Transport Tycoon
Genre Simulation -> Tycoon
Today's Rank 0
Date N/A
Publisher Microprose
Date 2001-06-15
Publisher Atari
North America Retail Box ArtTransport Tycoon Deluxe is a great management sim where you get to be lord of a burgeoning transport empire. You start off in 1950 and through "real-time" (one month is a couple of minutes) into the 21st century, some cash and a quest to build the best transport network in the locality (like Sim City but with the buildings taken out). The concept is very simple--run goods from where they're supplied to where they're in demand, make a profit, try to get subsidies/monopolies and drive your opponents into bankruptcy. The scope of the game is huge. You can go over land, sea and air. The graphics still look great considering that the game is several years old now and the sound effects add to the atmosphere. New additions to Transport Tycoon Deluxe include several new world environments which are more in the fantasy realm, such as sub-arctic, sub-tropical, Toyland, a world scenario editor--so you can simulate your own real world area as well as heliports and "maglev" trains and tracks. You can also sell and buy shares in opposing companies in a bid to put them out of business. In terms of multiplayer you can either play the computer or play over a LAN and the manual says that the opposing AI is smarter and gives you a more realistic opponent, laying better transport networks and recognising where to invest and where to close unprofitable lines more efficiently than before. At the harder difficulty settings, the computer opponent is not that easy to beat. Basically if you like management sims you won't find a lot more challenging and entreating than this classic. --Charles Kent

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