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Microprose
1990
Genre:
Strategy
Theme:
Logistics / Business
Language:
English
Licence:
Commercial
System:
PC (DOS)
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30259

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4/6
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4/6
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Wandrell (2014-02-08) [hide]

Avatar Nowadays everybody relates Sid Meier to Civilization, but there was a time when one of his most characteristic games was not about raising yet another culture, but about building your own railroad empire.

This was back when commerce simulation/administration games were still popular, a genre which nowadays is mostly forgotten, so it was not as surprising as a logical step, a real novelty which mixed a commerce game with a sort of strategy boardgame, like the popular civilization would do later, adding trains which you could see moving on the map.

The trains moving around, following the routes you create, may sound as little but it changed a lot, it made the world feel alive instead of a bunch of spreadsheets, but at the same time, thanks to the limitation of the railroad network, everything is kept in a mostly static and under strict control context.

So the game added pretty visuals and a nice interface, but at it's core it still works in a very simple way. You build railroads, then place stations, and after that it is time to buy trains and wagons. Of course this all ends being more complicated once you start playing, as not only is everything divided in quality ranges, such as stations which cover different areas or trains with different characteristics, making you choose the best price for each situation, but also, the most important thing on this kind of game, you have to prepare your services to get the most out of them, in what amounts to a fight against the world.

You stations, according to their areas, will control several production tiles, each of them requires and gives certain resources, which your trains will transport when they have the correct wagon.

So the cash comes from connecting two places with a dependence between them, a simple example would be two cities, which require both people and mail to be moved from one another. Then you grab the cargo at the first station just to leave it on the second. That's it, at least until you get enough money to build a processed goods factory will will create more expensive product out of raw materials (no, you can't process people).

You could say that variety, and the problems you have to solve, come from the numbers of goods which exist, but then you have to add to this the different regions, and the dates you can choose, which will affect the trains you can use, and you just found out where replayability is. Yes, each time you play you are going to be doing roughly the same things, but each time the game will be different as you try to optimize your network.

Does this all hold up? When it was published the game was a hit, but the younger enhanced version shadowed it, so much that the original seems to have been forgotten. Well, that seems to mean the remake made it obsolete, doesn't it?.

Things are not that simple, as usual, it's mostly the usual videogame sequel effect. If you just want the shiniest toy, go for the newer "deluxe" version, but if you want to see what people actually played and discover a cornerstone of later strategy games, which is still as fun and easy to play as it was back then, give the original a chance.

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  2. Railroad Tycoon Deluxe (PC / DOS)

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Mr Creosote (2017-09-09):

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In 1993, Microprose decided to re-release some of their earlier hits as so-called Deluxe editions. Railroad Tycoon, not an old game by any standards at that point, was one to receive such a treatment. As expected, it is almost exclusively a graphical upgrade, and not even a particularly attractive one; although the screen resolution is increased, apart from a couple of digitized photos at special events, the main art is not actually qualitatively improved. The other main change is the inclusion of three new scenarios: North America (in its entirety), South Africa and South America. The latter two being particularly hard scenarios. They come at the expense of the England scenario which does not appear anymore.

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