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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Mostly Positive (27 reviews) - 77% of the 27 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mixed (1,076 reviews) - 66% of the 1,076 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

    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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Mostly Positive (27 reviews)
Mixed (1,076 reviews)
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( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
This is a pretty good game.
Gets a bit repetitive if you play on the easier levels but up the ante and there are some challenges to overcome.

Worth picking up at the current price or lower.
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( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
One of my favorite games EVER. Not many hours on steam but I've logged hundreds of hours out of steam back when I still had a physical copy. That was also back when the game didn't have any crashing issues, not sure what the issue is but I've assumed that it just doesn't play nicely with the newer OS's. it will crash often, there is a way to fix it that you can find in the community discussion section on steam, or just google for a fix and you'll find a number of different forums with help. The replayability is outstanding, the graphics are good considering it's 10 years old. This game is my benchmark gold standard for business sims to this day. I've got a lot of nostalgia slapping me in the face when I play which contributes to my high opinion of the game.

I would recommend this game to my friends but you will have to fiddle with the game to stop the crashes, no way around it at this point.
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Tikes n' Kikes
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
This is a fery fun game, and I've spent a good few hours playing it.
That being said, I have to give it a no, for the sole reason that it is available for free download
Have fun
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( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Quite alright little game after I did the 64-bit hexedit-fix, no more crashes. Simple, easy to learn and quite fun, especially if you like to compete with AI/friends. I felt 5 hours was enough on this game for me though.
I am more inclined towards games like Train Fever & OTTD which has much more depth and advanced rail-laying.
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Microsoft Sam
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
A highly enjoyable title for any fan of Chris Meier or old school tycoon-ing. Very easy to pick up but not comprimised on depth, good game mechanics make this a very replayable game worthy of the Chris Meier hallmark.
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( 29.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
I've been playing railroad simulation games since the original Microprose Railroad Tycoon. Sid Meier's Railroads! feels like it stepped back to the mechanics of the original Railroad Tycoon and improved on it by modernizing the graphics, controls, and sounds to meet the demands of 21st century computer technology. This is one game I am happy to have picked up during the recent Summer Sale on Steam. My only advice is to users of Windows Vista and above; get yourself a second hard drive setup with Windows XP and teach your computer to dual-boot into which Windows you need, when you need them. This game plays very well on an XP system and I highly recommend it even at the regular Steam price.
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( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
Low industry choices.. A lot of bugs. Bad economy. Do not buy this game.
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( 172.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
One of the best rail sim games with trade/economic angle
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UthersonL [PL]
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
Fun and accessible, but be warned: it may be too easy in singleplayer and too chaotic in multiplayer (even against AI).
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
195 of 221 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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100 of 107 people (93%) 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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93 of 99 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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144 of 170 people (85%) 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 88 people (95%) 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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152 of 200 people (76%) found this review helpful
259 people found this review funny
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2015
Periodically crashes, which is nice as it allows me to do things like go outside and eat and not look at trains.
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223 of 317 people (70%) found this review helpful
17 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
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
Crashes like hell , unplayable. buy only in a bundle
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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
51.9 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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59 of 76 people (78%) found this review helpful
78 people found this review funny
162.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2015
Am I allowed to question my sanity for having 162.9 hours in this game?
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