Transport Tycoon is a city management simulator game without direct city management. Players can construct a few factories and other industrial buildings, but that’s the extent of their control over their towns. Instead, they can indirectly affect the way an area will expand and populate by creating various transportation routes across the land. Buses ferry passengers around town or even between cities. Trains haul commuters and a number of different kinds of cargo over great distances. Trucks deliver resources to factories in order to produce special goods, which can themselves be transported and distributed. A successful network will earn a fair bit of cash, which can then be used to add more routes and vehicles as the cycle continues.
If you have not played before, Transport Tycoon puts you in control of a transport company in the making and gives you the tools to grow into a booming business . You are responsible for roads, railways , bridges , tunnels , airports , docks , and the vehicles that use them. You have plenty of control over their vehicles including what routes they take, how long they expect in their stalls , and what cars represent each of their trains. Profitability is all about how efficiently it can move people and freight between and around cities . Taking advantage of supply and demand is also important, especially considering that you can have a maximum of 14 other transport companies competing with you . Overall, the game takes place between 1900 and 2000 (some scenes are of a bit later era also) . As time passes , new technologies emerge and , of course , up to you to take advantage of them.
Of course, not everyone will like this type of game is unforgiving, but the veteran players and those who like to be challenged prosper to complete 50 varied game scenarios, many of which are modeled after various regions of Latin North America and Europe in different parts of the 20th century, it just adds another layer of realism to Transport Tycoon. As for transport vehicles will be purchasing, management, maintenance, including a sale, there are over 150 of them, buses, vans and trucks on ferries, tankers and small boats, with dozens of different types of trains and aircraft – Transport Tycoon gives you the opportunity to micromanage everything. And if you get hooked, there is no letting go of it anytime soon, so you can clear your schedule if you usually like this kind of games.
The level of complexity here is best explained with an example. If you want to start a bus service you need to buy a bus. Then you need to build bus stops for the bus to travel between . When you are building these shows you the area of influence of the stop. Overlays are bad. Once the stops are built have to go to a new menu, select your bus, then choose a piece of way to place it on . Then you need to take advantage of the ‘ bus out on the road ‘ button . Once you are down you need to configure a route to follow. As you play on the bus in the menu to open a submenu and click on the tab below to open the ” car orders. Now you can tap each of the bus stops, and then set a point reference. once all stations are marked , click on the big button ‘ Go’ on the corner and the bus toddle off. And all that is assuming the roads are already there for you to drive around.
Playing it feels like work. It’s not fun. I tried getting into it a lot over the last two months since I was accepted into the beta, but I rarely got past building my first transit line before wanting to throw my iPad out the window and find something else to do.
The only minor problems I had with the phone port of the cult classic refer to the new user interface based on touch , which is pretty good overall, but some of the smaller things , like camera rotation are still a little dated , but that’s a small price to pay to play it on the road , considering that the game was not built from scratch for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. However, there has been a lot of reports on more Android devices and iOS experiencing incredibly low frame rates , which is something that hopefully Origin8 easily fix in the next update or two. Personally , I’ve only experienced some minor delays and a couple of accidents during the later stages of the game more advanced scenarios , although I did play Transport Tycoon on an iPad 4, so I imagine the weaker iOS devices could easily have more operating problems , not to mention that the optimization of a couple hundred phones and tablets Android is a developer ‘s nightmare in itself. However, as mentioned above , these performance problems should be relatively easy to solve and the game is expected to work better and smoother in all systems will become increasingly portable.
Overall, Transport Tycoon for iOS is an excellent and faithful port with nothing really going against it, apart from a couple of small problems, which are likely to be corrected, and worth its price. You will find countless hours of fun in this title micromanagement. If you are a numbers and statistics, indeed.