Sid Meier's Railroads! marks the return of the watershed title in simulation/strategy gaming that launched the popular "tycoon" genre, and inspired a new generation of games. Sid Meier's Railroads!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (380 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 16, 2006

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Includes 3 items: Sid Meier's Railroads!, Railroad Tycoon 3, Railroad Tycoon II Platinum

 

About This Game

Sid Meier's Railroads! marks the return of the watershed title in simulation/strategy gaming that launched the popular "tycoon" genre, and inspired a new generation of games. Sid Meier's Railroads! comes home to its original creator, the legendary Sid Meier, who, together with his team at Firaxis Games, will take this game to a whole new level of fun!

The greatest railroad building game of all time is back in a vibrant 3D world delivering a streamlined interface and unmatched gameplay, that's easy to learn yet challenging to master. Creators of the world's best strategy game, Civilization IV, Sid Meier and Firaxis Games put you in charge of building the greatest rail empire in the nation - managing trains, cargo and your bottom line - while engaging in all-out corporate warfare against rival tycoons, slick entrepreneurs, and robber barons!

*Multiplayer available in LAN mode only.

System Requirements

    Minimum
    Windows 2000, Windows XP
    1.4GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent
    512 MB RAM
    64 MB Video card with hardware pixel and vertex shaders (GeForce 3, Radeon 8500 or better)
    DirectX 7 compatible sound card
    1.7 GB of free disc drive space
    Recommended
    Windows 2000, Windows XP
    2.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent (or better)
    1GB RAM
    128MB videocard with pixel shader 2.0 support (Radeon x800, GeForce 6800)
    DirectX 7 compatible sound card
    1.7 GB of free disc drive space
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Very fun game! Just like Civilization, you won't see time pass.
Posted: October 16
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Very good, solid enjoyable game. I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys train spotting or model train collecting as It is a great way to increase knowledge on your train types and models. This game is an amazing work of art both graphically and in gameplay/style, the developers must of put a lot of money, time and effort towards making such and amazing game. Sid Meier's Railroad is the best game I have ever played and hands down the best game in existence. Buy this now or regret it for the rest of your life.
Posted: October 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
It's fun, takes me back to the 90's when I used to stay up late at night playing the first Railroad Tycoon. If you want a good throwback that runs on modern systems (I haven't experienced any issues), this is it right here.

Don't let the screenshots fool you, this game runs at a full 1920x1080 (or 1680x1050).

Enter bidding wars for new technologies, buy and sell stocks, watch your towns grow as your trains supply them with passengers, mail, and freight. Buy depots and upgrade them, build industries in your town for supply-chain economics. Upgrade your engines with the click of a button. Edit routes, lay tracks, get creative. Sometimes this game reminds me of building circuits. It's not always easy to set up routes for maximum efficiency, because at the highest realism settings, trains will stop if they run into each other on the tracks. You have to be careful how you lay your tracks, but that's part of the fun!
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
I've bought the “collection” and I’m a little upset…

I’ll start with “Sid Meier’s Railroads!” what a deception! Seriously, it’s a good game but... it crash every 20 minute! I was waiting for something which work from Firaxis!

The next one is “Railroad Tycoon 3”, it’ll be fast… it doesn’t launch. So I’m in the impossibility to evaluate it…

Then the last one, and the only one which work perfectly, a game of 1998… “Railroad Tycoon 2”, what to say… A bit old fashioned form the graphic point of view but really complete.

I hope this evaluation will help you.
Oh a last thing, I’m not writing in my own language and it’s my first evaluation so… be indulgent!
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
PSA: DONT BUY ON WINDOWS 8!

Completely broken on Winodws 8. Cannot manage to get through the tutorial even before it crashes. There are several reports on the forum.
Posted: October 11
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
I got this game as part of a bundle. Initially I wasn't very drawn towards it, as I find trains quite boring.

However, the moment I tried this game, I've been stuck on it non-stop, even forgetting to eat at times! So far I've sunk 400+ hours into this just last week and I'm looking forward to the next half-term, so I can lock myself in my room and build some trains in this game.

If you are into games like Skyrim, Call of Duty, Amnesia and Pokemon, you will love this game!
Posted: October 18
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Thoroughly broken on modern systems
Posted: October 5
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Paid $10 and it wont even start.... sigh
Posted: October 18
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1.8 hrs on record
Sid Meier's Railroads is one of the most interesting strategy building games involved trains, that exists out there. In no sence is it accurate to the real world in terms of year and geography is sometimes questionable. In general, its a entertaining experinece playing the game, as you will always attempt to beat your AI competitors. After playing for an hour or two, that when you realizr, you own all the railorads or nothing if you lost, and your ready to quit the game and play a month later. Its a nice leasure game, though through, for the most part, and worth having on a boring weekend to kill some time.
Posted: September 26
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7.0 hrs on record
Amazing design, simple interface, great replayability, everything works.
overall great game.
Posted: October 18
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48.3 hrs on record
How old is this game?? When was it released?? Doesn't matter still playing !! Despite a decent library I find myself throwing time at this old tested and true gem. That will end for awhile when Beyond Earth drops but I will come back. Oh yes I will.
Posted: October 19
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9.1 hrs on record
I have spent WAY more time on this than I would ever think I would have. I just wish the camera angle could change, but for an older game like this. It's a lot of fun.
Posted: October 11
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
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72.5 hrs on record
love this old game!!
Posted: October 1
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3.4 hrs on record
Best railroad game!
Posted: October 2
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27.6 hrs on record
Great game. I recommend playing each level without AI competetors in order to get a handle on the economics, set up, and general game play of the game. Once you do that its pretty smooth sailing to win the other levels of the game (with or without AI).

The game is GREAT fun, an easy simulator/tycoon game with less micro management than rollercoaster tycoon, but more than a simple simulation game. I recommend if you are looking for a fun railroad game, an easy going game, or a fun tycoon game!

Also buy the tycoon collection to get all 3 railroad games. Its cheaper and the other games are worth it!
Posted: October 2
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52.0 hrs on record
A gem of a transport/trade simulation game.

Simple mechanics - build rail lines -run trains - transport things and people - earn money - manage your finances - grow your company . After you start losing to AI bots - you start seeing the finer nuances that the game packs below that obvious layer of simplicity. The effects of terrain , random events ,the stock market , aggressive expansion slowly start to make sense. Like any Sid Meier classic- this one grows better with time.

Sadly, the multi-player aspect is gone . The graphics are surely out -of-date but in no way ugly. I had to download a patched file from pcgamingwiki - for a memory bug to be handled. Heck this game is old - ok ? It needs some help from you to run well on modern systems. But for me, the simple tweaks are totally worth the experience.

I wish this was remade today with Steam Workshop support and modern graphics - with no changes to the basic mechanics. Please Mr. Sid ... VOLVO PLS ?
Posted: October 4
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4.7 hrs on record
Talking about this game without consider his "emotive" part is an error. This is a delicious game that bring the player in the wonderful world of trains and railways, from the dawn to the future, through the main steps of trains history, with technologies and "leaders". A little Civilization about railroads.
All this is accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack that puts greater emphasis on the veil of nostalgia permeating in the game.

Only one flaw: sometimes tha game crash during the game because a bug, and i don't think that this error will be fix.
Posted: September 28
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0.6 hrs on record
04 oct 2014, 72%, maybee because of better graphic, gameplay and control are not as easy as Railroad Tycoon.
Posted: October 4
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4.6 hrs on record
Pretty fun for a few hours, then gets a bit boring. I got it in the humble bundle so I feel it was worth it.
Posted: October 8
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