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!
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Mixed (13 reviews) - 61% of the 13 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (1,019 reviews) - 66% of the 1,019 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 16, 2006

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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
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
62.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
i give this game a positive review (with reservations) because i love railroads and the general design of this game is a lot of fun. However, it does lack polish and seems somewhat unfinished. For just a few bucks, though, i think the fun value is definitely worth some of the annoyances. i definitely wish they had loved this one a little more.

The Good:

  • Graphics
  • Music/sound
  • AI is reasonable
  • Easy and fun to get into and play
  • Varied strategic options
  • Animations; Lock Cam mode
  • Gives the feel of a real model railroad

The Bad:

  • Train routing logic/algorithm

    Truly horrible stuff here. Seems like the programmers outdid themselves making this difficult on players. You cannot specify one-way tracks in the game. Also, the track signals are nearly meaningless as trains regularly sit forever for no reason (it seems) at green signals while often ignoring red ones. This often creates traffic jams which cannot be easily resolved without deleting trains.

    Actually, what is usually happening is that trains won't move past a green signal until they see a clear route to a station and a 'free' platform track (part of the routing logic). The game will usually suggest creating another parallel track somewhere to resolve the problem.

    Better solutions seem to be:

    1. Create only point to point tracks limited to one train whenever possible and avoid point to loop, loop to loop, and "shared mainline" routes (although the latter can be done if done properly)
    2. Always have at least two station platform tracks at shared stations
    3. Avoid adding 'extra' signals between stations


  • Game interface/ease of play conveniences

    Sorry, but they didn't spend much time working out how to make the interface user-friendly for ease-of-play. Even the original Railroad Tycoon is much better here. There's only about a hundred or so improvements which could be made to make the game play easier (like adding opponents stations and cargo to the routing/consist interface, putting the opponents stations 'colored dots' on the mini-map, having various messages come up about events (such as opponents building into new towns, etc.)), etc., etc., etc.

    As a result, unless you want to get far behind your opponents (who build track INSTANTLY) you have to pause the game a lot to look around and see what's going on, gather information, etc., which wouldn't have to be done if the interface provided better information.


  • Game scale and pace

    The game is most fun if played in REAL-TIME (without stop-and-go pausing) but, though it starts slowly, as the players progress and there are more trains and stations to manage the pace of the game increases DRAMATICALLY which makes it harder and harder for the player to study and manage all the changing variables. This occurs because as the players' incomes and earning power go up, the costs to build go down.

    Best thing to do is keep your routes as simple as possible, don't put many trains on shared sections of track, and prefer creating new routes rather than fixing old ones (which is costly in terms of 'game-time').


  • Financial and stock market models simplistic and silly

    1. Track building (especially bridges and tunnels) probably not costly enough
    2. No track or station maintenance, only on engines
    3. All industries cost the same (and probably too little)
    4. No local market rates (i.e. as in RRT3), only global ones
    5. Costs go down rather than up
    6. No borrowing or interest rates
    7. Can't protect yourself from being bought out no matter how many stock shares owned

    As a result of this last, every game ends pretty much the same way - a race to stockpile cash to buy out your opponents.


  • Only 15 scenarios, 8 of them multiplayer (is there multiplayer somewhere?)

The Ugly:

Game crashes a lot due to memory errors and flaws in the construction mode when the mouse cursor is held over animations. Supposedly there is a fix for the memory problem.


There's more, but i'll stop here.


CONCLUSION

Okay, so if there's so much that needed to be fixed and improved, why do i recommend this game? Well, despite all this, when it isn't crashing it's SO MUCH DARN FUN!

:)

So, for a few bucks i say OK, but sadly, i wonder how good this one could have been if they cared to put out their best product.

:(
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
380.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
This game keeps Crashing after you get into the middle of the game when your winning.. Never happens when I'm losing..
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
43.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
very fun game, crash can be fixed with a little googling (seems to just be a memory bug where if you have more than 3GB of RAM the game doesn't know what to do).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
I used a fix I found in the forums and I haven't had a single crash. I was a first time player and thought this was a fun game. Relaxing and rewarding.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
I used to love this game, I was young and naive :). I still like it, but more than the game I love the trains. The gameplay is too repetitive and doesn't provide you with creative chalenges. I'm torn realy, it's a nice toy box, but as a game not so much, IMHO.

