn't say its suppose to be early access, because the game working stable on my computer and the base game is there as it is supposed to be, but lack additional content which was expected, like water transportation, more variety of locomotives and carriages, ect.
  4. This is more of a surveying simulator, lots of collisions and bridge pillar limits. A steep learning curve to know what can be done and what not, when building rails or roads.

I'll give this a 5/10, but with the mods available and awesome modding community, 7/10 will suffice. Make sure to get the mods. Its like Skyrim was, good game, but 10 times better with mods!

Many people have trouble to run this game, usually the same people moaning over and over. Therefore, make SURE you have the right hardware as listed above. Don't even think this game will work with Intel graphics, many players complained about this. And also look out if you graphics card support OpenGL 3.2. You will need this!
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198 of 289 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
251.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Train Fever attempts to take the railway and transportation management genre to the next level by including elements from many of the past greats. The strongest influence on Train Fever is Transport Tycoon. The Train Fever website acknowledges this by including a small section devoted to the history of this genre. While Train Fever attempts to resurrect and bring rail and transport management back to modern gaming, it fails at standing out among other recent similar titles.

Train Fever tries to be the Jack of All Trades. It includes city public transport, inter-city travel, and cargo supply line management. By putting all these features into one title, not one of them feels fully fleshed out. It may gather a curious audience who has played a game that simulates one of those features well, but it will not hold their attention for long as gamers will find their favorite feature lacking.

The cities are not as large as cities presented in games like Cities in Motion, and the populations are very small. Most cities will start with a population under 200 in 1850. Unfortunately, by the year 2000, it will be a struggle to get their populations north of 1,000. The cities grow dynamically, depdending on how far the residents can travel on your networks in the space of 20 minutes and how well supplied a city is with finished goods, but they never feel like a metropolis. Managing travel within a city may be done with 1 or 2 bus lines, easily getting 80% line usage from the population. The population is not divided by class, either, and every person feels the same, with random destinations (one building each) for home, work, shopping, and leisure. Which one a person picks to travel to seems random, and times passes so quickly (1 day per second), that there is no illusion this person is alive with a real schedule to keep. Cities are so small that many players have stated they do not bother with public transportating within the city limits and focus solely on intercity transportation.

Intercity passenger transportation is a bit more interesting. Traveling from one city to another will be the first task undertaken that the passengers cannot fulfill themselves by just walking. Establishing a connection between two cities also jumpstarts the growth in both cities and you will see an immediate benefit in population growth. The newly created residents now have a chance to have one of their destination buildings be in a different city than their home. The player has a choice of using bus lines, tram lines, or rail lines to complete the connections. Rail is the fastest way to travel throughout the game, but it is the most expensive to build infrastructure, maintain it, and run it. The running costs of one train will dwarf the running costs of an entire bus fleet or tram fleet. Due to this, many players opt for focusing on road connections using trams and buses. Trains are the fastest vehicle, but due to their expense, most lines can only afford one or two trains, which makes for long waiting times at train stations. Trams and buses are slower, but running an entire fleet will shorten the station waiting time dramatically. I actually got passengers farther using light rail trams compared with using trains. Late in the game, the costs for running trains increases dramatically, and passenger rail lines are very difficult to make profitable.

When it comes to cargo transportation, the game feels weakest. There are only three production lines, and each line ends in the same generic cargo type "finished good." The lines are:

Iron Ore + Coal -> Steel Mill -> City
Timber -> Lumber Mill -> City
Oil -> Refinery -> City

Players have an option to ship cargo via trucks or by rail. Trucks can only carry a few tons at a time. Rails need large amounts of cargo in order to be profitable, but it's easier to make a cargo line profitable via rail than it is a passenger line, keeping in mind that freight trains generally have much high running costs than passenger trains. Unlike passengers, cargo has no set destination and can be hauled to any facility that accepts deliveries. This seems like a step back for the genre. Even Simutrans, an open source project with low resolution sprites that look like they were regurgitated from old DOS games, has more production lines with business contracts that provide destinations for all cargo. The one interesting idea that Train Fever presents is that producers will not manufacture without demand. Unless the entire production line is hooked up, nothing will produce. The only way to make a facility produce more is to increase the demand, and that starts at the end of the chain by providing more outlets for the finish goods and working your way up to transporting more raw materials. Unfortunately, the execution of this idea seems lacking. On a small game map, it is possible to supply every city from one cargo line. It does not matter which line you choose, as they all end in the same type of finished goods. Any delay on your line will kill productivity. Train is old and needs to be replaced? You had better put the new train on the track first before getting rid of the old fella as production immediately starts dropping when the line is not serviced. If you want a supply line challenge, try Railroad Tycoon III. Even Railroads! has a better transportation model, as each city will have a variety of needs to be filled.

