Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe

Posted January 6, 2012 by Mark Craven in Editorial
Open TTD

Here at Citizen Game, we’re mighty fond of a bargain. But how do you know if a cheap or even free game is worth your valuable time? After all, you could be out walrus wrestling, or reading poetry to molluscs, or whatever it is important people do these days now that we no longer have an economy.

Luckily, our time is worth almost nothing at all, so we’ve plumbed the depths of the Intertubes to bring you our latest feature — Freebie Friday!

This week, we’re looking at Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe (OpenTTD).

Now if you are as old as me you may remember playing  Transport Tycoon way back in the mid nineties.  Transport Tycoon was developed by Chris Sawyer and published by MicroProse in 1994, this was swiftly followed up by Transport Tycoon Deluxe the following year. Transport Tycoon is a fierce business simulation game using an isometric 2D view.  The ultimate goal for becoming the largest operating conglomerate in the game profiting by transporting passengers and various goods by road, rail, sea and air.

OpenTTD is modelled after the original Transport Tycoon game by Chris Sawyer and enhances the game experience dramatically. Features that were originally planned for TT back in the 90′s but never made it into the full game due to hardware limitations have lovingly been reintroduced along with many new functions, updates and stability modifications that make the game significantly superior to Transport Tycoon Deluxe.  Ever wanted to play Transport Tycoon with 255 players simultaneously? Open TTD can do that. Ever wanted fully integrated in-game downloading of new even more challenging artificial intelligence, new graphics and even the option to download newly created scenarios?  Open TTD can even do all of those. Thanks to the vibrant community open transport tycoon deluxe constantly feels like its in a continual state of evolution.

If you are looking for a throw-back simulation management game with that all important crack-cocaine World of Warcraft level of addictiveness its hard to beat OTTD on both price and addiction.

Alternately if you want Open TTD on the go there is a version available for android devices. Sadly its a pure mouse and keyboard port of the game that doesn’t best suit a touchscreen device.

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Mark Craven
Mark Craven

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    March 6, 2013 at 5:13 am

    The link that u send for alternative playing on Android is very useful at leats for me ^^) (Very easy handling on S.Note2 with S pen) and as well I can connect +many other androids devicis bluetooth mouse.Nostalgy for me and the only game on my Note from (NFS,GTA3,TDKR,N.O.V.A.3 etc …,) to which I only allow take full batery :-)

    Richard Plant
    January 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    In much the same boat, it seems. Christmas has led to a further pile up of untouched games choking the life out of my Steam list.

    January 8, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Sweet, I’ll have to check out versions post 1.1. When I’ve seriously cut back my current game back log, that is.

  4. Mark Craven
    Mark Craven
    January 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    James, since version 1.1 of Open TTD there has been open libraries for graphics, music and sound effects.

    But you are correct, versions prior to 1.1 used use the original Transport Tycoon Deluxe data files.

    January 6, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I’ve been considering checking this out for a long time but I’m worried I won’t ever want to go back to the original.

    Last time I checked, you needed a version of TT installed before you could use OTTD. Is that still the case?