Railroad Tycoon Deluxe (RDX) is an excellent updated version of Sid Meier's classic Railroad Tycoon, a game of robber barons at the turn of 20th century. Despite a host of new features and graphics, RDX sold very poorly in stores, due to some annoying bugs and inexplicably slow gameplay (most notoriously the F4 map screen, which brings the game to a crawl). |
RDX is essentially the same game as Railroad Tycoon, with improved hi-resolution graphics, new sound effects, and several other additions: new maps (South America and South Africa) with region-specific cargo types (e.g. diamonds for South Africa), new time ranges and locomotives, bandits who can hijack your trains, and sheriffs who will arrest them. The existence of many bugs and the very slow speed made the game initially inferior to the original, but subsequent patches and today's faster computers make it well worth a look. With multiple difficulty levels, an ingenious user interface that makes track-laying a breeze, and rock-solid gameplay, RDX is in my (biased) opinion THE best railroad business management game ever made... although SimTex' 1830 and Gathering of Developers' 1999 sequel Railroad Tycoon II come very close to this classic.
Note: Although the game is called Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon Deluxe, Sid Meier himself had nothing to do with the development of this version.
Reviewed by: Underdogs