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 (25 reviews) - 68% of the 25 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (1,051 reviews) - 66% of the 1,051 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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Recent:
Mixed (25 reviews)
Overall:
Mixed (1,051 reviews)
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Mr. Efbeen
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
great game....
yes, it's crash every time.
you must edit its Hex yourself.
go to http://www.nulano.eu/*laa to fix it.
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vapourfire
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Guys... please read up on this game... you need to fix the large address space issue as this game is OLD>.... it crashes on newer OS.... Google is your friend and you can fix it yourself...

Granted, the devs/steam should fix it or put up a note about this....

As a game it lives up to its promises and is good fun... dont give it a crap review just because a 2006 game struggles to run because of a change in memory management years after it was released and no longer dev'd....

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ExodusCommand
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
I like it, I remember having this game on a CD, I lost it though, but, I found this on Steam, brought back a lot of good memories. The thing is, once you start to get going, you learn to save often as the game randomly stops working and you have to reset your PC if the application won't shut down.
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Illidan The Serial Wrencher
( 15.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
It's a great game. It'd be 10/10 if it didn't randomly crash every 10-20 minutes.
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Yenofthunder
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
A truely great game!
I'm a long time fan of the Civilization series and many more Sid Meier's works, this game is no exception. I'm not a train enthusiast but I played this for the Empire building/Simulation experience. I was totally blown away, I bought this game on physical version in 2008 and later bought the steam version. There is a crashing issue on a lot of later versions of windows but the patch is easy to find and apply. There is a lot of content and maps with tons of replayability, spanning time and continents. As I said, I'm not a train enthusiast but I would say there is a very wide range of trains available with historical descriptions for each (as Sid is known to do).
This game really fills the need I have for a business simulator.
Great game 9/10.
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grapeturn
( 33.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Maybe in a future update (if possible) could you add tenders to the other steam engines, it would make the enignes a little more realistic, plz and thx.
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X_Alpha
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Very fun game, but crashes every 5 minute...
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Norskamerikaner
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Fun railroad building game, perfect for rainy, lazy afternoons. Got it in a bundle so it was definitely worth it. If your game is crashing, please visit http://www.nulano.eu/*laa for instructions on how to hex-edit the game's .exe file to support large address awareness.
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SleepiestRanger
( 23.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
I had a lot of fun.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Fun railroad building game, perfect for rainy, lazy afternoons. Got it in a bundle so it was definitely worth it. If your game is crashing, please visit http://www.nulano.eu/*laa for instructions on how to hex-edit the game's .exe file to support large address awareness.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Very fun game, but crashes every 5 minute...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
I like it, I remember having this game on a CD, I lost it though, but, I found this on Steam, brought back a lot of good memories. The thing is, once you start to get going, you learn to save often as the game randomly stops working and you have to reset your PC if the application won't shut down.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Guys... please read up on this game... you need to fix the large address space issue as this game is OLD>.... it crashes on newer OS.... Google is your friend and you can fix it yourself...

Granted, the devs/steam should fix it or put up a note about this....

As a game it lives up to its promises and is good fun... dont give it a crap review just because a 2006 game struggles to run because of a change in memory management years after it was released and no longer dev'd....

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Crash, crash, crash some more. (This game crashs a lot.)
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
193 of 216 people (89%) found this review helpful
9 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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100 of 106 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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142 of 167 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
This is an enjoyable game, in principle, but it's just too crash-happy. In five hours of play, it must have crashed over 15 times for me, and it can get itself caught in such a state that even though you can re-load autosaves, it'll keep crashing at the same point, effectively ending that particular playthrough.

Edit: As pointed out below, the game issues are likely primarily an age rather than coding/QA thing (although there are still issues with train routing that are a code, not compatibility thing). That said, would recommend a high degree of caution before playing this game on more modern system.s
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90 of 95 people (95%) 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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79 of 83 people (95%) 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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