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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: Joe Eaton, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Railway Empire is a train business management simulator where you construct a railway system to connect cities of early America and turn a profit. You place tracks and stations to link rural businesses with cities for supply, processing and distribution of goods. There are other train games, but the focus on business logistics and efficiency here tells a unique story of how the intercontinental railroad was built.

You complete tasks assigned by historical figures, based on real events that took place during the construction of the first railroad in America. You do this by placing train stations in cities or next to farms, and then building tracks between train stations. Trains can either transport freight goods like meat, vegetables and cotton, or mail and passengers. You have to choose what locomotive to use for each journey and employ employees to work on your most important trains.

After the first few scenarios, competitors are introduced. These rival tycoons will try to create a better railway system that more people use, which includes building new train stations near yours to steal your customers. You can deal with this by finding other sources of materials, hiring a criminal to fight back illegally, or by streamlining your service so that you have the faster trains. Each scenario begins with a set amount of money, which prompts you to decide which cities, farms and routes will be the most profitable.

The result is a game that combines a human-infrastructure story with all its complexity. The added focus on a specific historical period lends the experience a sense of place that other train simulations often lack.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 26/01/2018, updated in 2020

Price: 35% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Sequencing, Simulation, Strategy, Traversal and World Building

Developer: Kalypso Media (@KalypsoMedia)




Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 45 hours to complete. Each scenario can take from two to nine hours depending on skill of player and speed of game.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

In the US, ESRB state: In some cities, players build a brewery, which is accompanied by a symbol of a frothy beer mug; references to alcohol also appear in text (e.g., “…toasted with beer and whiskey.”) A handful of characters are depicted smoking cigars/cigarettes. Along the way, players can use a menu system to hire bandits and spies to sabotage and/or rob passengers of rival companies. The word “damn” appears in the dialogue.
This game offers additional add-on content such as extra scenarios to play. You do not need to buy the additional content to play the game.

Players may struggle with Railway Empire's lack of education surrounding Native Americans.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


Railway Empire usually costs £15.99 to £35.99. 

Railway Empire

XBox Store Xbox One £16.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
Steam Store PC £26.99

Railway Empire: Complete Collection

Railway Empire: Nintendo Switch Edition

Switch Store Switch £35.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
Note that the "Complete Collection" edition of Railway Empire contains every add-on scenario listed. 
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We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Railway Empire Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@KalypsoMedia) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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