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Railroad Tycoon 3 - PC

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Platform: PC
  • Create a booming railroad industry, exploit the stock market
  • 25 challenging scenarios with improved, streamlined UI
  • 3D graphics
  • Modify landscapes with World Editor
  • For 1 player

Product Details

Platform: PC
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0000D12XH
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches ; 10.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 28, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,042 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: PC

Product Description

Players' inline with previous Railroad Tycoon games will need to find enough capital to establish a railway company. When up and running in full steam players can look at any part of their development utilizing the games full on 3D layout with Pop Top design.

From the Manufacturer

The original Railroad Tycoon, released in 1990, quickly became a tremendous critical and commercial success, and at the same time created the Tycoon genre of game play.

The sequel, Railroad Tycoon 2, released in 1998, marked the rebirth of Tycoon games and was the first Tycoon game of the modern era, with great graphics, dozens of scenarios and Internet multi-player.

The Railroad Tycoon series has received critical acclaim and won numerous awards, including the coveted 'Game Of The Year' from numerous publications. This successful franchise has sold in excess of two million copies and established a massive and passionate worldwide fan base.

Now, the King and creator of the Tycoon genre is returning to reclaim its throne!

The original Railroad Tycoon was created by world-renowned developer, Sid Meier. It was the first Tycoon game ever made, and successfully merged a well-crafted business model with a player friendly graphical presentation. Railroad Tycoon was a critical success, winning 'Game of the Year' from the major magazines of the day, and became a worldwide bestseller.

In 1997, Phil Steinmeyer, CEO of PopTop and a huge fan of the original Railroad Tycoon game, began work on a new railroad game, designed to be the spiritual successor to Railroad Tycoon. A year and a half later Railroad Tycoon 2 (published by Gathering), was released, and like it predecessor became a massive critical and commercial success, garnering many 'Strategy Game of the Year' and 'Game of the Year' type awards. With sales of over 1.5 million copies it was clear that Phil Steinmyer had accomplished his goal, in fact the game is still selling today five years later.

Six months after Railroad Tycoon 2 launched, the game Rollercoaster Tycoon was released and proved to be a huge success, holding the #1 slot in the PC sales charts for many weeks. The tycoon craze was on - dozens of games have launched over the years since, attempting to duplicate the formula that made the Railroad Tycoon series resonate so soundly within the gaming community

Now, in 2003, PopTop and Gathering stand ready to release Railroad Tycoon 3, a big budget, gorgeous 3D transformation of the classic and the game that will usher in the third era of Tycoon games.

