Transport Tycoon Deluxe
DOS - 1995
Description of Transport Tycoon Deluxe
Transport Tycoon Deluxe is a commerce/transportation simulation game where you build and manage your company into whatever size and by whatever method you feel like. Busses, trucks, trains, airplanes, and boats to transport passengers, mail, retail goods, lumber, coal, oil, and other resources can be used to see to other companies, industries and local governments that will pay you handsomely for them. The game gives you a great great freedom of choice, with no way necesarily being the best. You could decide to dominate the passenger industry by building complex bus systems and more expensive airports and jets, or maybe you want to be the sole provider of coal and oil to refineries with a thriving railroad setup. Everything is up to you, but the competition will try to steal the business first.
A great deal of detail was put into this game. For example, you decide to first focus on passenger transportation on an up and coming city using busses. You get to make the decision of what kind of busses to purchase, where they get repaired when needed, where you put the bus stops, exactly what route the busses take and what stops that actually go to, if they wait for a full load or not, and so many other things. This all sounds kind of mundane at first, but the interface is very easy to learn and it ends up being a lot of fun. As time passes, you can choose to update to faster and more reliable busses, close down unprofittable bus stops, or alter routes to accomodate more passengers and more cities. The game gives you some great financial reports that makes it very easy to pick out what vehicles aren't making money over time so you can choose to either decommision them or change up their route.
Branching out to whatever kind of business venture you want is easy. Setting up a railroad transportation division is exactly the same as the other vehicles, so you don't have to relearn the interface. With other vehicles the amount and kinds of goods transported changes greatly, and where you can build you roads and tracks or the distance you can deliver changes. Typically, the greater the distance you deliver something, if you manage to do it in a reasonable amount of time, the greater the amount of money you get, but your profits can be cut short if it takes too long or if your vehicles are inefficient. It's probably not a good idea to try and transport lumber across huge distances by truck, when it would cost much less to move it by train.
Competition can get a little tricky, especially if you're not paying attention to what they're doing. Another company can swoop in while you're not looking at establish routes in areas that you are already in, or maybe in a neighboring town that hasn't been claimed yet so they get the first profits. It can be very difficult, for example, to establish yourself as a passenger airline when it's already dominated by a huge airline company. The computer players are also able to build much faster than you ever can. The government also steps in and offers bonuses on to quick builders. You'll get subsidy offers from the local governments of each town that will pay up to quadruple for a time for the first company to establish the required type of transportation routes. This can be a huge boost, especially early on, to get your company upgraded. There is also a multiplayer option where up to 8 people can play at once in a either a sandbox type game with no goal, or a race to a monetary goal.
TTD is easily playable in DosBox or other programs like D-Fend (highly recommended!), and fortunately has been recreated as an OpenSource game, OpenTTD, which is completely free for download and use. The gameplay, graphics, and controls are exactly the same (although it offers modern resolutions with the old look), and plenty of additional features were added like better, and bigger random maps, the ability to download additional player-made AIs and other content. An internet capable multiplayer mode, that I was very surprised to find dozens of active servers and games running, was added too. The creators have a thriving forum community and are still putting out regular updates with new content. Enjoy!
Review By Evan
A great port of the game is available on www.openttd.org/en/.
The game archive contains the incredible TTDPatch 2.0 and the new graphics made by the same team. Read ttdpatch.txt to have more informations.
How to play Transport Tycoon Deluxe
- Download and extract the zip file shown here. Note where you extracted it to.
- Open DosBox and mount directory. Example: if you downloaded and extracted the TTD zip file to C:\dosbox\TTD, type: mount c c:\dosbox\ttd , and hit Enter.
- To change your drive from the default Z to C, type: C: , and press Enter.
- To play the original version of TTD, type: tycoon , and press Enter.
- To play the upgraded, patched version, type: ttdpatch , and press Enter. Enjoy!
- Download and extract the zip file shown here. Note where you extracted it to.
- Open D-Fend Reloaded.
- On the 2nd from the top toolbar, choose Add, then Add Manually..., then Add DosBox Profile...
- Enter a name in the Profile Name box. (name of the game is best).
- Enter the path (see steps 6 and 7 for file names) you extracted your zip file to into the Program file box. Example: C:\dosgames\TTD\
- To play the original version of TTD, type: tycoon.exe at the end of your path. For example, the whole line would be: C:\dosgames\TTD\tycoon.exe
- To play the upgraded, patched version, type: ttdpatch.exe , in place of tycoon.exe.
