So I was catching up on the RSS feeds I subscribe to, and came across an article on the latest issue of Full Circle (a magazine about goings-on around Ubuntu Linux). In it I found an article on OpenTTD, an open-source clone of the old 90’s game Transport Tycoon Deluxe. As one who spent many an hour in front of games like Railroad Tycoon in my youth, I had to try it. Unfortunately, I’m hooked…

I’ve been playing the game all night since I found it on Monday afternoon. Sleep seems a distant priority compared to making sure I snag the subsidy for a passenger service from Podlondlington to Nunmubhattan…

It’s easy to install on the Ubuntus, but you do need to obtain the data files from the original CD — the Full Circle article contains instructions on how to do that (or I’m sure the website tells you).

Sure, the graphics don’t measure up to today’s insane system-melting specifications and the isometric view, while state-of-the-art in its day, is at times frustrating (I’m sure there was a control you could use to hide the buildings so you could see behind things… maybe I’m thinking of Lincity). Still, it’s both a great bit of entertainment and a trip down memory lane at the same time. If you’re like me and played with the Tycoon games as a kid, or if you’re a bit of a retrogamer, I encourage you to check it out. Don’t expect to see much of your family for a while though… 🙂

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