Summary: I bought the game based on the positive reviews, and after believing it would be more realistic than the Sid Meier's version. I regret it very much. The learning curve is too high, and it seems you have to have an MBA to understand the stock market function. The interface is confusing as well. I don't mind learning to play a game, but not when it becomes too much of a hassle and too distracting.
Summary: If you think you are getting a original game by the Gathering, forget about it. What they send you is a british copy of the game from Sold Out productions. This is less than a honest business. Do not buy from them.
Summary: The disks I received are not from PopTop. Instead it's by "SoldOut Software". When trying to install, it wants to install a bunch of unrelated stuff, but doesn't want to install the game itself. Took a lot of effort to figure out what's going on and had to go directly into the lower directory which contained the original game to install manually.
Summary: Railroad Tycoon 3 won't run on Vista basic. I've downloaded four patches and nothing works. Vista will open the game to the menu for a few seconds and then the menu disappears and a message appears that says, in effect, the game won't run. Big bummer.
Repeats all the mistakes of version 2 and adds more.
12 June 2005
Summary: Having logged hundreds of hours playing previous Railroad Tycoon games I couldn't wait to get the latest. Unfortunately I was greatly disappointed on several levels. It fixes none of the problems with RR Tycoon 2 and adds a bunch more. If you want a real railroad feeling or care anything about real trains get the original Railroad Tycoon or Railroad Tycoon 2. They are both better that this version. 1.
Conclusion: When I brought this product I was very disappointed, very hard to use and get the hang of, I could hardly understand what to do, and i just didn't enjoy it at all, I should have just stuck with Railroad Tycoon 2!