Simutrans

Good
  • Various paksets to alter graphics and gameplay to your preferences
  • Features land, sea and air with a wealth of mechanics in each transport element to master
Bad
  • Weak UI interfaces pair with a lack of sufficient tutorials to make it difficult to learn and hurts your ongoing management experience
8

Simutrans is a unique open source and free to play game like OpenTTD which allows players to design their own transport empire. While similar the game does take the transport tycoon and management genre in some interesting directions thanks to its far reaching community of contributors who have developed the simple face of the game and core into a wide number of mechanics and gameplay variety.

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Your objective in Simutrans is simple but achieving it is anything but, ensuring a real challenge for players as they utilise the transport tools made available to them. This objective like most tycoon management titles is to create and maintain an efficient system for transportation while staying financially viable. Similar to other titles this means transporting passengers, mail and goods with fast delivery times and minimal stops along the way paying efficiency dividends.

Simutrans is unique in that this transportation takes place not only over land but also sea and air that adds a dynamic that has not been properly explored by many of the mainstream titles in this genre. All of this is also supported by the impressive level of map customisation that is available on the massive maps, giving you the ability to shape the terrain for your requirements and another source of potential profitability through investment. Maps are particularly notable in Simutrans for their ability to scale from tiny to huge while also allowing for non traditional shapes to make the world feel more real.

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Controlling the flow of goods in Simutrans gives players some macro control over the economy as you drive the flow of coal, oil and gas to increase output in facilities and support growing town infrastructures. Managing these commodities with consumer goods, mail and the people themselves requires careful management to ensure all needs are met and they continue to use your transport company for their needs. Competing for this attention is the up to 12 AI players who create business competition to overcome with this challenge broadened further in the online multiplayer world.

If the depth of the core game isn’t enough for you or you want to mix up the art style then the large range of Paksets will offer what you need. With around a dozen of these available they completely alter the graphics and even gameplay mechanics to give you potentially a dozen games in one with each having a different creator vision. For example you’ll find the base Pak64 to offer a medium level of difficulty with the retro graphic theme while the Pak128 transitions the game to realistic graphics for that that are inclined.

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Ultimately Simutrans feels an important niche in the gaming market with a free to play and highly customisable title in the transport management and tycoon genre. Regardless of your experience and level of interest you’ll find a mixture of configurations, packages that suits you for hours or hundreds of hours.

Summary:

  • Free and open source transport management game that continues to develop its offering from the community.
  • Install various Paksets to alter graphics and gameplay core for new experiences.
  • Transport people, mail, goods and commodities by land, sea and air to maximise the profit available.
  • Grow your empire and watch towns build around your provided transport infrastructure.
  • Play on massive user defined maps or use multiplayer for an extra challenge.

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Review Platform: PC

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Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

Games Finder is a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review scores data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.
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