Routing in Train Fever is the best part of the game, but it can be frustrating. The auto-recalculations of routes at various points in the game sometimes make the game stutter. Routes can also change based on traffic density, turning your nice straight bus route into a twisted death pretzel over time. Rails present some fun puzzles as you try to figure out how to extend your lines without causing train collisions. You can use signals to help with this, but you are limited to simple switches, tunnels, and overpasses on your rail lines. No double-crossovers or four-way diamonds allowed. Designing the throat to a high-traffic station is a pain as you map out where each simple switch enters and exits the throat, and you end up extending the station throat almost halfway to the next town in order to accomodate each one. Station planning is important as you cannot upgrade your station once it is placed. Need a longer platform? Stop all your trains, tear down the old infrastructure, and build an entirely new station. Need more platforms? Same thing. Unless you already have five, then you're at your limit and need to build an entirely new station elsewhere near the city. While train routing is realistic (no trains passing through other trains on the same track), the actual track constructs are limited in scope. Railways X provides a more satisfying layout modeler with far more tools to build interesting crossings and signal systems.

Train Fever has a laundry list of features that made me want to play the game. Unfortunately, each one of these features on its own is handled better by other (and often older) titles. By trying to do so much, Train Fever feels like it glosses over what makes transportation and rail management games fun to play.
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38 of 46 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
521.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
I had trouble deciding if I should recommend this game or not. In its current state I would probably rate it about 5½ out of 10, just into the positive. Anyone who has played and enjoyed Transport Tycoon Deluxe, Sid Meier’s Railroads, or Railroad Tycoon III will probably enjoy playing Train Fever but there are quite a few things that need fixing about it.

The object of the game is simply to build a road and rail network then use trains, trams buses and trucks to transport people and goods at a profit. There are no competitors and no goal other than the satisfaction of making a success of your transport empire.

The quality of the graphics are a lot better than the games above however even on my PC, which is very high spec, Train fever suffers badly from spikes at the end of each game month and especially at the end of each game year as the in-game finances are calculated.

The road/rail construction takes a lot of getting used to and can be quite frustrating at first. You try to build a line and at the last moment there is an unexpected collision with something or the slope is too high. Bridge/tunnel building are particularly difficult as you have no idea how high or low you need to go and how much run-up is required either side. Get it wrong you either pay to demolish it or go back to your last save. TIP: Save before starting ANY construction in this game.

The world the game map is set in is a weird mixture. The vehicles and buildings are all quite clearly German. The town names are all from the UK rail map and the currency is dollars! There are industries you can connect up to each other and deliver goods to the towns to make them grow but there are only three industry chains:

Forest – Sawmill – Goods
Oil – Refinery – Goods
Coal/Ore – Steel mill – Goods

Even Transport Tycoon, which must be about 20 years old now, had a more complex industry set up than train fever and in TTD you could finance new industries yourself which you cannot in train fever.
Passenger and goods for both road and rail require different stations although they can share road/rails.

My biggest gripe by far about Train Fever is the lack of a decent manual/tutorials. You really are dropped in the deep end with no help whatsoever on most of the complexities of the game. I’ve been playing now for over 130 hours and I still have not fully figured out things like the rail signal system and the behaviour of the people who populate the game and why the do/don’t use the available transport.

A game take ages to play. Despite my 130 hours at it, I am yet to reach the end of the timeline, in fact I am not half way through. I seem to have spent most of the time re-loading/redoing constructions trying to get them to work, but even so, to do the full timeline without going back could take days if not weeks.

TO THE DEVELOPERS
Please put an undo/wind back time function.
More complex industry chains required.
Enable station enlargement without demolition
Fix the end of month/year spikes
Fix a bug where some passengers disappear between stations (perhaps the fall out?)
PRODUCE A DECENT MANUAL!!!

