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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, 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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  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. Aug 14, 2014
    Classic game from the twilight of PC strategy gaming in the 90's. The game is only complicated if you don't select difficulty options or don't play the early scenarios first.

    People comparing this game to modern games, simply don't get it and are ignoring the fun and interesting type of game that is ignored by the short attention span theater goers.

    Have fun and play something that can give you something to think about.
  2. Dec 2, 2013
    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 Expand
  3. Apr 17, 2013
    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 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
  4. Jun 29, 2011
    Good strategy game. Fun and challenging even if you don't like trains. Even if you don't like trains it's fun. Trainssssssssssssss..................trains..... Expand
  5. Jul 11, 2011
    Well, it's not a 10 and a little better than an 8 but it's definitely NOT BETTER than the origional. The ai is paultry to the ai of the origional game in which I lost and have never lost a game of this. But, the game is colorful and I give it credit for EYE CANDY (boy am I sick of games getting good ratings because of eye candy RTW are you listening?) What makes this game too easy is that the ai just ignores the businesses and I can pick them up for a song easily and plow right ahead into the lead and never look back. It also doesn't build far and wide like the origional either. It basically is just there to "block" you if it can otherwise it has no strategy about it at all.
    Nothing to me will ever match the origional Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon game. I still play it to this day more than these other eye candy games. I love the "cutthroat" competition and the fluxuating unpredictable economy and the music. ;)
  6. Oct 22, 2013
    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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