You're a transportation manager in this game. You choose your starting landscape (Europe, toy land, South America, desert) and your skill level. In this game you can build different transportation lines, like transporting coal to a coal power plant, or oil from the oil wells to the oil refinery. There exist ships, trains, buses & trucks, helicopters and trains. The game has an isometric graphics engine and a jazz-style soundtrack.
The Deluxe version contains new features that were not present in the original Transport Tycoon: the time scale of the game became larger, including futuristic vehicles such as monorails; and the editor is much more advanced, allowing you to create entire maps with terrain and cities positioned the way you like. Also, there are some new scenery themes, such as snowy and desert areas.
Transport Tycoon Deluxe (incl. WinXP patch) is nothing more than an upgrade of already magnificent Transport Tycoon. This version was published in 1996 as a facelift for its, already outdated, predecessor.
Deluxe edition preserves the original idea and gameplay, but adds some spice in form of premade scenarios, the scenario editor, improved graphics and a few new environments in which you can play (such as desert and winter). Of course, perhaps the best new feature is the possibility of running it in Windows XP, without worrying about sound or compatibility. Experienced players will be happy to hear that AI has also been significantly improved, so playing against it on a hard difficulty level will not be a breeze, but more of a tornado.
All these small, but significant changes should make the playing of this, already immensely entertaining game, even more enjoyable. There is an in-game tutorial included for the beginners, while hardcore tycoons may try their luck in a scenario right away.
Transport Tycoon Deluxe is pretty much an enhanced version of the original Transport Tycoon. This newer version conists of 4 worlds which you can establish your transport empire, with a variety of new vehicles as well, and a map editor. If you're a real Transport Tycoon fan, and want an extra challenge, then I'd suggest giving this a go and adding this to your list of conquered games. The aim of the game is to basically manage a transport company, from everything to the roadworks and railways to giving all the vehicles orders of where to go, and what to do and make it through to the year 2030. Transport Tycoon features air, land, and sea vehicles, and allows you to not just supply a service to passengers but also to local trade industries. The game is realistic in a sense that as time goes on, technology obviously advances and in doing so provides you with new, updated vehicles, new age buildings and faster transport. The game is fully customisable as well, so you can change the names, colours, almost anything to suit your needs. In my opinion, it beats simcity hands down. One thing to also be noted, is that the year you start from can also be changed, and the currency that the game uses can also be selected.
Transport Tycoon Deluxe is basically just a re-release of the original transport tycoon but with improved graphics and some more options and features which does make it worth the download for sure. The game was made by Microprose, and is probably one of their best ever games and also could be one of their most popular. It's quite a lot like Railroad Tycoon and Sim City in the style of game but is sort of like a really good blend of both. Its like Sim Sity in that in SS, you get control of an entire city and have to build it up, but you only get minor control over transport (laying some roads), but with TT, you can lay roads, build cars, trains, aircraft and sea craft as well. Unlike some other games in this genre, the game "gets older", what I mean by that is that you start off in 1950 and you progress all the way through to about 2070 if I remember correctly. At 2070Ithink the years just stop ticking by, the game never finishes unless you want it to. As the time goes on you start off in the 1950's with pretty basic stuff like steam trains and pretty basic slow cars and small airports with slow planes and also some slow boats in there too. But eventually you get to use very fast trains and planes with large airports and also fast hovercraft for transporting passengers over lakes and seas. The last evolution is the trains running on monorails with extremely fast trains, planes that can go 2500km/h and look alot like concords but with different names, the cars and trucks however don't look too much different though.
The graphics of the game are kind of good for its 1995 release date, not fantastic though, a lot more detail could have been put into things such as the boats and the cars, the rest looks ok though. The graphics are VGA and does not require a video card, but u may need a sound card to play some of the good but often repetitive sounds that the game has. And do yourself a favour and turn off the music, it can really drive you insane! One of the features that sim city 200 has that TT does not have is being able to rotate the view to 4 different positions, which because TT does not have that it can get kind of annoying seeing what's behind a building or sometimes exactly how much a mountain slopes and in what direction if there's trees or something else in the way. This game however does have something that sim city 2000 does not, which is very competitive competition, and you can even choose which level of competition you want. There can be lots of company's competing with you for the big $, the most I've ever played against was 8 companies, I managed to buy most of them out though. When u start the game, you start off with $200'000 dollars, or you can start off with pounds, yen, peseta, or deutschmark's, you can choose which side of the road you want cars to drive on, if you want miles or kilometres displayed or you can even have your own custom names for vehicles.
Some other things in the game which are very cool are the industries, there's the power industry, steel, livestock and grain and of course oil as well, what u have to do to earn a lot of money is get trains, cars or planes or even cargo ships to transport (for the power industry) the coal to the power station which earns you money, there is also transporting livestock and grain to the factory to create goods which then have to be transported to the cities, also iron ore to the factory to create steel and oil to the refinery. Making a bad move like building a train and tracks and station to transport wood to the wood factory and the selling of the wood makes no money because production and selling costs are down, you wont make any money, which can really screw u up, especially at the start of the game when u need to start a lot of things right away to make money to be a major competing company.
I only have a few gripes about the game which would have been nice if they didn't exist, they are there should have been some rotation options to easily use for the view you want to use, and perhaps some better music tunes, oh yeah and also be able to delete trains without having to send them to the depot, because when you convert to monorails (which you get no warning), you can't build more traditional tracks, so if you accidentally delete part of a track and you can't send the train back to its depot then you cannot get rid of the train, it just sits there and is usually in the way for the rest of the game.
