AMITIAE - Tuesday 16 July 2013
Transport Tycoon and Roller Coaster Tycoon: To be Released for iOS and Android
By Graham K. Rogers
Later, when a new university opened in Thailand, I was asked to teach (I flew up Sunday and back on Monday evening) and we introduced Civilisation to the students. While SimCity could be used as a basis for writing, Civilisation was focussed on reading skills: to make the game work most effectively, students had to read and react to data provided in the game.
In those days, I still used a PC with MS DOS 6 (the arrival of Windows was coincidental with me switching to Macs). On that last 386 PC was one of my all time favourite games - one that I would play for hours - Transport Tycoon. Again there was the immersion in the game as the player built systems involving road, rail, air and sea systems that linked communities, in competition with other game-generated companies doing the same.
Sadly, as that last PC died, so did Transport Tycoon, although I was able to install an open source version on the Mac that used the Transport Tycoon data files which I used for a while. Chris Sawyer stopped work on the application and developed Rollercoaster Tycoon which met with some success, although it did not appeal to me.
A look at the new Transport Tycoon site shows little real information and a brief teaser video. However there is a link to allow those interested to sign up for notification. When that is done, an email arrives asking for a confirmation.
Now we wait.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.
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