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.
User reviews: Very Positive (153 reviews)
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.
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
$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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 20
Casual, addictive and amazing graphics make this classic still a wonderful game to play. Worth the time you spend building your empire.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
RT2 is awesome, looking its age but it still plays really well. Challenging, lots of replay value.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 27
This is een oldie but great game. You will have to make railroad connecties with different city's. But you will start with a simple train and a connection between to towns. It's 1700 so your train will go slow and hills are difficult to come over. You need to make money to can get connected to another town. You need to consider what you can offer and what the other town needs. When you can't provide what the other town needs you will make no money. it's a time consuming game but i like it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
287.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I love this game, it can easily eat up a day on the weekend. The graphics while not amazing are just fine for an old game. The random spawning map can make the same scenario extremely hard or very easy, depending on your luck. It has great replay value. If you enjoy a transport/finance type game then this one is a must have for 5 bucks.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
This one holds up surprisingly well considering it's over a decade old. Great economic sim and very engaging once you get the hang of things.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
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 (https://codeload.github.com/oseparovic/RRT2Maps/zip/master << 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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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
This RT2 is older but I have always enjoyed playing it!

The game can be complex or simple and long or short.


If you like tycoon games then you should try this one.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
84.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
I own Skyrim, Far Cry 3, Fall Out New Vegas and a whole bunch of other stuff, but this is the game I can't stop playing. It's cheap. Buy it!!
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Went into debt

couldn't keep up with the payments

had to sell stock

died alone and poor

10\10 real life simulator
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
139.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
downloaded the game to get the music from it. Could not get it. but ended up playing this classic for hours. love this old game.
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83 of 88 people (94%) 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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49 of 52 people (94%) found this review helpful
603.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
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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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
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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16 of 20 people (80%) 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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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2013
Used to play this game years ago and it has aged well. A fun and challenging game! Would definately recommend it. For me it has more replyability then RTIII, but that is probably me being sentimental!
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
If you are after a game that you have to use your brain and work things out, have a strategy plan then this is a nice little game for you. It might be one of the oldies but thats also what makes it appealing.
You will have a blast.
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
Aged like fine wine.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2013
Buying this game was an accident but it's kind of fun so probably not a bad thing. It's got trains and buisiness management, honesly not that bad
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