- Alternatively, you can choose the yellow folder icon, navigate to the folder you extracted to, and choose the program file (tycoon.exe or ttdptch.exe).
- Hit the OK button on the bottom left.
- Double click the profile name you just created and enjoy!
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Comments and reviews
BCountNOLA 2018-07-18 -1 point
This is a great game. An improved version of this game in my opinion though is "Open TTD". Which is pretty much the same, except with more content.
Chaparsi 2017-12-12 0 point
Downloaded for Mac and it works great. Use the latest Dosbox as the previous version did not allow me to go full screen.
schlingel 2017-09-17 1 point
I start Install.exe within dosbox but there is no option presented for me to install the game. There is only "Readme.txt" and "Exit to DOS". How can start installation of the game?
Strobosaur 2016-12-30 1 point
This is one of the best games ever made. I would NEVER have believed anyone who had told me that a train business-simulator would make me laugh out loud, get sweats when making risky investments, or trying new crazy designs of centralized roundabouts handling traffic of a whole continent etc... Just brilliant and still very playable! My friend and me would play this in LAN for days on end when we were 14-16, great times :) Especially with all the great creative ways to sabotage the other players efforts haha
mttyhw 2015-07-21 2 points DOS version
Great Game, in case you don't know (seems like a lot of folks were having problems in the comment section.) you will probably need Dos Box to run this game, also (as listed in comments below) there is a new remake of this game out for free called OpenTTD.
Kronick 2014-07-27 5 points DOS version
This game and the normal are both great very challenging even when no pc opponent.
Only one problem not major but they could have had other vehicles on the roads and so on. The editor is nice so you can create your own scenarios. Also would have been nice if you could have controlled the speed of the game (for those of us who get impatient easily) On a scale from 1-5 I give it a 4 over all.
Now If I break it down and so graphics difficulty and so on I have to keep in mind the age of the game . It was advanced in 95 for a simulation game.
I give for sim a 4
gfx I'm going to have knock it down a partial point to 3.5 because the vehicle designs should represent the era.
Distant between towns/industries etc... 4
Options menu custom difficulty 4 would be 5 but telling it flat lands and little river area doesn't always generate selected options. Labels still appear often over towns even when you turn this feature off most the time.
Sound and music 4.5 would be nice if you could add your own music. Sound fx are decent nothing highly special.
But again even with the minor flaws have keep in mind the original date of the game and so forth. When comparing to say Sim City, both had their ups and downs. Sim City you could set tax rate. Here you can't set any prices but you can borrow money if need be (much more than Sim City allowed). Sim City the trains are all predefined in size and what they carry. Transport Tycoon made it more realistic in that you define the type of train and what it carries where they stop and so on.
I can't comment on the boats or the planes since I yet to be able to get a town allow me to place either in their area. I can see though that you can't define the size of the airport as you can in Sim City But again I still yet to be able to place an airport so no comment on it otherwise. Think of this as Railroad Tycoon meets Sim City. thats the best way I can give a better idea of it.
Mattimo 2014-04-03 0 point DOS version
Best place to go is www.openttd.org/ as this is free remoddeled and stable. Upgraded GFX and much much more.
Be Me 2014-03-04 0 point DOS version
@yash This isnt trash, its bloody great, so much so that its now available to download for your iPad.
If you dont know what youre talking about, pipe down :)
Lars 2014-02-10 -2 points DOS version
Doesn't install on windows 7 either. Just some error message about it not supporting full screen and consequently shutting down...
Teed 2013-10-29 -1 point DOS version
Great game. But OpenTTD is a vast improvement on the original and has an online wiki manual to assist newbies.
Mav 2013-08-17 -2 points DOS version
Does not run on Win 8, disappointed!
Open TTD is alright, apart from i can not get used to the signals at all the railways.
watcher1307 2013-02-18 0 point DOS version
There is a new open source version of the game called OpenTTD.
mimaila 2012-10-19 0 point DOS version
hi dude, i got a trouble, i can't install with my window 7 86x32bit
any solution can fix this problem?
Dude 2012-08-31 0 point DOS version
There's a great open source rebuild of this game found at www.openttd.org/en/
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