This game is just great! I can say this game has a spirit of an action game, every second something happen. You run your transport business, handling taxes, business with other companies, purchase/sell vehicles, transport minerals and helping cities and factories. This game includes several types of transportions, both sea, ground and air, which is a great improvement of Railroad Tycoon.
Amazing graphics and jazz music really make this game the best sim game I have ever played. I recommend this game to everyone, especially to managers who want to take over the world :)
One of the most fun business strategy games ever made, Chris Sawyer's Transport Tycoon Deluxe is a great update of the earlier-- and also underrated-- Transport Tycoon game released in 1994. The Deluxe version adds multiplayer options, complete world editor, three new world environments (sub-arctic, sub-tropical, and toyland), newer vehicles and structures (e.g. maglev and helipads), customization options, and a stronger AI.
TTD is inspired by Sid Meier's classic Railroad Tycoon, but designer Chris Sawyer expands the concept to include not only rail, but also sea, road and air. The result is a far more sophisticated (and IMHO fun) game. You start off in 1950 with a bank loan and a quest to build the best transport network in the region. The concept, like all other business games, is simple - try to run goods from where they're supplied to where they're in demand, make a profit, race to get lucrative subsidies/monopolies and attempt to drive your opponents to bankruptcy. One of the high points of the game is vibrant graphics, which are detailed SVGA, and all the menus and options are viewable and tweakable through a very slick window-based system (and you don't even need real Windows to run it).
On the gameplay side, TTD runs on a smaller scale than Railrood Tycoon in terms of area you can play with, but you can do many more things and create a truly comprehensive transportation network. The game by default starts you off in 1950, and you play through "real-time" (one month is a few minutes) into the 21st century. There is no time skip feature, so a full game will take quite a while, but it's quite surprising how fast time does go by as there's always something to do. The game is very, very engrossing: you will happily plan the bus routes, buy new trains, carefully lay tracks, buy depots, watch your planes whiz passengers back and forth-- and next thing you know, it's 6 in the morning and you only have a few minutes to get ready for work.
Some business experts might argue that TTD is not so much a simulation game as a strategy, and this is somewhat true. The game is undoubtedly very focused, with emphasis on the management of day-to-day business and operating decisions than the "big picture" at a CEO level. You cannot, for example, make billions by playing the stock market or speculating on real estate as in A-Train, buying lucrative industries as in Railroad Tycoon, or engaging in ruthless acquisitions as in 1830 (although these features are available at a very basic level). In other words, TTD puts you in a role of a railroad manager, not its CEO, but you'll have so much fun with building and managing routes that you'll hardly complain about the demotion.
The game's AI needs a lot of work, although it does offer a good challenge for beginners. Computer players will do strange (and often laughable) things, such as creating convoluted tracks to get from point A to B. There are numerous easy ways to cheat the computer, and A-Train experts will likely find the game far too easy. All the complaints really don't matter in the end, though, because Chris Sawyer has done the impossible: struck a perfect balance between realism and gameplay. While it's not strictly realistic, it feels right, and thus it's fun to play, much the same way as SimCity is. It's a fairly safe bet that if you even have a slight interest in strategy games, you will love Transport Tycoon Deluxe... bad AI and quirks notwithstanding. A must have!
Note: The scenario disk that you can download below is the zip file of Transport Tycoon Scenario Disk, an add-on released for the original game, before Deluxe version. While it contains features that have been updated in Deluxe (e.g. multiplayer options), its Martian landscape environment is not included in Deluxe version, which is why I put it up separately. Be careful when you install the add-on, though-- the game will revert back to the original version, not Deluxe, so make sure you keep those zip files! The file included in the FAQ area is the off-line version of Burkhard Jahnen's excellent tips and railway design sections of his TTD site, one of the best fansites about the game.
Excellent game! Picking up the idea of Railroad Tycoon you are now in control of all aspects of the transport-business. Trains as well busses and planes. And all this in a nice environment with great graphics and involving sound. While covering many aspects and requiring some skill to perform well on all sectors this game still keeps the playful nature and is far from being a dry business-sim.
I used to play this a lot some years ago and only now stumbled upon it again. It may not have the classical kult-status that Railroad-Tycoon has, the idea itself isn't new and so this game hasn't really been a pioneer. But it offers many new features that will satisfy the beginner as well as the semi-professional business-sim-player. When it comes to the atmosphere this game is hard to beat.
The differences between the original and the deluxe-version aren't THAT big - you get better graphics and some more options with the last one, but the original is the original and it got a bit more of the classical touch. Still, if you liked Transport Tycoon the deluxe-version is worth a try anyway. For the first timers... hm... this one's slightly better - you might want this one.
Chris Sawyer belongs in the pantheon of British games developers. Most of you people will remember him as the brainchild of the uber-successful Rollercoaster Tycoon, a game which belongs in my hallf of fame... even if I never bothered to complete it. Transport Tycoon however remains a classic in the management genre before developers like Monte Christo decided to flood the market with derivative rubbish.
Essentially, Transport Tycoon gives you either a random map to improve or a few ready-made scenarios increasing with difficulty, using past present and future transport technologies. Although the AI is nearly all the time laughable, there is a pleasure in seeing that small town you developed turn into the hulking metropolis it is today, for you see, providing the city with good and services increases its rate of growth, thereby increasing demand and money.
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