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 (1,009 reviews) - 66% of the 1,009 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 16, 2006

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

 

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
141 of 164 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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 110 people (76%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
Crashes like hell , unplayable. buy only in a bundle
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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