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Sid Meier's Railroads! marks the return of the watershed title in simulation/strategy gaming that launched the popular "tycoon" genre, and inspired a new generation of games. Sid Meier's Railroads!
Release Date: Oct 16, 2006

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$9.99

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Includes 3 items: Sid Meier's Railroads!, Railroad Tycoon 3, Railroad Tycoon II Platinum

About the Game

Sid Meier's Railroads! marks the return of the watershed title in simulation/strategy gaming that launched the popular "tycoon" genre, and inspired a new generation of games. Sid Meier's Railroads! comes home to its original creator, the legendary Sid Meier, who, together with his team at Firaxis Games, will take this game to a whole new level of fun!
The greatest railroad building game of all time is back in a vibrant 3D world delivering exciting multiplayer options, streamlined interface and unmatched gameplay, that's easy to learn yet challenging to master. Creators of the world's best strategy game, Civilization IV, Sid Meier and Firaxis Games put you in charge of building the greatest rail empire in the nation - managing trains, cargo and your bottom line - while engaging in all-out corporate warfare against rival tycoons, slick entrepreneurs, and robber barons!

System Requirements

    Minimum
    Windows 2000, Windows XP
    1.4GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent
    512 MB RAM
    64 MB Video card with hardware pixel and vertex shaders (GeForce 3, Radeon 8500 or better)
    DirectX 7 compatible sound card
    1.7 GB of free disc drive space
    Recommended
    Windows 2000, Windows XP
    2.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent (or better)
    1GB RAM
    128MB videocard with pixel shader 2.0 support (Radeon x800, GeForce 6800)
    DirectX 7 compatible sound card
    1.7 GB of free disc drive space
Helpful customer reviews
72 of 74 people (97%) found this review helpful
422 products in account
6 reviews
13.5 hrs on record
Very nice Tycoon game. Its similar to the Railroad Tycoon series. Maybe a little bit more casual gaming.
You need to produce goods and deliver from A to B and have an eye for the Money.
In the internet you would find more maps for that game.
For a game released in 2006 it has nice lovely graphics and wonderful melodies.
It's worth it.

Attention: On Windows 8 64 bit Edition it will crashed and only work with a modified GameDate file. And the online multiplayer does not work anymore.
Posted: December 6th, 2013
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87 of 123 people (71%) found this review helpful
634 products in account
3 reviews
2.8 hrs on record
I like Trains.
Posted: February 4th, 2014
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
44 products in account
2 reviews
8.7 hrs on record
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:
Pros:
-More approachable for beginners
-Good for quick games, unlike older versions
-Great opening cinematic
-More approachable for non-railroaders
-Very approachable stock market
Cons:
-Little content
-Unrealistic
-Over-simplified
-Maps are far too small
-No tenders on steam engines
-Poorly balanced
-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
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
180 products in account
10 reviews
21.6 hrs on record
Love to build railroads? Improve the synergy of towns that grow into major cities? Look no futher, this is the game for you! If you love business tycoons than you'd miss out by not owning this title!
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
140 products in account
2 reviews
50.7 hrs on record
Sid Meier's Railroads! is old - but still one of the best train sandbox games that there is today. If you've played games like Transport Tycoon (Deluxe) and Railroad Tycoon (or any of its 2 sequels), then this is a must game for you. It's a typical Sandbox style build up a rail empire type game with many fun and challenging scenarios. There is an issue running this game on 64 bit operating systems where the game will crash with an exception error, but this can be easily fixed by applying a 3 GB memory patch which is very well documented on fan sites which exist for the game (use Google) - other than that, it's a game which will give you many hours of entertainment.

I need to point out that this is not a train simulator - you do not get to drive the actual trains.

I also prefer this game a lot more over Cities in Motion (if you've played it) because it doesn't require as much micro-management. You build the track, add the trains, tell it what routes to take and what cargo, and off you go! The only additional management you need to do is upgrade your trains as new engines become available.

Most enjoyable, and worth the few bob. I am yet to find another game which is this game's equal or successor.
Posted: December 28th, 2013
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