Thinking about buying a game from the Railroad Tycoon series? This is a great place to start. Here you can find specifications for each game and detailed descriptions about each title. Also, there are links to where you can purchase Sid Meier's Railroad's, Railroad Tycoon 3, and Railroad Tycoon II: Platinum (Amazon.com) and download Railroad Tycoon Deluxe.
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!
(SMR Game Info taken from Firaxis Games website)
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
GATHERING AND POPTOP ANNOUNCE "RAILROAD
TYCOON 3" FOR PC
Players of Railroad Tycoon 3 begin the game with a modest sum of capital at the beginning of the Golden Era of Railroading and expand their empire into major cities, while purchasing the latest locomotives, forcing competitors into bankruptcy, and exploiting the stock market to become the ultimate Railroad Tycoon.
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Railroad Tycoon ™ 3 is the third game in this multimillion-selling, world-renowned series. The Railroad Tycoon series continues to evoke the passion people have for steam and modern day locomotives, as well as the strategy gamer’s desire for a significant challenge. Railroad Tycoon 3 builds on the popular features and successes of the franchise and seeks to improve and innovate them to provide the greatest gameplay experience of the franchise so far.
RT3 also won the Wargamer.com award for Best of Show at the 2003 E3 convention.
KEY FEATURES (Right out of the Box, however, many additional features are available for free download throughout the Railroad Tycoon Community)
PopTop Software Inc. is a
premier developer of computer strategy games. PopTop has dedicated itself
to create exciting games that everyone can enjoy - easy to learn, hard to
master, lots of gameplay value, and minimal violence. In 1998,
PopTop released Railroad Tycoon™ II, and several follow-ups and ports have
followed in the last 2 years. In April 2001 PopTop released the hit
Tropico, in which you are the ruler of a small island nation, working to make
your nation prosper, and your own personal Swiss Bank account grow as well.
PopTop has down some work with other developers in both artist and
production roles. PopTop assisted
Triumph Studios in Age of Wonders 2, and helped Frog City produce Tropico 2:
Pirate Cove. The company is
currently fully committed to the Railroad Tycoon™ 3 project.
PopTop software was merged with Firaxis Games in 2006.
About Railroad Tycoon II (Taken from Manual)
Since the invention of the wheel, man has been obsessed with finding faster and more efficient ways of transporting people and goods to distant destinations. The ancient Romans used ruts or grooves in their roads to improve the flow and speed of traffic. In the 1600’s, miners laid down wooden planks on which they led horse-drawn carts to lighten their workload, and increase the speed at which they could extract coal and other raw materials from the mines. However, few things changed the world as dramatically and as quickly as did the introduction of steam power in the 1700’s, and the invention of the steam-powered locomotive in 1804.
Initially replacing the horse for freight work and thus earning the long-lived moniker "the Iron Horse," the steam locomotive and the railways on which they ran revolutionized the means of transportation and inspired visionary entrepreneurs and generations of song writers. Virtually overnight, it became feasible to haul cargo over great distances, and the railroad industry quickly became a cash cow for landowners and the railroad barons themselves. For the first time, long-distance travel was a reality, and new industries, folklore, and legends were created to cater to the needs and dreams of a more mobile population.
Railroad Tycoon II takes you back to this momentous period in human history. You slip into the role as chairman of your own railroad, and it is your job to be better, faster, and just plain smarter than your competitors. Good business sense is a must, but so is a healthy dose of guts to go for the glory of building and ruling your own iron empire.
As your fledgling empire grows, you’ll have the chance to bring rail travel to the cities of your choice, supplying them with the goods they need. You’ll also be given various tasks whose completion depends upon your ability to think faster than your competitors, make allies out of enemies, and above all, satisfy your shareholders. The stock market is another area where you can pad your fortune, or grind your rivals into dust. You can even hire managers—each with unique bonuses that contribute to your success—to assist you with everyday operations. There are as many ways to accomplish your goals as there are individuals playing the game, and each scenario won’t play the same way twice, resulting in a fresh game play experience every time. Once you’ve mastered the role of chairman, you’ll be ready to take on other players in multiplayer mode, or even design your own maps and remake history as you see fit, in the extensive map editor provided with this detailed, addictive, and highly entertaining game.