This game is really a virtual train set and overall I have enjoyed playing Train Fever but it could be so much more!
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Reminiscent of older games such as Transport Tycoon and Sid Meiers Railroadds. Train Fever
actually has a lot more going for it.

Graphics

Train Fever is rendered in 3d with trees, buildings, towns even people. The trains are
displayed in marvelous accuracy, with smoke billowing from some of the earlier models you
get to play with. Rivers Lakes and streams abound in the procedurally generated world. The
towns are well put together and you can zoom all the way in and see the little people going
about their daily business. A lot of detail went into this and it shows! 8/10

Sound

Music is annoying after a while even with the built in music player where it tries to have
some upbeat tracks. The vehicles however sound great and you can tell they put alot of effort
into reproducing the effects of trains and vehicles. 7/10

Gameplay

You start at the year 1850 and build your "transportation empire" all the way through to 2020. There are 56 nicely modeled trains to choose from. Gameplay consists of connecting Bus and Rail lines
to keep your towns and cities flowing smoothly. However it is not as easy as it sounds.
Lots of little bugs make this difficult to accomplish. You also get to edit terrain to get
your lines to reach each hamlet or town. you can tunnel or bridge your way across areas as
well. The Interface is very overwhelming at first and can be quite user unfriendly. Even with built in guides it took a bit to get started. No actual tutorial 6/10

Overall Opinion

Train Fever is a great spiritual successor to transport tycoon and other railroad sims of
this type, But it just doesnt hit the mark completley. If you are a strong fan of this
gametype go ahead and pick up a copy its well worth it. If you are loooking for something more casual then look elsewhere. Train Fever has a lot to it. 7/10
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35 of 46 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
57.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Probably one of the most realistic Train Sims out there. I loved Railroad Tycoon 3, but this game tops that in strategy, realism, and finances. 35$ is a bit steep for price in my opinion, so if you like train sims, wait until it goes on sale to buy.

There are no bugs in this game- I really don't know why other people keep complaining about bugs when I have experienced zero bugs in this game. Every "bug" that people post here or on forums are usually built-in game mechanics (like slope errors, collision errors, train signals) that people just don't know how to fix because they are so used to sims being a plop and play kind of game with no real thinking involved. This game is a puzzle- you have to find the most efficient way to transport people or goods to make a profit, just like in real life. You also can't just sit on your lines and trains for 20 years and expect to still make money. As the world progresses, you need to keep up with the times and upgrade your system.

So if you like train sims and a real challenge get this game. Check your computer's specs before buying though- don't buys games without seeing if you computer can handle it!
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36 of 48 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Game has definitely improved. Worth the buying. Devs are still making new updates. IT IS 100% MODDABLE - NEW TRAINS, BUILDINGS, BUSES - everything for free.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
113.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
The transport tycoon genre isn't the most popular genre, and in the last years we've not seen many new ones pop out. There's been some, but most of them haven't cut it. The last still good transport tycoon is OpenTTD, which is well over 15 years old, so that says a lot. Is Train Fever the true next succedor or just another failed attempt to recreate the true glory of the classic transport tycoon?

First of all, Train Fever looks gorgeous. It is by far the best looking transport tycoon that exists. Every part of the graphics is very well done, and the world looks beautiful (albeit a bit empty at times). Everything from the rail tracks to trains and buses to cities, they are all carefully crafted and you can truly enjoy the result. The game is almost hypnotizing, and I find myself spending a lot of time just following the small trains around, moving through the landscape and the result of my hard work as a rail entrepenour.

Now, graphics is only one thing, more importantly is the gameplay. To coorelate to the graphic part, the game is very dynamic. Cities will over time grow and change visual appearance. Building style will change to fit the current era, and the pedestrians in the streets. Vehicles get new replacements, and the stations and bus stops change appearance as well. Cities will grow when you supply it with passenger services and goods, or simply create a local bus route in the city. When the city grows it's also an indicator of you most likely earning money as well. The cities grow dynamically, adjusting to the terrain, so no two cities grow in the same way, resulting in relatively diverse cities spreading across the map.

