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Written by Shigamoto   
Tuesday, 14 June 2005
Railroad Tycoon Deluxe is one of those games that you can spend hours and hours in front of and never get tired.

The game was released in 1993 and if you only look at the graphics it’s definitely not a masterpiece. Railroad Tycoon’s basic concept is for the player to transport goods and passengers by train across different areas during different eras. The continents available are North America, South America, Western USA, Eastern USA, Africa, and Europe.

The game starts around 1850 and continues all the way forward to present day. During the game you will be presented with news, for example World War 2, the Hindenburg disaster and so on. As the technology advances you will also get the opportunity to purchase new engines to run your trains.

As in real life when running a business you often have whining investors constantly looking to overthrow you. This is the same in Railroad Tycoon, if you run the operations badly they will kick you out. However if you manage to do some profits and increase the value of the company so that stocks go up they will be pleased.

Railroad Tycoon Deluxe is however mainly about transporting goods and passengers. There are a number of goods that you can transport, for example petroleum, wood, manufactured goods, food, mail and much more. The different products are located around the area and have to be transported to either a manufacturing plant or a port.

At each facility where the products are made you build a depot, station or terminal (the buildings have different coverage on how much land in the area that you can benefit from). You also build a station near the port you want the goods to be transported to, after that you connect the stations and buy an engine.

In the beginning the game is really hard, mainly because you end up spending a lot of money on unprofitable routes. The key to get your railroad business running is to take it baby-steps in the beginning of the game and then repay your initial loan. After that things will be a lot easier.

I think Railroad Tycoon Deluxe has a lot of depth but it’s still very simple to play. It’s however not as easy to master as newer strategy games are, so it’s quite a challenge. The game can keep you occupied for hours and hours. It’s definitely a timeless classic that everyone should own.

Developer: Sid Meier
Website for Game: N/A
Publisher: Microprose
Cost of Full Game: N/A
Year of Release: 1993

Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card

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