Transport Tycoon

Posted on 20 August 2002 in Computers (3 comments)

One of the reasons I had a computer for so many years, was to play games. I'm from that generation who started off with ZX Spectrums (well actually I started with a Dragon 32!) and just progressed onwards and upwards.

After my Spectrum (48k+ I'll have you know) I moved onto an Atari 1024STE, and then a rather dodgy 386 PC. Games continued to be there - my main use.

Despite me being addicted to Railroad Tycoon, Populous, Quake, Doom, Wolfenstien 3D and Theme Park over the years, as my 386 got older and older, I started playing fewer and fewer games.

By 1996 my humble 386 was looking very tired, but I still persevered with Theme Park, Civilization, Railroad Tycoon and Settlers. An upgrade later and I moved onto Civ II, Settlers 2, Theme Hospital. But slowly but surely my interest was waning.

My game playing time decreased around the same time as something else increased - my interest in the web. Nowadays I have a home PC (and indeed a laptop) for building websites, writing articles and penning this page. Games don't often get a look in.

Yet for the last few months I have become hopelessly addicted. My life has been a constant battle to keep away from it. I just can't get enough of one game: Transport Tycoon.

The Transport Simulator.

Despite being made for DOS, despite being eight years old and despite having some slightly dodgy graphics, Transport Tycoon is a rather engaging beast.

Whilst the aim of Railroad Tycoon was to run a railway, Transport Tycoon gives you the opportunity to do that and buses, ships and aircraft. You even get mono-rails and maglevs. In short, you can become a transport mogul in your own home.

Sad as it may seem, the intricacies of plotting out your empire, ensuring all runs swiftly and efficiently and fending off your computer controlled opponents, has made on of the most addictive games I have ever played. So much so that I'm beginning to get RSI through playing it so much, and writing this piece has been put off for the last few days by the amount of work to do on my empire.

The Patch.

One of the reasons why Transport Tycoon has kept me so engaged recently is the vast improvements allowed by a GPL'd patch to the game.

Whilst the original release of Transport Tycoon was great, it still had some flaws. Even the much improved version, Transport Tycoon Deluxe didn't do everything. Simple things like allowing a mono-rail station and a railway station to be joined up were impossible. Thanks to TTDPatch, not anymore.

Stations can be bigger, and the patch even offers the ability to use a more efficient method of railway signals. A multitude of bugs have been fixed, and a host of cheats been added, although to be honest I never use them (no really!) It's helped make a great game even better.

Not just for Anoraks!

The big mistake would be to write off Transport Tycoon off as being just for anoraks. It's not at all. Anyone in love with god games will be in heaven. I know I am. It may be eight years old, but its hopelessly addictive. Now if only I could get a network game going in my flat...

Sadly its a bit difficult to get hold of, but you can get it through Amazon. I think it's the Windows version but I'm not sure. If its the DOS version, you have no chance of getting it working on Windows XP, but using the patch, the Windows version will run quite happily on Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Thankfully, else I wouldn't be able to run it on my laptop!

Although saying that, perhaps it would be better if it didn't... Then I might have my life back!

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Foxy_Gnome said:

=D brilliant, i always loved Transport Tycoon since it came out. i still play the old doom on the doomsday engine now days. on game i keep going back to is Ascendancy which i can never get bored of, it seems that they just don't make games like they used to where you just can't ever get bored of them =]

Posted on 24 May 2009 at 11:45 PM

Robert Buckley said:

I've always loved Transport Tycoon too. In fact I've put together a history of the various versions of the game at http://www.squidoo.com/history-of-transport-tycoon

Posted on 20 June 2009 at 12:43 AM

Foxy_Gnome said:

@Robert Buckley

wow thats interesting, shame about transport tycoon 2... would of loved that =P

Posted on 3 July 2009 at 1:59 PM

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