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 (34 reviews) - 52% of the 34 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mixed (1,013 reviews) - 66% of the 1,013 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 (34 reviews)
Overall:
Mixed (1,013 reviews)
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Dukep6
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Really a fun game to play!
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QuetzalCthulhu
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
I was really into trains as a kid, so I played this game a lot and loved it. And I still love it, but the graphics give me such a migrain that I can't play. It's not that they look bad. They hurt my eyes.
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bigthunder1234
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
very fun game i would recommend it to any one liking trains or just have children that like trains as well.
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Bear312
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Fun Game, brings back soo many memories...

10/10
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Johnnybone
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Well, unlike some other reviewers, I've been lucky and it doesn't crash for me (not that I remember anyway).
I think of it as an excellent game on a casual(ish) side. If you enjoy building railroads and watching trains go by carrying stuff from town to town, it's a very nice little gem. For me, it's one of those games that I enjoy when on holidays and feel like passing some time.
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ghoskins
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Keeps crashing in mid-game
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yellowpirateman
( 15.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
i think the game is great but the down side is that it always crashes
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Spray and Pray
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
The game is a total waste of money and harddrive space because it crashes all the time...
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Nemron1
( 147.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
After playing this game over 100 hours, i got the hang of it (kinda mastered it)
and like it alot! I wish it had more scenarios available to play without having to download them from 3rd party people. I'll recommend this game for sure!
Players have complained about this game crashing alot. I have found a fix for that in an very active forum on steam. The problem was solved for me. It only crashed once on me after countless hours of playing. I will continue playing until then... toot toot!
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Gentleman Jack
( 114.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
If the game would stop crashing it would be a great game but since it does crash quite often than it is no longer a great came but an irritating annoyance. DON'T BUY IT. They refuse to fix so don't waste your money.
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lee_barry_banks
( 234.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
sick
need a new 1
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xCrust3r
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
The game really tends to crash all the time, however there is a fan-made patch that helps the issue a bit. The game itself, apart from technical problems, is really awesome. Nice graphics and very enjoyable gameplay, would like to play a similar newer game and hope it will come out some day.
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Xaniy
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
As has been mentioned before, regular crashes do happen. I picked this game up for £0.79 so I am not overly concerned about having a dud.

As a big fan of RT2, I was hoping for a slightly more up to date version, yet I found it dissapointing due to the following two things: Lack of a campaign mode, and only being able to build track upon an existing line. Couple this with the crashes and I only played about an hour before I returned to previous versions.

Had I payed more than £1 for this I would be a lot more annoyed than I am.
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Zumx
( 88.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
Amazing. Minus for the crashing and lack of multiplayer support.
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gake
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
Lagging, visual glitches... meh.
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PorkFriedLice
( 164.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
Simply put, if you can run this game, you're too smart to enjoy the game.

After the long hurdle of actually getting the game to launch, you'll inevitably realize that you barely feel challenged even at the hardest setting. Sure, it looks pretty but the map is so small and disaproportionate-looking that, the more you play, all the pretty toy trains and tracks will look overcrowded. Sadly, the only alternatives worthy of recommendation to this game are Railroad Tyoon 2 and 3. For those, you'll be challenged both intellectually and graphically.
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sam.hamlet03
( 81.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
so were do i get the full us map
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Epistemophiliac
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
Decent game with graphics that are holding up - but buggy...
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ldedric
( 40.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
Older game with memory errors, crashes randomly, no support, no mods, nobody listening.

It's a very simple sandbox game not much thought put into it.
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h_is_4_harry
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
This game seems like it could be fun, but it crashes, everytime...
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
As has been mentioned before, regular crashes do happen. I picked this game up for £0.79 so I am not overly concerned about having a dud.

As a big fan of RT2, I was hoping for a slightly more up to date version, yet I found it dissapointing due to the following two things: Lack of a campaign mode, and only being able to build track upon an existing line. Couple this with the crashes and I only played about an hour before I returned to previous versions.

Had I payed more than £1 for this I would be a lot more annoyed than I am.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
147.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
After playing this game over 100 hours, i got the hang of it (kinda mastered it)
and like it alot! I wish it had more scenarios available to play without having to download them from 3rd party people. I'll recommend this game for sure!
Players have complained about this game crashing alot. I have found a fix for that in an very active forum on steam. The problem was solved for me. It only crashed once on me after countless hours of playing. I will continue playing until then... toot toot!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Fun Game, brings back soo many memories...

