Railroad Tycoon II

a game by Gathering
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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You’ve been working on the railroad ... You run one of the leading railroad companies in the early United States. You have competition, of course -- other companies that think they can connect the country better than you can. Fortunately, you have many tools at your disposal that will help you to carry your loads to new and interesting communities. Politics, CEOs, and an open stock market come together with the raw hardware to help you meet the needs of the scattered U.S. residents. Balance it all well enough and fast enough and victory will be yours.

Gameplay, Controls, Interface

In the sequel to Railroad Tycoon, you have control of 34 cargo types and 51 train engines from around the world. Gameplay can span the ages from 1804 to beyond 2000, allows for worldwide exploration and expansion, and includes a stock market for those Wall Street types who want to test their entrepreneurial prowess.

The interface for Railroad Tycoon II is very well constructed and intuitive to use. You have a myriad of reports to help you locate problem areas and the screens are linked together well to aid in tracking (and fixing) problems across your rail network. The game is designed for a 1024x 768 screen size and it uses the available screen space very well. I particularly admired the on-screen supply and demand tags that could be turned on or off for any and all commodities in the game. This made it much easier to make valuable market connections.


Don’t look for great realism in this simulation. Six years to get a load of passengers from New York to Chicago is going to be pretty unrealistic, as are the hundreds of thousands of dollars the trip will reap. The game has great atmosphere rather than great realism. The graphics are beautiful, and the map and history are very detailed. You can almost taste the smoke pouring from your latest steamer as it churns across the nation. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and didn’t miss the more nitty-gritty realism that might have compromised gameplay.


Railroad Tycoon II uses full 3D graphics capabilities and the animation is beautifully rendered at all the available zoom levels. The graphics all work together to make an environment with all the trappings of 19th-century monopoly building.

System Requirements

Pentium 133 or better, 16 MB RAM, 4X CD-ROM drive, 1024x 768 capable monitor and video card, 130 MB free hard drive space


Documentation is concise and largely unneeded. Tutorial levels and onscreen help all serve to make consulting the docs a purely optional experience. At the same time, the production chart is pretty useful and you’ll find some of the other tables time-savers as well.

Bottom Line

Great game. A must-play for any simulation fans. I enjoyed the campaign levels and spent many a late night striving to get that last load in for the gold star achievement.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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