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 (26 reviews) - 65% of the 26 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (1,023 reviews) - 65% of the 1,023 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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Mixed (26 reviews)
Overall:
Mixed (1,023 reviews)
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Siskoprofit
( 30.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Trains. Glorious Trains. If you like trains and Simulation games this is a nice accessible title. Would love to see a remake and take it further. I think it's just more fun than other train games which focus on high detail and miss the fun of this title.
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[BB]QQ
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Sadly this game is buggy as hell. It crashes on Win 10 constantly and others report the same issues for Win 8. Unless you have a really old PC, dont bother.
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Wanders
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
The game crashes 2-3 times for each game/map I play. Really ruins the experience.

The gameplay in the game is worse than most other train games I've played. I was a big fan of Railroad Tycoon 1,2 and 3. And this is not a match for those. And Transport Tycoon is so much better, even when playing with trains only. - And that is free, stable, and with an active multiplayer community.

In short, dont spend even a single buck on this, and go download openttd and have a ton of fun.
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flyerbait
( 606.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
I have had this game for a while, and its quite fun, though there are a few tricks to it, and now and again the computer seems to loose the plot, be warned it cheats, if it sees that you are attempting to connect to a city, it will race you to it and force you to spend more to build a bridge over its line or a tunnel underneith, One thing i do like about it is that it can be run in a window, while you watch or listen to music or videos as you play, build carefully as you go, work out where you can produce steel or paper and ship it to a newspaper or car/bomb maker, it will make you serious coin, buy up your businesses as well, they pay off in the long run. buying up a competator can get you a second station in some cities, which is great if you have a lot of traffic, i will sometimes let the enemy expand for this reason before i buy them out, then rebuild their railroad. dont be afraid to restart if you get a crap map placement, sometimes you will have nothing near you to use and make money immediately, its a near impossible position to win from, so restart another map, throw the dice and see if you get good industries near by. Enjoy!
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VivSter1994
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Crashes on windows 7 everytime after a few minutes of play...

Been looking for solutions but nothing as of yet...
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Olsun
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Overall the game works for me in windows 10. Changing resolution sometimes crashes the game if you fiddle around to much. I think you can get around it by changing the resolution in Settings.ini File in the game folders. Otherwise I really loved playing the demo on steam and got the full game on sale by selling some csgo guns. For nostalgia trip get it's nice. MP is dead sadly but lan games are fun.
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fjk1138
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
I thought this was a neat take on trains and you learn a little history along the way.
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Sadie
( 12.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Product received for free
So this is where your life is at? Virtual railroads. Nice one.
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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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bigthunder90
( 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
( 148.2 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
( 117.6 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Really a fun game to play!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
I thought this was a neat take on trains and you learn a little history along the way.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Overall the game works for me in windows 10. Changing resolution sometimes crashes the game if you fiddle around to much. I think you can get around it by changing the resolution in Settings.ini File in the game folders. Otherwise I really loved playing the demo on steam and got the full game on sale by selling some csgo guns. For nostalgia trip get it's nice. MP is dead sadly but lan games are fun.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
606.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
I have had this game for a while, and its quite fun, though there are a few tricks to it, and now and again the computer seems to loose the plot, be warned it cheats, if it sees that you are attempting to connect to a city, it will race you to it and force you to spend more to build a bridge over its line or a tunnel underneith, One thing i do like about it is that it can be run in a window, while you watch or listen to music or videos as you play, build carefully as you go, work out where you can produce steel or paper and ship it to a newspaper or car/bomb maker, it will make you serious coin, buy up your businesses as well, they pay off in the long run. buying up a competator can get you a second station in some cities, which is great if you have a lot of traffic, i will sometimes let the enemy expand for this reason before i buy them out, then rebuild their railroad. dont be afraid to restart if you get a crap map placement, sometimes you will have nothing near you to use and make money immediately, its a near impossible position to win from, so restart another map, throw the dice and see if you get good industries near by. Enjoy!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Product received for free
So this is where your life is at? Virtual railroads. Nice one.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
148.2 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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3 of 3 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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2 of 2 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
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 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
89.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Amazing. Minus for the crashing and lack of multiplayer support.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3 of 5 people (60%) 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 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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
117.6 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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