July 16, 2013
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transport tycoon logoChris Sawyer, the original developer of the 90’s classic game Transport Tycoon, has announced that he is working on a port for Android (and iOS). Although there is an Android port of the open source clone of the game – OpenTTD (Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe), Sawyer and the developers from Origin8 are hoping that by restoring the original simulation code and revising it for touch screen devices the new version will be the “deepest, richest simulation game yet seen on mobile.”

Back in 1994 when the game was first released on the PC it received positive reviews. Back then PC Gamer said, “Buy it. Classic games like this don’t come around often.” In case you didn’t catch Transport Tycoon the first time around, the game is a business management simulation where you control a transport company. The idea is to compete against rival companies and make a profit, a big profit if you can. You do this by transporting people and cargo via road, rail, sea and air. Set over a period of 100 years, the aim is to build a transport empire!

Chris Sawyer was not only known for Transport Tycoon and Transport Tycoon Deluxe, he had similar success with Rollercoaster Tycoon 1 & 2, released in 1999 and 2002 respectively. In 2010, he was given the opportunity to take back the Transport Tycoon license from MicroProse. He then formed a new company called 31X Ltd specifically to re-design and remaster the game for mobiles and tablets.

Did you play Transport Tycoon in the 90’s (or OpenTTD since)? Are you looking forward to a remastered version by the original author himself?

Gary Sims
Gary has been a tech writer for over a decade and specializes in open source systems. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems.He has many years of experience in system design and development as well as system administration, system security and networking protocols. He also knows several programming languages, as he was previously a software engineer for 10 years.
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