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Transport Tycoon going mobile

Transport Tycoon going mobile

The re-worked version of Transport Tycoon will feature an updated graphical style that is still reminiscent of the original.

Classic transportation mogul sim Transport Tycoon is heading to iOS and Android platforms later this year.

The 1994 fan favourite is being re-worked for touch-screen devices and has a new graphical style that still draws heavily from the original. As the original game was written in 8086 Assembler, the title is being completely rewritten for the modern platforms.

Transport Tycoon is being reworked by its original designer, Chris Sawyer, who was originally only brought on board to work on the business side of development, but has ended up getting more and more involved with the project overall.

Sawyer has confirmed that the game will be a paid title and will not feature any free-to-play mechanics or have any in-app advertising to try and bolster its income. Speaking to Gamasutra, Sawyer expressed his dislike for micro-transactions.

'The game doesn't suit the free-to-play revenue model,' said Sawyer. 'I'm also not a great fan of the way free-to-play titles try to make money through in-game purchases or advertising.'

Separate of Sawyer's efforts, an open source version of the game, Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe, has been available since 2004 and a dedicated team is continuously working on this project to expand the original game.

Starting out as a project to reverse engineer the game into C, the project went on to introduce larger maps, custom user-made AIs, more stable multiplayer modes and canal systems.

OpenTTD has even been available on the Apple app store sporadically with Apple having it removed several times due to legal complications as some versions require copyrighted material from the original game. The mobile port is however largely unplayable due to the disparity between mouse cursor size and finger size.

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ChaosDefinesOrder 22nd July 2013, 09:20 Quote
OpenTTD is by far the faster opening game I've ever played on my PC! Alo played it on my N900 and it was mostly ok given the stylus and much more precise resistive touchscreen...

Still, might look out for this, spent many hours in the original game (double-disc with Theme Park!)
will_123 22nd July 2013, 09:30 Quote
Least its being done by original dev. Will keep and eye out for this!
blinkieleblind 22nd July 2013, 10:09 Quote
transport tycoon was one of my favourite childhood games. I have open TTD on my lappy but find it difficult to play with the mousepad. Im wondering how the interface will be like with a touchscreen.
schmidtbag 22nd July 2013, 14:09 Quote
I knew Chris Sawyer was the creator of the Tycoon games but I didn't know much else about him. I think it's pretty impressive of him to not sit behind a desk dictating how a game should be made, and I'm glad there's still successful people out there who hate micro-transactions.
borgeater 25th July 2013, 15:33 Quote
That's incorrect. There is zero usage of original assets in OpenTTD. The issue is with itunes is apple's dislike of the GPL.
mav2000 26th July 2013, 06:53 Quote
This is great news...spent hours on this back in the 90's.
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