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About.com: Railroad Tycoon II: Gold Edition for Linux

Jul 22, 2000, 12:39 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Before beginning, I should mention in the interest of fairness that I have proven to be horrible at Railroad Tycoon II for Linux. I played this game for a full six hours before I ever made a dime for my shareholders, and I still haven't come anywhere near to the multi-millions necessary to complete most scenarios. My ineptitude at the game is a combination of factors, some my fault and some the game's fault -- more on this in a little while."

"As I pulled the Railroad Tycoon II: Gold Edition retail box from the shipping packaging I'd received, my impressions were very good. I got ahold of a copy of the Windows version for comparison, and can say authoritatively that the two are almost identical in every way, the only difference being the "Runs on Linux!" sticker on the front of the Linux box and the Linux-oriented installation instructions in the user's manual. In addition to the user's manual, the box contains a handsome jewel case for the game CD and a couple of large reference cards with helpful information on game items and industries on it."

"Basic gameplay in Railroad Tycoon II is simple. In classic strategy simulation fashion, there is a large, flat, terraformed surface (usually known as the "map" in the game) with geographical features on it: hills, trees, rivers and most importantly in this game cities, towns, and manufacturing facilities. In scenario play, the goal is generally to make a given amount of money within a prescribed amount of time with your railroad. In campaign play, the goal is structural or functional rather than monetary -- for example, a campaign called "Mother Russia" requires the player to keep the railroads running in order to supply military depots in the face of German aggression during the war. Multiplayer gameplay is also available."

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