Transport Fever 2 has much in common with old “tycoon” style games. Despite not playing the previous one, I was very excited to see if I had what it takes to strike it rich in the world of transport management. From roads to rails to the open seas and soaring skies, you will have your hands full as you try to build your empire!
How to Download Transport Fever 2
The game can be downloaded from Steam. Click on the Download button to proceed. You are also welcome to read our review of the first title in the series.
The Game Review
Let me start by saying that what we have here is a game where you get out of it what you are willing to put in. I fully understand that games like this are not for everyone. However, fans of games like Sim City, Theme Park, Railroad Tycoon and so on will find a lot here to sink their teeth into.
I was impressed at the fact, Transport Fever II offered three different game modes to enjoy. The career mode was way deeper and more cinematic than I could have possibly imagined. It starts you out during the days of the American Gold Rush and you have to make it so that the riches can be transported in as an efficient way as possible.
What is cool about this is that the early levels in the campaign also serve as the game’s tutorial. I found that I was learning the mechanics of the game without even realizing which to me is always the sign of a good game tutorial. The game progresses through the ages and as it does, new technologies become available to you.
The career mode progression is great. What starts out as railroads and horrible roads becomes flight paths, intense inner-city bus routes, hauling cargo by sea and more! You make money by having transport systems in place for people as well as making it so various industries are able to haul the goods they are offering.
The presentation is great and I like how there is a little bit of story with voice acting that moves you along from era to era. My PC did chug along as the cities become more and more populated, but I am sure there is a patch incoming to fix this, even then it is not game-breaking or anything like that.
In addition to the main campaign mode. You also have two other game modes, Free Mode and Map Editor. Map Editor I will admit is not for me, but those who love to get super in-depth with the city creation will really be in their element here. Free Mode is great if you want to go nuts and try and build the most incredible (or in my case convoluted) transport system around. There are many different scenarios in Free Mode which will keep things fresh and fun.
I found that the game was quite easy to get to grips with due to that fun tutorial at the beginning of the game. My main gripe is that the UI is a bit of a pain and rather clunky. The number of times I wasted money by accidentally clicking a bit of road somewhere I did not mean to was rather annoying.
I think that Transport Fever II is a fun game if you like sim-based games. I would say that Sim City and Railroad Tycoon are the best comparisons I can give. It certainly is not the kind of game that everyone will love. For sim fans though, you can easily lose a hundred or so hours into this game as you try to become the ultimate transport tycoon!
- The campaign is fantastic
- I love the fun tutorial levels that teach you how to play
- The game goes through many ages of transportation
- Vehicles from all over the world
- Three different game modes to enjoy
- Some PCs will have frame rate issues
- The UI is not the best