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For me this game was just ideal because I have a passion for trains and love the tycoon series of games! I really liked the objective of this game which is to create your own railraod company and also manage it, which is the hard part! The controls are brilliant and really simple making it ideal for the gameplay. You build your own railraod tracks, stations etc so as your railroad company grows so does your company. You really can literally make your own railraod empire and it is so exciting to see it develop!
I was really impressed with the amount of different train types you can get, there are 60 different engine types and 30 cargo types which gives you a lot of choice. I didn't like how there is an upper limit of 32 stations because although this seems like a lot, it actually can be reached quite quickly. The game is very addicitve and you can play on it for so many hours without getting bored. The gameplay is quite simplistic I found and the graphics could most certianly be improved because they will seem very out of date.
Overall I thought it was a really well produced game with fun gameplay and a good variety of features. However, the graphics really did limit the gameplay to an extent but this is inevtiable given its age. The newer release of this game may be more appealing due to the graphics improvement.
I played Transport Tycoon deluxe a lot, and after enjoying that game immensely, i decided to get Railroad Tycoon 2 (RT2). The basic aim is to build track and move cargoes. You build two stations, one producing a cargo, another accepting it and then you connect them. buy and engines and wagons and you're ready to roll. RT2 has loads of engines and cargoes to tranposrt and the track looks quite good. The graphics are good too. However it's not very realistic and the stations are rubbish, but you don't buy video games for realism, do you? It's fun and once you've started, hours can be spent playing before you notice the time. However, just like transport tycoon, after a few games it become very easy to achieve domination and take over your competitors. Doing this and controlling all the companies is actually counter productive and means the game lacks fun. All in all, it's a very good game, and i whole heartedly recommend it.
Railroad tycoon II… another empire building strategy apart from this time it is on an iron road – much harder! Railroad tycoon involves you to think carefully and hard as you only have one chance at this game (You are only provided with enough starting capital to buy 1-2 engines and cargo cars, two stations and stand the losses you are bound to endure for a short period). The idea of the game is simple – dominate the world market and make lots of money all within 20-30 years, possible you may think. The costs look small but are craftily shown in K (times 1000 e.g. 30k is really 30,000) and you quickly run out of money. To survive longer than 3-4 years on this game you need to get a massive and close customer base. Whether it is passengers or cargo you need it, the idea is simple if you have a steel mill look for a coal and iron mine as near as possible because you will get paid by the iron and coal mines for getting it to the steel mill. If there is a city nearby that requires any of what you have in your reach i.e. food, cattle, sheep, wood, paper then get it there and quick. You are not limited to just that there is all for industry’s – primary, secondary and tertiary all waiting to be made profitable by you as you can even buy (in certain scenarios) those industry’s and make even more money. The advantages to this game are long playability and depth as there are so many possibilities to chose from and to do. The disadvantages are complication and almost sheer impossibleness
They pay you £10 an hour to play this game!!! How amazing is that??? Well, actually............ they don't pay you a single cent. I just wanted to get your attention :) But now that I have your attention you may as well read on! This is a really enjoyable game to play. Its a game that comes with a fairly hefty manual but everyone knows people don't like to spend 15 hours reading a manual so guess what? They have included a tutorial game! Have fun while you learn how to play. That's what stopped it from going to the bottom of the burnt out CD's box in my room and I am so happy that it didn't. Idea of the Game ================ You basically have money to buy trains to control trade routes to make more money. ounds boring? Well it isn't, its awesome infact. There are many different trains to choose from that have various different statistics such as how fast they can travel, how much cargo they can hold, how many stoaways the can sneak into other countries (no, not really :) and so on. Not only that but you must improve your trade routes by improving the train stations that are at either end or even in the middle of the trade routes you have built. You can construct buildings at the stations that do various different jobs such as a water tower so that your trains can take on board more water and a hotel for passengers to sleep at (increasing your profits and POWER OVER THE PEOPLE, YOU WILL SOON BECOME A DICTATOR AND EVERYONE WILL WORSHI YOU, HAHAHAHA!!! Hmmm...) Basically stations allow your trains to be serviced so that they don't breakdown halfway down a rail line. Stations also show you what is demanded at that particular place and what that station has to offer to other places. There are many different in industries in the game dotted around the various maps that supply your stations with wool, cotton, meat etc. Of course, the station has to be within a certain distance of the industr
y to be able to receive produce from that industry. You have to choose the most suitable routes for trading by constructing tracks all over the country to make as much profit as possible. Other Features ============== You also controls the stocks and shares of your company. So, if you were running low on cash you could sell some shares to quickly get a large amount to help you get back on the right track (sorry about the awful pun). You can control other things such as your company logo and who manages your company. You will also notice that you are only allowed to lay down rail lines in certain territories because you do not have access to the wole country (well that's just the end of the line! I once again apologise :) Navigation ========== Navigating your way around the game is easy (as it usually is with most games these days). The main menu includes these options: New campaign, load campaign, new scenario, load scenario, multiplayer, high scores, credits and quit. I think its fairly obvious what most of these options do (unless of course, your my sister. The intelligence of a toad). But I will go into more detail about 'new campaign' and 'new scenario' to explain the difference. New Campaign ============ This is the missions that you must complete starting from a low difficulty gradually getting harder. Your goals are different for each mission. Usually you will be creating trade routes to other locations on different maps to reach a certain financial position before the timer runs out. The missions are fun, challenging and HIGHLY addictive. Even more addictive than having to write a 2000 word essay on 'the structure and functions of lysosomes'. Seriously though, it is highly addicitve. One of those games that you play for months then lose interest and then you become addicted again. Maybe its some kind of mind controlling drug? Maybe the computer industry has attached
this drug to CD's and it travels through the air and into your brain, MIND CONTROL, kill the frog, KILL THE FROG, huh? where am I? oh yeh...onto scenarios. New Scenario ============ This is the option that allows you to set the game variables yourself such as the map you want to play on, the skill level, financial options etc. I prefer to play scnarios because I like to have total control over the game and this allows me to set up agame that has all the options that I have chosen. It is much more fun and even more addictive than the campaign mode. The Map Editor ============== Did I also mention that the game has an in-built map editor? Well it does! You can create a map that is fully customised to suit you (does that sentence not remind you of a personal loan advert?). You control the industries available, the territories, everything! Its really simple to use too. Usually you have to buy a map editor separately (a good example is The Settlers 2) but with this game its in-built. Summary ======= An enormous improvement over its brother 'Railroad Tycoon'. The graphics, the gameplay, the options, the navigation, the extra features such as the mpa editor, the amazing 3D graphics, the awesome western style music and the MIND CONTROLLING drugs make this game an absolute must buy for everyone looking to get high without breaking the law! I will leave you now, kill the frog, KILL THE FROG! Huh? What's going on? Where am I?
The lay out of the game reminds me of Caesar III. The way in which you play the game is very similar to Caesar III in that you start out with a certain amount of money to build your empire. Except you are building a railroad empire instead of a city-state empire. I found the games interface to be very well laid out and easy to use. The one thing that I found most difficult though was laying track. I could never get it right the first time when trying to connect two sets of tracks together. After a little practice on laying track, I finally understood how it worked. Another problem I had was I could not figure out how to add buildings such as a warehouse next to a train station. I did eventually find out how to build buildings and found it to be very easy once I knew how. Okay now lets talk about the graphics, sound, and general overall game play of Railroad Tycoon II. I thought the graphics were excellent and the sound effects very cool. The buildings look real and the landscape looks well detailed. If you have an older computer with a video card capable of no more than 800x600 resolution than you are out of luck. This game will only run in 1024x768 and this is because of the graphics engine. It just does not support lower resolutions. The game play I found to be very intuitive. The menu like I stated earlier is well laid out and easy to use. The animations seemed clean and believable except for when they would pause for a second or two every once in a while. Basically I found hardly any flaws in the game play area of the game. The bottom line is I recommend this game for every RTS gamer out there. If you liked Caesar III and Sim City 3000 then you will like Railroad Tycoon II. This game should be on every RTS fans shelf.
Railroad Tycoon was one of the great strategy-simulations of the early years of sophisticated PC games. Thousands of gamers became addicted to building their own railways and associated economic systems until games like Civilization took things farther forward.....I did my self! Those of us who loved the original looked forward to the sequel with trepidation. Would the formula be ruined be introducing too many extraneous features? Would it be too much the same and fail to make big improvements? Now we know. If you jump right into playing Railroad Tycoon II, you might at first think it's unchanged from the original, save for much-improved graphics. But it won't take long for you to see much more. More types of train engines, more types of cargo, a far more complex and realistic financial system, more time periods to play in, and much more. As you'd expect, there are plenty of aesthetic improvements and the introduction of multi-player capability by modem, LAN or Internet. But the big change is the much-increased realism provided by everything I've just listed. It's not as easy as shipping a product from one station to another, processing it and then returning it. Sure, you cans till do that, but if you're going to do well, you need to have a more complex plan. For example, you will ship coal from one station and iron ore from another to a station near a steel mill. There, it will be turned into steel, which you will ship to a factory town where it will be turned into goods and then shipped to other towns for sale. That's at least four different trains and probably six or more stations you'll ship through to complete the whole process. If you played Railroad Tycoon and hated it, you probably still won't like this sequel. But if you liked the original, you'll love Railroad Tycoon II.