P.S. Search the discussions for the crash-fix.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
I have a love/hate relationship with this game. Love the game, its fun and challenging, but it just crashes too often. My computer isn't anything special, just an average out of the box, but my husband and son both have custom gaming computers and it still crashes on them as well.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
200 of 227 people (88%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2015
I recommend this game, BUT it is effectively broken... game crashes regularly, and after years it has not been fixed.
Its a good game, with real character. Not fixing it is a damn crime.
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104 of 111 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2013
Very nice Tycoon game. Its similar to the Railroad Tycoon series. Maybe a little bit more casual gaming.
You need to produce goods and deliver from A to B and have an eye for the Money.
In the internet you would find more maps for that game.
For a game released in 2006 it has nice lovely graphics and wonderful melodies.
It's worth it.

Attention: On Windows 8 64 bit Edition it will crashed and only work with a modified GameDate file. And the online multiplayer does not work anymore.
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98 of 104 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Sid Meier's Railroads! is the first train tycoon game I've ever played. I don't know why; tycoon games are one of my favorite subgenres of simulation games, and I love any games having to do with transportation of any type, from cars to ships to farming equipment. In saying that, know that this review is from someone who loves the genre and trains despite being relatively new to the railroad management subset.

Sid Meier's Railroads! is a game that kept pleasantly surprising me. I went into this game figuring I would be building trains and connecting the tracks to various destinations. I hadn't known it would be this in depth, and yet so easy to learn. The game and its userface is extremely user friendly, and it has a short tutorial to teach you the basics. Everything else is figured out by playing scenarios. Since I was brand new to this type of game, I began by selecting a multiplayer map but electing to play first on my own so I could figure things out. That's when I realized that even when not playing competitively, this game is a ton of fun.

You start out by having a city with a small track already built that you can build off of (also, all maps can be randomized, so playing through on the same maps over and over again is different every time). You need to then decide where to go from there. Different cities request different products, and you can deliver it to them from either suppliers or other cities. This gets to be a little more in depth because you can end up having a multiple step process to have one train deliver products to various cities (for example, Train A can be set up to pick up corn from a farm supplier, deliver it to City A, City A will then convert corn to food, Train A will take food to City B, etc.). You can also have trains deliver passengers and mail from city to city. Over the course of history, trains are unlocked that have better performance. It's extraordinarily simple to upgrade these trains to better trains that have been unlocked, and all without hindering its route.

This is essentially the type of gameplay you can expect. To make things more interesting, however, depending on what cities and products you decide to utilize, cities and suppliers will grow to supply your demand and vice versa. By growing, suppliers can supply more resources and more quickly, while cities may be able to hold stock of more resources while space opens up where you can build your own industries. Cities will also request supplies from time to time, offering a cash reward for a certain product. These are some of the reasons that playing a fairly long game refrains from being boring; options are constantly opening up for you.

Competitive mode with the AI is also fun, though I prefer the single player building aspect better myself. With the AI, they will do all the things you do, building tracks, causing cities and suppliers to grow, etc. The difference here is that you are obviously competing for the goal you have set, while also having the option to buy stock in your competitors and eventually merge or liquidate their company by completely buying them out--provided you have enough money.

While this game has been a blast (it makes me regret not trying a railroad management game before this), it does have its problems. On modern systems (I have Windows 7 64bit, for example) the game begins to crash once a good amount of railroads and trains have been built. The game is set by default to restrict itself to using only 1 GB of RAM, and once you've been in a game for a half hour or so, it will surpass this and begin crashing to the desktop. HOWEVER, there are fixes for this (see the community forums). I downloaded a .exe file from http://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Sid_Meier%27s_Railroads! that fixed everything, and haven't had a crash since. Also, the game is set by default to autosave, which saves your game every 60 seconds. Needless to say, even when it was crashing, I'd simply start it right back up and be just seconds away from where I was.

