Trainz PC


Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. 90
    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. If you've ever been at least slightly captivated by the romance of the rails or have perhaps thought of dabbling in model railroading, Trainz could easily make an enthusiastic convert of you.
  4. 83
    While the gameplay will mostly appeal to the hardcore fans of the hobby, almost anyone will get a smile as they watch the cars roll by.
  5. 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.
  6. The single most endearing attribute of this title is its simplicity and ease of use, regardless of which aspect of the hobby enthralls you.
  7. 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.
  8. The amazing flexibility of the Surveyor tool guarantees zealous builders will have endless miles of track and numerous layouts on which to ride.
  9. 80
    Model railroaders with a tad bit of computer savvy will spend hours...and hours...and hours on this.
  10. 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.
  11. The thing that makes Trainz so special is its visual engine.
  12. The best train game on the market today. It does lack depth though.
  13. PC Gamer
    Trainz isn't really a game at all, but rather an intricate simulation of what is itself an intricate simulation. [May 2002, p.62]
  14. Computer Gaming World
    The Auran graphics engine is flat-out stunning. [May 2002, p. 77]
  15. 60
    Even though the game is well thought out and relatively well executed, it's not the most exciting subject matter.
  16. 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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User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. 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 thisTrainz 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. Full Review »
  2. RichardC.
    Mar 14, 2002
    Really awesome. I played it once and loved it.