Includes Railroad Tycoon II and the expansion The Second Century It can take you from New York to South Africa. It can take you from the year 1804 to the year 2000. It can take you from penniless manual laborer to powerful multi-millionaire.
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Very Positive (303 reviews) - 82% of the 303 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 31, 1998

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Includes Railroad Tycoon II and the expansion The Second Century
It can take you from New York to South Africa. It can take you from the year 1804 to the year 2000. It can take you from penniless manual laborer to powerful multi-millionaire.
It can take you from a normal, well-adjusted, well-rounded person to an obsessed, singled-minded, one-tracked train head. This is a real railroad game, not just a strategy game that happens to involve railroads. If you want to hop on a plane, car or ship, hop on another game.
This game is about trains for people who love trains. Everything about the game is centered around an authentic look and feeling of the railways. Period video and pictures are interlaced with the game. The design and interface are true to the character of the fabled late 1800's railroads. A.I. opponents are based on real people. And all maps are real (based on satellite photography from US Geological Service and other sources).

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows 95/98, Pentium 133 (recommended 166), 16 MB Ram, 100 MB disk space, 1024x768 capable video card AND a monitor capable of this resolution.
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104 of 113 people (92%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
This was a great game when released, but now it's showing its age. It's satisfyingly challenging, especially on the higher difficulty settings.

It's fun laying out your railway and you get a good sense of getting better at the game the more you play it, as you get involved with the more advanced functions, such as personal wealth and the stock market. The differing goals on each level, the changing emphasis depending on the year and the big shift between difficulty levels are easily enough to hold your interest over the long-term. While there's some luck involved, particularly with the economy, success is mostly a case of skill and planning. The economic model is good enough, if not spectacular.

On the downside, the user interface looks and feels like it was designed in 1998 (as it was). It can be hard finding some of the more important functions (or even the existence of them in some cases). I would recommend at least scanning through the manual.

The graphics are perfectly functional - as an isometric rather than a 3D game, they've aged better than most of this vintage. The intra-level cutscenes set the scene for the level quite well. I enjoyed the bluegrass music, even though I'm not a fan of the genre - it fits the pace of the game exactly.

As in common with many games in this genre, there's a "tipping point" at each level where you're sure that you'll be successful. The game has ten speed levels and this comes in very handy at that point.

If you're having trouble deciding, "Railroad Tycoon 3" is definitely the better game, particularly the economic model and user interface. However this can be difficult to get running on modern systems. "Railroads!" is almost a different kind of game, much easier and less in-depth - I didn't like it.

If you like management sims, you should get a lot of enjoyment out of this, particularly as it's so cheap. If you're not sure, or haven't played that style of game much, you'll probably be better off buying something more modern.
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66 of 74 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
845.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2014
This old game is.. just perfecly made... just wish had sources to make it updated to todays computers (Multiprocessing, dirextx). While my wish is not coming true, I just enjoy playing this game.
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42 of 45 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
$5? You wont go wrong buying this! I've been playig since it was originaly released way back in 1998, I belive this is the greatest stratagy/train game (board or PC) ever. The graphics arn't REAL bad, I sure wish they would redo it with improved 1920 x 1080 high resalution graphics, those old trains would really look great! As it is though, they still look ok imo. But if you can get past the grapics, you will not be disapointed. Nice atmosphere too.

10/10 as it sits.

Windows 8 with intel i5 and gforce gpu. Works great!
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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015

Works like a charm on Windows 10. My favorite game of all time finally works again.
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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2014
Railroad Tycoon 2 is in my opinion the best railroad company simulator there ever was.
It is reasonable in difficulty, graphics did not age too terribly and while it is simplified a bit, the corelations between products and different buildings spawning on the map through time give it endless replayability.
It is on par with Transport Tycoon, so If you liked that one, you will also love this game.

It is obviously very old, so approach with caution, If you never actually heard of it before.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 30, 2015
The best railroad game i ever player.
Back to 1998 i was only about 10 years old, this game gave me so much fun.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
This game is kickass! It engages your brain - memory and planning are paramount - while also having an excellent American folk soundtrack of guitars and harmonicas. Daft numbers of scenarios & campaigns, all with inherent replayability, can be boosted to astronomical proportions ( << that's a metric f*ck-tonne of extra maps & scenarios). I have a thing for older games - they tended to be more demanding and more mentally stimulating than modern games - and this fully lives up to those ideals.

The game consists of competing with AI or human-controlled opponents (or not, if that's what you want) to connect trade resources on a map, against the backdrop of a potentially lethal economy and advancing technology. The right scenarios (in the zip I linked to above) will let you go for >150 years - some are even without a time limit - but you typically are presented goals - specific things to achieve by a specific time, in order to get a bronze, silver or gold medal (these goals are usually along the lines of "Connect point x to point y, move twelvety tonnes of cargo K between those two points and amass $------ personal fortune by date z").

