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  • Summary: A game of railroad empires in North America, covering the period from 1830 to the near future. It is a real-time strategy with a "sim" flavor. Rails allows hundreds of tracks with thousands of trains crossing the continent. Players must focus on where to expand, where to compete, and when to call in favors from government officials, union leaders, and other powerful figures. [Strategy First] Expand
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  1. It has truly original game mechanics, sharp artwork, an exciting multiplayer dynamic, an addictive quality, and enough flexibility to keep you coming back for more.
  2. One of the best-designed games to come along in years. [Jan 2002, p.115]
  3. One of the most compulsively playable strategy games of the year, both online and off...Simplicity is the main ingredient that makes RAA so enjoyable.
  4. Rails Across America's many weaknesses certainly don't totally dampen the fun of racing to see who can outbuild the competition.
  5. 75
    The game seems to be addictive and at least passably fun while in the middle of it, but I can't really say that I ever got excited playing it, or ever really looked forward to playing it when I was off doing other things.
  6. It definitely has a strong boardgame feel, although it's not as hands-on as the popular "crayola rail" games, nor as addictive as the recently released "Monopoly Tycoon."

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  1. Dec 10, 2010
    10
    I'm amazed at how fun and engrossing this game is. Single player is fun, but multiplayer is truly amazing. If you fall behind at the beginning, you can switch your strategy and come from behind to win. What's even better is that I can play two complete games in a night with my friends! Expand

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