Traffic Giant puts the player in the role of public transportation administrator, in charge of keeping the city's traffic and people moving in a timely, orderly fashion. In a style defined by classics like SimCity, the game offers an isometric view of bustling city blocks with lots of side windows full of statistics and useful information. The player works to build bus routes that serve the people efficiently. A fast, effective system of bus, tram, and train routes will persuade more citizens to use public transportation, which in turn will provide better funding as well as reduced traffic from all the people who would otherwise drive where they need to go.
I don't know about you people, but since a few years, I don't travel with public transport anymore. The reason for this is that they're never on time and uncomfortable. In Traffic Giant you get the chance to make things better. You can show the world that you're a much better manager for public transportation than any top manager out there and you can even get the traffic jam problem solved.
When launching the game, I got some meaningless 5 minute intro where I saw some dude go to work with his car and ending in some major traffic jam where he just blocks all traffic wanting to go in another direction than him. After having watched this sad thingie, and choosing to start up a campaign (and adjusting my graphic settings to 1024*768) I get start off with some small town.
Nicely detailed buildings and vehicles. Easy interface. Fluid gameplay. This game actually isn't as bad as I had dared. In some way it's even addictive...
Each town has several goals, which you have to accomplish in a certain time, and that's actually the only bad thing in the gameplay. After about 4 hours of playing I missed my third goal by a few hundred dollars ! (*frustrating*) When you miss your goal, you can keep on playing, but it doesn't matter anymore and that's something I find to be a shame. With the Civilization series for instance you had 1 objective (get into space) and everything you did was NOT related to time. You could try to get your goal in 5 hours of play, or you could try on a different way which took you 6 months of play !
In Traffic Giant, achieving a goal is time-bound and that just sucks because if you don't get it off in the time the developers think is good enough, you can play on, but for sure won't advance any more (not even if your small town company is worth 20 million dollars and has trains that run on magnetic tracks)
Overall, this is a nice game that can keep you occupied for a while if you're into the genre. Another plus is that you can laugh at all those people that are leaving their cars at home to use your crappy public transportation...
At one time or another, you are bound to have been annoyed by the inadequacies of the public transport system, with its eternal waiting times, traffic jams, too expensive tickets, unfriendly staff, dirty and unattractive vehicles. This is your big chance to run a fleet of buses, trams, under and over-ground trains as an enterprising businessman/woman who's goal it is to make a fortune. or else you can play the part of a traffic representative freeing your cities from car traffic with advertising campaigns, offering free tickets, establishing comfortable connections and profiting from the opinion polls.
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