Being a big fan of simulation games and a model railroader, games which combine the two interests are often quickly added to my collection. Soon after Sid Meier;s Railroads! came out, I purchased it on disk, and played it a pretty good bit. I enjoyed it, but found it rather cartoony and unrealistic, especially compared to earlier titles in the series (Railroad Tycoon 1, 2 & 3.) I also found that your railroad builds up way too quickly and you end up making more money than you could use after about an hour or so on a map. Also the maps are incredibly undersized, and in a matter of a couple hours, you can't build another line because there's nowhere to build it to, from, or across!
Railroads! is rather fun, but I completely lose interest in a map after a couple hours because there's nothing left to do. The scenerios are easy, quick and too few, steam locomotives never have tenders (which just looks wrong on most engines), and there are many features from older versions that are completely abandoned!
So a quick breakdown:
-More approachable for beginners
-Good for quick games, unlike older versions
-Great opening cinematic
-More approachable for non-railroaders
-Very approachable stock market
-Maps are far too small
-No tenders on steam engines
-Maps take less than a couple hours to lose their entertainment value
So my feeling is that if you want a casual Tycoon game, this is for you, but if you're a hardcore Tycoon, try Railroad Tycoon 2 or 3. (My favorite from the series is 2)
Posted: December 23rd, 2013