Sid Meier's Railroads! review

Get back to basics with this no-nonsense railroading sim

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Catchy overall game design

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    Refreshing lack of micromanagement

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    Lively world


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    Simplistic economics

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    A bit repetitive

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    City graphics could be clearer

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Way back in 1990, Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon was a revelation. Nobody had done an economic sim based on the railroad expansion across the United States in the 19th century, so the whole idea of the game seemed fresh - and also boring as hell, until you played it and were hooked.

Sixteen years later, the concept isn't so new thanks to a couple of sequels and some imitators that have borrowed the concept, but Sid Meier's Railroads! still manages to bring back the magic of that golden oldie from yesteryear.

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DescriptionClimb aboard the choo-choo for one of the catchiest and most atmospheric railroad games since the original Railroad Tycoon.
US censor rating"Everyone"
UK censor rating""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)