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Traffic Giant is another one of those 'tycoon' games that involves the player developing a new transport system for a given city.
Firstly, as Traffic Giant is now over four years old it means that this game can now be bought for as little as £5 new - therefore it makes an excellent budget buy.
Secondly, as it is quite an old game, a new computer won't be needed to play it. In fact anything about four or five years old should be able to play it (though check the recommended minimum specs).
There are two types of game play.
The first involves being an entreprneur. This is where you pick a city - of which there are over thirty to choose from of varying sizes, and develop a transport system from scratch. However, whilst you are developing, a computer opponent will be developing routes too vying for the same business, so the objective is to provide the best service above the other competitor.There are three forms of transport that can be developed. one is buses, the other is rail, and the third is suspended rail. Initially with the given budget it is
only possible to develop bus routes and this is quite simple to do.
The system is based on a series of arrows. Simply click to build a new bus route and a starting point. Then hold the the lef tmouse button and drag it along a particular street in which you want your route to go down. Then repeat this around various other streets and then finally meet the route back up where you start with, then click to confirm the route. Once down various bus stops can be choose to meet various budgets. For example there are plan bus signs all the way to heated enclosed bus stops. These have to be placed adjacent to your route in order for them to become active.
Once this is done you can choose your vehicles. As time progresses better, larger and more modern vehicles become available. However, in the beginning only a small range is available and you have to make sure that you don;t buy too many buses for your route otherwise costs will be greater than earnings. In order to maximise earnings you can choose to advertise your service, provide free travel to students and the elderly. You can also set the price of the basic fare, the price for each zone change, the number of zones and the size of each zone.
After doing this more routes can be created in the same fashion however the ticket prices apply to all routes. A handy question arrow can be selected where you can click on an inidividual house to see where they wish to travel to in the city, thus helping you plan where your route should go to.
The second game involves completing a mission. Whereas the one above involved stahing in profit in the presence of a competitor, instead here you have a monopoly on a city. For each city there are various tasks, but the main ones include reducing city trafiic by a certain %, providing a certain % coverage, and making a set amount of profit. There are more objectives but there is a time limit in years and by that year all objectives must be complete to complete the mission succesfully.
The graphics of the game are rather good for its age and is similar to Sim City in terms of layout and control. There are over 30 maps to choose from in varying sizes and the range of vehicles total about twenty.
The negative points are:
- There will be no second edition released
- No add on packs with extra vehicles (though there are 5 extra cities available from the developers website)
- Limited sound effects which get rather repititive.
- Unrealistic passengers (where when a vehicle crashes all routes drop passenger levels to pratically zero)
Overall this game is very good. The bad points are only minor ones and the game play is surprisingly addictive. For £5 you really can't go wrong and if you are into tycoon games, then this is a must for you.
INTRODUCTION Traffic Giant, a game about traffic, build your own transport company to reduce Traffic Jams in many big cities filled with cars, and people. A game which could keep you going for hours-on-end. SCENARIOS With many scenarios to keep you musy for weeks, which are just fantastic, and very hard. The scenarios have plenty of space for you to operate your services on. GRAPHICS The graphics in the game are excellent, up to a very high standard. It is so realistic and this would come to no surprise with the amount of space the game takes up on your computer. KEY FEATURES Large, highly detailed cities with over 500 different buildings. Realistic simulation of the behaviour of all inhabitants. Different playing options offering great variety. OVERALL This game contains, buses, trams, trains, etc. with a very high satisfactory standard. It will keep you playing for hours on end for months, and months and will make you determined to complete scenarios. A very good game. Well done!
This was a pretty average run of the mill sort of game which wasn't as much fun to play as I had imagined it would be. You have a city grid to play in, the graphics aren't to bad (sort of sim city2000 style) but they certainly aren't anything stunning. You set up your transport company and plan routes puttingin stops for your vehicles to pick up passengers, you can use buses or lay more expensive tramways and railways. There is competition from other companies but there is little to do in the way of managing the simulation once you have planned your routes to get the correct type of inhabitants to the correct type of workplace. On the larger maps you have to gain a certain percentage of coverage before you are allowed access to another section of the map. To be honest this didn't keep me interested for long and you could have had as much fun sat in the local bus stop watching the traffic pass on a wet saturday afternoon.
The idea of Traffic Giant is brilliant, I mean how many of us sit in a traffic jam thinking that it would never be like that if you were in control? The game looks very good and the control system is easy but yet combines a lot of functions. I admit that I was expecting a transport tycoon/simcity type game, but I found something totally different. It is a good game but too much attention has been given to the less visible items of gameplay like different people going to different places. This would make the game better if not for the lack of real challenges. All the maps are supposedly different in many ways, this doesn't seem enough as I use the same strategy on all the maps and it works well. I'm not saying the game isn't challenging but only that it doesn't make you want to keep playing.
We've all complained about the transport in our local area at some time or another, well this is your chance to put that right. Why we all love this type of game I don't think anyone will know, but they're just so addictive once you start playing them. Anyway, this game from Jo Wood Productions, puts you in charge of the transport in your own city, and the object is to keep things running smoothly while keeping customers happy. Sounds easy? Wait until you start playing! The game has three difficulty levels for you to choose from. Realistic Mode: Where the inhabitants of your city behave just as they would normally in real life. Easy Mode: You start from scratch. No transport, and your customers have no where to go. It takes a lot of hard work and patience! Eutrepreneur: You have to make as much profit as possible, without caring too much about anything else. You must monitor your passengers moods though, or your transport system will remain empty. The game features a large amount of different scenarios and cities for you to test your business skills in. Minimum System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 95 Or Above, Pentium 233 MMX or faster processor, 32 MB RAM, 2MB-PCI-video card, 4 X CD-ROM, 240 MB free hard disc space. Some of this games best features include: - Large, highly detailed cities with over 500 buildings - Different playing options - Endless games and campaigns - Buses, trams, local railways, monorails etc.