I give you fair warning, the graphics aren't going to blow you away, not by a long shot, but the complexity, detail and the intense addictiveness of the game should tickle you if you're prone to being tickled by a game of this type.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
Ahh, Railroad Tycoon II. Another game resurrected from the mists of time and childhood memories of playing this game as a starry-eyed child with my train-obsessed father. Once the shine of nostalgia had worn away a little, however, I found myself able to give a more..objective review of the game. The positives? Well, the music is great, the attention to detail (particularly with the trains and historical aspects) is pretty impressive, and the gameplay, at its core, is quite addictive. As you play, you find yourself eager to expand your railway, to explore the map and find out what locomotive will be unlocked next. There's also an impressive array of scenarios/maps to play, and an amusing level editor. However, one drawback I found is that the game can be rather confusing. There are no proper tutorials, none that I could find anyway (occasional hint boxes hardly count), and it's scarily easy to run out of money, which in turn annoys your investors and nets you a game over. The interface can be rather confusing, and at the risk of sounding stupid, I don't really understand the financial side of the game (bonds and stock, etc) and how that all works. All that being said though, if you can wrap your head around the confusing mechanics, this is still a timeless classic of a game, and very enjoyable. Not the best, but definitely recommended as a cheap time-waster.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
An old classic, filled with nostalgia and train steam. The game ranges from simple difficulties where you just relax, transport goods around and build new tracks, to full fledged industry operations where every dollar must be spent wisely, you can compete with the AI or other players at both the train stations and the financial markets, and the goods must be delivered from and to specific locations to get enough profit out of it.

On the wrong side, the UI would have needed way more tooltips, and the game is generally obscure in what does what and why.

Overall, a good choice if you like trains and that old game vibe.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
100.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2015
If you are an analytical, logistics-oriented person who can coalesce money and talent around you to achieve ambitious goals, please submit your application to Railroad Tycoon 2 platinum.

I played this game when it first came out, it's still as solid a title now as it was then, and the mechanics and controls have aged well. While some of the campaign can be quite merciless, I hardly see how that's a problem (considering today's trends towards easy instant satisfaction games).

The AI on the map can leave something to be desired. They build weird routes, and often never expand beyond their two city connections for many years. However, what they lack in physical construction prowess they make up for with their brutal manipulation of the in-game stock market. Which is a peeve, because the market can be very hard to keep up on while you're trying to build a route through rugged mountain terrain, only to find that the dickhole AI has bought out your company, repossessed all of your assets that you put up to start said company, and then locked you out of your office so they can take a big dump on your desk.

But I digress. For the price of the game on the Steam marketplace, you will get a solid return on your investment. hours of fun. Hours of mind numbing track laying, split-screening market trading, and maxing out your profit by alternatively trimming routes and tuning the makeup of the various trains that ply them.
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94.9 hrs
Posted: October 20
Best railroad simulation - ever!

Not hard to learn, with endless variations in play.

Sufficient complexity to remain interesting.

Unfortunately, RRT3 and SMR dumbed the game down.
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14.2 hrs
Posted: October 17
Older game I bought because my son was 4 and liked trains. He liked it, even though I never really figured out how to play it right.
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45.3 hrs
Posted: October 3
Such a detailed game with a great editor and sandbox mode. Huge amount of content and a diffculty mode that actually changes the gameplay consdrably on the harder difficulties. Really to call it a rail/transport sim is a diservice, its a ruthless monoplaising capitlaist sim.

Absloutly brilliant for kids as well. With the sandbox mode more then making up for the actually quite challanging tactical/resorce managment gameplay. A game that actually can bring out kids creative and artistic side. It has been an excellent bonding tool with my half brother.

Strongly recomended!
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14.8 hrs
Posted: September 26
I wrote a long review and Steam decided not to save it. Screw you, Steam.

Suffice to say: Random economy changes can screw up your entire level at the drop of a hat (they can also help you, but you shouldn't have to keep restarting or reloading a level just to win it from randomness), and, MORE IMPORTANTLY, the computer AI cheats, getting several times as much profit as you from identical trains, and when they decide to actually use that money early on, before you're able to get ahead, there is no possible way to win the level. Terrible design.

I had a lot of fun with this game growing up (the Gold edition, at least; it feels like they changed the AI going to Platinum), and a lot of nostalgia involved with it, but I'm very glad I didn't pay more than $5. I won't be playing this game again.
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Ruble Noon
76.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
I love the game, this version seems corrupted, I get colored fuzzy TV type lines when i scroll.....seems like a refund or a new game choice would be in order...
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 5
It seems unbelievable that this oldtimer runs on the highway of a Windows-10-OS - but it does, I can confirm that. Now, if you are not so much into trains and economical building sims, it can get boring, but in this case, it is not the fault of the game. It does well what it wants to do. Thumbs up from me!
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Killua #99
3.5 hrs
Posted: August 14
I played this game a bazillion hours on my cd version, Its worth it. You start by forming a company with starting capital and choose your first station. Build tracks to the next city or production area and buy the best train for the route. As you service the area it will grow and become more profitable and you'll get new opportunities to haul cargo. Factories will spring up as it gets more service. This is a definite buy at up to $2.00. Railroad tycoon base is ok too, theres enough scnarios to keep you occupied, Platinum just gives you more continents to play with.
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154.2 hrs
Posted: August 3
This is a great old game! Even with the outdated graphics, it still totally works. The campaigns are very worthwhile.

I guess it's too much to ask for Steam Achievements to be added 18 years after the game was released?
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19.6 hrs
Posted: July 30
I love this game! This is my go to when I am at school waiting for class to start! It reminds me so much of roller coaster tycoon. I love that it is strategic. It takes a lot of thought to get profit from each train. You do not want to run trains that are not making profits. Very fun and entertaining.
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3.6 hrs
Posted: July 20
Kind of fun...classic.
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