10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
The game really tends to crash all the time, however there is a fan-made patch that helps the issue a bit. The game itself, apart from technical problems, is really awesome. Nice graphics and very enjoyable gameplay, would like to play a similar newer game and hope it will come out some day.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
byfar the BEST railroad tycoon game i have ever played.the vinilla version crashes a TON,but you can fix that,and trust me,if you are a railroad fan,this is the game for you i have +30 hours within 3 days of buying it. Sid Meier`s Civilization did well,and this did GREAT.over 20 trains to choose from in-game,good graphics,runs smoothly,i love everything about it.plus,the game has a train table mode (sandbox) where you have unlimited money,all the trains,no competers,and the classic towns of the north american region.in the game you have two options,to invest in other companies shares,or to thrive on your own and join forces with other companys.as the years go by,towns get bigger,new trains are invented,and people want transport! You can transport cargo,passengers,or both.You transport resources to manufactuers,goods to cities,and people to the world!

TOTALLY RECCOMMENDED
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
164.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Simply put, if you can run this game, you're too smart to enjoy the game.

After the long hurdle of actually getting the game to launch, you'll inevitably realize that you barely feel challenged even at the hardest setting. Sure, it looks pretty but the map is so small and disaproportionate-looking that, the more you play, all the pretty toy trains and tracks will look overcrowded. Sadly, the only alternatives worthy of recommendation to this game are Railroad Tyoon 2 and 3. For those, you'll be challenged both intellectually and graphically.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
It's true what they say about the crashing, however there's a fix that only takes about 5 minutes (replacing the .exe file). The game itself is good fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
63.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
All 'bout this crasing game is lies. I've got a bad HP laptop and the game is running fine with medium settings. Enjoy the game. 8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
114.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
Great game. Sid Meier does not fail to impress. Very fun to play with the trains, economy and connecting resources.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Never ran right. Still the so called fixes did nothing. It still kicks me and shuts down. I liked the game too. They should fix it!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
This game seems like it could be fun, but it crashes, everytime...
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
141 of 164 people (86%) 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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84 of 111 people (76%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
Crashes like hell , unplayable. buy only in a bundle
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
This is a great and underrated game. IT DOES crash a lot but there are workarounds available! (They don't work for everybody though) http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1090651

I've been using the modified .exe method for several years before picking this up on Steam and haven't had a crash since.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
Great classic from Sid Meier.

This game doesn't deserve the mixed reviews from the steam community as it is a very good game that passed the test of time and it's only flaw it's the compatibility with new systems, which can easly be solved in 5 minutes without any particular skill.

I will post this easy procedure here, as I'm seeing in the other reviews that many people are having problems with the game constantly crashing:

  1. Download http://www.smrsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/SidMeiersRailroads3GBEnabler.zip and extract it in a folder, which I'll call "Patch folder" from now on
  2. Go in your game folder (usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Sid Meier's Railroads) and copy "Railroads.exe" in the previously created "Patch folder"
  3. Now go in the "Patch folder" and run Startme.bat (NOT as administrator)
  4. A command prompt will show up, press enter and then press A. Some text will show telling you that "Large Address Aware" has been enabled.
  5. Press enter and then E to close the prompt
  6. Now copy the file Railroads.exe in the "Patch folder" back to the game folder (again, usually at C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Sid Meier's Railroads)
  7. Run the game from either Steam or Railroads.exe and enjoy this great game!

I hope this fix will be of any help to whom is having issues with the game crashing.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
About as stable as a blind terrorist with a middle ear infection, one leg and cerebral palsy crossing a tightrope at 200 feet balancing 300 pounds of TNT on his head directly over an orphanage and about to sneeze.... Fix... This.... Game.....
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2015
It laks depth, but it's a decent game with funny graphics and child-friendly gameplay. However, I don't play tycoon games to be amused, I played them because I don't own a railways company and this one simply doesn't have what I am looking for.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
65.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
The price for 10.99 is just fare enough to try it out and I do recommend playing the game, espcially if you're into table top train modles, world design and engine unity. I gamed for two hard weeks because I really enjoyed screwing around with the Gmod style track placement. (Which is to me the best part of the game.) The business system in the game is simple to follow though I do wish it was more in depth. Map's are neat and well designed but little bit to small for six players at a time. If you really uncertain put in your wishlist and wait for a Steam sale and give this game a try!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Great Sim Game, only problem it crashes alot, you need to google the fix, its very easy
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