Sid Meier's RailRoads!

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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All aboard for this railroad strategy game.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine is produced as one of the manufactured goods.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is no objectionable content in this educational game. However, parents should also be aware that the game has an online mode -- Common Sense doesn't recommend online play for anyone under 12.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLowix February 5, 2009

good train game

I had to go though the tutorials on the demo, with him but my 6 year old loves it. He doesn't get the corperate takeovers, and likes the sandbox modes.
Kid, 10 years old April 2, 2010


i love this game. its a game where you build a railroad, get money, and buy out ohere investers. this is where i lerend about stocks

What's it about?

SID MEIER'S RAILROADS! boasts more than 45 historic and realistic engines; the ability to lay intricate tracks with crossovers, tunnels, and bridges; and maps with plenty of cities and topography. A railroad empire is built on tracks, but solid knowledge of economics is required to succeed in this cutthroat business. Players need to constantly monitor their trains to make sure they're running the right routes at the right speeds, and with the right cargo to beat out competitors.

Once cities are connected, players purchase engines to deliver cargo and make a profit. It's the stock market, however, that separates the barons from the beggars: To make a quick buck, players can unload some shares, or they can buy opponents' stock to gain control of competitor companies. The final score is determined by the player's net worth and the completion of the objectives specific to the map selected at the beginning of the scenario.

Is it any good?

RailRoads is much more than a train simulator -- it's a challenging strategy game that has players battling wits and business sense against some of the most renowned railroad barons of all time. The only thing that keeps it from a five-star rating is the glitches. The game has some pretty intense graphic needs, and even players on systems that meet the minimum requirements experience random lockups, as well as some odd in-game behavior (like trains floating off tracks, etc.). After adjusting and lowering the video settings the game should be playable, but players may still have occasional problems.

An entertaining and educational success, RailRoads deserves a spot on any armchair conductor's computer.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how games like this one successfully mix entertainment with education. Do you feel like you know more about how railroads influenced the economy? What happened to a city when you didn't connect it to your railroad network?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Firaxis
  • Release date: October 17, 2006
  • Genre: Real-Time Strategy (RTS)
  • ESRB rating: E for alcohol reference
  • Last updated: June 21, 2019

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