A key thing in the game is that every person is a simulated entity, with a home, workplace and destination. Unlike older games, simply attaching a station to a city won't do anything in itself, you need to connect the cities people actually want to travel to. This means that a station with for example a 100 passengers, a train approaching won't necessarily take all of them despite having space. You can luckily easily see where they're heading by simply clicking the station, and it gives you an overview over what lines the passengers are waiting for. Of those 100 passengers, 50 of them could be for one train line, 40 for another, and 10 for the local bus.

Passengers are despite this relatively easy to manage. It's recommended to start with internal bus/tram routes, then connect cities with buses. After time, the demand will be high enough for you to use trains, effectively being able to connect several cities in one route. Now, cargo is something else however. Cargo in Train Fever is very tricky to wrap your head around. It's heavily based around demand. If a city has demand for goods, the factories will produce exactly as much as is demanded, if they have the resources supplied for it. It never produces more. A single factory can have a production up to 400 (which is quite a lot), supplied with only one of each sub resource source (a steel mill for example requires iron ore and coal, but only one factory of each), as production scales with it. The most efficient way to deal with cargo is by using trucks, as they are frequent and cost efficient, easily allowing you to see if a route is profitable or not.

Now, a key element in Train Fever is the upkeep. Unlike other transport tycoons, laying roads and tracks is cheap. Very cheap. Trucks and buses have moderate upkeep (it's pretty reasonable, and will usually end up in profit), while trains have HUGE upkeep. The upkeep scales over time, an old train has signficiantly higher upkeep, forcing you to replace engines often. This however is quite easy, as you can allocate automatic replacement of a line in your route planner.
As time passes, new, more powerful engines will be able, but they will also be more expensive. This approach forces you to have efficient and profitable train routes. A train route can either have million losses or million profits, depending on how well managed it is. I've found that a good approach is to have double track passenger lines with 3-5 stops, with two running trains. As long as you don't overextend your passenger trains, they will be fine (you don't need too many wagons or the fanciest engines).
Cargo trains are a whole different story, and something I struggle with heavily. If I start early on building one, I can get a line with 3 stops to profit, with roughly 150-200 cargo being transported. Establishing a new route in modern times turns out to be harder. If you can managge it right, it will give a decent profit, but in the end it just isn't worth the hazzle. With passenger trains you can easily set up a route with 5+ million in profit, and you can make several of them.

Another thing in Train Fever is transport time. A person or cargo will in total time spend no more than 20 in-game minutes, including walking to the station and switching lines. This means that long cargo lines have limited efficiency, and that passenger routes cannot be too long. Roughly 10 minutes for trains is decent, and a minute for buses. Trucks can go down to 10 seconds on busy routes. This system works hand in hand with the passenger entity system. If a route takes longer than 20 minutes in total, the person will use their car or simply not go (as far as I know).

I believe that's most of the game's elements that's worth mentioning.
The game has a good modding community, and I recommend picking up some mods as it can extend the fun of the game heavily.

Verdict!

Pros:
- Gorgeous looking
- Realistic and satisfying simulation
- Fun to play
- Easy to manage with a good UI
- Challenging
- Easy to mod

Cons:
- Cargo system is simply annoying
- The economy isn't satisfactory for some
- No planes or ships
- Steep learning curve (this can be seen as both good and bad, but I feel many will feel it's on the bad side)
- Can feel repetitive after a while

To conclude:
Train Fever is definitely worth playing if you like transport tycoons. It looks beautiful, and it feels a bit like managing a model railway. It's fun, and gives for many, many hours of gameplay. It takes time to learn, but as you eventually get to know your ways around it you'll feel a sense of achievement. It's challenging, but in a fun way. The stock selection is a bit sparse, but a few mods will change that. The cargo system is ridiculously hard to manage.
In overall, a very good game, but I'm usure as to whether people will accept it as a "true" succedor to previous installments. Personally I won't ever touch any of the old games again.

Score: 8/10
"like skyrim but with trains"
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27 of 37 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
37.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Train Fever in the mold of Railroad Tycoon and Transport Tycoon. The goal of the game is to build a vast and profitable transport network using road and railroad. The game allows you to transport both resources and passengers. It is a decent game in the genre.

What the game does right is the basic economy with town growth and resource supply and demand. It has neat animations to show how the different resources and people are transported when not transported on your network, making it so that not everyone is solely dependant on your transportation even if that helps. The town grows at a good speed throughout the game making your transportation efforts visible on the map.

