The tycoon game genre has been around for decades, starting with games like Lemonade Stand, which started out on mainframe computers back in the 1970s. We take tycoon games for granted now, but there were some seminal titles that helped to define the genre back in the 1990s - games like Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon and Chris Sawyer's Transportation Tycoon.
Sawyer eventually moved on to create the enormously popular Rollercoaster Tycoon series. But now he's back, and he's brought Transportation Tycoon with him. And most excitingly, it will run on iOS and Android devices, planning for a release later this year. The developer has leaked a few screenshots to give you a sense of what's coming.
Transportation Tycoon has you plotting routes for trains, trucks and other vehicles near industrial zones or cities. It's not purely a railroad game, and it's not a city layout game either - you can set a route that depends on different forms of transportation, just like in real life.
You must borrow money to get your burgeoning empire off the ground, pay it back, and reinvest revenue to grow your business. You can carry resources, finished goods and passengers, and the quicker you get them there, the more money you'll make.
A few game developers have already dabbled in railroad and transportation management games, but with Chris Sawyer behind this one, Transportation Tycoon promises to be something very special. We'll bring you more details as we get them.
Didn't they say they were bringing Roller Coaster Tycoon to iOS and Android later this year as well? I'd love that.
+1 on that.
I highly doubt the developer "leaked" these screenshots - they are from Chris Sawyer's game Locomotion - the spiritual successor to Transport Tycoon. Here's some screenshots of Locomotion: https://www.google.com/search?q=locomotion+game&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=...
And here's Transport Tycoon: https://www.google.com/search?q=transport+tycoon&safe=off&tbm=isch&tbo=u...
I agree with Bryce, those look a lot more to Locomotion than Transport Tycoon. Trees and water sprites are just too similar. From the teaser trailer, which doesn't include any gameplay footage, and the green new logo, you might guess the style for iOS is going to have smooth curves and a more lively colour palette
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