I feel like playing a train game. I loved Railroad Tycoon and its sequels but not the 2006 abomination, and want to play one of the spiritual successors. I am trying to justify the purchase (don't know if I will, they're both a bit beyond my budget), and would like input as to which one to play.

If you can think of another option, please make your case.

Thanks

6 days ago

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Which game should I get?

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Mashinky
Railway Empire

voted for Mashinky (don't have those two, but i'd try it first)

also consider Factorio

6 days ago
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Factorio is a nice one too but it's not centered on the trains. I think that's what dingbat is after...

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trains are a common cause of death, in Factorio. so i'd say that it's centered also on trains...

(seriously, if you like to play with trains, you have nearly endless possibilities to satisfy your needs: from harvesting wood and steel to signals, loading and unloading, automation and so on...)

6 days ago
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Railway empire seems to suffer from the DLC disorder that plagues video games these days so I would say Mashinky.

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I don't own any of the games, but Railway Empire has some DLCs - and they are releasing some more I think. I don't want to start a discussion about DLCs in general, but in that case I'd wait until there is a Complete Edition or such.

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I don't have either so I won't vote, but I like the tilt-shift effect in the screenshots of Mashinky. It gives a feeling of a huge diorama rather than the real world

6 days ago
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Get Locoland.

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<3

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Looks cool. :)

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Love the art style.

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FWIW, Mashinky is on my wishlist, the other is not, though I've played neither.

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I don't own any of these, but after watching some gameplay videos on YT, I would definitely get Mashinky.

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I have both on my wishlist, if I was about to choose just one I think I'd go with Mashinky, it has slightly better reviews and overall reception. However, it's also in early access so I wouldn't play it immediately, right now railway empire is a better pick.

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right now I'm too broke for either, but I like to dream

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I just got Railway Empire but haven't tried it yet. It was on my wishlist for a LONG time.

Mashinky is still on my wishlist... waiting for it to develop some more content and maybe come down in price some.

I would agree with Archi. Right now, the choice would be Railway Empire. Long-term I think it would be Mashinky.

A couple of other options: Train Fever and its sequel Transport Fever.

(One other thought: if you loved Railroad Tycoon 1 and 2 but hated Railroad Tycoon 3, I think there's a chance that you won't care for any of these games).

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I love the railroad tycoon games, even RT3, so went for Railway Empire - it has its own issues, but they have updated recently and are still actively working through all the feedback (Which is nice) and do actively engage with people on their forums. As for Railroad Tycoon 3, I switched very quickly to playing the much improved Hawk and Badger version called RT3 Trainmaster Expert Addition - much, much better :)
http://hawkdawg.com/rrt/rrt3/TM/
having said that Mashinky is still on my wishlist :oP

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have both and played them too :)
Railway Empire is more casual game but have something no other new rail game has (including mashinky) - competition (at least it didn't have as I've played it a few months back) the most important thing in there is start, first few minutes you played good you will have money rolling later. Very enjoyable game I have to say.
Mashinky will, propably, be much more complicated game and more similiar to Transport Tycoon or old railway games. It has very interesting quest system.
Graphic is very different too - Mashinky more like TT as said before with 3d cam for moving or obsercing how your trains are going. RE has more colorfull 3d grahics.
All in all both are great games. For now I had more fun with Railway Empire but when Mashinky will be closer to release date and with enemy companies it will be better game I think.

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I own neither, I just wanted to congratulate a fellow Railroad Tycoon fan! have you played The Second Century expansion for Railroad Tycoon 2? RT2 Is now 32-bit (so i runs on 64-bit machines) and is available on Steam (heavily region-restricted) or GOG (ROW), and goes on sale for about $1.25.

I, too, infinitely prefer RT2 to RT3/Sid Meier's Railroads. RT2 looked "real", not "cartoony." The Isometric view was a huge plus for me as well.

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The original Railroad Tycoon is one of my favorite games, more so than any of the sequels. 2 is better than 3, though 3 is still enjoyable. the less we mention the later abomination, the better

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The GOG version is now 75% off, in case someone sees this and is interested. https://www.gog.com/game/railroad_tycoon_2?

4 days ago
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both are good, just depends if you want a game like Railroad Tycoon or one like Transport Tycoon
Railroad Tycoon -> Railway Empire
Transport Tycoon -> Mashinky

5 days ago
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OTTD forever :)
https://www.openttd.org
free, opensource, tons of mods and multiplayer

you just have to love 2D iso. graphics ^^

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Mashinky seems way more interesting.

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