Game box art challenge?


#2750

Cartels & Cutthroats?


#2751

Good guess, but no. C&C’s box was green.


#2752

The Contract Finance Company Tycoon??


#2753

No. Although that might be an interesting game!


#2754


#2755

Um, Railways around the World… 18xx… The American Barons?


#2756

Right topic! The publisher has been guessed already…


#2757


#2758

Western America: The Titans of Railroad? :D … something SSI I presume.


#2759


#2760

Argh, ashamed I can’t name an '80s SSI game!


#2761

This didn’t have a DOS release? I have no idea either.


#2762

C-64, Apple II, Atari 8-bit


#2763

My absolute blindspot!


#2764


#2765

Real wheel?


#2766

Rail Way?


#2767

Rails West! ?


#2768

Rail Wars


#2769

That’s right! Rails West! had a fascinating background. It started as a simulation history professor Martin Campion developed at Pittsburg State University to help his students understand the era. It was very much a forerunner to Railroad Tycoon, but had a little in common with, say, Ticket to Ride in that you couldn’t plot your own lines but had to pick from certain routes. There was a score bonus for having the first transcontinental railroad. The heart of the game though was its financial model. You played the stock and bond market. You prayed for enough money when a panic came to buy up bonds because when a RR exited bankruptcy you would be given stock in the new company, so you could control some key companies. It was a great game, and one I still come back to every few years.

Campion had a follow-up game, Medieval Lords, for SSI. But it was past SSI’s interest in historical games and didn’t do well. It didn’t help that IIRC it was buggy as shit. SSI actually called Martin Marion in one of its catalog entries for Medieval Lords. (I assume it was a misprint and not a Dan/Dani Bunten situation.)

Anyway, Rails West! was a gem. As much as I loved Railroad Tycoon and later Rails Across America, the financial heart of RW! has yet to be equaled, in my experience.