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LinuxWorld: Railroad Tycoon II: Gold Edition [Review]

Oct 05, 1999, 19:58 (0 Talkback[s])
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"I never grew up with toy trains. In fact, where I grew up, there weren't any trains at all. Hence, I could not understand the fascination of some other kids with toy trains and railway sets. It is possible, however, that this particular fascination has been lurking dormant in my psyche since childhood -- and has been awakened now that I've come across Railroad Tycoon."

"I saw Sid Meier's original version in action probably six or seven years ago, but in spite of my intense fervor for strategy games like SimCity and Civilization, it never quite caught my attention. Years later, on first trying Railroad Tycoon II on a Windows machine, I was hooked. I didn't buy the full version and only tried the demo, but that still made for hours of fun. Now I'm overjoyed that Loki's come out with a Linux version as well, allowing me to fully explore not just the original game but the latest Gold version, which isn't even out on Windows yet."

"I had a friendly chat with Scott Draeker, CEO of Loki Software, at the LinuxWorld Expo. In front of Loki's booth, where the company was demonstrating several of its games,...we talked about Loki's raging success in the business, and the intensity of its game-release schedule. Loki's first-year plan is to put out eight titles either previously or simultaneously released for the Windows platform. On track this year is the third and latest title: Railroad Tycoon II Gold Edition..."

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