Railroad Tycoon 3 features 25 scenarios challenging players to recreate magnificent feats of railroading history from around the world. Players can lay track (including tunnels and overpasses), pick from over 40 locomotives from early steams to modern bullets, choose to haul over 35 types of cargo in a dynamic economy, and participate in...
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Mostly Positive (227 reviews) - 73% of the 227 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 23, 2003

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

 

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Railroad Tycoon 3 features 25 scenarios challenging players to recreate magnificent feats of railroading history from around the world. Players can lay track (including tunnels and overpasses), pick from over 40 locomotives from early steams to modern bullets, choose to haul over 35 types of cargo in a dynamic economy, and participate in an advanced stock market.
The new 3-D engine takes the franchise to the next level, allowing smooth scaling from an 'eye in the sky' view of an entire continent down to super detailed close-up of a beautifully modeled train, building, or just the landscape.
Railroad Tycoon 3 also includes more multiplayer support than its predecessor, integrating an on-line chat and matchmaking service. To top everything off, the game's soundtrack features another installment of some of the best authentic blues, bluegrass, and Americana music around.

Multiplayer available in LAN mode only.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows 2000/XP (only), 400 mhz, 128 MB RAM, 1.2 GB Free Disk Space, 16 MB 3D Video Card, mouse, and keyboard, DirectX compatible sound card with speakers/headphones recommended.
Helpful customer reviews
38 of 56 people (68%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Don't get me wrong, I love this game. However this is another case of steam selling you something knowing full well it won't run "out the box." Users of modern systems will almost certainly need to download a modded config file just to run, and even then expect frequent crashes.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
84.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
The game gets a thumbs up. Classic and tons of fun.
Edit: It does seem to crash very frequently, however. I guess that's what you get with a game as old as this one.

Cannot, however, give a thumbs up to Steam support on this one. As many others have said, you will most likely find that it crashes within seconds of launching the app. This is because of a default setting that conflicts with just about every modern video card. You won't be able to get into the settings menu to fix this, crashes too quckly. If you run into this problem, you will have to go to a third party site and download an updated config file, replace the original, and then the game will function. The file is safe, the people who created this have my gratitude, but customers SHOULD NOT have to be subjected to downloading a file from a third party site in order to use a product they've been charged for. Upon contacting Steam support, they offered no assistance with this matter. I asked for a refund, was denied (i was outside of the timeframe so that was expected), but I also received no attempt from support to get the game running. The last part should not have happened, no excuse for that. At that point, I finally went ahead and downloaded the file (I was not comfortable doing this). Glad to say it worked :)

Steam continues to sell a game with a well documented issue that they're aware of. If you do purchase this game, be prepared to go through the process I've explained (check the guides section for this game), or to request a refund. Thank you to the community for helping resolve this issue for myself and many others, you shouldn't have had to do that. Hope this saves someone a headache.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
107.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
This game crashes every time I try to launch it. I really wish I could play this old favorite again.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
75.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Don't get this game, it sucks your soul so far in that the cleanest waters of heaven can't wash of the smell of trains and coal
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015
great game as i grew up playing this game, i dont play the campaign as it doesnt interest me, the aspect of building a railroad your way. suppling cities and just watching a a train explore your tracks was fun, sadly its not supported anymore and not even a mod to make it work again works for me
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