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...
User reviews: Mostly Positive (149 reviews)
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
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
★★★☆☆

Railroad Tycoon 3 is a management strategy and railroad building simulator. As an enterprising tycoon (yes, an ACTUAL tycoon) of the 19th century or 20th century, build a railroad empire across a multitude of landscape, laying or acquiring tracks and locomotives, ferrying people and cargo, investing in your (or your competitor's) stock and industries, while the cities around grow and more advanced steam, diesel and electrical engines are invented.

Pros: As a train company, you have a large amount of decisions you can make, although the game has a faily enough simplified interface to avoid over-complication. A variety of options are available for the tracks you lay, the stations you build, the train engines you purchase and the cargo you haul. As time goes by, new technology and world modernization adds additional options, anywhere from new bridge types to new engine technologies (coal, diesel, electrical). Cities and industries are dynamic and take shape based on how much your company help them: cities will grow as you ferry passengers, new industries are build as cities grow, new cargo are available for import or export as new industries are built. You also get to manage stocks, whether issuing or buying it back, buyingt competitor's stocks for hostile takeover, and even influance how much power the shareholders have over your decisions from your own stash of stocks you can buy from your hard-earned salary as president of the company. The game also offers a large list of geographical locations to base your games, and game types such as goal-achieving scenarios, randomized games or straight sandbox.

Cons: The graphics are showing their age a lot. You have limited randomization options and the land masses are pre-generated. You are limited to a single, continuous or branching railroad, unable to plant additional stretches if it doesn't connect to your existing track. Depending on the difficulty, competing tycoons are both extremely agressive and extremely dumb in their track laying stretegy.

Verdict: Even today, Railroad Tycoon 3 remains fun and is still the best incarnation of its genre: neither too realistic nor too gamy/dumbed-down. If you like this sort of game and don't mind the aging look, you'll find plenty of options in this game, well worth the price!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
This is an old classic. I know it says not compatible with Windows 7 but it runs just fine on my 6 core AMD Windows 7 64 bit Pro with Nvidia GT750Ti graphics. The textures are kinda meh because it is an older game but it still looks rather nice even today. I do recommend this old classic but, as always with the compatibility issue your results may vary depending on computer configuration. 10/10
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82 of 87 people (94%) found this review helpful
42.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013
The system requirements of this game confuse me. It says that it will not run on Windows Vista or Windows 7, but it's running fine for me on Windows 7 and I didn't have to do anything to make it work. I simply installed it and it worked. Now, to the game. I really enjoyed playing Railroad Tycoon 3, being my first Railroad Tycoon game on PC (after having played Railroad Tycoon 2 on the PlayStation 2) and in my opinion, it is a much better and simpler game to play than its predecessors
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40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
152.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2014
Ah Railroad Tycoon 3, my childhood. Before I go any further, the game WILL work on Vista and Windows 7. Go to http://hawkdawg.com/ to find patches for blurry textures and the Vista fix.

Railroad Tycoon 3 is the third installment of the Railroad Tycoon series. Developed by PopTop Software and The Gathering of Developers, Railroad Tycoon 3 introduces the 3D engine to the Railroad Tycoon series. Railroad Tycoon 3 has three main game modes. Campaign, Sandbox, and Scenarios. If you want to play a challenging campaign mode, you have it, or if you just want to go and lay some track, you can do that too. In campaign mode, there are three difficulties; Easy, Medium, and Hard. You can choose between 25 different games to choose from, and can go from left to right, or start at the hardest one. In scenario mode, you play against a computer player on a selected map, and race to be the highest company to win. In sandbox mode, you pick a map and time period, and then go have fun!

If you feel like you want to develop for the game, you can create skins and maps too. Railroad Tycoon 3 introduces a new map editor, making it easy to create maps. Unfortunately, it has a few issues, but I will talk about those later. Inside the map editor, you can import grey-scaled maps defining the height of a map, and add trees, rivers, oceans, and many more!~
Probably the best thing about this game is the community support. Railroad Tycoon 3 has a huge community, primarily the one at hawkdawg.com. There you can find unofficial patches, maps, trains, and other things to enhance your Railroad Tycoon 3 experience. Sign-up there today!

Overall, Railroad Tycoon 3 is amazing. The game is far superior to it’s successor Sid Meier’s Railroads, and some may argue that it’s predecessor Railroad Tycoon II, is better. All three games can be purchased in the Railroad Tycoon bundle, which is an amazing price for what you get. If you wait for a Steam sale, you get an incredible deal.
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36 of 37 people (97%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Works on Win 8.1, follow this thread http://steamcommunity.com/app/7610/discussions/0/846944689739633056/.

One of my favourite tycoon games.
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