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Railroad Tycoon 3

Developer: PopTop Software | Publisher: Gathering
Players: 1 Player Game | Release Date: 10/23/03 | Genre: Strategy

Do you miss the days of setting up model railroads in the basement, garage or anywhere you got open space? Do you miss the days of just sitting around relaxing as the trains run their course at whatever pace you decide? Well, miss it no more; Railroad Tycoon 3 is here to solve that problem.

Railroad Tycoon 3 is the latest installment in the series. One of the changes made from its two predecessors is that the economy has become more sophisticated. No more deciding where the people, freight and mail go, they have their own destinations. Also, you are almost encouraged to use your opponents to help deliver your goods. You can use them by using their lines that they have already placed causing you to share in the income.

Another change has been with the graphics. The 3D engine has been added allowing for better and crisper graphics. No more building in predetermined paths and no more limited viewing angles. Build tunnels, bridges and curvy tracks to make it to your destination.

Let me give you a rundown of what you do in Railroad Tycoon 3. As with any other Tycoon game, you build up your industry. Well, here, you also can buy out other industries such as steel, textiles or farms to help you to corner the market. To help accumulate your vast wealth, you are able to build bridges, tunnels and all your service stations you need. One thing though, this is provided you have the cash to do so. You have about forty different trains to choose from and each costs different amounts and can be used in certain locations. So even if you have the money, you may still not be able to use the one you want. But don't let that stop you from taking over the industry.

When it comes to your success at the game, the better you can meet the supply and demand of your customers, the more money you can bring in. The better you do this along with playing the stock market and buying or building other industries, the better the money rolls in and the faster you can take out your competitors.

Having been the first time to play any of the Railroad Tycoon series, I thought the game play was relatively decent and moderately paced. After going through the tutorial and then into the game, I found that there were a couple things that were missing. Or that I thought were, and I say this cause I think that helps add twists to the game to keep it interesting. Overall I would rate this game at about an A-. With great graphics and staying true to the tycoon nature, this is a game for all to enjoy.

By Lawrence Filler - 12/28/03
ESRB Details: Alcohol Reference

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