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Railway Empire – Nintendo Switch Edition (Switch) Review

June 29, 2020 | Posted by Adam Larck
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Railway Empire – Nintendo Switch Edition (Switch) Review  

Simulation games have always been best in short bursts for me. Being able to accomplish a goal or a build whenever I have a few free minutes offers quick rewards and another quick goal to try and obtain.

Now, we have the latest simulator for the Switch, Railway Empire – Nintendo Switch Edition (complete with free DLC). With Empire, you can now see how much impact the rails truly had in history, while seeing if you can obtain success with your own railway company.

Once you get into your first area, you’ll quickly see that you’re trying to connect cities with different resources to transport both goods and people. Cities have demands they want to be met, while getting their own goods transported to different areas.

To help major cities accomplish this, rural areas have to be built to and capitalized on. These areas have smaller industries that are key for big cities to thrive, such as meat, sawmills, etc. Only by connecting and fully utilizing these areas can you start focusing on goals major cities have.

Goals can range from being based around people or products. It may be as simple as raising the population in a city, to trying to get a resource to a specific area, to giving direct railways from a location to another. Goals also have a timeframe to complete them in, based in yearly intervals. Years take less than a real hour to complete, so even multi-year goals can be completed in a session or two.

One thing that Railway Empire doesn’t do a great job doing sometimes is explaining the nuances goals can sometimes have, such as icons listed or specific details needed to complete a goal. There is a tip menu, thankfully, that can help elaborate on some of these points, but it still seemed there was a decent amount of trial and error figuring things out.

Goals are further complicated by rival competitors starting their own stations in cities across the map. Their rails can interfere with yours, forcing you to build out and around, and making you compete for some industrial goods. However, you can start purchasing shares in a company, allowing you to work with them some, and even merge with them if you take over enough.

As for the railway building itself, there are actually only two types of rails to worry about as you blaze your way through the world: simple rails and complex rails. Simple rails let multiple trains run on the same track without bothering each other. Meanwhile, complex rails require signal systems so that trains can move to the side to let others around without blocking each other for extended amounts of time.

Thankfully, you can choose the type of rail you want depending on the challenge you want. Train cars also feature quite a bit of variety, such as trains having different pulling strengths to make going up and down hills easier, and adding more cars slowing you down.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a complete sim game without the ability to upgrade yourself.  You can earn Innovation Points that can be put into skills that unlock more modern tech, as well as modernized trains to make tasks easier.

For maximum trainage, the Switch Edition also comes with The Great Lakes, Mexico, and Crossing the Andes. It’s nice that the extra content was included for free since it had already been out on PC for a while now.

The final score: review Good
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Railway Empire - Nintendo Switch Edition will easily scratch any tycoon itch that you may have, either at home or on the go. Being able to constantly work toward progress of goals is always rewarding, and, while not the most complex sim out there by any means, it does offer enough variety with the complex rail system to give gamers a strategic element in laying out the rails of the land.

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