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!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (405 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 16, 2006

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

 

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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

    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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Like all the rest of Sid Meier's games, it's amazing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I've been playing Railroad Tycoon series since the first edition, yeah... that old one that looked like Civ I...
This edition has pretty nice graphics.
Very Easy to play.
In less then a month I've manage to win in all levels.
So if you're looking for a complex Railroad game, this is not for you.
But if you have little time to spend playing games, I'd recomend this one. You can play the whole game in less then 1 hour. And still have a good amount of fun.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Trains!!!
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14.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
its quite fun my only complaint is it crashes every hour or 2 but exept from that great game
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27.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
This feels just like the original RailRoad Tycoon, which I loved. Obviously the graphics are much better, but the game mechanics feel very familiar.

It does have stability issues on Windows 7, so save often.
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7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I love this! Better than Railroad Tycoon 3 and Train Fever! Love the Mesa map!
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9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
AMAZING train game it's got ok graphics really cool economics and just, really fun but not to easy or hard PERFECT mwah!
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47.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Unbelievably fun if your into business management games. You do have to download the windows 7 fix to get it to run on windows 8 and 7. This game is really easy to learn and mildly difficult to master.
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6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
The game is fun but crashes too often :(
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107.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Awesome game! I came across this one while looking for railroad tycoon. A big favorite of mine. This is an awesome addition to my collection. If you like strategy games this is easily a must have!
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5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
If you have Windows 7 and love to play games about an hour before they crash and drop you out then this is the game for you! I can't speak for all configurations using Win 7 but, I can say that mine RELIABLY dumps me from the game after about 45 minute EVERY time I play. If you spend money on this I hope you get better reults than I did.

The game (when you get to play it) is great and I think gameplay still holds up today even if the software does not.
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3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Next to the Civilization games, I think I have found my second time-waster.

Thanks, Sid Meier.
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5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Old game remodelled. Lots of details and loads of fun. Simple and enriching that bygone era ~ 7.5//10
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8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
This is a cute, fun little game. It can get deep and intensive, if you like, or it can be a relaxing way of spending a few hours, developing an idylic network of rails. Personally wouldn't spend big bucks on it, but for anyone who likes trains, it's a great little diversion. If you like this style of gameplay, in a competitive sense, it's even better.
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Crash,Crash,Crash
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14.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
...a lot of good intentions, but too many bug and crashes
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31.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
This game is very addictive. You choose historical locations and play through time periods. The achievements in the game match the historical development of the region as technology progressed as those countries grew. You build a railroad empire by connecting raw materials with prodution facilities and then spreading finished goods and passengers. The more businesses you own that produce finished goods the more money you make. The graphics are really good, its an old game and it still looks good. The terrain features and plotting of railroads work very well.

Throughout a game, you upgrade your trains and stations to keep in line with technology and to control maintenance costs. You have stock in your own company to sell at first, but you have to buy it back or someone might buy you out of the game. You can also purchase other players stock. This can be a good investment stragegy as you can sell high, but a major goal of the game is to buy out all your competitors. The music is very amusing. You feel like you are gold digging in the Old West. There are several included historical regions that range form Southwest and Northeast United States to Germany/France and England. You can also generate maps based on certain scripts, such as no hills or mountains. There is a multiplayer but I don't think it is used much.

Definitely a good game. The songs get stuck in your head.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
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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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Excellent game for all economics and trains lovers. Like original Railroad Tycoon game from Sid Meier. A bit boring without AI competition, so you should always play against AI. After short tutorial game is quite easy to get into.
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