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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!
Release Date: Oct 16, 2006

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About the 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
26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
740 products in account
111 reviews
4.9 hrs on record
I've always loved business simulations and the kid version of me loves trains. Even though I have both of those things in me, I just didn't like the thought of a railroad tycoon type of game even if it is from the great Sid Meier.

After playing it though, its an enjoyable little game with a competitive element (if you chose). You chose the era to start and era to end the game. The game basically consists of you connecting resources, supply and demand. Resources get generated, such as oil, grapes, crops, livestock, minerals and so on. Then you connect them to towns that need them. A town will have one of three things demanding these resources. You setup the tracks, then make a train route to bring them in. It is just that simple. The towns will grow into cities. When they take the resources, based on what buildings they have, such as livestock and crops will turn into food. Minerals will turn into gold and so on. Then you export them to other towns that need them. The towns will grow into cities and get more buildings and need more resources for you to bring them. New towns will generate too.

The real twist here is a competitive element (if you have AI opponents). Even in single player, you can have up to 3 AI opponents (or no competition). A game of Monopoly really. You can buy stock in the other companies. You can sell your own stock for money. You don't just get money doing routes. You also get money buying facilities in towns and cities. However, when you try to buy them, you'll end up bidding against the AI competition if you have any. You can also construct facilities yourself for a flat fee if there are any available lots in a town or city.

This means, you can play Monopoly and never actually build a railroad. There's a buzz buying out your competition, but I never really felt all that threatened by them, even with all of their tracks around me. The twist of having stock and buying buildings makes the game a lot of fun in a game that wouldn't warrant replays. It is always the same map, BUT there is an option to randomize the land and cities which is very nice.

With all of that said, its a fun, relaxing, yet competitive game (if you have AI or do multi-player), but the only downside is, there's not much variety here. Once you've played one full game, you've played it all. There are victory conditions, but they're not front and center, so there's no focus on it. At $10, if you're into Monopoly style games, or railroading in general, give it a go. Otherwise, wait for a sale.
Posted: April 9th, 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
396 products in account
3 reviews
5.4 hrs on record
The thing about Railroads! is that it is simple, yet addictive. I played this shortly after release and couldn't stop, even though it had the strangest limitations - take the inability to build several independent railroads on one map as an example. Despite its oversimplified character and rather controversial artstyle (though beautiful it looks more like a Toys'R'Us display than a real railroad) it provides good exercise in imagination and the purest of joys - that of building your own tracks and setting your own trains on them to then watch how majestically they deliver cargo and passengers. That itself is enough to really have a blast with the game. Add some nice economic elements and not to shabby AI competition and you have got yourself a nice purchase. Definitely recommend.
Posted: February 23rd, 2014
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
63 products in account
7 reviews
4.6 hrs on record
Great game! Played it many hours before getting it on steam, but it's totally worth it. This game is great and a lot of fun. It combines management and trains which provides money. The goal is to buy all the opposing companies.
If you want to this game online (since the multiplayer servers where shut down) you can use GameRanger which still supports it.

Railroads is a classic Sid Meier game.
Posted: February 27th, 2014
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
333 products in account
64 reviews
0.1 hrs on record
I was so hyped to become the true American man
But it crashes every 2 minutes so I cannot finally fufill my destiny
Such a shame, this could have been the Dota 2 of my life
But no
Game breaking bug
At least I don't have to stare at that hellhole of a place, Trenton
I mean jesus
Posted: April 14th, 2014
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
72 products in account
1 review
14.0 hrs on record
This game crashes under Windows 7. Frequently. Out of the box. Since Microsoft stopped support for Windows XP, this game should be patched by the developer. However, there is a community patch, see reactions to this post
Posted: April 5th, 2014
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85 of 88 people (97%) found this review helpful
520 products in account
6 reviews
14.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: December 6th, 2013
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