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  • Summary: The Golden Age of railroading is back with Sid Meier's Railroads! Combining the best of real-world and model railroads, Sid Meier's Railroads! puts you in charge of building your own railroad empire, running everything from steam-powered locomotives to more modern diesel and electric trains, managing cargo and your bottom line, all while engaging in corporate warfare against rival tycoons, slick entrepreneurs and robber barons. [2K Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Beautifully crafted, Sid Meier’s Railroads! is a masterful experience — as you would expect from the master himself.
  2. Whether you're an old-timer who wants to revisit the past or a noob looking for an accessible economic sim with a great theme, Railroads! should be on your shopping list. [Jan. 2007, p.62]
  3. All train devotees mustn't pass on this one. In all honesty, I believe that a choo-choo addict dwells somewhere within all of us, so everyone should give the game a try or rent it at the very least. You won't be disappointed with the content and gameplay it has to offer.
  4. There just isn’t enough challenge to make this the type of game that invites obsession.
  5. Anyone who has a fond memory of the original classic from Microprose will instantly fall in love with the game. Sid Meier’s decision to go back to basics after the over complicated Railroad Tycoon 3 has paid off.
  6. As an introductory to the world of simulated games it does an exceptional job, and even for hardened veterans of the genre there's still fun to be had, yet without the depth of its predecessors or the hook to keep you playing for any length of time, it falls short in providing the long term enjoyment that sim games usually pride themselves with.
  7. Know this: if you're not a fan of simulation games, you won't care any more for this n00b-friendly train empire manager than you would any other sim-type game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 52
  2. Negative: 30 out of 52
  1. Sep 23, 2010
    I love this game,, no problems at all.. It has been pretty fun. The supply/demand and cargo changing between cities has been very much simplified and is a lot easier to use. The railway layout has been simplified a lot as well, so that it automagically lays the track for you and you don't have to worry as much about minor/small gradients in the track. Expand
  2. IsaacB.
    Nov 5, 2007
    A fun and light strategy game which might be seen as a good introduction to transportation games. I was concerned when I began playing because I felt the economy wouldn't be deep enough. As it turns out, once you've got a few stations and trains running, I felt the game has struck a great balance. A lot of fun. (I'm sure my experience is colored by the fact that I haven't suffered wioth the instability others have complained about.) Weak spots: track laying UI is a bit clumsy and you can't manually set switches to better control the routing. Expand
  3. MattB
    May 16, 2008
    I haven't had a lot of the bugs or stability problems others have mentioned in their reviews. The game runs well enough for me and is entertaining although it has a fairly simple economic model and somewhat cartoony feel to it. Difficulty was also somewhat lacking- the only place I found a challenge was multiplayer which is now all but abandoned. Expand
  4. DeanT
    Nov 9, 2006
    I agree with others who give this a low score. Crashes to desktop are frequent, there's a lot of graphic flickering, maps are too small, the trains don't always obey signals and end up in stalemate situations a lot. There is no way to back a train out of these stalemates and putting in a new piece of track to solve a stalemate is just plain stupid. The steam locos have no coal tenders. And yes it is very toy-like. I could live with most of these deficiencies but the crashes and graphic mis-behaviour really kill it for me. Expand
  5. CarlosR.
    Oct 24, 2006
    A very simple game more fit for my 5 yo daughter than myself. It is too easy. The epic feeling was completely taken out as the maps are very small. Also only 8 maps in the game. Addressing some generous comments posted before, this game IS NOT for "someone who never played a tycoon game". It is too simple and easy. No, you don't need to like FS10 or IL2 to see this game as the real turkey it is. Another interesting argument of the few people who liked it is about the great multiplayer capabilities: FORGET IT. I played with my wife. It crashed 4 times in an hour. It's boring, becaue you have not many things to do besides looking for the trains to go around collecting huge piles of cash! This is a turkey! Expand
  6. RyanH.
    Oct 17, 2006
    I was really excited about Sid Meier
  7. Feb 15, 2014
    I was really enjoying the game, but it crashes me back to the desktop, so there's no way for me to keep playing it. .

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