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  • Summary: Chris Sawyer's Locomotion challenges you to build and operate a money-making transport network by linking passengers and cargo to their destinations. Put together a profitable company by constructing transportation routes between growing cities and their industries. Race against otherChris Sawyer's Locomotion challenges you to build and operate a money-making transport network by linking passengers and cargo to their destinations. Put together a profitable company by constructing transportation routes between growing cities and their industries. Race against other companies to make the most lucrative connections and rake in the cash. Or just sit back and enjoy the detailed world in action as you build and play with moving vehicles such as trains, buses, ships, and aircraft. Construct a variety of vehicles: trains, buses, trams, trucks, aircraft and ships. Discover time periods from 1900 to 2000, with appropriate vehicle types, buildings, industries, and background music. Connect roads and tracks with an easy-to-use interface familiar to any "RollerCoaster Tycoon" fan. Compete against up to 14 other simulated transport companies. Challenge a friend with head-to-head multiplayer. Build your transportation empire in three different areas of the world ? North American, British, and Alpine. Delve into over 40 pre-designed scenarios, or randomly generate your own unique scenarios. [Atari] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Locomotion hits on all cylinders as a transportation business simulator. If you are not stuck on the other areas of city simulation, you are sure to be satisfied.
  2. Leaves on the line may cause brain delays in strategy management.
  3. It's unfortunate to see that the graphics in game hasn't appeared to change too much either. Viewed from a isometric viewpoint, the game appears drab and just astonishingly unattractive.
  4. It's not a lot of fun to play, and it's not even enjoyable to sit and watch. But if the concept of the game sounds intriguing, and if you don't mind old-style 2D graphics, then I'd suggest you try out "Railroad Tycoon II" instead.
  5. 58
    With a lack of presentation values, an engine that not only looks bad but also is the main cause of serious construction problems, and AI that could use a serious overhaul, Locomotion has too many problems for any serious recommendation.
  6. Graphically, it looks dated. Yes, it has the same look and an identical user interface to that from RollerCoaster Tycoon, but here the colours appear drab, the maps flatter and some of the tiles don't appear to connect all that well, making some parts of the map look like an Escher illusion. [PC Zone]
  7. Computer Gaming World
    30
    Though it's not an entirely offensive game, in its attempt to be individualistic, Locomotion has learning nothing from other games in the genre and ends up feeling like a 10-year-old game with a 5-year-old coat of paint. [Holiday 2004, p.103]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 59
  2. Negative: 27 out of 59
  1. Aug 3, 2019
    10
    Very fun, this game is beautiful, 2D graphics, it's have a lot of vehicles but the worst thing of this game is when you have to replace all ofVery fun, this game is beautiful, 2D graphics, it's have a lot of vehicles but the worst thing of this game is when you have to replace all of your old vehicles because their reliability are low and you have to do all Manuel selling and buying new ones Expand
  2. ArturJ.
    Sep 14, 2004
    10
    It's absolutely stupid to call this game "Yet another rip-off from the creators of the Rollercoaster Tycoon series". It's so great It's absolutely stupid to call this game "Yet another rip-off from the creators of the Rollercoaster Tycoon series". It's so great that i can't believe i'm finally playing it. Expand
  3. Bluetooth
    Sep 20, 2004
    9
    This is a great game... and Elliot E you can run multiple trains efficiently and you can build RoRo stations. New interesting features are This is a great game... and Elliot E you can run multiple trains efficiently and you can build RoRo stations. New interesting features are underground stations and trams. To Michael R I want to say: Take a good look next time you load Locomotion and you'll find a very good scenario editor. Expand
  4. Teeone
    Sep 27, 2004
    6
    Not without flaws; still very addictive but needs critical fixes to flaws in the game. You can easily waste hours on this game.
  5. LarryF.
    Oct 6, 2004
    3
    This is a game of substance, it does not need fancy graphics. I can take that. But at least the substance should be there, otherwise I keep This is a game of substance, it does not need fancy graphics. I can take that. But at least the substance should be there, otherwise I keep playing TTD with the patch! Ideas: improve train signalling, train timeouts when waiting at signals, vehicle breakdowns; make it quicker to replace vehicles; restore the stock market; add a way of customizing the gameplay, which is far too unflexible. Expand
  6. AsaT.
    Jul 19, 2005
    1
    Not happy Chris! In 1994, I recieved a games mag with a CD full of demo games. Somewhere on this CD, hidden amoungst the Doom clones and Not happy Chris! In 1994, I recieved a games mag with a CD full of demo games. Somewhere on this CD, hidden amoungst the Doom clones and flight simulators, was a wonderful, little unknown game called "Transport Tycoon". The demo only allowed you to build trains and finished after 3 years of play but was so addictive and fun that I spent countless nights up playing the DEMO! Finally I saved up enough pocket money to buy the full version and boy, I was not disappointed. I wasted my entire summer hoildays commandiing my fleets of trains, trucks, buses, planes and ships and building up my transporting empire. It was just so much fun. Finally, after many months of use, I put "Transport Tycoon" away and moved on to other things and then, somehow, managed to lose my CD. Then a few years later, I saw TTD for sale and I thought "Why not? It should be good for a laugh", so I bought it. I was surprised to find it just as addictive and resposable for lack of sleep as the first time round. Eventually I tired of it once again and put it aside for other games although I still returned to it occansially for a little muck around. Then one day early last year, I discovered the TTD patch and I was once again hooked. I explain all this to show that I have always been a BIG TT fan and was still happy to play the game, despite it's older graphcs and not-so-great sound. With locomotion however, I was extremely disappointed. It's 2004. Why couldn't the game have been made to allow you to zoom in closer to your units, to see the little drivers on the trains, or may be see passengers boarding your buses. Pointless I know, but fun and surely easy to do, given the level of detail that is avaiable in other games. I could proabley forgive chris for not updating the graphics in the last ten years if the game play was greatly improved but I personally think it has gotten worse. Sure, there are some cool new point about the game (the underground stations, the trams and the raised rails) but I still alot of sore points that could/should have been thought about (why can't large airports have two runways!?! There should be cars/traffic driving around in the cities). This lack of real imagition or significant improvement from Chris, coupled with clumsy interface, difficalt line/road laying and seeming disapperance of a useable railway junctions has left me bitterly disappointed. For anyone considering buying the game, I would recomded getting TTD and downloading the patch instead. A wasted oppertunity. :-( Expand
  7. JackK.
    Sep 12, 2004
    0
    Yet another rip-off from the creators of the Rollercoaster Tycoon series demonstrating that the very same thing can be sold over and over forever.

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