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Build a railroad empire and shape a nation!
Lay track, route trains and watch the world come to life in this compelling mix of train set and business simulator. Become the ultimate railroad robber baron with the drive to shape a nation, build an empire and amass a fortune.
Spanning the history of the railroads from the steam engines of the 1830s to the bullet trains of today, Sid Meier’s Railroads! for Mac is a bold re-imagining of the legendary Railroad Tycoon (1990), the game that launched the “tycoon” genre.
Important information regarding Sid Meier's Railroads!:
The game is supported on the following Macs. To check your Mac model and when it was released, select 'About This Mac' from the Apple Menu on your menu bar.
• All MacBooks released since Early 2015
• All MacBook Airs released since Mid 2012
• All MacBook Pros released since Mid 2012
• All Mac Minis released since Late 2012
• All iMacs released since Late 2012
• All iMac Pros released since Late 2017
• All Mac Pros released since Late 2013
• Minimum System Requirements:
◦ Processor: 1.1GHz
◦ RAM: 4GB
◦ Graphics: 512MB
◦ macOS: 10.14
◦ Free Space: 2GB
Check the Feral website for more detailed specifications.
• This game is not currently supported on volumes formatted as Case-sensitive.
© 2006–2012 Take-Two Interactive Software and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. Sid Meier’s Railroads!, 2K Games, the 2K logo, Firaxis Games, the Firaxis Games logo and Take-Two Interactive Software are all trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Uses Miles Sound System. Copyright ©1991-2012 by RAD Game Tools, Inc. Portions of this software are included under license: ©2006–2012 Scaleform Corporation. All rights reserved. Uses Gamebryo software ©1999-2012 Emergent Game Technologies. Mac and the Mac logo are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. Feral and the Feral logo are trademarks of Feral Interactive Ltd. All other marks and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
• Uses the Metal graphics API instead of OpenGL
• Updates the game from 32-bit to 64-bit
• Fixes a number of minor issues
Ratings and Reviews
Not a Tycoon game
This is billed as a re-imagining of the Tycoon genre. Sadly, they imagined the Tycoon part out of it.
The game has a cartoon style and feel. The primary challenge is putting switches in your tracks in the right place so that other trains don't get stuck behind each other. The economic part that so appealed to me in the real RR Tycoon games is simplified to the point of, well, being cartoon style. You take raw goods... and just grab from a single souce per train, don't try anything complex where a train will bring two or three different raw goods into town... to a town that wants them. Those can be shipped to any town that takes the processed goods. That's it. There are no demand limits. You don't have to worry about flooding markets, or trying to spread out your deliveries to multiple destinations. There are barely any supply limits, as the goods get replenished so quickly.
Building enough switches in the right spots is actually a challenge, because the cartoon style of graphics doesn't give you a lot of space between towns. You also can't zoom out very far on the map, so seeing what's in the area is a bit of a challenge.
There is also essentially no variety to the scenarios.
On the plus side, it is fun to watch the trains go in and out of the stations. But it's not a game with any depth.
An enduring favorite
This game has held up really well and I was so surprised to see an update to it after all this time. The update is minor but it fixes a few age related quirks that had developed. The Midwest and North East US scenarios are my favorites. I like how there are 3 sets of goals to try to accomplish spanning many years. I don’t think a railroad simulation appeals to everybody but this one is really great.
It was... better
Since the recent update, the game is not stable. It “unexpectedly quits” at seemingly random times during gameplay. Upon restarting, I get two opportunities to report what happened, one to Apple and one to Railroads. I do so dutifully. I have yet to receive any comment from either entity. I have revised my star rating from five to three. It has been a fun game but is getting more and more tedious as I await the next crash.
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- Feral Interactive Ltd
- 800.5 MB
macOS 10.14 or later
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2006–2017 Take-Two Interactive Software and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. Developed for and published on the Mac by Feral Interactive Ltd.
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