Railroad Tycoon VS. Railroad Tycoon II (Taken from Manual)
Railroad Tycoon II is the sequel to the award-winning simulation Railroad Tycoon. Although it does include many of the same features that have been updated in various ways, there are some major differences in the two games. Railroad Tycoon II features:
• Better graphics—Designed to run in 1024 x 768 resolution, Railroad Tycoon II is a much more visually impressive game than its predecessor.
• Full-motion video—As an enhancement to game actions, full-motion video clips are included at various stages.
• More engine and cargo types—With over 60 available engines and 34 cargo types, you’ll never run out of options when building your empire.
• A stronger financial market system—Railroad Tycoon II’s economic model is as close to the real world as possible, allowing you to even adversely affect your competitors’ stock by short selling and other robber baron tactics.
• Deeper industry webs—More types of cargo are produced, leading to advanced economic relationships between destinations.
• Territories—Your rights in certain areas will depend upon your railroads relationships within the area. So be good to your neighbors!
• More time periods—The game encompasses the years 1804 to 2020, allowing you to experience the early growth in steam engine railways, the power of diesels, and the modern era of electric engines.
• Nearly twice as many chairmen—Play as any of 40 chairmen, from Otto von Bismarck to William Wheelwright.
• Managers—Select from 40 managers with their own operational bonuses.
• Campaigns—An 18-scenario campaign, starting with simple scenarios, then moving up to more sophisticated and challenging scenarios when you’re ready.
• More configuration options—Set up the game the way you want it to play, even select and play maps separate from the Campaign mode.
• Sandbox mode—Play with no economic model active, with all the time and resources in the world. This is great for learning basic railway design as well as industry relationships.
• Multiplayer modes—Compete against other human players over a local area network (LAN) or the Internet.
• CD quality music—Upgraded sound system, including appropriate music to set the mood for industrial domination of your rivals.
• 3D map environment—View actual terrain features, including trees, hills, and rivers, and rotate the map in any direction to better view your holdings.
• Full editor for maps and events—Build (or import) custom maps, and script every detail down to available computer opponents and timeline events.
Railroad Tycoon (RRT) and Railroad Tycoon Deluxe (RDX) are exciting strategy games of empire building, operation, and market manipulation. It is a commercial product of MicroProse Software and was originally designed for MS-DOS on an IBM PC or Apple Macintosh.
The game was authored primarily by Sid Meier, who went on to write Civilization and other great games. Bruce Shelly also helped with the design and is known for his previous contribution to Avalon Hill's 1830 railroad board game. The game borrows elements of 1830 and combines them with elements of the PC Empire war game to provide a strategy game that can consume hours of play.
Railroad Tycoon pits a single player against 3 simulated players. You are given some initial money and must build a successful railroad corporation. You spend your money building the track and stations. Then you buy and schedule trains that earn money by collecting cargos at resource centers and delivering them to stations with matching demands. A changing economic cycle and a growing population over time, keep things from becoming static. On the financial side of Railroad Tycoon, it allows you to raise money by selling bonds and investing in the stock of your company and your competitors. If you can manage to gain greater than 50% of your competitor's stock you can also operate their railroad and take their profits. You can also manipulate your competitor's stock values to your advantage or their detriment. At the end of 100 years you are rated on your financial accomplishments.
Railroad Tycoon was released in 1990. Railroad Tycoon Deluxe was released in 1993. Railroad Tycoon Deluxe plays basically the same as Railroad Tycoon, but has greatly enhanced graphics and additional scenarios.
Most discussions are geared to the original game and applies to both. Original Game Materials: Manual, Technical Supplement, Distribution diskettes, Economic charts The game is copy protected by a challenge to identify a locomotive by sight. The locomotives are pictured and described in the Manual. A frequent player or rail fan can memorize this. The less initiated can make a crib sheet by noting the wheel arrangements (eg: 2-4-2) also given and explained in the manual. Failure to pass the challenge results in only being able to play with 2 trains.
(Special Thanks for the above RT1 game info goes to David Mitton, April 5, 1994)
Kurt's Railroad Tycoon Fan Station, 2009-2010