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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Be careful if you have windows 8, because it might break your web browser. I loved this game as a kid, and had it on a disk so when I saw it on steam I wanted to relive those good memories. However After trying to play it it always crashes if you hit a button during the intro cinematic, and it sometimes crashes on its own. One time when it crashed I had google chrome open and when it crashed chrome crashed too, and now my chrome is broken, and nothing I've doen has restored it. I now have to use Firefox. If you don't want to use crappy browsers then be careful when buying this game. Also to meet the 5 min requirement to write this review, I had to repeat the crashing intro over several times. It sucked.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
After playing Railroad Tycoon 2 for many, many hours, I thought I would give this title a try (it's fans love the game)...

Pros:
Improved Economy
More clear train maintenance

Cons:
Dated 3D Engine
Environment Lighting
Very weak interface
Unaddressed Bugs (big con)

My recommendation:
If you can get past the fact that this game is run by an early 3D engine, and like management tycoon games, you might enjoy this game (I do). But if you are looking for something that might appeal more to your eyes, stick with Railroad Tycoon 2. It is almost exactly the same except for the few improvements

*** I used Windows 7, there is a fix that changes files in the Configuration folder. Basically the game crashes at startup due to the initial splash screens/videos changing the resolution.
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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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