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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series and that's very good, indeed. December 12, 2003
By Dick K
Platform for Display:PC
Real rating would be 4 1/2 stars.
As a piece of software, RT3 is not perfect, but it is better than 90% of what's out there. It's rock-solid stable on my computer but there are those who have experienced a lot of problems, almost all related to issues with graphics cards. There are few bugs with the code and none that detract from my enjoyment of the game. PopTop's support for their products has been top notch in the past and RT3 is proving that again. New maps and code updates have already been provided and more are coming.
Now, as a game... is it fun? You bet! If you liked either of its predecessor's then I really think you'll enjoy this one. The 3D engine incorporated is the first thing you'll notice right away. Then as you start to play you're going to really start to see how different this game/simulation is from RT1 & 2. In fact, that has to be said as a warning: RT3 is NOT just RT2 with 3D graphics. If that's what you want, this isn't it. For me, that's not the bad news, it's a major part of the good news. RT3 now has a whole new economic model underneath it that literally makes the entire game new. The world's farms and factories won't sit idle waiting for your railroad to haul the goods for them. If you don't move them, the 'invisible' transportation network (overland and by water) will move them instead--oh, and don't bother trying to compete with the canal and river transport in most eras.
As others have said the micromanagement aspects of the game have been greatly reduced. Some may not like that but I do--I feel much more in the role of the tycoon controlling a financial empire with a railroad as its centerpiece.
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182 of 193 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but Disappointing November 5, 2003
Platform for Display:PC
RT2 is one of my favorite games--it's one of only a handful of computer games that has been on my computer continuously since I first loaded it. A game I have always been able to get pleasure from. The wonderful music, the fabulous gameplay, the fun & detailed graphics--Railroad Tycoon 2 is everything a great computer game should be. When I found out that there would be yet another edition of Railroad Tycoon I was delighted. 3D graphics? Great! New gameplay options? Bring 'em on! And over & above my anticipation of a new Railroad Tycoon was a steadfast faith in the game's creators that the game would be everything it should be.
My first impression was very favorable. The first scenario in the campaign, in which you have to build track from Boston to Buffalo, begins with the camera showing the Atlantic Ocean washing ashore on the east coast of Massachusetts. The sound of the waves hitting the beach, the gentle wash of the ocean, the colorful leaves on the trees combined to create one of those gaming moments that you remember for a long time. In short, the sound & graphics are great & it's a joy to play a game in such an ambience. And, of course, the music is back just as enjoyable as it has always been.
New features include other modes of transportation (such as trucks, boats, & planes) competing with your rail line to deliver cargo. In RT2, nothing moved unless you or one of the AI companies moved it. In RT3, sometimes those cattle will get to the packing plant on their own. This feature has promise but it's hard to tell what effect it's having on the game since it's hard to see the immediate effects of this movement. You can also set AI to manage your consists for you--i.e. decide what types of cargo your trains will carry.
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113 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best tycoon series around November 1, 2003
Platform for Display:PC
Back in 1998, Railroad Tycoon 2 basically kicked off the tycoon-game frenzy. Now RRT3 is here and it has gone fully 3D. PopTop software is using a very powerful 3D engine with an easy-to-use camera system, and the results are beautiful. Hills and valleys look realistic, lakes and oceans look gorgeous, and the game has a new night-and-day cycle as well as weather effects. Even on lower end systems, the game effortlessly zooms from a satellite view to a close-up look at the buildings in a town.
Players of Railroad Tycoon 2 will notice that managing cargo and routes is easier than ever before. The game features a campaign as well as standalone missions and maps. And the map editor is extremely powerful and easier-to-use than ever before. PopTop also listened to fans of RRT2 and has added the most requested features: bridges and tunnels. Your trains can also carry more cars than before.
The heart of the game, of course, is building your rail network and managing your empire. Laying track requires that you pay careful attention to the terrain to avoid steep hills, as you make profits based on how fast you deliver passengers and cargo. You have dozens of engines to choose from, all rendered in exceptional detail. The economic model has been strengthened and is now much more realistic -- passengers only want to go to certain cities now, and cities need to be supplied with goods to grow and prosper.
Of course, computer opponents will compete with you for lucrative routes, and other modes of transportation like rivers will also serve cities independently of the railroads, so careful planning will be rewarded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OFF DA HOOK...
Great game. Lover of the original. If you like model trains, this is the next step up in running your own railroad company. Absolutely awesome.
Published 3 months ago by Gary Y.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Darryl J. Hall Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have game
Perfect for all the rail fan nerds in your life,
Published 5 months ago by Lindsay King
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
doesn't work on my computer.
Published 6 months ago by Terry Owens
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like trains and the strategy of building a railroad
If you like trains and the strategy of building a railroad, where to run the tracks, what businesses are best for that part of the country etc, this game is pretty cool. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Hradkowsky
5.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to mount a US? B radio receiver ...
I wanted to mount a US?B radio receiver up on top my antenna tower to avoid the coax cable lossess.

Still in progress.
Published 6 months ago by John B. Cundiff Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 8 months ago by alfapolaris
5.0 out of 5 stars RT3 reviwe
a great game. I loved RT2 and 3 will not disapoint. work with widows vista no problems and even ran on my crapy 128bit 1400 radon
Published 14 months ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars Good game
good pc game, lots of options and hours of fun, build lot of train track and all other trains awesome
Published 14 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic born again.
I like the new game play much more than the older version. Still stirs the imagination. Railroads are something for all generations to appreciate.
Published 14 months ago by Samuel D. Hoover
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