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Railroad Tycoon 3 (PC CD)

by Mastertronic Ltd
Windows Me / XP / 98 / 2000
 Ages 3 and Over
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Create a booming railroad industry, exploit the stock market
  • 25 challenging scenarios with improved, streamlined user interface
  • 3D graphics
  • Modify landscapes with World Editor
  • For 1 player
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows Me / XP / 98 / 2000
  • BBFC Rating: Universal, suitable for all
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B000HD6TLE
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm ; 54 g
  • Release Date: 25 Aug 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,442 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Players of Railroad Tycoon 3 begin the game with a modest sum of capital at the beginning of the Golden Era of Railroading and expand their empire into major cities, while purchasing the latest locomotives, forcing competitors into bankruptcy, and exploiting the stock market to become the ultimate Railroad Tycoon.

As well as the 25 challenging scenarios to recreate magnificent feats of railroading history from around the world, players can also lay down track, complete with tunnels, bridges, and overpasses, then pick from more than 40 locomotives - from the original Planet and Norris 4-2-0 to monstrous late steam engines like the 4-6-6-4 Challenger to the ultra-modern EuroStar bullet train. Players will haul over 35 different cargos between more than 150 different buildings, in a dynamic and fluctuating economy. Manipulating Railroad Tycoon 3's realistic stock market with margin buying, short selling, hostile takeovers and mergers, players can build up a massive fortune and even prosper by running their railroad into bankruptcy.

Railroad Tycoon 3 will have multi-player support, including an integrated chat and matchmaking service. The game's soundtrack features some of the best blues, bluegrass and Americana musicians in the nation, playing authentic music that even modern music enthusiasts will enjoy.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Track to sucess 15 Feb 2010
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Played on Windows XP SP3.

My PC is in the shop, so i cracked open this game from my collection. I didnt really have patience or understand the game fully when it was released, so it wasnt on my PC for long. But having been replaying it over the past week, i have learned how to enjoy the game.

The game is based around building up your own train company between the 1800's-current day. Like other Tycoon games, as you would expect, you start with a small money budget and you have to then lay train track, and place stations between towns that you can make profit out of. you can build support buisneses to boost\profit from trade, like Hotels, or you can buy/build industrial buildings like Brewerys. Depending on the era, There are different types of trains to buy, also depending on your budget, and all with theyre own pros and cons. Then you can setup routes for your trains, on your tracks, and competition company tracks(which you have to pay them to use).

Every Town has its own needs, and with dozens of commodities, you can make huge profits if you supply the higher/price demand. But while goods are in transit, some perishable commodities will lower in price if it takes your train a long time to haul from point A to point B. But this is just the main part of the game, there is also the financial side, with stocks/shares and bank loans etc.

Your character, as company owner, can buy and sell shares in your, and competatives companies. The prices fluctuate depending on random events or historical events. Using this side of the game, when your company does well you can issue shares for cash, and pump it into your companies coffers to exrend your tracks/locations or invest in industry. Then where shares drop, buy them up, sell high, buy low, you know.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun diversion 4 Feb 2011
By Dancer
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a surprisingly fun and addictive little game.

The premise is to build and run a railroad, with the ancillary functions of buying industry and dealing in your company shares. The game itself is a number of scenarios based around this premise each with its own goals and objectives. So a good early one is to build a railroad over the Rocky mountains to connect up the two coasts of America - you have to run a profitable business, but the real obstacle is surmounting the tough terrain.

Later harder scenarios have conflicting objectives - generate a ton of electricity and have $25m in industry profits - I lost money on the electricity, so it was damn hard to do both.

By following the tutorial you can be in the thick of the game in minutes, but the instruction manual could give you a better idea how things work in detail for the nitty gritty of later games. Still it's a real giggle, and very satisfying to sit there playing with your choo choo's. There's a ton of scenarios too, and with bronze, silver & gold medals available for completion there's the push to really get the most out of each set of circumstances.

What is in effect a management game won't appeal to everyone, but if that kind of thing floats your boat RT3 is well worth a few quid. As it's an old game with undemanding spec's, it'd be particularly good to stick on a laptop for some casual mucking about on the train into work - see if you can do better!

UPDATE: FYI there's also a free expansion available online called 'Coast to Coast', well worth getting. Just google "RT3 Coast to Coast", download the files, and then copy the contents of the downloaded folders into the folders of the same name in the game on your hard drive. This will give you a number of new (tough) scenarios, extra train types and fixes a few bugs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the faint praise elsewhere... 14 July 2012
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
First any review of now (July 2012) or later must take into account that Railway Tycoon 3 is a 2003 game - and nine years is an epoch in computer games.

A word of warning - several different companies have franchises running under the "Tycoon" name - and some have produced very poor games.

Not so Top Pop whose other most famous release is the "Tropico" series.

An opening mention - currently I am playing on a laptop running Windows 7 - and Railway Tycoon 3 runs like a dream on my system.

No reviewer so far has mentioned the introductory movie which is brilliant with a very professional sounding theme song. This really gets you in the mood to play.

Once into the game there's a campaign featuring seventeen scenarios each playable in about one to three hours. There are also about a dozen more scenario games - one offs. There's also a "sandbox" option where you can just build trains and track to your heart's content.

For a nine year old game the graphics are not bad. It's a 3D world and you can either zoom in to appreciate one of your locomotives or zoom out to plan strategically your railway network. There are water features, night and day with dawn and dusk. Graphically other than the train, track, stations, and maintenance buildings there are towns and cities, industrial or farming buildings, and trees. And that's about it. The trees are simple flat foliage intersecting at 90 degree angles but they look realistic enough from a distance. The trains look great though and at the beginning of each scenario where money is limited and you only have one or two trains it's fun just to lock the camera on a locomotive and watch it go about its business.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Railroad Tycoon 3.
This is great. Easy to lay tracks for trains, and has good challenges. A game to keep you going for hours.
Published 2 months ago by Mary-Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars RAILROAD TYCOON 3 (PC CD)
Published 2 months ago by MR DJ DYER
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Gaming
I always enjoyed playing the game when i was younger and when i saw it at this price i just had to have it
Published 7 months ago by Tiffany Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars With a fair bit of luck and chance it worked on windows 7 :)
Well,i decided to buy the game knowing it states that the game doesnt work on windows 7(i was prepared to buy an old games laptop just to play this game)
I turned out i didnt... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. M. Baldock
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment compared with RRT2
I bought this on a whim having thought I'd enjoy a few hours playing Railroad Tycoon 2 again, but found I couldn't make it (RRT2) work on Windows 7. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr Roger T Wood
1.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to install.
Have had no chance to play the game itself, because the the (third party) software keeps telling me I have an out of date version of Flash. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars great
love it, addictive mindnumbing fun. still working thru it and i look forward to getting to the rest of the game.
Published 13 months ago by aj
4.0 out of 5 stars choo choo
An excelent value for money title.I'm surprised the game is fairly old now put still a pleasant enough way to spend a few hours.
Published 21 months ago by glover lover
5.0 out of 5 stars trains
Excellent game for those who love trains like my son! When you get with it you feel as if you were driving a train. Beautiful images and very amazing.
Published on 11 Dec 2011 by mariona
2.0 out of 5 stars basic fun
idea of the game and game play is second to non,but....the graphics let this down big time.
i do play this game still which is due to the great way the interface for the... Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2011 by dang
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