On Track – OpenTDD Open Source Simulation Game

I truly adore open source developers in the field of PC games. Since working on the Vedea graphics engine at Microsoft Research, I haven’t found much time working on graphics engines or game like projects. I recently spent some time in investigating about game projects pushed by a development community and was positively surprised how much effort is put into various gaming projects.

The first one I came across was OpenTDD, an open source version of the legend Transport Tycoon Deluxe by Microprose at some point in the 1990s.

“OpenTTD is an open source simulation game based upon the popular Microprose game ‘Transport Tycoon Deluxe’, written by Chris Sawyer. It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features.”

If you still own a original CD, you can use the sound and graphics bits or just download a free available version of the resources provided by the community during installation.


There are also additional content available, details how to get it is described in the online manual. It is quite easy to start with the simulation, however, there are endless options you discover throughout the gameplay, including enhancements over the original simulation.

OpenTDD is still actively developed and maintained, which is a great achievement of the developers of the game. o ahead an give it a try if you like simulation games or in case you have been a fan of Transport Tycoon.

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