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  • Summary: Ride the Iron Horse. It can take you from New York to South Africa. It can take you from the year 1804 to the year 2000. It can take you from penniless manual laborer to powerful multi-millionaire. It can take you from a normal, well-adjusted, well-rounded person to an obsessed,Ride the Iron Horse. It can take you from New York to South Africa. It can take you from the year 1804 to the year 2000. It can take you from penniless manual laborer to powerful multi-millionaire. It can take you from a normal, well-adjusted, well-rounded person to an obsessed, singled-minded, one-tracked trainhead. This is a real railroad game, not just a strategy game that happens to involve railroads. If you want to hop on a plane, car or ship, hop on another game. This game is about trains for people who love trains. Everything about the game is centered around an authentic look and feeling of the railways. Period video and pictures are interlaced with the game. The design and interface are true to the character of the fabled late 1800's railroads. A.I. opponents are based on real people. And all maps are real (based on satellite photography from US Geological Service and other sources). [Gathering of Developers] Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
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  1. One of the few instances where the sequel outperforms the original. If you are even remotely interested in strategy games, you owe it to yourself to give this one a stab.
  2. Strategy gaming at its finest - minus all the senseless violence. [Feb 1999, p.172]
  3. Fans of the original will love RT2 and anyone with even the slightest strategical bent will love the challenge it poses.
  4. Players who are wary of all things pecuniary can elect to leave the stock market alone, and those that are truly phobic can opt to play in "sandbox mode" without any competition or monetary concerns at all-kind of a fancy virtual train set. Those that do will be missing out on one of the best features of the game, however.
  5. An engrossing game. It's strength lies in its portrayal of a cut-throat business environment, with the "train set" element of the game playing second fiddle, albeit a gloriously rendered second fiddle.
  6. 89
    If you're a hard core strategy fan who's into world building, you'll have a hard time finding a game that will keep you more entertained than this remarkable product.
  7. This game is worryingly addictive; it's not just a business simulation, nor just a power game, but an educational competition where only the forward thinker survives and thrives.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. JohnS
    Jun 9, 2009
    10
    A wonderfully thorough strategy sim with good enough graphics, and addictive gameplay. I come back to it years later for an occasional scenario.
  2. AndrewE.
    Oct 18, 2005
    10
    I thought this game is brilliant i completed it within a week. i ran my trails through europe.
  3. SebastienL.
    Mar 27, 2009
    10
    This game was made some time ago, nonetheless considering everything with newer games, this is really a fun game, especially more so playing This game was made some time ago, nonetheless considering everything with newer games, this is really a fun game, especially more so playing on the expert setting for a more realistic game play. Graphics are still very good and everybody enjoying management kind of game will have a blast playing this. It is more than a game about train though unless you like train, maybe something else would be better. Expand
  4. Dec 2, 2013
    9
    I spent a lot of time on RT2 and despite old graphics, it's better that RT3.
    That's because RT2 is more challenging than RT3.
    But still
    I spent a lot of time on RT2 and despite old graphics, it's better that RT3.
    That's because RT2 is more challenging than RT3.
    But still could me more demanding :D
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  5. DanielS.
    Dec 29, 2007
    9
    An altogether delightful refinement of all the wonderful concepts that made the original RRT such an addictive hit. Scenarios are An altogether delightful refinement of all the wonderful concepts that made the original RRT such an addictive hit. Scenarios are sufficiently challenging to test the mettle of experienced players while being available to newer tycoon wannabees. Expand
  6. Apr 17, 2013
    9
    If you are a student of logistics you will either really love or hate this game. For me the game is addictive. I'm almost fifty and enjoy aIf you are a student of logistics you will either really love or hate this game. For me the game is addictive. I'm almost fifty and enjoy a simple game that on the outside looks simple but is complex. This is a game where no-one is shot or killed. This simple game requires one to think about what they are doing and several (several) steps ahead. I like this game. Expand
  7. Oct 22, 2013
    0
    This isn't the worst game I have ever played but it's on that it's on that list. I mean, i see why people gave this a high score and i get it,This isn't the worst game I have ever played but it's on that it's on that list. I mean, i see why people gave this a high score and i get it, nostalgia. That's what it is, nostalgia. I for one am rating this based on the game itself. It's not what i'd consider a "good" game. It has pretty good graphics (for it's time) but that's about it.

    First of all, the controls, interface, and graphics style is extremely confusing. I can't even get through an entire game without getting a headache.

    Second, the narrator.
    This guy is so annoying that he will make you want to tear your ears off of your head,
    no kidding.

    Third, HORRIBLE menu screen
    The menu screen is absolutely horrible. It makes you want to throw up on your PC monitor. Everything is disorganized and will make you scratch your head thinking, "Why Did I Buy This Game?".

    This game is not horrible (for graphics and nostalgia reasons) but it is pretty bad. It's not one of those games you just go and pick up on steam, it's one of those games you should have bought in 1998 when it first came out.
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