Friday, January 26, 2018

Railway Empire Gameplay Review

I'm playing Railway Empire, a transportation management simulation by Gaming Minds Studios and Kalypso Media.



The game features a pleasant number of game modes, with a five-mission campaign, eleven scenarios with challenging objectives, a free mode where you can play in any region in 20-year increments, and a sandbox mode without AI opponents. The same maps are used for each game region, restricting replayability a tad by not randomizing resource locations. After placing stations near cities, farms, and mines, waypoint-based rails are placed to shuttle the trains back and forth. Signals can be used to direct traffic, and supply towers are needed to keep trains running at maximum speed. If citizen needs in a city are met, they grow, producing more money and unlocking additional industries. Personnel can be hired to buff trains, and research can be conducted to unlock new trains and enhance abilities. Once the map is full of trains, money can be invested in industry and stock of the competitors. The AI builds quickly and provides a good opponent. While Railway Empire might not be the complete heir apparent to the Railroad Tycoon series, it is an enjoyable management game with a good amount of content.