Railroad Tycoon 3 vs. Railroads

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by iPapa, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. iPapa macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2008
    I used to play Railroad Tycoon 2 in another century. I quite enjoyed that. Railroad Tycoon 3 was released some time after, but I had no capable Mac, so I couldn't play it. Now I can. But RT3 is now some 3-4 years old (and far more expensive for OS X than Windows).

    So - considering that I now have the proper hardware (Mac Pro with both OS X and Windows Vista 64 bit) - should I get Railroad Tycoon 3 (Mac native, which is great), or should I get Sid Meier's Railroads! (which was released for Windows only in 2006)? (Why didn't this game make it to the Mac platform :confused:)

    Which one of these two games is the best? I will do anything to avoid playing under Windows, but if Railroads! is a lot better than RT3, then I might have to be convinced. Or - could Railroads! run via Parallels, VMWare Fusion or CrossOver?
  2. iPapa thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2008
    *Bump* So many readers of this thread, yet no replies. I'm sure others out there too would like to get opinions on which one is the best - RT3 or Railroads. And if Railroads is the winner - can it run via CrossOver / Parallels / VMWare Fusion?
  3. mags631 Guest

    Mar 6, 2007
    Having owned and played RT2 and RT3 -- I think RT2 is better. Certainly, RT3 has better graphics, but I prefer the game play of RT2. I can't speak to Railroads.
  4. W0X0F macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2008
    Railroads! in VM Fusion

    Railroads! in VM Fusion with WinXP SP3 gave me "required system not found". From the Firaxis WWW sire, I found:

    Minimum System Requirements
    Operating System: Windows 2000/XP
    Processor: Pentium 4 1.4 GHz or AMD Athlon equivalent
    Memory: 512 MB RAM
    Hard Disk Space: 2 GB Free
    Video: DirectX 9.0c-compatible 64 MB video card with hardware pixel & vertex shaders
    Sound: DirectX 7-compatible sound card or higher
    DirectX: DirectX version 9.0c (included) or higher​

    I'm guessing it's the graphics that is not right (running on a MPB, 1.5GB allocated, DirectX turned on in VM Fusion settings.) :mad:
  5. r1ch4rd macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2005
    Manchester UK
    If you already have Windows installed you can download a demo of Railroads. Personally, I didn't like it that much. Nothing can touch transport tycoon deluxe for me :) You should check out OpenTTD too.

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