Your first thoughts about this game would be NO WAY. Why would i want to build a railway and watch my trains going from chicago to texas for an hour just to end up bankrupt. Well these were my thoughts anyway, but your thoughts about the game change slightly when you load the game. The maps are amazing the attention to detail is superb and far from boring. Not only do you build your track, choose your trains and build custom stations but you have to fight off lots of rivals. Nothing is more satisfying than watching a once prosporous rail company fall under your feet. The aspect of the game i like most though is the fact that you can build your own maps, meaning you can build it to aid your strengths and exploit your rivals weaknesses. This game though does have its limits, i mean how long can you spend building a railway. But its worth a look in by everyone.
This is an epic empire-building toyset, where you get the chance to become a Robber Baron of the rail system, setting up your own company, establishing a network, scheduling routes, and ferrying passengers and industrial goods between towns in pursuit of the almighty dollar. The game is divided into three lengthy chapters, the first covering the pioneering days of North America, the second Europe's rail networks, and the third the battle for the unclaimed territory of Asia and Australia. Each features date-specific scenarios that pit you against the rail barons of the day, with challenges that mirror those faced by the real railroad tycoons. You can become the first person to link America's East and West coasts, construct the Brenner pass between Italy and Austria, or play a futuristic hypothetical game, where the world's altered climates provide a very different sort of challenge. An inspired mix of toy railway set, god sim and realistic historical and economic model, Railroad Tycoon 2 is a world away from the usual kind of trainspotting.
Railroad Tycoon 2 is a big improvement on the original. This is not too difficult to achieve in terms of graphics, because the original was invented when anyone with a 386 processor knew they had the best system around. However, it is amazingly difficult to beat in terms of game play. Chris Sawyer tried his hand at it and produced another (now elderly) brilliant game, (Transport Tycoon) which was a marked improvement on the original. How, then, is it possible to improve upon something which has been developed to such a fine point and improved almost to perfection before you start. The answer is that I don’t know, and I don’t think there is anyone who does. Not that this matters, because developers PopTop Software have done so in a remarkable way. The game casts you as one of a selection of different tycoons, all competing to become the richest in the world. You have to create your railroad from only a small amount of money provided by some initial investors (who, by the way, will always be on your back, making sure you invest their money wisely.) You build two connecting stations (complete with the necessary improvements), build connecting track, construct a train and you are off. You then have to expand upon this, by means of building further stations, track and trains and by financial trickery in order to increase your company’s wealth (and also your personal wealth.) Dealing with finances in Railroad Tycoon (selling/ buying stocks/shares etc.) is not all that different form real life. Various things will influence your share prices, like you buying a lot at once to make them suddenly worth more, recessions, bankruptcy and also your competitors. Your goal on each map is to get a gold medal, which you do by completing certain objectives given in a short briefing at the end of each scenario. You get a bronze medal for completing certain objectives, a silver for completing more difficult objectives, and a gold by completing stil
l more difficult objectives. The game comes with fifteen or so missions in the form of a campaign, and you have to complete them one after another. Actually, this is not strictly true, because you can begin a mission and then resign, which allows you to keep skipping the missions and follow the storyline. This, however, is not to be recommended as it spoils the storyline for the rest of the campaign. You can also relay missions if you think you can improve your score and possibly get a better medal. The game also comes with a set of stand-alone scenarios, most of which have been adapted from the campaign. You can play these in any order you wish, and you don’t have to bother with them at all if you would rather concentrate on the campaign. This game is great, and it also comes with an add-on pack (which, I am led to believe, enhances the game even more, although I have not purchased it.) It does have a few flaws, but mentioning them here would just waste space, as this game is great anyway. I would certainly recommend this to some one else, as long as they liked this kind of game. If you do not like this genre, then you will probably not like this game, but that really only applies to a few people. Buy this game and become the greatest railroad tycoon ever.
At first glance you might think this game looks a bit boring because all you see are trains running up and down a map. But once you play the game you can see the options available to you. This is my favourite type of game. Ones where you have to make MONEY!!! What I really love about this game is the ability to control and create your own network of goods trains. Your the boss and you can do whatever you want. You can create train links between any towns you want, you even have to build your own stations. As the game advances so does your technology. You can buy better trains to make more money. The missions are challenging too. They might be repetative but this doesn't reduce the excitement of the game. When you complete the game though you probably won't want to do it again because you know whats going to happen. But its one of those games that if you leave it for a few months and come back to it then your addicted again and can't stop playing it. The graphics don't let it down either.