Parents' Guide to

Railway Empire

By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

All aboard solid simulation of the rise of the rails.

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Grab a seat on an entertaining ride across time in a railroad simulator that features something for everyone. Railway Empire is a solid game that features many gameplay options based on historical time periods as well as actual environments and technology. It also sprinkles in a dash of history to give the settings relevance, and then challenges players with creating, maintaining, and building an empire in a manner that will attract gamers of all ages. The visuals are terrific, up close or from a distance, and the sound is a solid supporting cast member that drives the theme home. Perhaps the biggest element that Railway Empire boasts is the variety of settings you can play with; the campaign has five chapters that touch on time periods from the early 1800s through the Civil War and into the 20th century. The Scenarios mode has 11 time periods and difficulties ranging from medium to hard, and the Sandbox mode features 35 time periods spread across seven regions from coast to coast. Plus, once you're done with

If the game has a failing, it might be in the control scheme and initial tutorial that fails to fully relay the mechanics of a game element like laying down side tracks. When it comes to fine motor skills, such as meticulously creating side rails, the game controls feel like trying to draw fine lines with a brick. Railway Empire requires clicking on rail heads that are sometimes buried inside towns and can be tricky to catch just right to activate them. Sometimes when you think you've created additional tracks within the parameters of what's asked for, the dollar sign fails to light up to actually initiate the construction. The tutorial instructions are cursory and may be a stumbling block for younger gamers. The Nintendo Switch version of the game has tighter controls thanks to the analog nubs, so it's easier to control, but it's main tradeoff is that the text is almost impossible to read unless you've docked the system to a TV. Once you steam past these issues though, Railway Empire still delivers the goods as a sim that not only challenges, but is big on entertainment.

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