|a game by||JoWood Ebensee|
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You've built your dream city and populated it with model citizens. You've designed theme parks and airports, and ensured that hospitals run smoothly, so what possible ambitions could you have left in life? Only the big one - public transport. Buses, trains, trams, you name it, courtesy of Traffic Giant.
Developer JoWood is big in Germany, but it has chosen British towns (Vauxhall, Litchfield, Keele and Bath) as the stomping grounds for the 'action'. How you govern is up to you. Play as a bloated plutocrat dedicated to bedding profit, or as a benevolent ecologist anxious to keep cars off the road.
There are several different modes of playing as well. Playing in Campaign mode gives you specific targets to reach (increased coverage, higher profits, etc) before moving up to higher levels. Alternatively, you can fall back on the safer endless option if you just want to master your routing skills.
Completing even the simplest assignment is no pushover. Any of the thousands of randomly placed citizens can question your performance, reliability and popularity, but you can counter with advertising or free tickets to school kids to save your reputation. Setting up a line and buying in the vehicles you need is simple enough, the trick is being able to ferry enough of the right people to their destinations.
Now to the bad points. The graphics are uninspiring and the game obviously owes its existence to Transport Tycoon -not necessarily a bad thing, but not what you would call progress. However, despite the lack of originality, fans of the genre will probably glean some use out of it and there's no doubting the existence of some addictive qualities once you get sucked in.