Chris Sawyer’s 31X Studios has announced the release of the legendary simulation management game Transport Tycoon for both iOS and Android mobile devices. The game, developed by Origin8 Technologies under Sawyer’s direction, is now on the App Store and Google Play.
For those who do not know what the game is, Transport Tycoon and Transport Tycoon Deluxe are video games developed by Chris Sawyer and published by MicroProse in 1994 (TT), and 1995 (TTD). They are business simulation games, presented in an isometric view in 2D with graphics by Simon Foster, in which the player acts as an entrepreneur in control of a transport company, and can compete against rival companies to make as much profit as possible by transporting passengers and various goods by road, rail, sea and air. The Deluxe version is an expanded and improved version of the original game.
After the success of Transport Tycoon Deluxe, Chris Sawyer turned his attention towards a sequel, but during development he changed his mind and produced RollerCoaster Tycoon, which turned out to be a runaway hit. After RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 was done, work on the third version was left to another development team, and Sawyer returned to work on his Transport Tycoon sequel, Chris Sawyer’s Locomotion. It was released in September 2004 and was described by Sawyer as the “spiritual successor to Transport Tycoon“, but received poor reviews and was not a commercial success.
On July 15, 2013, Chris Sawyer’s 31X Litd and Origin8 Technologies announced that they were working on a mobile version of Transport Tycoon. Chris Sawyer was originally focusing on funding for the game but ended up overseeing the design and helped with the debugging. The game will be released for iOS and Android on the 3rd of October 2013.
The game is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android phones and tablets for £4.99/ $6.99/ €5.99 it should also be hitting Amazon in the near future.
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