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  • Summary: Trainz is a complete virtual model railroad experience that allows you to collect, create and control, the many aspects of a working railroad. Start by building up your collection of locomotives, rolling stock, objects, buildings, flora and fauna, then create the ultimate railroad layout using the simplest and best landscape editing tool available before jumping into the driver's seat for a whole new perspective. [Strategy First] Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Powerful, easy to use, and loaded with potential, it could become the flagship computer title for train enthusiasts.
  2. Truly a work of art. It attains the virtual railroad experience with excellence. There are absolutely no negative surprises.
  3. Those looking for less scenery and pretty looking trains and more gaming, should probably pass on Trainz as they will lose interest in the game before too long.
  4. Nothing else on the market offers the chance to recapture the glory of model railroading on the cheap and, more importantly, without the basement-sized mess.
  5. 80
    The graphics in Trainz are top notch. I was blown away with the detail of the engines and carriages, not to mention the environment. Everything looks gorgeous.
  6. Trainz isn't really a game at all, but rather an intricate simulation of what is itself an intricate simulation. [May 2002, p.62]
  7. While it might not be a bad game, it can never be a great game due to its extremely limited appeal.

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  1. RichardC.
    Mar 14, 2002
    Really awesome. I played it once and loved it.
  2. Nov 28, 2012
    Trainz isn't a game, it is a design simulator with a steep learning curve. I don't see the appeal of spending time on something like this without being paid for it. Expand