The build tool is a bit quirky but does what it is supposed to do and you mostly get used to it after a while. The UI in general is a bit quirky with popup windows popping up anywhere on the screen.

The main drawback of the game is the limited amount of resources (just 5). It is also often hard to know what industries will yield a lot of resources and thus be profitable to transport and if you built a long railroad line just to transport the resources of an industry that happened to not be producing anything, then you wasted a lot of money. The economy could in general do with a lot more information and charts so that it is easy to understand what might be profitable.
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
152.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Very great looking game and I enjoy it a lot. Played a lot of Tansport Tycoon, Sid Meyers Railroads, Locomotion and so on and I think if you can take the approatch that you don't try to compare it too much with OTTD or Locomotion you will be able to enjoy it more. It takes a more realistic approach on route planning and so forth and if you accept those things and play by those rules you will get a lot more out of it. Also one big part is all the great mods available, without them it would not be as good, head over to http://www.train-fever.net/filebase/index.php/TermsOfUse/?redirect=%2Ffilebase%2Findex.php%2FFilebase%2F7-Mod-Packs%2F&s=4565470c579b5e167de31365c1b58d6f573c5d16 if you are interested in those.
If you are new to the game I urge you to read as much as possible about player feedback in the forums, there are a lot of good solutions and tips and tricks to make i easier and more fun to play. There is also great player made tutorials which explains game mechanics, how to set up lines, how to use signals correctly in the game and other stuff, check them out!
Game still have some flaws but I think the devs are doing a good job by constantly pushing out updates and listening to de the community, especially considering how small studio it is.
For me it was defenatly worth the money, maybe not in the beginning but after all updates as of today 14.11.2014 it is.
+ Great looking
+ The available mods, absolutely amazing job by all modders!
+ So far constant updates to fix issues and address player requests
+ Waypoints intoduced in latest update

- Some limitations in track building, for example rail crossings, unable to upgrade stations without demolishing
- Traffic jam problems later in game (have been addressed in latest update but some players still report about clogged up traffic)
- Time consuming to renew vehicles, however you can send whole line to depo to be sold on arrival which makes it a bit easier
- Performance issues later, minimum requirements wont get you far...
- Sometimes might be really hard to get good working cargo lines, especially if you would like to transport longer ways, be sure to check out out how cargo is being transported, helps out a lot (bottom right corner with 3 sheets)

Sorry if there is some misspelling, english is not my native language.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
174.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
TrainFever is a great strategy game which allows a dynamic range of ‘transport tycoon’ style options to the player, it can slightly compared to Railroad Tycoon 3 but it is completely different game in contrast.

Unfortunately it does have some performance issues and annoying limitations which affect the fun of gameplay; the worst of these is the poor compression of the files which cause the game to become extremely laggy with more and more vehicles, stops and buildings on the map as time goes on. Turning down the settings does nothing to counteract this issue.

The second is the building of roads over railways, which is impossible for some stupid reason - you must build the road before the track. Even doing so doesn't guarantee that the game will actually allow you to place the track afterwards. The same goes for building bridges across railway lines and vice versa. It becomes complete headache whenever you need to modify track routes that have roads crossing them.

Another issue is freight and how industries that start with 0-2 production never seem to increase production. They continue to switch between using your line and not using it, making it impossible to profit from the lines you create. On the other hand, industries producing (usually) 10 items seem to work correctly, increasing based on consumer demand.

