Hey all, Sharp here...well don't let this game's
complicated look turn you away from it. It's a great game,
with a ton of nice graphics and lots of control. However,
it's a little hard to learn how to play. So, I decided to
write a quick documentation on how the game works and what
to do in it to "Win". First of, upon installing, select
Adlib (if you have a soundblaster) as your Music sound
source, and Soundblaster as your Digitized sound source.
This may be a little strange, but TRUST me, the game will
lock up a lot if you use Soundblaster music, and besides the
adlib sound track SOUNDS BETTER! If you have already
installed the game, I suggest going back in the INSTALL.EXE
program and making the above changes. After you're in the
game, first you'll want to select a level of play. If it's
your first time playing, I suggest Investor. The area you
play in is VERY important to the difficulty of the game.
This is a list of how each area compares to difficulty...
Europe - Easy, large cities plenty of room
North America - Average, nice size cities, lots of
Western Us - Not Bad, cities are growing.
Eastern Us - Hard, the towns are tiny and it's
pretty tough to make money.
Africa - VERY Hard, the VILLAGES are spread
out and it's almost impossible to
South Africa - ARGH! This is impossible for a
first time player, but it's good
practice for the later levels.
I strongly suggest Europe for new players. Alrighty, now
you're in the game...first things first...those orangy blobs
of color you see all over your map are cities. Find two
blobs that are fairly large in size and close together.
Then move your mouse to the pull down menus above and select
DETAILED VIEW...then click on the area of the two blobs.
You now want to connect track between the two cities (blobs)
you've chosen. To build track, hold SHIFT + THE DIRECTION
you want to build. After you've laid your track, you should
build a station at either end of it...click on the build
menu above. Then select BUILD STATION. There're several
different types of stations to choose from. I suggest
building a Terminal in every CITY you connect to. However,
later in the game when you connect to oil wells or iron
mines, use stations or depots. Signal towers are used to
help speed up trains if two or more of them are running on
the same track...in other words, NEVER BUILD A SIGNAL TOWER
until you have two trains or more. Now that you have
established two stations in two cities, select BUILD, and
the BUILD TRAIN... you'll want to select the most expensive
and fastest train for your first two stations. Now, you
should see a cute animation screen as the train rolls onto
the tracks and stops infront of you. At the time, select
the cars you want the train to carry. If you are not sure
which ones you want to carry, simply hit enter. Ok now you
see a train roster with your new train on it. You see the
two city names down below, at the bottom left hand corner of
your screen...yeah...right there. Ok well next to them, you
see a list that says CARS and then under that it should say,
NO CHANGES. Well, you can click on NO CHANGES to select the
cars the train should pick up at that city. After you have
created you're first train, you may want to look around for
other cities to connect to in the future. You may want to
visit the stock market and try your luck, click on CALL
BROKER on one of the pull down menus. You might say, HEY my
trains are moving hella slow! Well, since the game is high
res, it's gonna go sorta sluggishly, but if you click on
LOCAL VIEW in the pull down menus the trains go A LOT faster
and the game begins to get fun. Now you're basically set,
your main goals now are to connect to more cities and
industies and try to make as much money as possible. I
suggest buying some of your competitors stock, it usually
goes up, and you can make quite a bit of money. The game
doesn't tell you this, but you start off with a $500,000
loan from the bank. You should re-pay this within 10-15
years of the game. To repay the debt, go to CALL BROKER and
on the left side it should say BONDS...select that and the
select RE-PAY $500,000 bond. That should do it. If you
need more loans, you can select SELL $500,000 bond.
Careful, debt builds up pretty quickly. The Stockmarket in
this game is pretty useful, you can buy out other Rail Road
companies by purchasing over %50 percent of their stock.
Treasury stock is how much stock you own in yourself, you
should acquire some of your own stock, unless you don't
trust your own company. I won't tell you TOO much about the
game, that's half the fun of Rail Road Tycoon, finding out
new things as you play. I've just given you the basics.
Also, in this zip I have included a save game to help start
you out if you need extra help, just copy it to your Rail
Road Tycoon directory and select LOAD GAME from the startup
menu. Ok, well enjoy the game, and do your self a favor,
DON'T GET THE CHEAT...there is one out there, but this game
is destine to become a classic, don't spoil it for your self