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 (1,027 reviews) - 66% of the 1,027 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 16, 2006

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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! 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

    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
    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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Constant crashes make it not worth devoting much time to, plus it's just not as fun of a game as RR Tycoon 1 and 2. It might have grown on my but constantly having to restart the game got tiresome really fast.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
The game is broken without 3rd party patches. Bad sign to begin with.

But this isn't Railroad Tycoon, or even a really compareable knock-off. It's not a grand strategy, or even much of a strategy. It's a rather simple game, with rather limited options that just make it kind of... Bland.

Because, lets be blunt. If you're playing a railroad game, you're okay with getting in depth, and micromanaging. It's a VERY dry medium, even if it can be quite enjoyable. This game doesn't offer that.

And, the ai is just unbearable. It's (sometimes) competent at managing finances and turning a profit, but not reliably, solely because it builds really frustratingly. A combination of ugly, inefficient and sprawling, to the point where it will unintentionally block you (or itself) from expanding. Typically the latter.

I was surprised I'd heard nothing about this game until years after it's release. Turns out there was a reason for it.
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200 of 227 people (88%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
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
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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97 of 103 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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! 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 90 people (97%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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144 of 171 people (84%) 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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223 of 312 people (71%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2015
!! The product description should contain a warning that it's not compatible with 64-bit Windows versions !!

This game CRASHES FREQUENTLY when running on Win 7 Ultimate (64-bit) and the same happens on my portable PC running on Win 8 64-bit.
I've played it for ~10 hours and the game has stopped working about 15 times...

(I've not tested it on 32-bit Win so I don't know if the game works satisfying on other OS versions)

I'm glad I only paid 2,49 EUR when it was on sale in the Steam-store.
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84 of 113 people (74%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
Crashes like hell , unplayable. buy only in a bundle
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39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
116.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
Upon installing Sid Meier's Railroads, I was immediately taken by the game's intuitive design and the straightforward interface. This way, players are given a chance to enjoy the game and its numerous traits, regardless of their previous experiences with train sims. So, all it takes is going through the simplified 5-minute tutorial, and you should be ready for the challenges that come with the game's single-player and multiplayer modes. Sid Meier's Railroads boasts a unique way of allowing the player to get into the game as quickly and easily as possible. In addition, several single-player scenarios are on offer as well as a range of well-designed multiplayer maps.Firaxis managed to disregard any aspects of the gameplay that could burden the player or create unwanted micromanagement issues. Also, there's a choice of over 30 different industries to purchase and organize, 20 resources to manage and over 30 unique train models to produce and utilize. Each scenario revolves around completing a wide range of tasks, after which you can look forward to many cool bonuses - thus improving your cash balance and instituting a more stable economy for future endeavors.Looking at the graphics, Sid Meier's Railroads includes just about everything you can hope to find in a train-sim. Realistic and colorful surroundings and detailed locomotive models manage to capture the player's eye almost straight away. As your very own mass transit system begins to take shape, you'll be able to acknowledge the developer's admirable attention to detail. In closing, this game is catchy and has a little something for everyone.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 26
Good time killing game. Sometimes fun to play.
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Daniel Scott
8.4 hrs
Posted: October 19
This game needs more depth. It's got a good hook but is shallow beyond that.
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14.0 hrs
Posted: October 16
pleasant game :)
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105.7 hrs
Posted: October 12
it is gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood
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53.6 hrs
Posted: October 10
If you excuse the semi-frequent crashing (easy to do if you set it to autosave every minute, so you never lose any progress), this is a rail tycoon game that has aged remarkably well. It's easy to set your own balance between building for profit and for fun, and the interface is really simple to use. You can also buy into and build up industries across each map and there are plenty of graphs and statistics handy for you to keep a close eye on your progress. The graphics still work well even in full screen, and the sound is great.

It's just a shame that this game has never been updated. I think a version of this with better graphics, online multiplayer, and mods through Steam Workshop (for extra maps, engines, and industries) would do really well - it has the world renowned Sid Meier name on it, after all.
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14.4 hrs
Posted: October 8
Railroads is a fantastic way to play trains and to be a financial robber baron too.
It's a very worthy successor to Railroad Tycoon.
Unfortunately you get the occasional crash (and I don't mean trainwreck!)
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6.7 hrs
Posted: October 7
Lots of fun! If you like SimCity youll enjoy this also.
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21.0 hrs
Posted: October 4
best railroads sim-strategy game. ever.

although might not as deep as railroad tycoon III on management part, but it easy up the learning curve.

dont forget to check comunity content for additional fun.
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