It's incredibly interesting playing Transport Tycoon, as it has all the trimmings to be an actual free to play builder game... Except it's not, it's an actual simulation game that's both has a ridiculous amount of depth and no stupid time sinks that you can slide a virtual quarter into in order to bypass. It's oddly refreshing, and highly recommended for anyone even vaguely into tycoon games.

Transport Tycoon should be available shortly, at 11:00 PM Eastern. For more on the game, check out the thread in our forums.

International App Store Link: Transport Tycoon, $7.99

  • C. Stubb

    Interesting... Genuinely interesting.

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  • squabs

    Your video is broken

  • squabs

    Omg! This is great! I tried it on my iPhone after playing on ipad, it is rather infuriatingly small what with all the menu screens all over the show, you end up with your phone three inches from your face muttering about how you sent your bus to the wrong location and oh, now it's broken down. Not to be played in public.

  • ReverendJocko

    $7.99? Ugh. Guess I'll have to wait this one out...

    • raijen

      It's available for $6.99 on the Canadian store now

    • Nick

      As that's why we have so many terrible free to play games that nickel and dime us to death.

      Good games cost money, $7 is not a fortune to spend on such a deep game, and you're crazy if you can't see that.

      • ReverendJocko

        It's not that I think its an unfair price, it's that it's outside of my price range right now. I have $6.18 in my account so I'll have to wait until payday (bills not withstanding). So please, wait to jump to conclusions.

      • echo_pdx

        Why would anyone be interested in how much money you personally have available to buy the game now? If you're interested but you aren't able to pay for it, why give your comment a negative spin, rather than "can't wait 'til payday so I can play this!" No offense intended but the commenter's assumption was entirely reasonable, perhaps you should think a little bit more about why one would jump to such a conclusion and consider changing up your posting style a bit.

      • Nick

        Heh, I "echo" echo's comments.

        If you can't step outside your head and see how my comment was a very valid step forward without you spendin the extra 10 seconds explaining your situation.

        Even that said, why do people post this stuff on the Internet? If you don't have enough money right now to buy a game, why would you think anyone would care?

        I get comments discussing the game and I'm guilty of making pointless comments, but I'm still going to point out your comment anyway, as it is no better than "first!" And accomplishes nothing at all.

        Did you post to just post, did you have a specific response you were hoping to get?

  • TeddyNYC

    It's funny listening to a couple of guys talk about how complex and intense Transport Tycoon is. It's an old-school game that rewards patience, creativity and says something about your intelligence or lack of. If you're looking for instant gratification, hand-holding and something that won't tax your mind too much, look elsewhere. A lot of people have been waiting for this port and hopefully, more to come (like RCT).

    • Bool Zero

      I am buying this with the hopes that they do consider porting Rollercoaster Tycoon! Its one of my old favorites, a series I still play on occasion and stays on my computers! I have many probably hundreds of hours wasted on this game and other tycoon games of its ilk.

      You are right in your sentiment too... The calibre of gamer has changed over the years. Deep, thoughtful and slow games that offer you to think seem of thin population on iOS, which is why it is all the more important that we get games like this on the platform. The platform will never be taken serious as a viable platform for meatier games if we associate it is only for match three, timer and swiping runner games. Let's not shy away from something just because it seems initially daunting. Trust that while this game may seem imposing, everything about it makes sense once you delve into it; its design is intuitive and natural, so that initial feeling of bewilderment will quickly fade away as you grasp the concepts and balances the game challenges you with.

      • TeddyNYC

        Well said.

  • Mara Taylor

    The graphics are very disappointing. Why did they insict on this old-DOS-style? I live now and not in the past back. Make it more modern. And the prize of it is... ugh... why is it so expensive if they only copied an existing game? Pushing ctrl+c and ctrl+v were too exhaustive? :)

    • lordyokomoto

      Why change the graphics.... At end if day it's a port of an older PC game... I have no problems with games keeping the the graphics in retro ports ..

    • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

      Whoa, wait just one minute. You are living in the present?

      I'd like to attempt to answer your question about price. This is a port of a game from back in the early 1990's. Making it available on the iOS platform isn't a magical affair. It's a lot more than waving a wand around making it appear in the store for iOS users to download. To make this available, the developer had to program aspects of the existing code so it could work for todays technology.

      You know the whole touch interface oppose to a keyboard and mouse? Yeah all of that has to be changed in the code. And that's just one small part of the porting process. So you can imagine this took lot more work and time than simply wishing it over to Apples App Store.

      The other small aspect to consider is that this isn't freeware. This is a fully fledged game. Typically, games go for money since we no longer barter objects of value. Well that and I doubt I can transfer this developer a healthy farm animal, digitally. So I suspect they prefer credit instead. What you get in return is a deep sim with no IAPs.

  • D. Neuman

    What about saving, loading and pausing the game? Will you lose progress if you quit without saving?
    This makes all the difference if I want to play it on my tablet.

  • anabolicMike

    I'm buying this simply because they did what I want everyone to do! Screw free to play and went with premium pricing. I only have an iphone so it maybe tiny on my screen but I don't care. My hats off to these fellows for doing it this way. 7.99 is cheap!!! Games on PC or console are easily 50+. Good job guys good job! Hmm maybe I'll check for a droid release first! Lol

  • Guru Cube

    It uses the graphics from 'Locomotion' rather than Transport Tycoon. The original TTD graphics were 8 bit but bloody good. In fact, they still look good, as good pixel art is...well...an art! So, I'm disappointed they used these graphics. Hopefully, they'll consider upgrading them or giving the option of others. We'll see!

    • Maniacfive

      Ah so that's the difference! I never played locomotion. Thought the art was strange. Familiar yet strange.

      I'm hoping we see elements from TTDX brought over. Mountains, jungles. Even toy town. I'd happily pay for them as IAP if need be.

      • TeddyNYC

        I just bought TT for iOS. So far so good, but I now realize that I prefer the elements that were introduced with Transport Tycoon Deluxe, an improved version of TT released a year later in 1995. Those include the tropical terrain and especially the uni-directional railway signals which allowed more efficient and creative rail alignments. I don't like IAP, but for games like this I can make an exception.

      • RellekWVU

        There is no IAP in this game

      • TeddyNYC

        I know, but with an update, they could upgrade TT to TT Deluxe (free or through IAP).

  • Tommy

    This was one of the "dream ports" that felt like a no-brainer to me to have on an iPad. When I got back my first PC in the 90s I used to dedicate the last week of my summer vacation just for Transport Tycoon. No real reason why, but it has been a compelling experience year after year. So happy to be able to carry that around.