In summary, this game is an amazing game that I would recommend to anyone, particularly simulation, tycoon, and management fans. I haven't been so instantly engrossed in a game in quite some time. I'm so happy I found this!
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87 of 91 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Excelent game! Time just flies playing it. It's simple, fun and insures hours of gameplay. Theres also several different scenarios with different challenges to try and complete.

One thing must be noted however, if there is too many train tracks/trains/stations out in the world, the game is going to crash to desktop since it only supports upto 2gb memory no matter how much memory is installed on your system.

There is a simple fix for this however, download the Sid Meiers Railroads 3GBEnabler and follow the instructions. It removes the 2gb limit and my game hasn't crashed once since.

Definitely recommend the game after the crash fix is applied. 9/10
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andaraja
102.7 hrs
Posted: September 21
This game is very good. Play it in 2007 and when I found it 8 years later on Steam, I decided to buy and always play this game.
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Fawkes
9.0 hrs
Posted: September 20
Sid Meier's Railroads is one of the most engaging games for both train lovers and business simulation fans. You get to lay your own rail network in a scaled down map resembling some real world location such as the United States or the Great Britain, and eventually succeed at your own rail business.

Most games usually (you can customize this) drop you somewhere around the early-mid 1800s and expect you to run your business all the way until the late 20th century. Ofcourse you can retire anytime or you can keep playing endlessly as the freedom offered in this game is pretty big.

Over this period, technology will march on as you will get access to better locomotives, useful upgrades and plenty of cash-grab opporunities.

PROS-

1) Run your own rail empire. Lay tracks, set up stations, determine a train's route and purchase businesses.

2) Customize the way your locomotive looks. Logos, colors and all.

3) Real world History.

4) Great music that captures the mood and setting.

5) Possible LAN/Internet multiplayer with players competing to establish their own rail empire. AI opponents can also be used.

6) Auto-save along with manual save anytime/anywhere options.

7) Customize the way you want to play. Whether you want to relax and have fun or run business on a pressure is upto you. The game doesn't even track if you've finished the single player campaigns. Play as you want, how you want.

CONS

1) Game derails (pun intended) due to plenty of non-fixed bugs. Game crashes to desktop if the AI cannot handle complicated routes sometimes. Thankfully the auto-save feature somewhat mitigates this.

2) AI signalling cannot handle more than two trains on a shared / interwined tracks sometimes. It will end up creating a deadlock on the hardest difficulty as trains are not allowed to pass through in the said difficuly.

3) Practically dead internet multiplayer due to it being reliant on GameSpy Arcade. You must play with friends over LAN or use Tuungle / Hamachi or some other tunneling software for internet play.

If you don't mind facing some annoying bugs, this game will suck your time away like no tomorrow. Get this, probably not at full price, but at a discount. It's worth that much.
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Magerhert
121.7 hrs
Posted: September 14
This is without any doubt, the best train sim game ever made. I really wished more content dlc would have been published. This is my most played game ever (counted in hours). The graphics are really impressive, it is fun every time again, because there are many difficulty settings to choose from. People saying it crashes, yes can be, for me no, because you need enough ram and 64bit game. search google for SidMeiersRailroads3GBEnabler, this enables more than 3GB of ram. Now it crashed maybe ones per 24 hours, you can live with that. If you like sim games and like to build with all freedom and all kind of varieties within the train theme setting I promise you will like it. You can ride and zoom in the trains, the sound and music are great and not so easy as you may think when building real train track from simple one sided tracks to multi tracks, the possibilities are endless.
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freddy07fazbear
9.8 hrs
Posted: September 11
I Love This Game.

Its Really Fun but it crashes sometimes.
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JBergs
7.3 hrs
Posted: September 5
TLDR?

Casual fun builder.

Transport tycoon limited to trains.

Love the game.

Crashes on windows 10, would other wise recommend if you see it on sale :(
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