There’s a few other minor limitations which I really hope they patch in the future, such as vehicle listings, track layouts and city growth which are hard to explain but make the game difficult to play.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
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45.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
This game is one of the most immersive, fun and (somewhat) realistic tycoon games, the attention to detail is extremely high, even on low graphics setting, it has one of the most visually stunning environments I have ever seen, the music is also very cheery and always brightens up my day when playing this game. There is never only 1 way to do something, although it does have a few creases to be ironed out, the game developers are constantly patching and updatin g the game, and is one of the few studios i know that responds to the community and really uses the feedback to improve and up the enjoyment factor in the game.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
The interface feels unfinished and clunky, routine tasks such as replacing an aging vehicle takes an unbelievable amount of effort. This is sad because the rest of the game feels like an improvement over "Sid Meier's Railroads!" in terms of scale. I would also have appreciated a few more gameplay options such as a sandbox mode (unlimited funds for experimenting with) and having trains reverse instead of magically changing directions in the absense of a place to turn. Hopefully, enough players will adopt this game and develop the necessary mods.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
89.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
This game is, in its present state, still a little bit rough around the edges. Some mechanics (such as the freight side of things) is seriously lacking in refinement, and the control of different rail lines when it comes to trains changing lines is not explained, and is thus a matter of much trial and error before you figure it out.
If you are looking for a casual game, and are not into micromanagement or economic sims, I would advise you steer clear and find something a little lighter.
Tha said, if you love your micromanagement, and are looking for something new to sink your teeth into, and are willing to look past a few little foibles, I strongly recommend this game!
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
302.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
I love this game!
When it was first released it had a fair few bugs and crashes, most, if not all of those problems have been sorted out and those that haven't are being worked on by the dev team. The game gets pretty good support from that dev team with updates and patches, unlike some games I could mention we do get good support for this game and a promise of even more improvments.
There is also an excellent modding community if you like that sort of thing.
The game itself is a little bit like Cities in Motion meets Railroad Tycoon and for me this works very, very well.
Not everyone seems to like it but as I said at the start 'I love this game' and would most definitely recommend it.
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
An awesome game! A bit edgy, but there's alot of hours of fun in this game!
And it would seem like modding is slowly starting to become a thing!
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
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113.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
This game has bugs, lacks a proper tutorial (available online), at the beginning you are completely lost. However it grows on you. It's by far the best transportation manager you can play on the modern PC 9/10
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
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108.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
When Train Fever was first released, I didn't think I'd be able to recommend it; it was laggy and buggy with some "essential" features missing. Most people felt the same, and downrated it.
Don't let that infamous "mixed reviews" deter you, however, as recent updates have brought Train Fever up to the initial expactations we all had for it; it now has some of the most requested features like automatic vehicle replacement and track upgrades and it runs vastly smoother than it once did. The negative reviews the people claimed they "would change if it got better" are now just a reminder of the harsh release Train Fever faced (or a deterrant to buy the game toward uninformed people).
Now Train Fever is a must-have extension to the tycoon genre that is just as enjoyable as any other Transport Tycoon. (Though the game's simulation is very different than Transport Tycoon-there is a learning curve to beware of.) It was just released a bit too early.

(Also, there is a FREE USA Addon coming early next year!)
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
99.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Performance has increased massively, more features being added even still, free DLC, and most of the annoyances I had at first are gone. (Lack of vehicles, fixed by mods and DLC, and construction in general got a bit of an overhaul.)

Only problem is the mains connection thing, which I believe is being fixed as I write.

Can certainly recommend it for the price. Definitely worth it if it goes on sale.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Pros: Trains! Rewarding and addicting gameplay, beautiful visuals, lots of world options. Can build while paused. Post-release updates.

Cons: The vehicle choices are very front-loaded, by the year 2000 there's only a few train engines and railcars that are at all useful and only one road vehicle each for passenger and cargo. I expect this to improve with mods or DLCs but I don't see Steam Workshop support coming soon so modding will still require some technical knowledge and tinkering in the game files for the foreseeable future.

While the graphics are great, I get better performance in much more detailed games, which leads me to believe that there's still plenty of optimization to be done. I've been playing it mainly on Linux but I remember it suffering unnecessarily on Windows as well. It also stutters occasionally on Linux.

The interface is clunky, sometimes buggy, and lacks inspiration, though some recent updates have improved the first two complaints somewhat. However, I expect to see GUI improvement mods become very popular.

There's not much variance in the geography, it's basically a green grass field deformed by a randomized heightmap. I'd like to see more variance in biomes and maybe seasons if possible. I expect this to appear in mods or DLCs, though I'd prefer to have seen it in the base game or at least a free update.

Based on recent communications, the devs seem to be relying on the modding community to do a lot of their work for them. I hope they keep in mind that a modding community isn't going to flourish without a great game to build on. This has all the makings of a great game, but it's still got some things to iron out. I hope they keep their priorities in line.

TL;DR: It's fun now, but a cautious buyer might want to hold off and see how the game develops, because it still needs quite a bit of work.
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