Railroad Tycoon 2
Today we are checking out a real classic in Railroad Tycoon 2. While it is the PC version, I am specifically looking at today. Back in 2000, it was the Sony PlayStation that led to me discovering this hidden gem. I have always had an interest in management style sims ever since my old man brought me Sim City for the Super Nintendo. This one here has aged like a fine wine and was just as much fun as I remembered it being.
From The Past To The Future
The game starts at the inception of the railroads and goes all the way to modern times and even into the future a bit as well. It is a massive scope of time that you play through in Railroad Tycoon 2 and this is something I have always thought was really cool. There is no “story” however, the game does throw some scripted events your way that change things up and keep you on your toes.
Laying Down The Tracks
Most of what you will be doing in the game is building your railroad empire. The main things that you will be taking care of are building the tracks, the stations, and taking care of your trains. There is a fair bit of strategy at play here when it comes to building your train tracks. I made the mistake of building over hills and rough terrain before I really knew what I was doing and my trains would derail all the time. You need to think about what you are doing and make it so all the main businesses and industries can be connected together thanks to your tracks as this is where you make money. Making money is what is at the heart of Railroad Tycoon 2. You get paid for being able to have loads be hauled from one place to another, the amount of money you make will depend on the haul that is being transported.
Money, Money, Money!
Another way that you can make money is by dabbling in the stock market. I know that some people love this kind of thing, but for me, it was the weakest part of the game and something that I felt was far too easily abused. You have rivals and they would tend to make most of their money from the stock market, but their tracks would be trash! You need to spend money to make money. From fuel to train and track maintenance, someone always wants your money.
Some of the scripted events are fun and range from train robberies to a rival starting to get a bit too big for their britches. The gameplay overall has a rather relaxing feel to it and it is the kind of game you can waste many hours with.
I am not exactly what you would call a trainspotter or a train enthusiast. However, Railroad Tycoon 2 is a game that I have spent many hours with on both the PC and the PlayStation. The game may seem like it is not for everyone, but you do not have to have an interest in trains to get any fun out of this. I would say that if you like games such as Sim City and Theme Park, you are in for a good time with this.
- way the game goes through the ages is cool
- I liked the presentation which held up very well
- The sound effects of the trains have a lot of charm to them
- The scripted events are fun and keep you on your toes
- It is a fun sim style game
- The “music” is not very good
- There comes a point where you just have enough of playing it
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode